SCDS in SUSE Rancher and Kubernetes Distributions

The SUSE Certified Deployment Specialist (SCDS) in SUSE Rancher and Kubernetes Distributions is designed for DevOps and Deployment Engineers and System Administrators. It demonstrates knowledge of how to deploy Kubernetes clusters with RKE, RKE2 and K3S, both from the command line and from SUSE Rancher.    This certification also demonstrates knowledge of how to deploy SUSE Rancher on Kubernetes, how to backup and restore RKE and RKE2 clusters from the command line and back up RKE with SUSE Rancher. 

How to Earn the Certification

To earn the SCDS in SUSE Rancher and Kubernetes Distributions, you need to pass the core exam.  There are no prerequisites or alternative ways to earn the certification.

Core Exam Information

Study Options

The following eLearning modules will help you prepare for this exam

As with all SUSE certifications, course work is not required. You need to pass this certification exam and meet the prerequisites in order to achieve the certification. We highly recommend you study the objectives and prepare for the exam.

Detailed Objectives

  • Deploy RKE
    • Plan a New Cluster
    • Get Started with Deployment
    • Configure RKE
    • Deploy Kubernetes with RKE
    • Work with config.yaml
    • Add Nodes
    • Troubleshoot
  • Deploy RKE2 and K3s
    • Requirements
    • Nodes
    • Understand RKE2 Architecture
    • Configure RKE2
    • Deploy theInitial RKE2 Cluster
    • Add Nodes
    • Troubleshoot
    • RKE2 and K3s
  • Deploy SUSE Rancher
    • Deploy SUSE Rancher with HELM
    • Deploy with Terraform
    • Other Deployment Options
  • Deploy RKE with SUSE Rancher
    • Deploy RKE on Existing Servers
    • Deploy RKE on New Nodes on an Infrastructure Provider
    • Deploy RKE with a Hosted Kubernetes Provider
  • Backup and Restore RKE and RKE2 Clusters
    • etcd and Failure Recovery
    • Back up and Restore RKE Cluster
    • Backup and Restore RKE2 Cluster


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Core Exam Details

Cost: $149

Exam Type: Question based; 70 questions

Code: scds_ran_k8s

Exam Length: 90 minutes

Scoring: The passing score is 70%

Retake Policy: If you do not pass the exam, you must wait 72 hours before you can schedule and take the exam again

SUSE Rancher Learning Path