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Hands-on Guide to the Red Hat Exams: RHCSA and RHCE Cert Guide and Lab Manual (Certification Guide) Hardcover – 21 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification; 1 edition (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321767950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321767950
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 3.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,088,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Damian Tommasino is currently a Linux system administrator at TradeCard and CEO of Modular Learning, Inc., an online IT training company. His current certifications include RHCE, RHCSA, MCSA, CCNA, CCENT, MCP, Security+, Network+, and A+. He has a popular blog called Security Nut ( that covers Red Hat, Linux, security, and more. Damian also spends time over at helping out in the forums and conversing with friends.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CTapp on 26 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
I received this last week, and I will be asking for my money back. A few examples why (from the first two Chapters only!):

Chapter 1 states that it shows how to install RHEL6 (RHCSA Cert is specifically on RHEL6). However only 4 pages are about RHEL6, the other 7 pages are about RHEL5, which is completely irrelevant to an RHCSA student, and irrelevant to a RHCE student who would surely be familiar with this process already. At least 50% of the screenshots (which cover the vast majority of the page space) are in conflict with the accompanying text, which is very confusing and negates the whole point of having screen shots in the first place. Worst of all, the Chapter instructs the reader to install RHEL6 on a virtual machine with 512GB RAM, and then describes a GUI install. As is clearly stated in RHEL6 literature and confirmed by my own efforts, it is not possible to do a GUI install on machines with this amount of RAM - a reduced function text installer is the only option. The Chapter describes how to do things which are not even possible in practice! I can only conclude that the writer has never even *attempted* to carry out the very task he is trying to instruct the reader on.

Chapter 2 is littered with errors and oversights. The possible GRUB boot modes are described - but not the commands required to actually use them (why? This is supposed to be a practical guide). A couple of pages later more factual errors when it says that the shutdown command takes time arguments in seconds. I tried it - it's minutes, not seconds. Literally the next page it says that /sbin/reboot is a symlink to /sbin/halt. I tried it - in fact /sbin/halt is a symlink to /sbin/reboot; the exact opposite of what is written!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PK on 9 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have managed to read 103 pages of this 502 page book and already I have discovered enough errors in it to submit a negative review. It is poorly written by the author and obviously not edited by anyone experienced in Linux. If you are new to Linux - do not buy this - the subject matter is difficult enough without having to deal with command format errors and omissions by the author.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Decado on 29 Aug. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The author has a great writing style, however is fundamentally let down by the complete lack of any kind of proof reading.

From the look of things this was originally written for RHEL5 then quickly upgraded for RHEL6. Just feels as if publication was rushed.

I found it was great to use as a companion book to Michael Jang's RHCE quide RHCSA/RHCE Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide (Exams EX200 & EX300), 6th Edition (Certification Press), however i wouldn't recommend using alone.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Missed several exam objectives 12 Aug. 2011
By M Srinivasan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Used Linux for few years, and want prep for the RHCSA and RHCE exams. I study exam objectives from Red Hat, and read book. Yes, I see exam objectives on start of chapters. But several exam objectives not covered inside chapter. I quote exam objectives from Red Hat.

I read whole book, and searched e-book, so I think book missing coverage of all these objectives.

1) Can't find 2>, star, bzip2 commands. I know these commands already, so I forgive these missing objectives. But Red Hat thinks important enough to have in exam objectives.

2) Red Hat objective: "Locate, read and use system documentation including man, info, and files in /usr/share/doc [Note: Red Hat may use applications during the exam that are not included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the purpose of evaluating candidate's abilities to meet this objective.]"
Red Hat gives special warning on this, so I think it extra important for exam. But not in book.

3) "Use single-user mode to gain access to a system"
Listed at start of Chapter 2. Search shows single user mode in Chapter 21 (I search e-book). But nothing in book to get single-user mode, just "appending the command line during boot". Which command line? Where is prompt during boot? Grub or bash?

4) "Modify the system bootloader"
GRUB is system bootloader. I see no example of change to GRUB config file in book.

5) "Configure a system to authenticate using Kerberos"
No words to configure Kerberos client, only "You should also practice connecting a client with Kerberos authentication as well as shadow passwords." Not enough. Where is krb5.conf in book? Important for Kerberos client.

6) "Configure a system as an iSCSI initiator that persistently mounts an iSCSI target"
Not in book.

7) "Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems as virtual guests"
Not in book, unless Virtualbox on exam. Virtualbox is Oracle product.

8) "Configure systems to launch virtual machines on boot"
Not in book.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This book is a disappointment. 9 Jun. 2011
By N.K. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The text and the labs have an incoherent relationship. Labs have tasks not covered in the chapter and no references are provided for where the lab specific task or knowledge may be obtained. This book is a disappointment.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Wouldn't Recommend 10 Jun. 2011
By S. Hall - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Too many typos, mistakes, copy-paste errors, and bits left out. There was supposed to be errata but I haven't seen anything yet.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Poorly written book 3 Jun. 2011
By Douglas - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I purchased this book in hopes it would prepare me for the RHCSA exam. It did not! The book was not even close.

The book is poorly written. There are a lot of technical errors that you have to Google the right way of completing the task.

I wish I could get my money back.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Preparing for RHCSA 20 Jun. 2011
By IKE - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First I will say that the author gave a good advise on the RHCSA exam, I have been in the UNIX-LINUX field a long time now and decided to get a certification is Red hat Linux, but the problem I noticed with the book is that it appears it was written in a hurry because of the relatively new RHCSA exams such that they can sell many of this books.

Secondly, I agree with one of the readers who said that some of the instructions on the book are either wrong or incomplete and one has to try and figure out how to make it work. The author needs to go back to the drawing board and make modifications and corrections, the book like one other guy mentioned is not necessarily sufficient to make one pass the RHCSA especially a newbie in LINUX.

One good thing about the book is that it has given me a very good idea of what RHCSA is all about, my only problem is that I do not have 4 machines to do my LAB, I have just finished the RHCSA chapters 2-12 and now starting over now to do a more serious study.

Please can some one else advise us on what other book is out there that we can use to prepare for the RHCSA.

Also can one pass this exams without going through the LAB?
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