Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Post by Dave » Sun, 15 Jan 2006 23:43:56


I'm going to do the following exam:

Sun Certified System Administrator for Solaris 10 OS Part 1
(GB-CX-310-200)

and was looking for a book and practice exams. I want to find the best
one, so are asking for comments.

There seems to 4 posibiliies I can find. All of them have practice exams
(I think so anyway). Anyone care to comment on how good/bad the
questions are and how they compare with the real exam? (PS, if anyone
has any exams they want to send me, I'd appreicat it. Short of cash just
now, being unemployed).

Does anyone know if any of the exams can be used on Solaris? Seems a bit
off to have to buy a book on Solaris exams, then run the exams on a
Windoze PC!! There's an open-source php product for making exams
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
although I have not used it.

And it can't be too hard to adapt
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
is a basic apache server running at some port > 1024 so a non-admin can
run it. There may be other ways too. I'm sure if I was writing a book
aimed at Solaris, I'd make sure any materials run on Solaris. Perhaps
I'm must too anti M$.

Anyway, back to the books ...

1) "Solaris 10 System Administration Exam Cram 2 Exam 200 and 202 (Exam
Cram 2 S.)" by John Philcox
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

The problem with this is that it is not published until Feb 2006 and I
really want to get it asap, so this is out, although I thought I'd list
it just in case anyone does a Google at a later date and finds the post
of use.

If anyone has seen a pre-print and would make any comments I'm sure
others would not mind seeing them.

2) "Sun Certified System Administrator for Solaris 10: Study Guide
(Exams CX-310-200 & CX-310-202)" by Paul Sanghera
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

3) Sun Certified Security Administrator for Solaris 9 and 10: Study
Guide" by Edgar Danielyan, John Chirillo

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

4) "Solaris 10 System Administration Exam Prep 2" by Bill Hawkins
http://www.yqcomputer.com/


Anyway, any comments about these particular books?

--
Dave K

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Please note my email address changes periodically to avoid spam.
It is always of the form: month-year@domain. Hitting reply will work
for a couple of months only. Later set it manually. The month is
always written in 3 letters (e.g. Jan, not January etc)
 
 
 

Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Post by melj » Mon, 16 Jan 2006 20:09:06

About a week ago, I purchased "Sun Certified System Administrator for
Solaris 10: Study Guide
(Exams CX-310-200 & CX-310-202)" by Paul Sanghera and feel it is worth
the $50 Borders charged me.

I find it clearly written and focused on the objective of enabling a
UNIX System Administrator to prepare for the Solaris 10 exams.

On the other hand, I would not recommend it as the best route to take
for someone who would like to gain practical knowledge of Solaris 10
administration. Features new to Solaris 10, such as container concepts
and zonesj in particular, are treated rather superficially and without
much depth beyond what is necessary for the exam -- which, after all,
is the stated purpose.

The book also suffers from mediocre editing and proof reading. I
suspect that at least one of the questions in the first practice
examination has the wrong answer.

This is a good topic, Dave and I am looking forward to reading other
reviews of the books you have identified.

-mel

 
 
 

Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Post by Dave » Mon, 16 Jan 2006 20:55:58


My guess also is at the point the author wrote the book, he knew little
of the new items! I've found in the past that software books often have
little detail about the new items in the latest release. I suspect in
many cases the book is written when only beta versions are out anyway
((I'm not saying this is the case here, although the dates on the book
might give a clue).



--
Dave K

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Please note my email address changes periodically to avoid spam.
It is always of the form: month-year@domain. Hitting reply will work
for a couple of months only. Later set it manually. The month is
always written in 3 letters (e.g. Jan, not January etc)
 
 
 

Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Post by Dave » Tue, 17 Jan 2006 06:03:15


<snip>

I ordered the one you said, but also this one

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

which is ?9.57 from Amazon (UK pounds, not $US). But one of the dealers
linked from the Amazon site

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

has it new for ?5.00, which is just a little over half the Amazon price
and considerably lower than anywhere else I can see it.

