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  • Paperback: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 6 edition (July 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071765654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071765657
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Jang, (RHCE, LPIC-2, UCP, Linux+, MCP), author of the popular RHCE Red Hat Certified Engineer Linux Study Guide (Exam RH302) and about 20 other professional technology titles, is currently a full-time writer, specializing in operating systems and networks. His experience with computers goes back to the days of jumbled punch cards. He has written other books on Linux certification, including LPIC-1 in Depth, Mike Meyers’ Linux+ Certification Passport, and Sair GNU/Linux Installation and Configuration Exam Cram. His other Linux books include Linux Annoyances for Geeks, Linux Patch Management, and Mastering Fedora Core Linux 5. He has also written or contributed to books on Microsoft operating systems, including MCSE Guide to Microsoft Windows 98 and Mastering Windows XP Professional, Second Edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik on Oct. 8 2012
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Great book which helped me pass my RHCSA exam. The first two chapters, which cover creating 3 virtual machines for the labs in the next chapters, were somewhat confusing and "all over the place". Once I had determined the first couple of chapters were useless, I configured my own virtual machines without paying attention those chapters and moved straight to chapter 3. I don't think I'm the only one who felt that way since the author is providing 3 "pre-configured" virtual machine images on his latest revision of this book.

That being said, I would still recommend the book, as it helped me fill the knowledge gap I had between what I've learned as a linux tech support and what I needed to pass the exam. I also hang on a forum which is all about IT certifications and this book is without a doubt the #1 recommended book for the RHCSA/RHCE exams.
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This book allowed me to properly prepare for the exam leaving nothing to hazard. Everything is clearly explained and tied back to exam objectives.
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Very detailed - exactly what was needed. Practice exams are great.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Navneet on Nov. 22 2013
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Its a good book if you want to go in depth and recommended for people with good Linux background.Explained to detail and can be confusing for beginners
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Study Guide and Reference Manual July 3 2011
By Matt Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the sixth edition of Jang's Red Hat Linux Certification Study Guide, though it has in previous editions been known under slightly different titles due to the change in Red Hat's test titles. With the transition to Red Hat Enterprise 6 and the introduction of Red Hat's RHCSA (Certified System Administrator) test, this book has undergone a significant revision cycle.

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.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Above expecations July 30 2011
By Lethe - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a full time Linux Systems Engineer/Trainer who holds RHCE himself, I've been a big fan of the previous book which was my main tool of preparation (together with experience and other subject specific books) and was eagerly looking forward the updated version for RHEL 6.

Usually when a new product come out the associated book is more a copy/modify/paste of the previous version in this case Michael Jang has done a tremendous job of updating all the content from the previous version while adding new stuff that lot of people were looking for like how to build your own lab, basic configuration for the lab and lot of scenarios for practice.

In the past I've been writing my own scripts/labs and releasing them on my blog but when I took the book in my hand was surprised in a pleasant way! Jang made it again raising the bar of excellence for how a technical book should be written!

If you are preparing for RHCSA/RHCE don't wait anymore this is the one stop for your certification needs.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Good for a newbie - despite what some reviewers say Dec 19 2011
By Ken Aldrich - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a linux Newbie. I've never installed or configured it. I looked at the available books on the subject and chose this one. Even though this book is targeted towards those trying to achieve certifications, I find the practical approach to the book useful.
I like the book because he takes you through, step by step, how to set up machines and perform tasks. There are special margin notes on what things you might focus on if you're taking the exam, and what things you might focus on if you're trying to learn this for a job.

