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Rhce Red Hat Certified Engineer Study Guide Hardcover – December 14, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0072121551 ISBN-10: 0072121556

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill Osborne Media (December 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072121556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072121551
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 2.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,507,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There's growing demand for technicians with the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) credential, and RHCE: Red Hat Certified Engineer Linux Study Guide can help you earn your ticket.

This book patiently explains the material that appears on the RHCE exam with a practical eye--it's clear that the authors have spent time working and experimenting with Red Hat systems and know their subject well. At one point, for example, they advocate creating an account with a username root, giving that account no access privileges at all, and assigning real administrative rights to another account. The idea is that a bad guy could spend all night trying to break into the root account, only to find it useless. This is no mere rehash of company exam specifications.

The book is forthright with the facts and procedures you're expected to know cold on the exam, presenting how-to information (such as disk partitioning strategies for Linux boxes that will play various roles) as recipes ready for you to try. You also get file-system mount options and other detail sets in tabular form. Each chapter concludes with a "Two-Minute Drill" that recounts key facts and important features of the operating system, plus practice questions with answers neatly listed (and discussions) in an appendix. Altogether, this one's a winner--it's a fine choice for RHCE candidates and all Red Hat administrators. --David Wall

Topics covered: The contents of the RHCE exam, including open-source legal issues, hardware compatibility, installation, file management, user management, kernel compilation, X Windows, Internet services, and troubleshooting. Linux 6.1 is used in the examples.

From the Back Cover

Don't let the real test be your first test! Prepare to pass the Red Hat Certified Engineer exam--while gaining practical knowledge of Red Hat Linux for on-the-job success. Built on the proven training methodology of Red Hat Certified Training Partner Global Knowledge, this complete study guide and CD-ROM package offers classroom techniques used by more than 200,000 IT professionals each year. The Red Hat Certified Engineer Linux Study Guide covers the topics you need to review for the exam, including how to: partition your server to achieve optimal performance of your Red Hat Linux installation; identify the key differences between the three installation options: workstation, server, and custom; add, delete, and modify user accounts; configure your system for dual boots between Windows NT and Red Hat Linux; use quotas to limit a user's or group of users' ability to consume disk space; configure and troubleshoot the X-Windows interface; use the Apache Web Server to provide both normal and secure Web services using the HTTP and HTTPS protocols; reduce bandwidth utilization with Squid Proxy Server; use your Red Hat Linux system equipped with multiple NICs as a router between two physical subnets; implement emergency boot procedures on a Red Hat Linux system.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have a fair amount of experience using Linux, and I bought this book to help study for my exam. I passed pretty easily, and I have this book to partially thank. The contnet of the exam (and the book) is difficult stuff, and it's obvious that these authors really understand it. Thanks.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chris Thomson on February 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book really did the job for me. I've used it in my studies for the RHCE exam, but also have found myself referring to it multiple times as I go about my everyday Red Hat business. Strong sections on Advanced User Admin, especially surrounding modifications to /etc/fstab. I also learned a bit from the Kernel recompilation and installation sections. I noticed that this book was written by many qualified indivisuals, but it was especially nice to see some of the main contributors holding the RHCE and RHCX certifications- seems like people in the know about what's up with the product, and the certification. I do recommend experience as a key to learning and knowing the info. but this book will help!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian K Jones on July 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I don't really qualify as a newbie anymore - but I wish I had this book when I started out. I must say that I own more than my fair share of Linux books, and this is the one that I refer to most of the time for a deeper understanding of stuff that I only 'kinda' know, or to find relevant, concise info about troubleshooting issues.
I DON'T like reading online documentation. It's a waste of electricity, and besides, I haven't setup my scroll mouse. Reading that much material online would certainly give me a headache!
Anyone who wants to be able to answer most of the posts you see for RedHat support should buy this book. Don't be intimidated by the fact that it's a cert guide. It will serve you well even after you are quite experienced.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book does exactly what it advertises to do. prepare you for the RHCE. Those in need of a beginners guide should look elsewhere.
MCSE books tend to tell the right answer, the wrong answer, and the answer that MS wants you to answer on the test. This book gives you clear info w/ out feeding you propaganda from RH, or present facts and scenarios that you will never see in a real world environment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Doug M on December 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Those who have brushed on the RHCE test know that it is a pretty grueling test. Thankfully I bought this book. This should be the first book you read in preparation for this RHCE exam.
What impresses me about this book, is that it is concise, yet the information is always relevant. Ironically, for those who are new to Linux, and not taking the RHCE exam, this book is still very useful in that it doesn't inundate the reader with useful information. Rather, it gives plenty of useful information at a relaxed pace, that anyone can keep up with.
Some chapters were particularly enlightening. The chapter on kernel compilation was the best I had seen on this topic. Out of 3 or 4 books I had read, this one was the easiest to understand, and also the most thorough.
One complaint that cost this book 1 star, were mistakes in the practice exams. I found a few mistakes in a couple of the chapter tests that would frustrate the reader, or confuse him as to what was the right answer. I hope that in the 3rd edition, this will be cleaned up because otherwise, this book is terrific.
I find myself using this book in the workplace too when I need a quick reference, so I think the authors deserve a round of applause. This is the best guide on the RHCE around, and I consider it money well-spent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nataraj Dasgupta on May 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read all those remarks from users who have low-rated this book as it came with a Windows CD. Accepted, WindoZE sucks,... but, how can we expect an user trying to learn Linux, and pass the RHCE to fair well, if he cannot even get his X-Windows working to browse the CD comfortably?
And, besides, to a newbie, the CD would be indispensible, perhaps, it should come with a HOW-To partition your hard drive pre-requisite notification on it.
It's best for people with a home network, whereby they could browse the CD while simultaneously trying them out on their Linux box, or, at the least with a telnet/X-server (xdmcp or something) access to a linux box.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Randy Flood on April 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Before I being, let me mention that I run the premiere websitefor people studying for their RHCE exam at ( )
Ireally like the book itself. It's very thorough. At the end of each chapter there is a "two minute drill" which summarizes the chapter, and a self test which helps you see how well you understand the material. The self-test at the end of each chapter has around 20 questions! This is much better than other books that only have 10 questions at the end of each chapter.
The practice tests on the cdrom are not usable under Linux. If they aren't going to make their software compatible with Linux, they could at least grant us the ability to do that in their licensing agreement. I invite people who want practice tests to visit my website.
But, despite the sillyness of relasing a book about Linux with software that requires Windows, I like the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is very well done. Like some of the other reviewers here I've found that it's an excellent way to study for the RHCE exam, and has found its way onto my bookshelf as a resource- I open it often. I understand the comment in regards to the CD, but in my opinion it's an absolute shame to criticize this book because of the CD. (Although I did find the CD of particular use)...
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