CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies Paperback – 26 Jan 2007
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From the Back Cover
Covers CompTIA A+ exams 220–601, 220–602, 220–603, and 220–604
Here′s what you need to pass the A+ Certification exam — in one value–priced package
This book covers the A+ Essentials, IT Technician, Remote Support Technician, and Depot Technician exams in topic–specific chunks for easy review. Packed with proven tips, practice tests, and practical information that will still be handy in the real world after you′ve passed the exam!
All this on the bonus CD–Rom
- Dummies Test Engine, our exclusive test–prep software featuring hundreds of sample questions
- Lab manual offering hands–on exercises of test topics
- See the About the CD Appendix for details and complete system requirements
Discover how to
- Install and upgrade motherboards, memory, and processors
- Understand ports and install external devices
- Perform maintenance and diagnose problems
- Recognize exam pitfalls
- Recover from system failure
About the Author
Glen E. Clarke (MCSE/MCSD/MCDBA/MCT/CIW SA/Security+/Network+/A+) is an independent trainer and consultant, focusing on network security and security auditing services. Glen spends most of his time delivering certified courses on A+, Network+, Windows Server 2003, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Visual Basic .NET, and ASP.NET. Glen also teaches a number of security related courses covering topics such as vulnerability testing, firewall design, and packet analysis.
Glen is an experienced author and technical editor who has worked on nine certification books. Glen designed and coauthored the award nominated A+ Certification Bible and has worked on certification titles involving topics such as Windows 2000/2003 certification, CIW certification, Network+ certification, and Security+ certification. When he’s not working, Glen loves to spend quality time with his wife, Tanya, and their three children, Sara, Brendon, and Ashlyn. He is an active member of the martial arts community, where he currently holds his first–degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. You can visit Glen online at www.gleneclarke.com, or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed Tetz graduated in 1990 from Saint Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario with a degree in Business Administration. He spent a short time in computer sales, which eventually led to a computer support position. After several years of providing system and LAN support to small and large organizations, in 1994 he added training to his repertoire. He holds certifications for A+, ITIL Foundations Certificate in IT Service Management (IT Infrastructure Library), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), and Chauncey Group’s Certified Technical Trainer (CTT). Since 2002, he has been a full–time consultant for a value added reseller in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Over his years of work experience, he has supported Apple Macintosh, IBM OS/2, Linux, Novell NetWare, and all Microsoft operating systems from MS–DOS to Windows Vista, as well as hardware from most of the major vendors. He welcomes comments from his readers and can be contacted at ed—email@example.com, if you are not trapped by the junk mail filters, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Customer Reviews
Also, there are many errors in the book. The practice questions included are quite often wrong, and the answers don't fit the questions.
Honestly, I've lost faith in the usually brilliant 'For Dummies' series.
Get the Sybex or Mike Myers books if you actually care about your IT Career.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The book basically covers two areas:
First is the material you need to know and understand about computers in order to pass the test. This covers simple things like what's a motherboard to security in networked systems. It is written in the typical 'For Dummies' manner, that is, light and easy to understand, but with all the bases covered from the big picture (is the power on) to the small details.
Second is the part specialized to the test itself. This covers everything from what the test is about, to what to do on the day of the test itself to give yourself the best possible chance of passing.
All of this is combined with the usual humorous writing common to the 'For Dummies' books that help to make them a bit more interesting. And of course there are Rich Tennant's cartoons between the major sections.
The main drawback of this book is that it contains more than a few proofreading errors, but despite that annoyance, the content and organization of the book are very helpful. The best thing about this book is that the chapters are short, which makes the gigantic book seem a lot more manageable, and there are short quizzes at the end of each chapter which will allow you to see if you've actually retained and understood what you just read. Though concepts are generally explained simply, if you do not already have at least an intermediate knowledge of computers, many parts of this book will probably be above your head. If you're not already fairly well-versed in computers, I would recommend reading PC Troubleshooting for Dummies and learning about the innards of your computer before venturing into this book.