- Series: Certification & Career - OMG
- Paperback: 1072 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 7 edition (April 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071841962
- ISBN-13: 978-0071841962
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 215 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide, Seventh Edition (Exams EX200 & EX300) 7th Edition
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About the Author
Michael Jang, RHCE, LPIC, MCSE, is the author of the three previous bestselling editions of RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide as well as RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Practice Exams with Virtual Machines, Mike Meyers' Linux+ Certification Passport, and several other books. Alessandro Orsaria, RHCA, RHCA, CCIE, is an IT Infrastructure Architect with more than 15 years' experience with Linux systems.
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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.
In terms of helping you study for the exam, some useful features include:
* Instructions for creating virtual machines to be used in the lab exercises.
* Bullet points summarizing each chapter.
* Exercises and (hands-on) labs for each chapter.
* As mentioned above, organization by test, so that you needn't worry about one if studying for the other.
Lastly, as with any topic you want to excel at, the key is to practice as much as you possibly can. To that end, you will want a machine with lots of disk space and perhaps a decent amount of rap which supports hardware virtualization, and preferably is running 64-bit Linux (which KVM on Red Hat seems to require). If you can't do this though, you probably want to set up dual booting to a few copies of Linux so that if you mess one up, you will still be able to use your machine. This won't be quite as satisfactory though, because messing up with fdisk or parted will still put you in a world of hurt (voice of experience here!), but with a VM, you will only mess up the VM and lose the time it takes to kickstart a new one. As far as the version of Linux, you will want to practice on either the official Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or one of the equivalent, freely available clones like CentOS (my choice) or Scientific Linux. If you try to use recent versions of Fedora, you will be a bit too cutting edge. I have found that it swaps out a lot of things (iptables, init, etc.) that RHEL is based on. Non-Red Hat versions are going to be quite a bit different too, and should probably be skipped, though a lot will still be similar.
It is worth mentioning that the Kindle edition seems to be some sort of PDF-like format which will not reflow to your screen. I can see the reason for doing this, but it would be nice if it was in standard Kindle format.
P.S. I should offer the disclaimer that I haven't yet taken either exam, so I can't sally how the book compares to the real thing, but even without passing the exam, this book has helped me greatly in my day-to-day dealings with LInux.
Other issues I found were the Lab setup instructions. Primarily the disk space allocation, I ran into a problem when installing the Virtual machines and had to wipe the entire OS and rebuild it using the recommended settings during the installation process.
I am a beginner and certainly this could be all on me, but I am weary or performing the exercises for fear that I must reinstall the lab computers yet again.
Summary, good content, I do like the delivery of the content, poor experience with the exercises and chapter labs.