Synopses & Reviews
Covers the CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam (220-701) and Practical Application Exam (220-702)
Earning A+ Certified Professional status can offer your career a real boost. Each of the minibooks in this handy guide is packed with the information you need to know to pass the test and get that A+ after your name. With special icons to mark key points you must master and review questions in every chapter, it's the tool you need to make it happen!
Inside and out — master motherboards, memory, and processors, and learn to install video, sound, and network cards
Be a problem solver — learn to prevent problems and hardware failure and to troubleshoot hardware components
Operating systems 101 — discover what an OS needs to run, and how to support applications and install and upgrade Windows®
Recovery and security — find out how to fix computers that won't boot, restore a system, set permissions, and scan for viruses
It's the network — understand networking technology and how to troubleshoot a TCP/IP network
Open the book and find:
Comprehensive coverage of the new A+ 2009 exams
"Soft skills" that will enhance your career
How to find bottlenecks in a system
Details about network architecture
A guide to the different types of memory
All about ports, cables, and connectors
How to use a remote desktop connection
Explanations of malicious software types
Bonus CD Includes
- Lab exercises for plenty of hands-on practice
- Practice exams to help you prepare for the real thing
- Dummies Test Engine, our exclusive test-prep software featuring two versions of each of the exams
Please see the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.
The A+ Certification All In One For Dummies takes a completely new approach to A+, Dummies and certification and provides the reader with 1200 pages of fresh, new and totally up-to-date comprehensive content designed to correlate with the knowledge tested in each domain of both the hardware and OS exams. The book will be packed with review questions written by the authors. The book will cover all the new content in the exams including Vista coverage and a heavier emphasis on hardware. Each book covers one of the domains of the exam.
- The book will be released with the next revision of the A+ Certification
- The accompanying CD-ROM contains the Dummies Test Engine, an exclusive, fully customizable test-prep software package now containing twice the number of sample questions included in the last edition of this book.
Nine minibooks cover everything you need to earn the A+ certification
CompTIA's A+ certification is the industry-leading entry-level certification for IT professionals, and this guide is the quick, easy way to prepare for the test. 1,200 pages of up-to-date information correlates with both the hardware and operating system exams and serves as a reference after the test-taking is completed.
The minibooks cover each domain of the exam: A+ Groundwork, Inside the Box, Outside the Box, Maintenance and Troubleshooting, Operating System Basics, Managing The Operating System, Recovering Systems, Networking, and Securing Systems. You'll find plenty of sample test questions to get you prepared, too.
- CompTIA's A+ certification is vendor-neutral and validates the skills of entry-level computer technicians; it can be the ticket to a new or better job
- Certification requires successful completion of two exams; this prep guide covers all the core competencies required
- Nine minibooks cover A+ Groundwork, Inside the Box, Outside the Box, Maintenance and Troubleshooting, Operating System Basics, Managing The Operating System, Recovering Systems, Networking, and Securing Systems
- Covers installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance, and basic networking, with extra information about Vista and a heavier emphasis on hardware
- Companion CD-ROM include the Dummies Test Engine, an exclusive, fully customizable test-prep software package that includes 400 exam review questions
CompTIA A+ Certification All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the best study guide to have as you prepare for the A+ exams!
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
About the Author
Glen E. Clarke (MCSE/MCSD/MCDBA/MCT/MCTS/CEH/Security+/Network+/A+)
is an independent trainer and consultant, focusing on network security and security auditing services. Glen spends most of his time delivering certified courses on A+, Network+, Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Visual Basic .NET, and ASP.NET. Glen also teaches a number of security related courses covering topics such as ethical hacking and countermeasures, vulnerability testing, firewall design, and packet analysis. Glen is an experienced author and technical editor who has worked on fourteen certification books. Glen designed and coauthored the award nominated A+ Certifi cation Bible
and has worked on certifi cation titles involving topics such as Windows certifi cation, CIW certifi cation, Network+ certifi cation, and Security+ certifi cation. Glen is also author of The Network+ Certifi cation Study Guide, 4th Edition
Edward Tetz graduated in 1990 from Saint Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario with a degree in Business Administration. He spent a short time in computer sales, which eventually led to a computer support position. After several years of providing system and LAN support to small and large organizations, in 1994 he added training to his repertoire.
Some of the certifications that he holds include A+, ITIL Foundations Certificate in IT Service Management (IT Infrastructure Library), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certifi ed Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), and Chauncey Group's Certified Technical Trainer (CTT). Since 2002, he has been a full-time consultant for a value added reseller in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Over his years of work experience, he has supported Apple Macintosh, IBM OS/2, Linux, Novell NetWare, and all Microsoft operating systems from MS-DOS to Windows 2008, as well as hardware from most of the major vendors.
Table of Contents
Book I: Setting the A+ Ground Work.
Chapter 1: The 2009 A+ Exams.
Chapter 2: A+ Soft Skills.
Chapter 3: Protecting Yourself and Your PC.
Chapter 4: An Overview of System Components.
Book II: Inside the Box.
Chapter 1: Knowing Your Motherboard.
Chapter 2: Picking Your Processor.
Chapter 3: What to Remember about Memory.
Chapter 4: Telling Your BIOS from Your CMOS.
Chapter 5: Working with Storage.
Chapter 6: Working with Power.
Book III: Outside the Box.
Chapter 1: Describing Ports, Cables, and Connectors.
Chapter 2: Installing and Confi guring Input Devices.
Chapter 3: Installing and Confi guring Output Devices.
Chapter 4: Examining System Resources.
Chapter 5: Managing Printers.
Chapter 6: Working with Multimedia Devices.
Chapter 7: Dealing with Portable Computers.
Book IV: Maintenance and Troubleshooting.
Chapter 1: Performing Preventive Maintenance.
Chapter 2: Troubleshooting Procedures and Guidelines.
Book V: Operating System Basics.
Chapter 1: Comparison of Major Operating Systems.
Chapter 2: Operating System Functions.
Chapter 3: Installing and Upgrading Windows.
Chapter 4: Managing Files and Directories.
Chapter 5: Command Prompt Procedures.
Chapter 6: Working with System Files and the Boot Process.
Book VI: Managing the Operating System.
Chapter 1: Loading and Confi guring Device Drivers.
Chapter 2: Working with Applications.
Chapter 3: Optimizing the Windows Environment.
Chapter 4: Using Windows-Based Troubleshooting Utilities.
Book VII: Recovering Systems.
Chapter 1: Managing Error Codes and Startup Messages.
Chapter 2: Managing Common Problems.
Chapter 3: Preparing for Disasters with Disaster Recovery.
Book VIII: Networking.
Chapter 1: Down to the Networking Basics .
Chapter 2: Understanding Common Wireless Communications.
Chapter 3: Networking the Operating System .
Chapter 4: Confi guring Internet Access.
Book IX: Securing Systems.
Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Security .
Chapter 2: Implementing Security.
Chapter 3: Viruses and Malicious Software.
Appendix A: About the CD.
Appendix B: CompTIA A+ Exam Reference Matrix.