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Ucertify Review   2014/02/12 BrookA
- Whether certifications have any value is an entirely different question. I would suggest that you NOT bother with certification unless you are planning to apply for a specific job that requires it or if you are just starting out and have no experience to brag about. Many people like myself look upon certifications as having little real value - it's 'book knowledge' that doesn't necessarily translate into real skills. However, some employment opportunities may require these as an indication that you have at least basic knowledge. So let's just leave that argument for another day. The rest of this article assumes that certification has value for you. -

CompTIA Network+ Study Guide  
- If you are trying to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam, or are even just wanting to learn networking from the ground up, this is your book. -

Mac OS X Support Essentials  
- barely technical look at OS X Leopard: I found this disappointing. It may meet its intended goal of preparing someone for the Apple Certified Support Professional Exam, but it is just a lightweight and superficial romp at best. I can't imagine anyone walking away from reading this feeling that they have really gained anything useful. -

Red Hat Certified Engineer Linux Study Guide  
- Overall this book is choppy: subjects are often referenced but not explained until much later, and sometimes they are not explained at all. -

All-In-One Sair Linux and Gnu Certified Administrator Exam Guide  
- The cover of this book proclaims "All-in-One is All You Need". It surely is not. In fact, if you were to rely upon this as "both a study guide and an on-the-job reference" (as the cover blurb suggests), you'd probably flunk the certification exam and not last long at your job. -

Network+ Exam Guide  
- Network+ Exam Guide covers basic networking topics, missing very little of importance and with a high amount of accuracy. -

Prep Kit General Linux 1  
- Not bad. This contains everything you need from an exam prep book, including some nice features I haven't seen in other books. Each chapter begins with a set of questions for you to think about while reading the chapter; the end of the chapter answers those questions and then presents a test. I liked that tests explain why the correct answer is correct and why each wrong answer is wrong; that's helpful when you are unclear about something. There's also a separate "notes" booklet that contains pretty good notes for each chapter (though they should have left a little space for folks to write their own). There's also a CD that includes a Linux character based test with an impressive 250 questions. -

General Linux 1 Exam Prep  
- This is a book I wanted to like. It has all the right features: a hands on lab after every chapter, a review test after every chapter (and an appendix with answers) and a CD with more test questions. The intended audience is people seeking Linux certification, but I am afraid that this book might do them more harm than good. -

A.P. Lawrence Certifications  
- It seems to make some people more comfortable if they are hiring a "certified" person. It shouldn't: the tests are pretty meaningless. -

SCO's ACE program  
- SCO's ACE certification program requires passing a series of tests to demonstrate proficiency in SCO operating systems and Unix in general. The exams aren't overly hard, but do require a solid base of knowledge and good preparation. -

Certification Resources  
- Not all of the material below is directly related to certification tests, but anything that tests your knowledge can be useful in preparing for exams. I think it's also fun just to self test, even without any intention of becoming certified. -

 
 











 
 

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