?5.00 (around $26) for 1104 pages published in Jan 2006 seemed a bit
too good to miss.

That dealer is in the UK, but I doubt postage will be much to the USA.
But wait a week or two and I'll let you know how the two compare.


--
Dave K

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Please note my email address changes periodically to avoid spam.
It is always of the form: month-year@domain. Hitting reply will work
for a couple of months only. Later set it manually. The month is
always written in 3 letters (e.g. Jan, not January etc)
 
 
 

Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Post by Mark » Tue, 17 Jan 2006 18:54:28

On a related note, does anyone know of a decent SCNA guide for Solaris
10 ? The only "study guides" I can find on Amazon are either for the
Solaris 10 SCSA exam, or the Solaris 8 & 9 versions of the SCNA exam.

I've recently passed the Solaris 8 SCSA, so would like to take the
Solaris 10 SCNA, which is obviously a little more "current" :) I
studied at home for the SCSA, and would like to do the same for the
SCNA exam - but as far as I can tell, in order to find out what the
syllabus is and what will be covered on the exam, I'd have to buy a
CD-ROM based training pack from Sun - which comes in at ?10, so is a
bit steep for my liking!

Thanks,

-Mark
 
 
 

Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Post by from the » Tue, 17 Jan 2006 20:20:48


Have you thought of emailing Sun and asking for a syllabus? It would
seem crazy to have an exam where you have to pay to find out what the
syllabus is!

--
Dave K

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Please note my email address changes periodically to avoid spam.
It is always of the form: month-year@domain. Hitting reply will work
for a couple of months only. Later set it manually. The month is
always written in 3 letters (e.g. Jan, not January etc)
 
 
 

Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Post by Dan Foste » Tue, 17 Jan 2006 20:32:55


What about:

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

It outlines what may be covered on the SCNA exam.

This also seems to support it:

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

These URLs will at least tell you which areas to focus on.

Also: sample Sol10 SCNA practice exam questions (free):

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Practice exam at USD $75:

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

-Dan
 
 
 

Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Post by Mark » Tue, 17 Jan 2006 20:43:07

> http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Interesting... It would appear from comparing the Solaris 10 SCNA exam
against the Solaris 9 one that the only real change would be the
inclusion of IP Filter in the syllabus :

http://www.yqcomputer.com/ (Solaris 9)

-Mark
 
 
 

Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Post by from the » Wed, 18 Jan 2006 09:26:06


Seems getting the book for about 50% of the normal Amazon price was too
good to be true: - email from Amazon is below.

------From Amazon, Re: the ?5 book---
We have been unable to complete your purchase from Edgar Danielyan.
Your order contained the following items:

1 of Solaris 10 System Administration Exam Prep 2 [Paperback] by
Calkins, Bill

You have not been charged for the attempted purchase. We apologise for
any inconvenience this may cause.

In this case, the seller is currently unable to accept payment.
Amazon.co.uk
Marketplace items must be paid for via Amazon Payments, and the
seller in this case is unable to receive payment by that means.

Please try a search of our site to find an available copy of this
item from another seller:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

--
Dave K

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Please note my email address changes periodically to avoid spam.
It is always of the form: month-year@domain. Hitting reply will work
for a couple of months only. Later set it manually. The month is
always written in 3 letters (e.g. Jan, not January etc)
 
 
 

Book reccomendation for Solaris 10 certification.

Post by Scott Howa » Mon, 30 Jan 2006 16:19:27


Actually about 80% of the Sol 10 exam was written from scratch, and most
of the remaining 20% was at least modified (significantly in some cases).

There were a few new entire sections (IP Filter being one, as you've
stated), but more importantly a lot of existing things changed for
Solaris 10 - and in many cases actually made the Solaris 9 questions
outright wrong for Solaris 10. (eg, /etc/notrouter is NOT the prefered/only
way to disable routing under 10 like it was under 9). There was also
a lot more content added for subjects such as IPv6 and a few others I can't
remember right now...

So yes, at the end of the day it's still SCNA, and the majority of the
concepts are the same as in 9, but the exam itself is very different.

Scott