IBM Certification Study Guide AIX V4.3 System Support

An IBM Redbooks publication


The AIX & RS/6000 Certifications offered through the Professional Certification Program from IBM, are designed to validate the skills required of technical professionals who work in the powerful and often complex environments of AIX and RS/6000. A complete set of professional certifications are available. They include:

IBM Certified AIX User
IBM Certified Specialist - RS/6000 Solution Sales
IBM Certified Specialist - AIX V4.3 System Administration
IBM Certified Specialist - AIX V4.3 System Support
IBM Certified Specialist - RS/6000 SP
IBM Certified Specialist - AIX HACMP
IBM Certified Specialist - Domino for RS/6000
IBM Certified Specialist - Web Server for RS/6000
IBM Certified Specialist - Business Intelligence for RS/6000
IBM Certified Advanced Technical Expert - RS/6000 AIX

Each certification is developed by following a thorough and rigorous process to ensure the exam is applicable to the job role, and is a meaningful and appropriate assessment of skill. Subject Matter Experts who successfully perform the job, participate throughout the entire development process. These job incumbents bring a wealth of experience into the development process. Thus making the exams much more meaningful than the typical test which only captures classroom knowledge. These experienced Subject Matter Experts ensure the exams are relevant to the real world and that the test content is both useful and valid. The result is a certification of value, which appropriately measures the skill required to perform the job role.

This IBM Redbooks publication is designed as a study guide for professionals wishing to prepare for the certification exam to achieve: IBM Certified Specialist - AIX V4.3 System Support.

The support specialist certification validates a broad scope of AIX problem determination and resolution skills and the ability to perform general AIX software system maintenance. The certification is applicable to support professionals who conduct the AIX problem determination and resolution activities needed to successfully support system administrators, customers, and/or clients in an AIX environment, in order to maintain system reliability.

This book helps AIX support professionals seeking a comprehensive and task-oriented guide for developing the knowledge and skills required for the certification. It is designed to provide a combination of theory and practical experience needed for a general understanding of the subject matter. It also provides sample questions that will help in the evaluation of personal progress and provide familiarity with the types of questions that will be encounter in the exam.

This book will not replace the practical experience you should have, but is an effective tool which when combined with education activities and experience, should prove to be a very useful preparation guide for the exam. Due to the practical nature of the certification content, this publication can also be used as a desk side reference. So, whether you are planning to take the support exam, or if you just want to validate your AIX system support skills, this book is for you.

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Publish Date
01 March 1999

Last Update
23 August 2001

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