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August 21, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • "Sharpen the Saw"

2. FEATURED THREADS

  • Are Windows 2000 Servers Necessary at Branch Sites on the WAN?
  • A Promotion, But with Problems
  • Shrinking Log Files
  • Why Just 5000 Users Per AD Group?
  • Exam 70-081 or 70-224?
  • New to UNIX

3. ANNOUNCEMENT

  • Enter the Windows & .NET Magazine/Transcender Sweepstakes!

4. FOLDERS EN EL FUEGO

  • How Do You React to Hackers on Your Network?
  • From a Respected Company to Casino
  • Forgot Win2K AS Admin Password
  • Who's Running Linux on the Desktop?
  • Tested Today ...
  • New Gal Here
  • Using Own Vehicle for Work—Field Tech

5. TIP OF THE WEEK

  • Windows Shortcuts

6. FEATURED MEMBER

7. CONTACT US

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

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

  • "SHARPEN THE SAW"

  • If you've worked in IT for any length of time, you know that the pace of change is staggering. When you're starting out, you might feel like you're working two jobs: One job where you perform your assigned duties, and a second job where you learn everything you need to know to do the first job. After you've gotten most of first your job down, you might be very tempted to quit your second job—don't do it! Among your greatest assets are your expertise with current technologies and your knowledge of new and upcoming technologies. Indeed, with just a little effort, you can "plug in" and become the first in your office to have the latest information about a handful of topics. Choosing those topics, which is another matter entirely, depends on a few factors—for example, where you are in your career path and what tools and technologies you actually use.

    Plan to spend some time gathering information about new technologies that might affect your career. A great way to stay current with the latest trends is to sign up for email newsletters, which are about as timely as any media can get. And don't overlook the Web. One site that keeps up with the latest IT headlines is The Register, a UK-based site (see the first URL below) that also produces a US-specific version (see the second URL below). While you're there, spend at least a few minutes following the adventures of the BOFH (trust me on this).
    http://www.theregister.co.uk
    http://www.theregus.com

    You might simply want to stay current with the technologies you use regularly. I've found that many vendors turn to sources to leak new information before official announcements. Paul Thurrott, a news editor for Windows & .NET Magazine, regularly provides this kind of advance information for the Windows world in his WinInfo Daily UPDATE. See the following URL to sign up for this and other newsletters.
    http://email.winnetmag.com/winnetmag/winnetmag_prefctr.asp

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    Also, be sure to consult the Certtutor.net Live! discussion forums. The advice you'll find there is timely and extremely helpful, especially when you want to know about certification questions and real-world implementations of Cisco Systems, Linux, Microsoft, Novell, and other products.

    I also recommend personal-development books such as Stephen R. Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" (Simon & Schuster, 1990) from which I borrowed the title for this column. The guidelines and advice in Covey's book are excellent. In a world where landing a position with a great company and climbing within its ranks are no longer enough, such books are another tool that you can turn to examine where you are, what your goals are, and how you're progressing.

    Because you live in an era where you can largely determine your own path, you have the responsibility to prepare yourself for the journey and continue to fortify yourself during the trip. May your journey be successful in all respects!

    2. FEATURED THREADS

  • Are Windows 2000 Servers necessary at branch sites on the WAN?

  • What architectural changes must you make to a Windows NT 4.0 network to upgrade to Windows 2000? In this thread, , who oversees multiple sites that don't have domain controllers (DCs), poses several great questions.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=10&threadid=34496

  • A Promotion, but WITH Problems

  • Recently, earned a promotion to lead the Help desk group that he worked with for less than 2 years, and he has questions about managing former peers. Fortunately, Tutor and others have offered suggestions that have put on the right track. Perhaps you can learn from his experience or offer your own advice.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=34312

  • shrinkING log fileS

  • <usa98_99_98> has a SQL log file that has grown out of control. The usual fixes don't seem to shrink the file. What might be the problem? See this thread to join the discussion.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=63&threadid=33936

  • Why JUST 5000 users per AD group?

  • Responding to a question from , Tutor puts on his teaching hat, and this thread quickly becomes a must-read.
    http://www.certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=41&threadid=34325

  • EXAM 70-081 or 70-224?

  • < Beoweolf> has some Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 experience but isn't sure which Exchange exam to take—Exam 70-081: Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 or Exam 70-224: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server. See this thread to voice your opinion.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=62&threadid=34465

  • New to Unix

  • is looking to find out more about UNIX and is looking for advice. What do you recommend?
    http://certtutor.net/Forums/messageview.cfm?catid=77&threadid=33797

    3. ANNOUNCEMENT

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    4. FOLDERS EN EL FUEGO

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

  • How to you react to hackers on your network?

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=34305

  • from a respected company to Casino

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=34253

  • Forgot WIN2K AS admin password

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=10&threadid=34314

  • Who's running Linux on the desktop?

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=10&threadid=34268

  • Tested today...

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=76&threadid=34108

  • New gal here

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=34291

  • Using OWN vehicle for work—Field Tech

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=34479

    5. TIP OF THE WEEK

  • WINDOWS SHORTCUTS

  • The following tips appeared recently in the CertTutor.net Live! discussion forums:
    • Press the Windows key and M to minimize all windows and view your desktop.
    • Press Shift and left-click an Internet link in a Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) browser window to open the target site in a new window.

    6. CERTTUTOR.NET LIVE! 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: usa98_99_98
    • Date Registered: March 8, 2001
    • Status: Guru
    • Total Posts: 185

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