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November 1, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • Take a Small Step Each Day

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Attend Our Free Tips & Tricks Web Summit
  • Get Connected with Connected Home

3. WHAT'S NEW FROM CERTTUTOR LIVE!

  • FEATURED THREADS
  • Enter Our New eBook Drawing
    Per-Server vs. Per-Seat Licensing
    Building Computers on the Side
  • HOT THREADS
  • Strange Pop-Up
    Minorities in IT
    "The exam was easy. I finished in 10 minutes."

4. RESOURCES

  • Link of the Week: Programmingtutorials.com
  • Tip of the Week: Accessing Back Issues of CertTutor.net UPDATE
  • Question of the Week: Exam 70-275

5. INSTANT POLL

  • Results of the Previous Poll: Are You Annoyed Yet?
  • New Poll: Guessing

6. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • Learn to Develop for .NET

7. CONTACT US
See this section for a list of ways to contact us.


1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by Orin Thomas, orin@lspace.org)

  • TAKE A SMALL STEP EACH DAY

  • One of the most difficult challenges you face when preparing for an exam is finding time each day to research and study the subject you're learning about. In school, your instructors set the dates for your exams, and you then set your schedule accordingly. But now, you're on your own—you set your own exam dates. Undoubtedly, you'll find yourself thinking, "I'm really busy today, so I'll read that chapter tomorrow." Often, "tomorrow" becomes the next day, which invariably becomes the weekend. With all the chores you leave for the weekend, you'll quickly find yourself back at Monday without having read a word of anything. Before you know it, you're rescheduling that exam.

    What you must do is get into the habit of doing at least one thing—even if it's a small thing—every day to prepare for the exam. One way to establish such a habit is to try to answer a related question each day. On each of the first four working days of each week, we post a question (the Question of the Day) for the core Windows .NET Server (Win.NET Server) 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exams in the CertTutor.net Live! forums. These questions—many of which are more difficult than those you're likely to see on an actual exam—give you the opportunity to do something each day to prepare. As the sensei says in nearly every bad martial arts film, "Grasshopper, each journey progresses with single steps."

    The Question of the Day not only forces you to take your step for the day but also gives you a chance to meet and interact with other students who are studying for the same exam. We don't post the answers and explanations for a few days so that students can discuss the possible solutions. We encourage participants to support their arguments with references such as relevant URLs and to explain how they arrived at an answer before we post the official answer. By reading the Question of the Day and the ensuing discussions, you gain a sense of camaraderie with other students and develop a great list of bookmarks and other resources that will help you prepare. You can find the CertTutor.net Question of the Day postings at the following Web sites:

    Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional; and Exam 70-210: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
    http://certtutor.net/forums/categories.cfm?catid=14

    Exam 70-215: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
    http://certtutor.net/forums/categories.cfm?catid=15

    Exam 70-216: Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
    http://certtutor.net/forums/categories.cfm?catid=16

    Exam 70-217: Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure
    http://certtutor.net/forums/categories.cfm?catid=55

    Exam 640-607: Cisco Certified Network Associate Exam http://certtutor.net/forums/categories.cfm?catid=76

    2. ANNOUNCEMENTS
    (brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

  • ATTEND OUR FREE TIPS & TRICKS WEB SUMMIT

  • Join us on December 19th for our Tips & Tricks Web Summit featuring three eye-opening events: Disaster Recovery Tips & Tricks, Intrusion Detection: Win2K Security Log Secrets, and Merging Exchange Systems: Tips for Managing 5 Key Challenges. There is no charge for this event, but space is limited so register today!
    http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars/tipstricks

  • GET CONNECTED WITH CONNECTED HOME

  • If you haven't seen Connected Home Online lately, you're missing the definitive resource to help you tackle home automation, install a home network, set up a home theater, and much more. Visit today, and while you're there, check out this article about installing a 100Mbps home network at http://www.connectedhomemag.com/networking/articles/index.cfm?articleid=24765 . Check it out!
    http://www.connectedhomemag.com

    3. WHAT'S NEW FROM CERTTUTOR LIVE!

    CertTutor.net Live! is the Internet's number-one training and certification discussion board. Each week, CertTutor.net Live! receives thousands of posts about Windows XP, Windows 2000, Cisco Systems, and more. We've selected three of these posts to feature here in CertTutor.net UPDATE. To join in the conversation at CertTutor.net Live!, register at the following URL:
    http://www.certtutor.net/registration/index.cfm

    FEATURED THREADS

  • ENTER OUR NEW EBOOK DRAWING

  • Enter a drawing to win a grand-prize pack that consists of a 128MB USB removable storage drive, a 2-year subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine, and a $50 voucher for ThinkGeek.com. Five second-prize packs let you choose from a ThinkGeek.com voucher, an Amazon.com voucher, or a 2-year subscription to Windows & .NET Magazine. To learn how to enter, see the following CertTutor.net Live! thread:
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=95&threadid=35783

