Series: Novell Press
Hardcover: 2532 pages
Publisher: Hungry Minds (August 1997)
Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.7 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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I don't need all the hand-holding and filler information this book contains... BUT, I know this stuff really helps people that don't have as much experience as some of us.One person complained about none of these certification books being written at higher levels. You know why they don't do that? Because the people at those levels don't need the books at all. Novell's website and documentation is enough for them.
You can use these two books to pass all the CNE exams except the elective. It does have alot of extra funny stuff in it but it doesn't get in the way and some of it is quite nice. It has brain teasers which generally have nothing to do with Netware but are good for giving you a break from studying and help to sharpen your thinking. At first I thought I didn't like the jokes, teasers, and quotes but when I had to get a book by a different author for my elective I really found it dull and extremely boring after Mr. Clark's books. You also get a small version of the Clark tests for Core Technologies, a demo of the MTL so you can become familiar with it, 2-license Netware, and other demos on CD. You can't miss with these books. You can get your CNE using them alone (except for the elective). I did.
I took a four month training course for Netware 4.11 at a local college and this was the book that our instructor used to teach the class. I found this book to be very informative and the software and practice quizzes were excellent in preparing you for all of the CNE exams. The software that comes with the book is very useful and essential for studying for your CNE. It even comes with a 2 user version of intranetware 4.11! You also get the Clarke tests cd, which is quite useful, but I would recommend that someone seeking to be certified to purchase the Big Red study test from Novell.These test questions come directly from Novell's testing database. With this book and the Big Red tests you will have the success you seek!
This is by far the best vendor-specific certification study tool available. It has all the necessary info in regards to the exams, and comes complete with a 2-user license of Novell NetWare 4.11 which is essential in order for you to grasp the concepts of NetWare. The only minor niggle is with the structuring of the CNE study guide - it isn't organised exam-by-exam as is the Core Tech. guide. But that aside this set features two guides that are wonderfully written and software which is very useful.
After working with NetWare networks for 4+ years I finally decided to earn my CNE status. To bring myself up to speed I bought the Novell's CNE Study Set : Guide to Intranetware/Netware 4.11 and Guide to Core Technologies. I enjoy taking the hands on approach to learning a system and use technical writing for informational purposes, but once I started reading this book I found that I couldn't put it down. I recently lost my old copy and decided to purchase another book by a different author, I found that this book didn't even come close to the quality information I found in the Novell's CNE Study Set : Guide to Intranetware/Netware 4.11 and Guide to Core Technologies. If your looking for a CNE study book to help you earn your CNE status, or if you just want one for reference, you should buy this book.
David Clarke is obviously one of the preeminent Novell gurus, and he covers IntranetWare concepts completely and thoroughly. If you want to pass the CNE exams, you should read and understand this book. However, be prepared for jokes, banter, and irrelevant witticisms. In his attempt to make the material less dry, he is extremely aggravating. It's a shame, really, because it's actually pretty lucid without the filler. As for preparing for the tests, you'll need additional material, because review questions are in the form of "fun:" crossword puzzles, word searches, and matching.
I'm still studying both books. I don't know how these will help me on the exams, but I can say that I am going nuts having to read all these stupid metaphores. I am sure there are some people out there who are not too sharp and can benefit from his analogies, etc, but I just want to learn Netware, not his every little view point on life.Well that's my rant, on the whole the books are both filled with tons of information, and I am pretty sure that the exams will be passable if I ever finish reading these two books! (about 2400 pages combined)
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