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Hands-on Guide to the Red Hat Exams: RHCSA and RHCE Cert Guide and Lab Manual Hardcover – May 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0321767950 ISBN-10: 0321767950 Edition: 1st

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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.

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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: 7.6 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

I've just gotten this book and started to (attempt to) study.
Colin F. Ewen
I purchased this book in hopes it would prepare me for the RHCSA exam.
Douglas
Too many typos, mistakes, copy-paste errors, and bits left out.
S. Hall

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M Srinivasan on August 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By N.K. on June 8, 2011
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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 By S. Hall on June 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By Douglas on June 3, 2011
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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 By IKE on June 20, 2011
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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 By ayates83 on April 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By xion824 on March 24, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By marathonmike on March 13, 2012
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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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