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RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide (Exams EX200 & EX300), 6th Edition (Certification Press) [Paperback]

by Michael Jang
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Book Description

June 17, 2011 0071765654 978-0071765657 6

The best fully integrated study system available (Exams EX200 and EX300)

With hundreds of review questions and complete coverage of performance-based requirements, RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide, Sixth Edition covers what you need to know--and shows you how to prepare--for these challenging exams.

  • 100% complete coverage of all official objectives for Exams EX200 and EX300
  • Exam Readiness Checklist--you're ready for the exam when all objectives on the list are checked off
  • Inside the Exam sections in every chapter highlight key exam topics covered
  • Two-Minute Drills for quick review
  • 100+ lab questions--two full lab-based RHCSA exams and two full lab-based RHCE exams--match the format, tone, topics, and difficulty of the real exam

Covers all the exam topics, including:
Virtual Machines and Automated Installations * Fundamental Command Line Skills * RHCSA-Level Security Options * The Boot Process * Linux Filesystem Administration * Package Management * User Administration * RHCSA-Level System Administration * RHCE Security * System Services and SELinux * RHCE Administration * Mail Servers * Samba * File Sharing * DNS, FTP, and Logging

CD-ROM includes:

  • Complete lab-based exam preparation, featuring:
    • Two full RHCSA practice exams
    • Two full RHCE practice exams
    • Lab-based chapter self tests
    • In-depth answer explanations for all labs
  • RHCSA and RHCE Glossary
  • PDF copy of the book for studying on the go

Michael Jang, RHCE, LPIC-2, UCP, LCP, MCP, is the author of three previous bestselling editions of RHCE Red Hat Certified Engineer Linux Study Guide and several other books on Linux and professional certification.

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Editorial Reviews


"Certification Book of the Week: 'RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Study Guide'
While its primary purpose is to serve as a study guide, the book doubles equally well as a reference ... All in all, it is a great book and one that anyone working with RHEL 6 will want to have. "

Emmett Dulaney, Associate Professor, in a review at

RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide, 6th Ed is "also a very useful book if you simply need to learn more about administering Red Hat Linux systems in your workplace...I like the conciseness of this book."

Reprinted with permission from WServerNews dot com

From the Author

When I saw the changes that Red Hat announced in November of 2010, I knew that I'd have to make serious revisions for the 6th edition. When Red Hat revised those objectives again a month later, I restarted the revision process to make sure I included complete coverage of every objective.

To address the new RHCSA certification, the changes to the RHCE objectives, as well as the new features included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6), I've rewritten and added hundreds of pages of new material. I actually had to delete a couple of hundred pages of now unrelated material from the fifth edition to make room.

Every command in this book has been tested on a RHEL 6 system. Much of this book has also been tested on the freely available Scientific Linux 6, built from RHEL 6 source code. (You don't have to buy RHEL 6 to prepare for the Red Hat exams.) While the best way to prepare for the RHCSA and RHCE exams is with Red Hat's prep courses, I hope you'll find this book to be invaluable in your studies and on the job.

The book describes how you can satisfy the latest objectives for both the RHCSA and RHCE exams. At over 1000 pages, it includes detailed descriptions on how to configure real-world systems based on those objectives. Due to the hands-on nature of the exam, the book includes 109 labs. (That's nearly double the number of labs in the fifth edition.)

Red Hat's director of certification has stated that exam tasks will be "presented electronically". To reflect this change, most lab questions and all four sample exams are available only on the CD, in the subdirectories for each chapter. (All labs in Chapter 1 and one lab in Chapter 2 are still shown in the printed book.)

When I used the fifth edition to teach a Linux course, I realized how important it is to have separate chapters for the RHCSA and the RHCE. It took a bit of extra time, but I hope you agree that it's worth it. If you want to study for the RHCSA first, focus on Chapters 1 through 9. To study for the RHCE, read Chapters 10 through 17. Every chapter includes at least 12 fill-in-the-blank review questions to help you confirm mastery of this material. In addition, Chapters 1 and 2 include instructions on how to use Red Hat's KVM software to create the virtual machines to set up test scenarios for both exams.

