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As you can see in Figure 3, the CLA 10 learning path uses the first two courses in the Certified Linux Professional (CLP) 10 learning path; these are SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Fundamentals (Course 3071) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Administration (Course 3072). Many students interested in the CLP 10 certification told us they would like a written test to help them assess their progress with Linux before taking on the challenge of the CLP 10 Novell Practicum test. The CLA 10 written test and certification are now available, so you can check your progress and see where you stand on the CLP 10 learning path.

Review the table of contents for Course 3071 to see if this is where you should start your studies. (See Figure 4.) Course 3071 was designed to meet the needs of students who have no experience with Linux or are just getting started. If you fall into this category then Course 3071 is probably your starting point. It will provide you with the foundational concepts you need to understand the Linux operating system. The basics taught in 3071 will help you start working with a new operating system.

Course 3071 starts you off doing simple tasks from the command line, so you can work your way gradually up the learning curve. (See Figure 5) shows an example of what you can expect to find in the course.

After completing Course 3071, or if you have experience equivalent to what is taught in Course 3071, you are ready for Course 3072. View the table of contents in (See Figure 6) to see if Course 3072 meets your needs and will help you complete your preparations for the CLA 10 test. Course 3072 is where you gain practical knowledge of the day-to-day skills a Linux server administrator needs. You learn to use the tools for administering the file system, configuring security and managing processes. From Course 3072 you gain the skills to manage backup and recovery and learn how to set up and configure printing, among other topics.

Course 3072 picks up where Course 3071 left off, so you'll continue to gain comfort with the command line. One of the most useful skills you learn is how to configure a network card from the command line on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10. You'll learn how easy the command line can be. (See Figure 7).

If you want to turbo-charge your career and become part of the dramatic growth of Linux, follow the CLA 10 learning path and obtain this certification right away.

Preparation for the CLDA 10 Certification test

If you need classroom training or self-study materials to prepare for the CLDA 10 test, look at the learning path in (See Figure 8).

The learning path for this certification is just one course: SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Administration (Course 3086). Course 3086 teaches you the core elements of Linux system administration with a focus on desktop administration. If you manage SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop machines in your enterprise you will need to know how to install and configure the desktop environment, manage desktop software and configure printing on the desktop. Course 3086 covers all these basics and much more. (See Figure 9).

The SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Administration course teaches you how to successfully deploy SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop in an enterprise environment by teaching you deployment strategies and providing automatic installation tools. You will probably also need to know how to integrate SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop into an existing Windows network. Your users are going to need to access the same file servers and printers they've always accessed. Course 3086 will teach you this. (See Figure 10).

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is quickly growing in popularity. This desktop operating system, along with the office applications that come with it, solves the needs of at least 70 to 80 percent of desktop users in most organizations. Nat Friedman, Novell's chief technology officer for open source, provided key information on this topic in a recent interview. (See Figure 11.) Nat explains how most computer users in most companies use only seven or eight applications and are perfect candidates to benefit from SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Companies are looking for a desktop that allows them to strengthen security, improve workforce productivity and lower their IT costs—you can help them achieve this with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

As SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop continues to be adopted by more companies throughout the world your CLDA 10 certification will prove increasingly valuable. Organizations will need administrators like you with proven skills. Course 3086 and the CLDA 10 certification test are designed to give you the chance to prove your skills as a desktop administrator.

What Should You Do Now?

We would like to help you become a well-trained and certified IT professional as either a server or desktop administrator. It's an exciting time to strengthen your knowledge and resumé with Linux skills. With a CLA 10 or CLDA 10 certification you prove that you can compete in the evolving world of IT with Linux-based skills. Visit the Novell Certification Web site at http://www.novell.com/training/certinfo/ and take a close look at these new certifications and the courses that prepare you for them. You are sure to find our Linux certifications can provide you with significant returns.

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