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Hands-on Guide to the Red Hat Exams: RHCSA and RHCE Cert Guide and Lab Manual [Hardcover]

Damian Tommasino
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

May 1, 2011 0321767950 978-0321767950 1

Master every topic on Red Hat’s new RHCSA™ and RHCE® exams.

  • Assess your knowledge and focus your learning.
  • Get the practical workplace knowledge you need!


Start-to-finish RHCSA™ and RHCE® preparation from leading Linux system administrator, IT trainer, and certification expert Damian Tommasino!


Master every RHCSA™ and RHCE® topic!

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 local and network installation
  • System services, runlevels, and bootup
  • Disks, partitions, and file systems, including LUKS encryption
  • Networking
  • Package management
  • User administration
  • Logging, monitoring, and automation
  • Kernel updates and tuning
  • Security, including SELinux, firewalls, and policies
  • Remote access, including SSH
  • Apache, Squid, DNS, DHCP, NTP, and email
  • NFS and Samba
  • Client and network troubleshooting
  • KVM virtualization


Test your knowledge, build your confidence, and succeed!

  • 22 hands-on RHCSA™ and RHCE® Labs, each with multiple real-world tasks
  • Downloadable troubleshooting scripts
  • Practical tutorials and real-world tips
  • Exam tips
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Command Quick Reference
  • Exclusive Red Hat exam prep advice and task lists
  • Two full length lab-based practice exams


Damian Tommasino (RHCE, RHCSA, MCSA, CCNA, CCENT, MCP, Security+, Network+, A+) is a Linux system administrator at TradeCard and CEO of Modular Learning Inc., an online IT training company. He blogs on Red Hat, Linux, and security at Security Nut (http://secnut.blogspot.com), and actively contributes to the popular IT exam certification forums at techexams.net.




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About the Author

Damian Tommasino is currently a Linux system administrator at TradeCard and CEO of Modular Learning, Inc., an online IT training company. His current certifications include RHCE, RHCSA, MCSA, CCNA, CCENT, MCP, Security+, Network+, and A+. He has a popular blog called Security Nut (http://secnut.blogspot.com) that covers Red Hat, Linux, security, and more. Damian also spends time over at techexams.net helping out in the forums and conversing with friends.

Product Details

  • Series: Cert Guide
  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321767950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321767950
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm currently a Sales Engineer and CEO of Modular Learning Inc., an online IT training company. I work with Linux, Security, and numerous technologies on a daily basis and enjoy teaching others. My training company provides courses that cover many different areas including Cisco, Security, Linux, and more! You can also follow me on Twitter.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed several exam objectives August 12, 2011
Used Linux for few years, and want prep for the RHCSA and RHCE exams. I study exam objectives from Red Hat, and read book. Yes, I see exam objectives on start of chapters. But several exam objectives not covered inside chapter. I quote exam objectives from Red Hat.

I read whole book, and searched e-book, so I think book missing coverage of all these objectives.

1) Can't find 2>, star, bzip2 commands. I know these commands already, so I forgive these missing objectives. But Red Hat thinks important enough to have in exam objectives.

2) Red Hat objective: "Locate, read and use system documentation including man, info, and files in /usr/share/doc [Note: Red Hat may use applications during the exam that are not included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the purpose of evaluating candidate's abilities to meet this objective.]"
Red Hat gives special warning on this, so I think it extra important for exam. But not in book.

3) "Use single-user mode to gain access to a system"
Listed at start of Chapter 2. Search shows single user mode in Chapter 21 (I search e-book). But nothing in book to get single-user mode, just "appending the command line during boot". Which command line? Where is prompt during boot? Grub or bash?

4) "Modify the system bootloader"
GRUB is system bootloader. I see no example of change to GRUB config file in book.

5) "Configure a system to authenticate using Kerberos"
No words to configure Kerberos client, only "You should also practice connecting a client with Kerberos authentication as well as shadow passwords." Not enough. Where is krb5.conf in book? Important for Kerberos client.

