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LPI certification study material

Posted 11-09-2009 at 08:56 AM by anand.arumug
Updated 12-23-2009 at 11:43 PM by anand.arumug

In's Linux Newbie forum I posted the following question to know what other people with experience in Linux administration or people who has got their certifications has done. Since it might be of use to all who are in the same stage as mine, I am posting the replies in a blog post:

This is what I asked:

hi all,

i'm looking for a good study material - either online resource or a book - to prepare for LPI certification. I have done my research on this and could not settle on one so looking for suggestions. The IBM developerWorks material is there. But I don't know whether it extensive. I was reading the Linux System Administrator's Guide from TLDP but the version available there has some sections as to be completed.

Looking forward for suggestions from people who has been through this process.

Thanks in advance.

And I got great suggestions. Even though all of them were great, the reply that had the stuff I was looking for was from @stevetokyo (Thanks a lot to you):

@anand.arumug,.. Please try the following it might be helpful. It might take you up to 4 months to complete with no social life.
1. Buy this book,.. RHCE Red Hat Certified Engineer Linux Study Guide (Exam RH302) (Certification Press) (Paperback)
~ Michael Jang (Author)

2. Download and install CentOS,.. Install VMware workstation on it,.. If you have a enough memory and hard disk space run 2 Virtual Machines(CentOS) on it using that to practice the lab from the book above trust me you will be fine.

3. Get a book on Scripting,. You will need it. Also try to get your hands on any of this

4. Get your hands on these videos,.. Go through them at least twice.

With all these you should be able to defend the cert that you have,..If you can really master all these experience will be acquired in no time.
The other replies I got were:

From @jstephens84 there were 3 suggestions:

Suggestion #1 was in reply to what @kbp wrote:

From @kbp:
The DW stuff is written by Dan Robbins - Gentoo Chief Architect, it's pretty comprehensive. Just remember... certs will only get your foot in the door.. experience always wins so work hard
All I can say is Amen to that. Can't tell you how many times I have ran into someone that brags about being certified only to find that when faced with a problem they freeze up due to lack of experience or they really just memorized enough info to pass the test.
Suggestion #2:

One way would be to get involved with a local LUG group. We have helped all kinds of people who have experience at home but no work experience. I am not saying anything is wrong with getting a certification. I am just saying don't study to pass the exam. know why you are doing something. Not just this is what the book told me to do. Also it doesn't hurt to have a friend in high places so Network Network Network with anybody in the company that you are applying with.
Suggestion #3:

I will keep updating this post if I get any replies that might be useful to others as well. Cheers...
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