As suggested by the RHCSA and RHCE objectives, the "performance-based testing means that candidates must perform tasks similar to what they must perform on the job". Security, especially SELinux, is more important than ever. This book describes the RHCSA-level tools needed to configure KVM, to automate installations, to customize how a system boots, to set up different filesystems, to administer users, to update packages, and more. Of course, it also addresses the RHCE skills associated with servers for e-mail, web sites, Samba, NFS, FTP, NTP, and Logging. For both exams, you'll learn to configure firewalls and SELinux in all the detail that you'll need.

Thank you, and good luck!

Product Details

  • Series: Certification Press
  • Paperback: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 6 edition (June 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071765654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071765657
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study Guide and Reference Manual July 3, 2011
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This is the sixth edition of Jang's Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide, though it has in previous editions been known under slightly different titles due to the change in Red Hat's test titles. With the transition to Red Hat Enterprise 6 and the introduction of Red Hat's RHCSA (Certified System Administrator) test, this book has undergone a significant revision cycle.

First things first - the book comes with a CD that contains a total of four practice exams, two for the RHCSA exam and two for the RHCE exam. It also contains a full copy of the book, in PDF form, broken up in chapters. This is a huge benefit for those that travel with a laptop or for those that wish to study without toting the book along. This CD alone is worth the cost of the book.

Startling to those familiar with previous editions of this book is the edition of coverage of the KVM early into the book (chapter 2). According to Jang, the exam now is conducted through virtualization and as such one must have some familiarity with the environment before taking the test. Being relatively new to virtual operating system environments, this is very helpful material and is applicable to things that happen in the workplace when looking for ways to make the most of the hardware available.

As in previous editions this books has a breakdown of what chapters cover each exam, and this table is covered early. For people studying for the RHCSA exam, this makes it a little easier to narrow down the scope of material.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Above expecations July 30, 2011
By Lethe
I'm a full time Linux Systems Engineer/Trainer who holds RHCE himself, I've been a big fan of the previous book which was my main tool of preparation (together with experience and other subject specific books) and was eagerly looking forward the updated version for RHEL 6.

Usually when a new product come out the associated book is more a copy/modify/paste of the previous version in this case Michael Jang has done a tremendous job of updating all the content from the previous version while adding new stuff that lot of people were looking for like how to build your own lab, basic configuration for the lab and lot of scenarios for practice.

In the past I've been writing my own scripts/labs and releasing them on my blog but when I took the book in my hand was surprised in a pleasant way! Jang made it again raising the bar of excellence for how a technical book should be written!

If you are preparing for RHCSA/RHCE don't wait anymore this is the one stop for your certification needs.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a newbie - despite what some reviewers say December 19, 2011
I'm a linux Newbie. I've never installed or configured it. I looked at the available books on the subject and chose this one. Even though this book is targeted towards those trying to achieve certifications, I find the practical approach to the book useful.
I like the book because he takes you through, step by step, how to set up machines and perform tasks. There are special margin notes on what things you might focus on if you're taking the exam, and what things you might focus on if you're trying to learn this for a job.