  • PER-SERVER VS. PER-SEAT LICENSING

  • Have you considered Microsoft's licensing options? Sometimes, per-server licensing is the best bet, but other times, per-seat licensing makes more sense. But what about switching between the two licensing options? See this thread for some ideas.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=15&threadid=35941

  • BUILDING COMPUTERS ON THE SIDE

  • Dell sprang from just one person who assembled computers in a college dormitory. Some CertTutor.net Live! members, intrigued by the possibilities, are thinking about building computers as a side job. Others are already doing it.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=35497

    HOT THREADS

  • STRANGE POP-UP

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=10&threadid=35896

  • MINORITIES IN IT

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=35889

  • "THE EXAM WAS EASY. I FINISHED IN 10 MINUTES."

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=37&threadid=35647

    4. RESOURCES

  • LINK OF THE WEEK: PROGRAMMINGTUTORIALS.COM

  • See this Web site for a great collection of programming tutorials.
    http://www.programmingtutorials.com

  • TIP OF THE WEEK: ACCESSING BACK ISSUES OF CERTTUTOR.NET UPDATE

  • To see recent issues of CertTutor.net UPDATE, visit the following CertTutor.net Live! thread:
    http://certtutor.net/forums/categories.cfm?catid=36

    To see older issues, visit the following page and customize your CertTutor.net Live! preferences so that earlier threads will appear:
    http://certtutor.net/forums/customize.cfm

  • QUESTION OF THE WEEK: EXAM 70-275

  • This week's question will help you prepare for Exam 70-275: Installing, Configuring and Administrating Windows .NET Server.

    QUESTION

    You run a POP3/SMTP service on a Windows .NET Server (Win.NET Server) 2003 machine in the Active Directory (AD)-integrated domain nzsa.gov.nz. However, you're concerned that this new server might act as an "open-relay" and might become a target for purveyors of spam, who could use the server to dump email on the Internet. Which of the following steps represents the best way to protect your server from this possibility?

    1. By default, Win.NET Server's POP3/SMTP service relays mail only to the specific domains that it receives mail for. No changes are necessary.
    2. Win.NET Server's POP3/SMTP service automatically locks down if you set authentication to AD integrated. Be sure to set authentication to AD integrated for your server.
    3. Run the Control Panel POP3 applet. Select the nzsa.gov.nz domain, click Properties, and select the Allow Relay check box.
    4. Run the Control Panel POP3 applet. Select the nzsa.gov.nz domain, click Properties, and select the "Relay to" check box.
    5. Run the Control Panel IIS applet. Select the Default Virtual SMTP Server, click Properties, click Access, then click Relay. Select Don't Relay Mail.

    ANSWER

    By default, Win.NET Server's POP3/SMTP service doesn't act as an open relay. Unless you have modified your configuration, Win.NET Server will relay mail only to domains that it typically accepts mail for. The correct answer is A—By default, .NET's POP3/SMTP service relays mail only to the specific domains that it receives mail for. No changes are necessary.

    5. INSTANT POLL

  • RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: ARE YOU ANNOYED YET?

  • The voting has closed in the CertTutor.net nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "How many AOL CD-ROMs have you received in the mail this month?" Here are the results (+/- 2 percent) from the 77 votes:
    - 16%: One
    - 16%: A few
    - 10%: Several
    - 58%: Too many!

  • NEW POLL: GUESSING

  • The next Instant Poll question is, "On the last exam you took, what percentage of your answers were guesses?" Go to the CertTutor.net home page and submit your vote for a) None, b) 5% or less, c) 5% to 10%, d) 10% to 25%, or e) 25% or more.
    http://www.certtutor.net

    6. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Carolyn Mader, products@winnetmag.com)

  • LEARN TO DEVELOP FOR .NET

  • LearnKey announced a new line of self-paced training courses for software developers who want to transition to developing for Microsoft .NET. The new .NET developer training titles include "Visual Basic 6.0 to VB.NET Migration For Developers," the "VB.NET For Developers" series, the "ASP.NET For Developers" series, "C# for Developers," and ".NET: What It Means To You." For pricing, contact LearnKey at 800-865-0165.
    http://www.learnkey.com

    7. CONTACT US
    Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

    • ABOUT THE COMMENTARY — gsmith@certtutor.net
    • ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER IN GENERAL — rcarson@winnetmag.com
      (please mention the newsletter name in the subject line)
    • TECHNICAL QUESTIONS — http://www.certtutor.net/forums
    • QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR CERTTUTOR.NET LIVE! SUBSCRIPTION?
      Customer Support — certutorupdate@winnetmag.com

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