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Sun Certified System Administrator for Solaris 10 Study Guide (Exams CX-310-200 & CX-310-202) (Certification Press) Paperback – 1 Jan 2006

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; Pap/Cdr St edition (1 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780072229592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072229592
  • ASIN: 0072229594
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Get the book that shows you not only what―but how―to study

  • 100% complete coverage of all official objectives for Sun Solaris exams CX-310-200 and CX-310-202
  • Exam Readiness Checklist at the front of the book--you're ready for the exam when all objectives on the list are checked off
  • Real-world exercises--Step-by-step instruction modeled after the hands-on exam questions
  • Exam Watch and Inside the Exam sections in every chapter highlight key exam topics covered
  • Simulated exam questions match the format, tone, topics, and difficulty of the real exam

Covers all exam CX-310-200 and CX-310-202 topics, including: Installation * System Boot Procedures * File System Administration * Disk Management * User Administration * Security * Managing Network Printers and System Processes * Backups and Restores * The Solaris Network Environment * Virtual File Systems and Core Dumps * Storage Volumes * Access Control and System Messaging * Naming Services * Advanced Installation Procedures

The best fully integrated study system available. CD-ROM includes:

  • Complete MasterExam practice testing engine, featuring:
  • One CX-310-200 practice exam
  • Detailed answers with explanations
  • Score Report performance assessment tool
  • Electronic book for studying on the go
  • Bonus downloadable CX-310-202 MasterExam practice test (with free online registration)

About the Author

Dr. Paul Sanghera (San Jose, CA) Linux+, Network+, CAN, SCP, SCSA, is a technologist, educator, and entrepreneur based in the Silicon Valley, California. With a Ph.D. in Physics, and a Master’s in Computer Science from Cornell University, Dr. Sanghera is an expert in Computer Networking, TCP/IP protocols, Java Technologies, and peer to peer distributed communication systems. He has more than 15 years experience working with the UNIX system environment, including work at research laboratories such as CERN and the Wilson Nuclear Synchrotron Laboratory at Cornell University, and in the computer industry. He has taught technology courses in the Bay Area at CSU Hayward, San Jose State University, Golden Gate University, and Brooks College.

Paul was a founding member and Director of Engineering at an e-commerce company, weborder, that was sold to Netopia. He has also been at the ground floor of several other technology startups such as Dream Logic, and MP3.com. DR. Sanghera has also worked as Senior Software Engineer at Novell, and Netscape, and have contributed to technologies such as Netscape Communicator, NDS, and sellerXpert. Author and co-author of more than 150 research papers published in American and European research journals, Dr. Sanghera has made professional presentations by invitation at several International conferences.

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Format: Paperback
I have sat the first exam this book covers (cx-310-200) and I was not impressed by how much material this book had either missed or skipped over quickly. In particular this book has very little on the new Solaris 10 features such as SMF (svcs, svcadm etc), which is a problem as this is a pretty radical change from the standard init/run level unix system. The exam question on this topic in particular were much more detailed than the book material.
It also has an annoying habit of hiding import information in the middle of paragraphs of text (e.g. file locations) making quick review difficult.
The book also suffers from poor editing; it appears as though a non-technical editor was the last person to proof read the book as there are passages that have obviously incorrect syntax (e.g. missing |'s before grep).
On the plus side, the book covers the material that is included with out too much waffle and comes with a reasonable practise exam that is very similar to the real thing (although a little easier).
In short, this book reads like a Solaris 9 book that needs alot more updating for Solaris 10. And proper editing.
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The book has lots of white space on the pages with no text. If I wanted to look at white paper I'd buy a packet from the stationers.

The book first discusses the kernel, but then goes back to the very basics, which is not what I personally want. For example, it shows you how to respond to

login:

You are told you need to type your username, press RETURN and that the system will respond with a request for your password. The book tells you to enter your password and press RETURN. We are told the password will not be echoed to the screen for security reasons. (There's no mention of logging into remote systems via CDE or Sun Java Desktop).

Then the 'cd' command is discussed.

If I needed a book at that level, I'd buy a beginners, dummies or idiots guide - not one aimed at Sun's Solaris exams.

The coverage is not very deep, which is inevitable given the amount of whitespace and the level it starts at.

I also bought the book "Solaris 10 System Administration Exam Prep 2" by Bill Calkins. Despite Bill Calkins' book being 50% more expensive, it is much better value. Since that book is recommended by several Sun employees involved in setting the exam, I can only assume the level is about right, which means this book is far too basic.
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Its worth noting that the positive reviews of this book are from people who have yet to sit the exam. I did my study for 310-200 based on this book and I too was very pleased with it and felt very confident.
I started to feel uneasy when I read davidkirkby's review which questioned whether the book went into enough depth. As a result I went off and did alot of independant study. This saved me in the exam.
This book gives you a false sense of security. As davidkirkby says, Bill Calkins book goes into alot more depth and seems much closer to what the exam requires.
To give three examples, the subjects of SMF, printer administration and x86 booting were not covered in enough depth. I could quote three or four commands which came up in my exam and are not mentioned anyware in the book
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Quite liked the layout of this book, and it broadly gave me what I needed to pass the Part I exam so far. Absolutely teeming with typos, often several per page, including in the test questions. I cannot beieve the book was ever proof read by an experienced System Administrator. A good guide to exam content for an experienced SA, but I fear the typos would confuse a novice.
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This is a rock solid book. I have passed both the exams after preparing from this book and from the practice exams that come with this book. I found this book self contained and very focussed on the exam objectives. Yet there is a perfect flow throughout the book. All concepts are clearly explained. This makes this book especially suitable for the beginners.I do not agree with the criticism that this book does not cover the Soalris 10 features well. The Solaris 10 features are covered adequately throughout the book where they are required by the exam objectives and by the flow of the presentation. The fact that most of the messages critical of this book have the same tone and they promote the competitor book, makes me wonder if this is just a PROPAGANDA for the other book. I don't care if the other book is good or bad. This book has helped me and I believe this is an excelent book, so I recommend it to everyone: the people who want to prepare for the SCSA exams and the people who just want to learn the basics of Solaris 10.
The Errata for the book is already avaliable. You can download it by clicking on a link in the Amazon Connect feature on the Product Description page for this book on amazon.com
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I think the exam must have been updated since this book last was as there's key topics missing from the book. The books also pretty long winded and only includes a practise exam for part one. The practise questions are also much easier than the real exam ones.

To me it tries to be both a study guide for the 2 exams and an introduction to Solaris and hence fails on both counts.
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