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Red Hat® Certified Technician & Engineer (RHCT and RHCE) Training Guide and Administrator's Reference Paperback – August 10, 2009
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This book complements Jangs in that it goes deeper on the LVM partitioning and usage. There are occasional tools that are pointed to in this book that I cannot find elsewhere and my general Linux-fu has increased from reading this.
The biggest positive is the comprehensive additude to tackling the RHCE material. I have not taken the tests yet, but this is the most indepth book I have found so far.
The biggest negative is the layout/structure. While each topic is covered, it is not linked back to the exams enough and there should be practice questions reinforcing this book. A split of RHCE and RHCSA topics would be ideal here.
Essentially there are only 3 guides at the moment. This is one of them and one that you need to have. More then that it is a good read and will expand your linux knowledge. If you are going to analyse a book and bag it for minor spelling mistakes, get a life. If you want the RCHE, get this book :) (yes no RHCSA or RHCE at this stage 2/3 way through, I will update this review with my progress).
This is not a comprehensive does-it-all book that will teach everything there is to know - it is a study guide designed to help the reader prepare for the RHCT and RHCE exams, and it is also a reference guide. In these roles, it is very sufficient. Material is laid out in a very clear and straighforward manner, accessible to most readers needing to gain quick knowledge. It does skimp on some details here and there and there are some holes in the knowledge base, but I think most users will be very pleased with this manual. The important thing to remember here is that it is very detailed, not comprehensive.
I appreciate the basic flow between chapters, which seem to be geared to a generalized intro to Linux much like most programming books teach various topics in a logical order for mastery. While this works great for teaching for general knowledge, it is not an optimal flow for the exams. Using the Jang book as a guide, which places the material covered for the RHCT in the first 8 chapters, this book jumps about a bit and makes separation of the two exam targets a lot more difficult. Keep this in mind if you are pursuing the RHCT.
My biggest complaint with this book is the frequent errors in grammar and verb tense. The editing on this book could have been tighter.
As a reference and study guide, this is a very good resource and will serve the reader well. It is not perfect but is a fine choice for those gearing up for the RHCE in particular and makes a superb reference manual.
I found it to be a lot more concise than Jang's. It actually gives you a lot more information than Jang's book (in terms of commands you need to be familiar with, examples and explaining basic principles), it just does so in approximately same number of pages.
Troubleshooting and exercise section are located at the end of the book and offer scenarios that one could really expect during the exam. There are few minor errors though (commands for creating sw RAID, for example), but it's something you can check on various other resources.
I put this book on #1 place for RHCE preparation. Complemented with Jang's book and official RedHat's "RHEL Deployment guide", there's nothing else you need in terms of textbooks to prepare for the exam.
Very recommended, high quality material. Good reference for everyday sysadmin work.
Content is very neatly organized into 30 chapters (no repetition of same content as most of books do) last chapter is dedicated for troubleshooting.
You won't feel bored while reading this book; concepts are explained with diagrams wherever necessary. All configurations are well explained in steps with appropriate example that makes it easy to remember & implement practically. The most unique feature of this book is easy browsing throughout the content, as the author dedicated a separate chapter to key configurations like mail server, DNS, NFS, Samba, SCP etc.
If you are looking for a RHEL book for RHCE/RHCT self-preparation as well as a good reference must give it a try.
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