HP-UX CSE: Official Study Guide and Desk Reference
. To me the title of the book
reflects the dual purpose of this book; it is both a study guide for those whose primary aim is to successfully achieve the CSE certification as well as a day-to-day job aid for those who need real-life examples of how to
in the myriad of
that befall an advanced HP-UX administrator. Those were the two primary goals of the book and with some considerable help from others; I think I have achieved those goals. As well as these two main goals I was frequently asked; "
who is the book intended for
"? This was a difficult question but can now be
by saying the book has three main audiences;
HP-UX administrators relatively new to these advanced concepts/tasks. These administrators require a
that covers the tasks required of a CSE but also supports recently
HP-UX administrators who have been involved in some advanced configuration tasks, have been attending training classrooms/workshops and need a
to fill the gaps in the knowledge on some key tasks as well as
their current knowledge and ideas of advanced configuration/management topics.
HP-UX administrators who have been managing large, complex configurations for some considerable time and have
their knowledge over the
blood, sweat and tears
. These administrators need a
that will fortify their current knowledge as well as highlight what HP regards as the key tasks of a CSE. These administrators may have direct knowledge of HP-UX or may have cross-trained from another operating system.
For each audience they all need an idea of what will be asked of them should they decide to take and hopefully pass the HP-UX Certified Systems Engineer exam. This may also prompt them to realize that some of their knowledge is somewhat lacking and need further training in order to be able to pass the appropriate exam. Just to reiterate they requirements of the exam, if you didn't already know.
To become a fully qualified HP-UX Certified Systems Engineer you need to:
To further assist in your study for the CSE exam, should you need it, I thought I might point you in the right direction as to which
/chapters to study for the appropriate exams. Initially I was going to title each part of the book
but it quickly became evident that each exam doesn't fit
into a single
. In fact, take an example of managing a High Availability Cluster. You not only need to understand the Serviceguard software but
aspects of a high availability configuration. This includes disks and
, performance management, inter-networking,
-level access to multiple systems as well as security threats to individual machines and to your entire network. A common theme throughout the entire book is the need these days for HP-UX installations to achieve two primary technical goals; High Availability and High Performance. It is not uncommon for a HP-UX CSE to be involved in every aspect of the job all of the time! This may also become true of the CSE exams should the format, content and requirements of the exams change. To help you to focus your efforts, here is an idea of how the exams currently stand in relation to this book: