I've been posting information about the DB2 Certifications in the past couple of weeks and am very pleased with the interaction I've been receiving on several LinkedIN groups that I'm a member of. The two most active groups that I posted information in were DB2 Professionals and IDUG The World Wide DB2 User Community.
A couple of the comments were about how difficult the Advanced DBA exam was. Here is my response that I want to share with everyone:
I strongly encourage you to try the study guides again. The series from MC Press is much different than any we've had in the past. First of all, the authors were part of the exam development team, so they were able to create their own assessment questions that are similar to what you'll see on the official IBM cert exam or assessment exam.
Second, the books were designed to only cover what is tested on the exam... with the natural exception that the material must make sense. So if it isn't on the exam, but is needed for you to understand the concepts, it is covered. At the same time, you'll find all topics that are covered on the test to be covered in the study guide. No exceptions. Read the comments on amazon. For people who truly used the study guide to learn ... they passed the exam.
Third, the study guides explain why the correct answer is correct and why the incorrect answer is incorrect. There is no other way to get this kind of depth in the material.
There is a study guide specifically for the very difficult Advanced DBA exam. Take a look at this one, and I don't think you'll be disappointed:
DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide by Dwaine Snow and Roger Sanders.
I call this the "purple" book.