CompTIA A+ Complete Lab Manual is near and dear to my heart, since I have been the sole author on this book (previously Sybex's PC Technician Street Smarts series) since it began. The "Complete Lab Manual" has been retitled but essentially is the third edition of "Street Smarts" and historically, it has represented some of my best work.
The Book Description at Amazon says:
Designed to complement CompTIA A+ Complete Study Guide, this hands-on companion book takes you step by step through the tasks a PC technician is likely to face on any given day. It supports the theory explained in the test-prep guide with additional practical application, increasing a new PC technician's confidence and marketability. Various scenarios incorporate roadblocks that may occur on the job and explain ways to successfully complete the task at hand. In addition, each task is mapped to a specific A+ exam objective for exams 220-801 and 220-802."CompTIA A+ Complete Lab Manual" comes out as a first edition on September 25, 2012, but you can pre-order it now at Amazon
Tasks are divided into categories: hardware and software installation, hardware and software maintenance, and installing and upgrading operating systems, networks, and security systems.
I have a second CompTIA A+ book coming out on October 18: CompTIA A+ Certification Practice Exams, Second Edition, written with Michael Chapple (Mike Pastore hasn't been involved for a few editions now).
This book is essentially a really big bank of questions with which to test yourself against when preparing for the two A+ exams; over 1,000 questions in fact. The beauty of this book is that it hits every single exam domain item required by CompTIA. I got the good news via email just last night:
Good news. I just received word that your book has passed the CompTIA Approved Quality Content review. Your book will now be recognized as a CompTIA Authorized product. Many thanks to the diligence you’ve shown ensuring 100% coverage of the objectives. It was evident as you passed the review without one objective missed.This book is designed to be used with CompTIA A+ Certification Study Guide, Eighth Edition, written by Jane and Charles Holcombe. You'll be able to buy both books as a boxed set in January
Writing two books at the same time isn't always a lot of fun (very little free time when you take my "day job" into consideration) but when the books are done, the sense of accomplishment is fantastic. I can't wait to see both books at my local Barnes and Noble and Borders.
If the CompTIA A+ exams are in your future, I'd highly recommend that you take a look at both of my new books. The Lab Manual will give you the hands-on experience you need, and the Practice Exams will provide an extremely thorough platform to use in testing your knowledge before taking on "the real thing."