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May 22, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • What to Read

2. FEATURED THREADS

  • Which Study Guide Series Is Best?
  • Partitioning Schemes
  • Preparing for Exam 70-219
  • Exchange 5.5 in a Win2K AD Environment
  • Tell Us Where You're From
  • Too Much of a Good Thing?
  • CCIE—Do You Just Need the Paper?

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • SQL Server Magazine—Get Your Free Preview Issue

4. FOLDERS EN EL FUEGO

  • Degree or Certification?
  • Libraries, Computers, Porn, Filtering
  • Music—What Are You Listening to Now?
  • Promoting BDC to PDC
  • Problem with Outlook 2000 Security
  • Alternate TCP/IP Configurations

5. TIP OF THE WEEK

  • Is NetBEUI Dead?

6. FEATURED MEMBER

  • Ryan Kimbrel \[RK\]

7. CONTACT US

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

1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by Bob Muir, CertTutor@BakerStConsulting.com)

  • WHAT TO READ

  • Preparing for certification exams requires a lot of reading, and choosing the right study materials is important. Every exam has two components—the pure-exam component and the real-world preparation component. You can choose from an abundance of resources to help you prepare for each component.

    On the pure-exam side, you have the usual assortment of study aids, including study guides, cram guides, practice exams, and CD-ROM and online training. Make your study guide selection carefully. A good study guide will lead you through the exam objectives and help you set up a structured training program. The wrong guide will not only be a waste of money but a waste of your time as well. Don't limit yourself to one series of books. One book in a series might be outstanding, but that doesn't ensure the quality of the others. The best way to determine the quality of a specific study guide—aside from reading it yourself—is to check out the reviews from other students. Amazon.com provides one of the best book-review sites on the Web, and the CertTutor.net Live! discussion forums give you an interactive venue to help you make the final decision.

    Cram guides help you bring together all the knowledge you've acquired from the study guides and your hands-on experience. Without this consolidation phase, the amount of information you must learn for a typical exam might seem overwhelming. Study guides often include chapter summaries that can serve as an effective cram aid, but most study guides fall short in this area. After you've read through the entire guide and think you're ready to try some practice exams, turn instead to a cram guide (or to your study guide's chapter summaries). If you encounter anything that's unfamiliar or that you're not sure about, return to your resources to reinforce that knowledge.

    Hold off on any practice exams until you finish working through the study guides and cram guides. By waiting, you avoid the temptation to test your way through an exam, and you can gain a much better idea of the areas in which you are deficient. Next time, I'll discuss the real-world exam preparation materials.

    2. FEATURED THREADS

  • WHICH STUDY GUIDE SERIES IS BEST?

  • \[MissionaryLizard\] is embarking on the Microsoft certification trail and seeking advice about the best study guides and other resources.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=13&threadid=31085

  • PARTITIONING SCHEMES

  • Partition configuration preferences are often part myth and part strategy. Which do you subscribe to?
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=14&threadid=32644

  • PREPARING FOR EXAM 70-219

  • Tutor \[Ian_McLean\] provides some great tips to help you prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-219: Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=56&threadid=31153

  • EXCHANGE 5.5 IN A WIN2K AD ENVIRONMENT

  • An excellent discussion ensues as \[kj2n\] prepares to migrate from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 in a multidomain network.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=62&threadid=31849

  • TELL US WHERE YOU'RE FROM

  • One of the few drawbacks of our new bulletin-board software is that users' geographical locations no longer appear by default. Tutor \[meyerc13\] suggests that everyone consider including location information in his or her signature. Great idea!
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=32620

  • TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?

  • More RAM is good, but is there such a thing as too much RAM?
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=72&threadid=32629

  • CCIE—DO YOU JUST NEED THE PAPER?

  • Cisco Systems tutor \[darkestclown\] has some unique ideas about different ways to acquire the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=76&threadid=32555

    3. ANNOUNCEMENT
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    4. FOLDERS EN EL FUEGO
    The following threads from the past 10 days are "on fire":

  • DEGREE OR CERTIFICATION?

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=37&threadid=32338

  • LIBRARIES, COMPUTERS, PORN, FILTERING

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=32489

  • MUSIC—WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO NOW?

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=32402

  • PROMOTING BDC TO PDC

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=10&threadid=30938

  • PROBLEM WITH OUTLOOK 2000 SECURITY

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=10&threadid=32214

  • ALTERNATE TCP/IP CONFIGURATIONS

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=11&threadid=32466

    5. TIP OF THE WEEK

  • IS NETBEUI DEAD?

  • Because Windows XP doesn't include the option to install NetBEUI, you might assume that NetBEUI is no longer useful. But in many realworld heterogeneous networks, NetBEUI still performs vital functions. To learn how to enable NetBEUI on your XP machine—or just to increase your networking knowledge—see the Microsoft article "HOW TO: Install NetBEUI on Windows XP."
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q301041

    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:         RK
    Real Name:        Ryan Kimbrel
    Date Registered:  December 14, 2000
    Status:           Guru
    Total Posts:      145
    Occupation:       MIS Technician
    Certifications:   CNE, MCP, Network+
    Location:         Garden City, Kansas
    Interests:        Spending time with family, anything computer related

    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

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