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June 12, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • Document Your Certifications

2. FEATURED THREADS

  • I Failed—What Now?
  • Connecting a Laptop to an AD Domain
  • Traceroute Killed—How?
  • Cryptic Users
  • Unable to Join or Leave a Domain
  • Audit Woes
  • My Computer Sometimes Goes Crazy

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Win a Free $200 Gift Certificate to RoadWired.com!
  • Struggling with IIS and Web Administration Concerns?

4. FOLDERS EN EL FUEGO

  • What the Heck?
  • Access Control Lists Submission
  • Event ID 529 on Server
  • Wow! How Many Win2K Post-SP2 Hotfixes Are There?
  • How Do I Deny Internet Access but Still Leave Email?
  • Interviews: What a Joke ...

5. TIP OF THE WEEK

  • Tell Us Where You're From!

6. FEATURED MEMBER

  • Sandy McSmoothie

7. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by Gregory W. Smith, gsmith@certtutor.net)

  • DOCUMENT YOUR CERTIFICATIONS

  • One thing we all have in common is a desire to become certified—or to remain certified. However, passing an exam doesn't necessarily mean that you're certified. Your exam results must travel back to a vendor, which must create or update your profile correctly. In some cases, errors can prevent a vendor from receiving your score report.

    I've taken Microsoft certification exams at the same testing center for years. Typically, the results appear on my online transcript within 48 hours. When the exam results for Exam 70-227: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, Enterprise Edition hadn't shown up after nearly a week, I contacted Microsoft, which requested a fax of the score report. Fortunately, I file all of my score reports in my home office, and Microsoft was gracious enough to accept a scanned .tif version of my report though email. Problem solved.

    If you don't have documentation of the exams you've passed, situations such as the one I experienced can become expensive nightmares. In fact, you might have to retake an exam at full price to verify that you passed. A colleague of mine became certified while working overseas, but the paperwork didn't follow him when he moved back to the United States. He must now retake every exam in the Windows 2000 MCSE track—even though he had already earned the Win2K MCSE!

    To avoid such problems, document and archive your exam results. At a minimum, document

    • exam score reports
    • the vendor's ID and contact information (which you'll need if you move and have to distribute change-of-address information)
    • copies of your certificates

    A great tool for this project is a flatbed scanner. If you don't own a scanner, you can buy one for less than $100 or convince a friend with a scanner to scan your documents for you. When you have an electronic copy of your certificates, you'll be free to use the paper versions as wallpaper. Or better yet, you can make color copies of them to hang in your office.

    2. FEATURED THREADS

  • I failed—what now?

  • <0874145177> lost the first round in his struggle with Exam 70-216: Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure. What should he do next?

    http://www.wininformant.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=24409

  • connecting a Laptop to aN AD domain

  • has some ideas about how to make his boss's laptop more effective on the road, but he's worried about a few potential pitfalls. See this thread for more information about this dilemma and to offer suggestions.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=39&threadid=32781

  • Traceroute killed—how?

  • performed a traceroute to investigate the source of mysterious network activity and was surprised to receive the message "WARNING: The user has stopped the trace." See this thread for possible explanations.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=46&threadid=32491

  • Cryptic users

  • has discovered some unusual accounts that have rights to resources on his Windows 2000 Server machine. What should he do? See this thread to join the discussion.

    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=39&threadid=32952

  • UNABLE TO JOIN OR LEAVE A DOMAIN

  • , who's hoping to receive "some of your godlike wisdom," has rebuilt a domain but can't get the workstations to communicate with the new domain controllers (DCs). See this thread to read more about the problem and to hand down your own divine solutions.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=41&threadid=32677

  • Audit Woes

  • Auditing is an effective way to monitor veiled threats and track changes from a myriad of sources. See this thread to participate in a discussion about what events you should audit to most effectively safeguard your network.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=41&threadid=32968

  • My computer sometimes goes crazy

  • Have you ever thought that your computer was possessed? thought so recently, but he quickly discovered that the solution to his problem was surprisingly simple and low-tech. http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=53&threadid=32863

    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • WIN A FREE $200 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO ROADWIRED.COM!

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  • STRUGGLING WITH IIS AND WEB ADMINISTRATION CONCERNS?

  • Discover Windows Web Solutions online, the Web site with articles, tips, and more to help you manage and overcome the security, performance, and maintenance concerns Web site administrators deal with every day. Don't miss this article: "15 Tips for Troubleshooting VPN Connections" at http://www.windowswebsolutions.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=8290 . Check it out!
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    4. FOLDERS EN EL FUEGO

    The following threads from the past 10 days are "on fire":

  • What the Heck?

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=32903

  • Access control lists SUBMISSIOn

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=75&threadid=32732

  • Event ID 529 on Server

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=46&threadid=32876

  • Wow! How many WIN2K Post-SP2 hotfixes are there?

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=32827

  • How do I deny Internet access but still leave email?

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=39&threadid=32891

  • Interviews: What a joke ...

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=32888

    5. TIP OF THE WEEK

  • TELL US WHERE YOU'RE FROM!

  • A new item on the to-do list for many CertTutor.net Live! forum members is to update their signature files to let the rest of the community know where they're writing from. To add your hometown to your signature, type
    \[b\] your location \[/b\]

    and save your profile.

    6. FEATURED MEMBER

    Each week, we highlight the wonderful diversity of the community here at CertTutor.net Live! by selecting one of the board's members as our Featured Member. You might be next!

    Username:               Mr_McSmoothie
    Real Name:              Sandy McSmoothie
    Date Registered:        October 16, 2001
    Status:                 Guru
    Total Posts:    78
    Occupation:     Fix-it man
    Certifications:         A+, MCP
    Location:               United Kingdom

    7. CONTACT US
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