6) "Configure a system as an iSCSI initiator that persistently mounts an iSCSI target"
Not in book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is a disappointment. June 8, 2011
By N.K.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The text and the labs have an incoherent relationship. Labs have tasks not covered in the chapter and no references are provided for where the lab specific task or knowledge may be obtained. This book is a disappointment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't Recommend June 9, 2011
By S. Hall
Too many typos, mistakes, copy-paste errors, and bits left out. There was supposed to be errata but I haven't seen anything yet.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written book June 3, 2011
By Douglas
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book in hopes it would prepare me for the RHCSA exam. It did not! The book was not even close.

The book is poorly written. There are a lot of technical errors that you have to Google the right way of completing the task.

I wish I could get my money back.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Preparing for RHCSA June 20, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First I will say that the author gave a good advise on the RHCSA exam, I have been in the UNIX-LINUX field a long time now and decided to get a certification is Red hat Linux, but the problem I noticed with the book is that it appears it was written in a hurry because of the relatively new RHCSA exams such that they can sell many of this books.

Secondly, I agree with one of the readers who said that some of the instructions on the book are either wrong or incomplete and one has to try and figure out how to make it work. The author needs to go back to the drawing board and make modifications and corrections, the book like one other guy mentioned is not necessarily sufficient to make one pass the RHCSA especially a newbie in LINUX.

One good thing about the book is that it has given me a very good idea of what RHCSA is all about, my only problem is that I do not have 4 machines to do my LAB, I have just finished the RHCSA chapters 2-12 and now starting over now to do a more serious study.

Please can some one else advise us on what other book is out there that we can use to prepare for the RHCSA.

Also can one pass this exams without going through the LAB?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited book! March 13, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you have your RHCT then you will be appalled at the mistakes in this book. I just finished chapters one and two and I am beside myself with all the errors. Don't buy this book unless you have a good understanding of Linux.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars study the redhat objectives instead April 13, 2012
This book had a number of typos and mistakes in bits of code. So much to the point that entire examples had to be discarded. It gave you much more information to learn than was actually covered in the list of objectives that Red Hat has listed under the training section of their website as well. Don't waste your time with this book. Study the objectives listed by Red Hat. Also if it can be afforded the class that Red Hat offers is well worth the time. I ended up passing my RHCE with a 91%.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away from! March 24, 2012
By xion824
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is absolutely horrible. One of the worst study guides I have ever seen. When you are unable to complete the unit labs starting from the very first chapter because of incorrect information provided, that is not a good sign. There are so many flaws in this it's not even funny. There are much better RHEL6 books you can get. Do NOT waste your money here. Go get the book by Jang instead. Or wait until the vonHagen book comes out in July.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for those who need more hands-on.
Overall this book helped me understand the materials through the Lab exercises. Examples on each topic were like real world. This is a great book for those who need more hands-on.
Published 3 months ago by Samuel Mbesi
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad
I hope the author reads this.

1. The author knows his stuff. He writes well but..
i. rushes in some areas
ii. assumes you know certain things. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Rife with omissions and errors
This book is rife with omissions and errors. If enough of the material I know already is left out or wrong, can this book be trusted to prepare me on the material I don't? Read more
Published 14 months ago by TJNII
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
the author did some good job explaining in a lame man terms all the steps to achieve the result to a problem.
Published 16 months ago by Abdulrazaq Salami
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book !
I just Love The step by step approach of this book. Bought the Kindle edition and how convenient that had been for me
Published 18 months ago by Jonas Okwara
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
This book was on my son's wish list. He is happy I purchased this book for him. It's just what he wanted.
Published 20 months ago by CaroleL
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, good practice labs. A few too many typos.
I got this book, and the Michael Jang RHCE study guide at the same time. I love the practice lab stuff this book has, but the typos, this publisher needs to have a nice long talk... Read more
Published 23 months ago by David Hostetler
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many typos
I've only started reading Chapter 2 and already I've found way too many mistakes already:

1. page xxviii, table P-3 shows the same VM twice instead of Client02.
2. Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by J. Martinez
1.0 out of 5 stars RHCSA
A word of advice regarding the said book. First of all there are a lot of typo graphical errors in the book which result in a lot of lost time looking for the right information. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by zizarima
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the 2nd Edition
I'm very disappointed. As other buyers have commented, the labs and the text don't match up, and there are many typos. Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by C.L.
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