- Series: Certification Press
- Paperback: 1072 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 6 edition (July 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071765654
- ISBN-13: 978-0071765657
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 217 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide (Exams EX200 & EX300), 6th Edition (Certification Press) 6th Edition
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"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 CertCities.com
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."
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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!
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I was a bit annoyed that he hand-waves past one of the biggest RHEL7 changes-- network interface naming. He notes that one can configure a network interface to be called 'eth0' and then proceeds to use minimally changed examples from RHEL6. I would have liked to have seen more of a RHEL7-ish way of doing things rather than a quick and dirty "keep it like RHEL6" approach, but I also understand that if we waited for this book to be perfect, RHEL8 probably would already be released before the "perfect" book would be.
I've also had trouble finding the online errata. The site they list for downloads and errata doesn't seem to know this book exists yet. Maybe it's still too new.
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. There are 17 chapters of study materials in this book, plus the practice exams: Preparing for the RH Hands-On Certification, Virtual Machines and Automates Installations, Fundamental Command Line Skills, RHCSA-Level Security Options, The Boot Process, Linux Filesystem Administration, Package Management, User Administration, RHCSA-Level System Administration Tasks, A Security Primer, System Services and SELinux, RHCE Administrative Tasks, Electronic Mail Servers, The Apache Web Server, The Samba File Server, More File-Sharing Services, and finally Administrative Services: DNS, FTP, and Logging. Each of these chapters dives deep into the topic matter and offers up self-quiz questions and exercises to help learn and/or master the material. With this coverage passing the exams are within reach.
This is not just an exam preparation manual, though. It is also a superb reference. It is not feasible to remember everything there is to know about Linux and Red Hat in particular, but this book keeps everything close by and accessible - and the PDF version is invaluable just for the searching capabilities alone.
I keep this book close by. Previous versions of this book have helped many people pass the RHCE and the RHCT (superceded by the new RHSCA) exams, and this books is suited for doing the same for many more people. Even if you're not prepping for certification, consider picking up this book as it will be a very valuable reference. By the way - after working with this book almost to the exclusion of other references, I passed the RHCSA on the first try. I have not yet pursued the RHCE but it's on the horizon.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It should be noted that this book does NOT cover configuration of the X Window system. According to Red Hat's published exam objectives for RHEL 6 (as of summer 2011), X configuration is not required for passing the RHCSA or RHCE exams and as such this book does not include X coverage.