Saturday, March 29, 2014

BSD Professional Lab Exam Beta Debuts at BSDCan 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, CA

The Beta version of the BSD Professional Lab Exam will debut at BSDCan 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, CA.  Based on the BSD Professional Exam Objectives document, the exam is designed to test hands-on skills for senior system administrators with at least three years experience on BSD systems.

The 3 1/2 hour exam will feature the ability to choose your own BSD version to use for the exam and will feature DragonFly BSD 3.6.1, FreeBSD 9.2, NetBSD 6.1.2, and OpenBSD 5.4 in virtual machines managed by Aqemu.  All workstations will feature US ASCII keyboard layout on HP 8540p laptops with 8GB RAM and a customized boot disk.  The exam workstation will load a customized PC-BSD distribution with separate icons for Aqemu instances of the BSD systems mentioned above.  A 1/2 hour orientation to the workstation and Aqemu environments will precede the exam.

Hope to see you at the BSDP Lab Exam Beta kickoff in Ottawa, Sunday, May 18 from 10am - 2pm.   You can register and pay at the BSDCG registration website.

The BSD Certification Group has partnered with Vernon Technologies for computer rentals for this exam.  Visit their website to view additional information about the exam workstation specifications, or other services that they offer -

Monday, October 14, 2013

Update on the BSD Professional Lab Exam

Work has progressed steadily on the BSD Professional Lab Exam.  You may recall we've discussed this before.  Well, the exam is almost ready.  We have an exam booklet, which is based on the BSDP Exam Objectives.  We also have a working exam station with several virtual machines.  The scoring procedure makes use of  Net::OpenSSH with scripts to examine each virtual machine for results. 

And, we have a sample provisional report (based on TAP::Formatter::HTML) that can provide some hopefully gratifying instant feedback, though that report is unofficial.

For our official score report, we are again working with our psychometrician, Dr. Sandra Dolan, to provide valid psychometric scoring.  This ensures our program maintains its high standards and also keeps us in line with requirements for ANSI 17024 accreditation.

We will have a demo available at vBSDCon coming up Oct 25-27, 2013.

We will also have the demo available at LISA 2013.

If you are at either of these cons, stop by for a test drive to see what the BSDP Lab Exam is all about.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Get a Life with BSD

Tired of high prices for server software?  Don't like paying for bloated desktop versions loaded with crippleware and nagware?  Sick of mismatched libraries and applications?  Do you want your own software to do with as you please - not subject to some EULA?

Get BSD and get on with your life.  Server software from FreeBSD, DragonFly BSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD, along with desktop software from PC-BSD can simplify your life.  Install it the way you want, and it works out of the box.  Plus, you can do whatever you want to do with it for as long as you want.

For server software, here's an easy way to get started - the latest BSDCG MultiBSD DVD.  For a modest sum you get:

  • DragonFly BSD 3.4.2 - includes the HAMMER filesystem
  • FreeBSD 9.1 - production ready, serving millions
  • NetBSD 6.1 - highly portable, clean code often used in embedded systems.
  • OpenBSD 5.3 - where secure code is  Job 1
All are production quality systems ready to help you get on with your life.  Order your copy today at and support the BSD Certification Group.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Updates, Updates, Updates

The BSD Associate exam will again be available at BSDCan this year.  The exam will be held at 12:30 - 2:00pm both Friday, May 17th, and Saturday, May 18th, 2013.  You can register for the exam at  and you can pay at the conference or online through the website.

The exam objectives are at

We'll have updated brochures with dates and times for other locations this year at the conference.  Stop by and pick one up, or let us know and we'll email you a PDF you can print and distribute yourself.

Know of an employer who uses BSD?  Having competent people can make a significant difference at any organization.  The BSDA exam can provide the employer the assurance that their employees know their stuff.  Email and let us know!

Finally, stay tuned for the next edition of the BSDA Study DVD.  The upcoming edition (in development right now) will have FreeBSD 9.1, OpenBSD 5.3, DragonFly BSD 3.4.1, and if released on time, NetBSD 6.1, all on a single DVD with a customized El Torito Boot Loader so you can boot them all.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Winter/Spring 2012 BSDA DVD Now Available

The latest BSD Certification Group Study DVD is now available.  This version includes DragonFlyBSD 2.10.1, FreeBSD 8.2 with QEMU and AQEMU, NetBSD 5.1, and OpenBSD 5.0.  The handy DVD includes the El Torito boot loader included so you can boot and install any of these BSD operating systems.

Purchase of the DVD supports the BSD Certification Group and our mission to provide high quality, affordable certifications for BSD system administrators.  You can order the DVD though our website at

This version of the DVD also  includes an information sheet about the DVD, additional software, and documentation on the DVD.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

New Computer Based BSDA Exam

Announced in April on the BSD Certification Group website, the BSD Associate (BSDA) exam is now available at Schroeder Measurement Technologies (SMT) test delivery centers. The partnership took several months to complete, and it brings together the strength of the exam creation effort of the BSDCG, and the global delivery capability of SMT.  This makes it much easier to take the exam since there are over 300 testing centers across 19 countries.

You'll still need a BSDCG ID which you can get here.

Good luck on your test and tell us what you think of the exam by sending email to chair AT bsdcertification dot org or joining us on the #bsdcert IRC channel on

Saturday, September 04, 2010

BSD Professional Certification Requirements Published

It's out the door!  After over 200 hours of work and 15 drafts, the BSD Professional Certification objectives document is now available.  Released just in time for your end of summer reading pleasure, the document contains the official exam objectives for 11 knowledge domains, and contains 140 separate objectives.

Officially called the "BSD Professional Certification  Requirements" the document discusses more than just exam objectives.  It describes the methodology used to create the objectives, information on the importance and frequency of each talk and practical details for study.  The exam will consist of both a written test and a hands-on lab exam, so the objectives document also identifies which tasks are likely to be present on the lab exam as well.

The BSDP exam aims to be the standard of excellence for system administration exams.  Achieving a BSDP certification demonstrates that you have what it takes to get the job done from the get go.  Read the announcement, and download a copy of the objectives today.   Give it a read and let us know what you think on the mailing list.

Thanks to all the contributors, reviewers, editors, and our graphic  artist for helping to get the document finished.