I read some of the negative reviews before purchasing. After having read through the first two chapters and completing the labs, I have these several things to say:
1) If you were confused about what resources you needed to allocate to the VMs, then you did not pay close enough attention. There is no confusion about how many GBs you should allocate to the Host VM you're setting up and the VMs inside. I did view the errata documents the author posted on the publisher's website. I did not find any of the information there "critical" to understanding the book. I'd have gotten by just fine without having to review that PDF document that illustrates the relationships of the VMs. I'd have gotten by without having to review the textual corrections.
2) I have had no confusion about which IPs to assign to which machines. Although, I will admit, due to the effects of an intermittently faulty old switch I was using for my testlab, I did have some confusion on one point. Just know this about the KVM virtual machines and networking. When you set up the virtual network of 192.168.221.x inside the VM host, it is an entirely separate virtualized network. You do not need to have an external router handling gateway, DNS, DHCP, etc for the 192.168.221.x network. For example, the NIC on my physical machine (the KVM host) had an IP of which allowed me to have it on my own home network. However, for VMs inside, it would access my KVM host at because it was also the gateway for the virtual network. I didn't need to have multiple NICs on my physical machine. It was all handled virtually. It all just works like you'd want it to work. To some, this may be obvious. However, I was questioning it because it wasn't working due to squirrely hardware.
3) When reading through the chapters you will encounter Exercises. At first I was under the impression that I should be following along and performing these exercises in my test environment. I since learned that you should hold off until you reach the end of the chapter to do the labs. I recommend reading through the exercises and absorbing the material, but you will get plenty of chance to perform those tasks when you do the labs. What is important is the labs will give you some more specific instructions that you do not encounter during the Exercises. These specific instructions are important for setting up the machines in a way that will be important in later chapters. When you do the labs, you'll basically page back in the book and follow along the exercises, performing those operations on your machines.
4) Some of the reviews expressed frustration over how much the author "skips around". I can sort of see where that is coming from. Take this quote from Chapter 2 in the book, "...you can also connect the local system to the installation source created in Chapter 1, Lab 2 using the techniques described in Chapter 7." For some, that can be a source of logical frustration. What happened is that while you were doing something in Chapter 1 of the book, the author referenced techniques in Chapter 7... something you haven't even read yet. Not only that, now we're in Chapter 2 and he's referencing something in Chapter 1 that referenced something in Chapter 7. Believe it or not, this is not an uncommon occurrence in the book. I think this frustrates some readers. I am here to say that you don't have to let it bother you, just ignore it. So far, not ONCE have I had to go forward to a later chapter to understand the content. Actually, the author is being very helpful here. The "forward reference" to a chapter later in the book, so far for me, has always been an Optional reference that provides more detail about a subject. You don't need to know that "more detail" to accomplish the current task. Those "forward references" are likely more useful for more advanced users that want to delve deeper into a topic the first time it is broached. Newbies, like me, can just ignore for now. So while it can seem to read like the author is skipping all over the darn place... you don't have to. I'm just reading and going forward in line. The content builds on itself in a very logical and helpful way. The only "skipping" I do is when I get to the labs after I've read the chapter, is I skip back to the relevant exercises in the chapter so I can see his examples and follow along. I like it because it exposes me to the material twice. The first time I'm just reading through the exercises and it exposes me to the content in a context with the rest of the material. Then I go back and actually DO IT on my test machines to help solidify what I've learned.

I hope this helps some people that read some of the reviews and are reticent to choose this book. I'm a total newbie and in less than a day I've learned to install the server from CD with many packages, update it, set up FTP and HTTP servers, share out the install files for Red Hat, set up Virtual Machine host, create some machines inside of there by using the install files I shared out from the server.... all this while using an automated Kickstart answer file. This is a very hands on approach that lets you DO this stuff at very minimal cost. I bought a cheap Athlon X2, 64-bit computer with 8 gigs of RAM and a 500 Gig hard drive. I'm able to practice networking machines together, testing access to resources through the firewall (from multiple virtual test subnets), etc, etc all on that one investment of $300 of hardware.

This book was the right choice for me.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The perfect study guide for RHCSA / RHCE Exam, and a great Desk Reference! Aug. 2 2011
By Lynn Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased the previous edition (5th Edition) of Mr. Jangs book to help me with the RHCSA exam at the first of the year, and it was an excellent guide.
Upon seeing this newest edition released based upon RHEL6 I knew I had to have it :)
This new edition is even better than the 5th, and the author has done a tremendous job of organizing the content to make preparing for both the RHCSA and RHCE exams easy.
The first chapter helps you get several RHEL environments setup to be used for practice, and they go nicely with the lab exercises Mr. Jang offers in the book. Then, chapters 2-9 helps new folks prepare for the RHCSA exam. You then move into the last chapters 10 - 17 to prepare for the RHCE exam. This was excellent!
Mr. Jang presents the material in an easy to understand format, and also offers explanations for what you are learning. He also gives great snippets throughout the book of how to use the material in real world situations, which I found to be most helpful.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that is preparing for the RHCSA or RHCE exams. Read it, and then do the exercises and labs that he presents at the end of each chapter. This will prepare you for what to expect on the exam, and you wont be stunned by any unknowns when you take the exam.
The book also makes for a GREAT desk reference. I keep my older 5th edition at my workplace since we are primarily a RHEL5 shop (which that edition was based from), and I keep my new 6 edition of the book at home as my own personal desk reference.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Lots of good, lots of bad Nov. 11 2011
By Paul Francis Durkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author is strong in some areas and noticeably weak in others. The book has been poorly edited and tends to be repetitive.

That is the quick review now the meat:

The first stage of the book for the RHCSA exams is mostly good. It is very unclear regarding LVM, apparently you can create volume groups from a logical volume...? The author seems to have a good grasp of using SELinux but doesn't do a good job of explaining the concepts. For both LVM and SELinux I had to read other sources to understand them.

The second part of the book for the RHCE exams is frustrating. The author doesn't seem to understand the services so much as know how to get them to work. There are lots of places where he simply dumps out lines from a configuration file and glosses over what they are actually doing. He fills the pages with tables of parameters you probably won't need and refers to /usr/share/doc for more detailed explanations of things he didn't explain very well.

If this were a new exam (RHCE) or new book I would not feel so frustrated, but this is edition 6. At this stage the author should have taken the time to master these services well enough to write a clear, practical teaching guide to them.

There are definitely issues with the editing too, especially noticeable in the exercises. I'm guessing there was a rush to be first to market.

On a more positive note 75% of the book is good and accurate, if you can live with doing your own research on several of the more advanced topics this could be the book for you.