I read some of the negative reviews before purchasing. After having read through the first two chapters and completing the labs, I have these several things to say:
1) If you were confused about what resources you needed to allocate to the VMs, then you did not pay close enough attention. There is no confusion about how many GBs you should allocate to the Host VM you're setting up and the VMs inside. I did view the errata documents the author posted on the publisher's website. I did not find any of the information there "critical" to understanding the book. I'd have gotten by just fine without having to review that PDF document that illustrates the relationships of the VMs. I'd have gotten by without having to review the textual corrections.
2) I have had no confusion about which IPs to assign to which machines. Although, I will admit, due to the effects of an intermittently faulty old switch I was using for my testlab, I did have some confusion on one point. Just know this about the KVM virtual machines and networking. When you set up the virtual network of 192.168.221.x inside the VM host, it is an entirely separate virtualized network. You do not need to have an external router handling gateway, DNS, DHCP, etc for the 192.168.221.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I purchased the previous edition (5th Edition) of Mr. Jangs book to help me with the RHCSA exam at the first of the year, and it was an excellent guide.
Upon seeing this newest edition released based upon RHEL6 I knew I had to have it :)
This new edition is even better than the 5th, and the author has done a tremendous job of organizing the content to make preparing for both the RHCSA and RHCE exams easy.
The first chapter helps you get several RHEL environments setup to be used for practice, and they go nicely with the lab exercises Mr. Jang offers in the book. Then, chapters 2-9 helps new folks prepare for the RHCSA exam. You then move into the last chapters 10 - 17 to prepare for the RHCE exam. This was excellent!
Mr. Jang presents the material in an easy to understand format, and also offers explanations for what you are learning. He also gives great snippets throughout the book of how to use the material in real world situations, which I found to be most helpful.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that is preparing for the RHCSA or RHCE exams. Read it, and then do the exercises and labs that he presents at the end of each chapter. This will prepare you for what to expect on the exam, and you wont be stunned by any unknowns when you take the exam.
The book also makes for a GREAT desk reference. I keep my older 5th edition at my workplace since we are primarily a RHEL5 shop (which that edition was based from), and I keep my new 6 edition of the book at home as my own personal desk reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great book, arrived at the time, it is helping me to study to certification proof. No more comments, that's all folks
Published 1 day ago by Joao Paulo de Araujo Bezerra
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't have asked for a better study guide! Passed the RHCSA with...
I used this book to prepare for the RHCSA exam, and was very pleased with it. The author goes into a good amount of detail on each topic, and clearly explains what you need to know... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Cameron Mayor
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good (so far) for 2014
First: This book AND Jang's separate Lab book were the only resources I used for preparation. I've read negative reviews in random places that claim various things are missing from... Read more
Published 11 days ago by T.S. Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars Author may be knowledable but the content presentation is very...
As a reasonably seasoned Solaris administrator, I was able to get a head start on some basic Linux administration tasks such as installing CentOS from DVD and via HTTP / FTP ( net... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Albert M. Desimone
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful book
with this study guide good I got my certificate it was really helpful and having all the need that will let you pass the exam
Published 1 month ago by Jaber Al Azmi
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete, concise and always on point
There's really nothing to say, this is the only book you truly need.

I came to purchase this book and saw Amazon was suggesting a 3 book deal including this one, it's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed and well written guide
This guide is very detailed and well written. It covers the topics detailed by the red hat site in depth with plenty of examples and context. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica
2.0 out of 5 stars Not updated!
I bought this in preparation for the RHCSA, but also purchased the official Red Hat RHCSA training, and the two didn't even come close to matching. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ronald Ellis
1.0 out of 5 stars Setup instructions SUCK!
This guy may be a good a good author but his setup instructions suck. He speaks of installing Virtual machines on which to do most of the work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dwayne Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Passed the test!
I passed the RHCSA and RHCE on the first try. This book has what you need to pass the RHCSA/RHCE
Published 2 months ago by Cory A. Schwartz
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Collecting questions for the RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification...
Got the book today and am starting in immediately.

Do you want to hear about grammatical/spelling/typo errors as well as what you outlined above? Assuming that you do: page 7, third sentence, " . . . to help manage their enterprises of Linux systems." I'm not sure that makes sense. ... Read more
Jul 12, 2011 by artvarck |  See all 46 posts
Felt like a project instead of a study guide, excellent!!!!!
Dear trinisan,

I appreciate your kind words. For authors in the Microsoft space that I like: two names that come to mind are Ed Tittel and Ed Bott.
Sep 3, 2012 by MikeJ |  See all 12 posts
Appropriate Hardware to study for the RHCSA/RHCE exams
Just wondering, what should be the installed package (base, web, minimal, etc.) of the physical system that runs the 64-bit version that will allow installation of the different VM instances?

Nov 14, 2011 by RJason |  See all 7 posts
Kindle edition?
Dear James,

You would create the VMs, based on the guidance given in Chapters 1 and 2 of the book. Based on the exam objectives, I believe that it is possible that Red Hat would require you to create VMs during the RHCSA exam.

If you want pre-built VMs, they are available on the companion... Read more
Jun 27, 2013 by MikeJ |  See all 2 posts
What chapters or topics are needed for RHCSA
If you're studying for the RHCSA first, focus on Chapters 1 through 9.

For more information, see the Editorial Reviews for this book, in the "From The Author" subsection.
May 25, 2012 by MikeJ |  See all 2 posts
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