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May 8, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • Life on the MCSE Trail

2. FEATURED THREADS

  • If at First You Don't Succeed ...
  • Setting Passwords
  • Recovering from an AD System Failure
  • I Passed 70-219
  • Help with Exam 70-220
  • Cisco Forum Changes
  • Is a College Degree or Certifications Better?

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Cast Your Vote for our Readers' Choice Awards!
  • Need 24 x 7 Availability?

4. FOLDERS EN EL FUEGO

  • New Article in "Time Magazine" About the Coming Job Boom
  • In the Asinine Department ... Let's Welcome Microsoft!
  • Problem with Outlook 2000 Security
  • PIX 506
  • Moving to AD
  • Newbie in Need of Advice

5. TIP OF THE WEEK

  • Kill the Messenger

6. FEATURED MEMBER

  • Damon Brinkley <damonbrinkley>

7. CONTACT US

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

1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by Bob Muir, certtutor@bakerstconsulting.com)

  • LIFE ON THE MCSE TRAIL

  • Microsoft's MCSE track consists of three main certifications: the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), and, of course, the MCSE. Frequently, those new to the certification process immediately reach for the gold ring of this track (the MCSE) without considering the consequences.

    The MCP, which is "for professionals who have the skills to successfully implement a Microsoft product or technology," is Microsoft's entry-level certification. You must pass just one exam to become an MCP. The MCSA is the midrange certification for network administrators who have 6 to 12 months of experience with a network of Microsoft OSs. The MCSE is for those with more than a year of experience who want to certify their ability to "plan, design, and implement Microsoft server solutions and architectures."

    If you're just beginning a career with Microsoft technologies, you shouldn't necessarily make obtaining the MCSE your initial goal. Many students set their sights on this premium certification before they even begin looking for their first IT jobs. These students see classified advertisements that include phrases such as "MCSE required" and assume that they'll be a good fit for the jobs once they pass all the exams required for the certification. In reality, as these students will soon discover, this strategy doesn't work.

    Employers looking for MCSEs to administer their networks are also looking for experience. Their businesses rely not only on working networks but also on the data and applications that reside on those networks. No company wants to place so much responsibility on the shoulders of a network administrator who has no real-world experience. Would you take your brand new Lexus to a shop whose only mechanic took a few classes but never worked on customer cars under the tutelage of an experienced mechanic?

    So what's an effective strategy? Start looking for an entry-level computer-support job immediately--don't wait until after you've earned the MCSA or MCSE to get serious about your search. Don't be too picky about your first IT job. Even if you have numerous collateral assignments that have nothing to do with computers, you're off to a good start if your responsibilities include maintaining a company's computers. While you're looking, begin work on entry-level certifications such as the MCP or Computing Technology Industry Association's (CompTIA's) A+ and Network+ certifications. After you've earned a certification or two, expand your job search.

    After you have a job, it's time to start adding to your certifications. The MCSA is a good next step. While you're gaining experience on the job, you're gaining knowledge in a variety of technologies, and the MCSA helps to demonstrate that knowledge to your employer. The MCSA also shows your employer that you're serious about your career path and increases your chances for promotion. At this stage in your career, you have a better grasp of your career goals and your technology preferences. You might discover that you want to move in a completely different direction--perhaps toward a Cisco Systems certification, database administration, or even programming.

    If you wait until you've gained some work experience before tackling the higher-level certifications, you can save yourself a lot of time, effort, and, most important, money. For more information about Microsoft certifications, see the Microsoft Training & Certification Web site.
    http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/default.asp

    Also, see CompTIA's Web site for information about its entry-level certifications.
    http://www.comptia.com/certification/index.htm



    2. FEATURED THREADS

  • IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED ...

  • The "beast" (also known as Exam 70-216: Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure) won the first round, but <staceyn> didn't let that get him down. See the following thread for some great tips about this tough exam.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=16&threadid=32174

  • SETTING PASSWORDS

  • When you're starting out as a network administrator, setting up passwords can be confusing. <kennyboy5> wants to know what happens to the "User must change password at next logon" message after users change their passwords.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=15&threadid=32277

  • RECOVERING FROM AN AD SYSTEM FAILURE

  • <waheedrafiq> poses some questions about recovering from system failures, and <leok> provides links to some great resources.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=55&threadid=32312

  • I PASSED 219

  • <bandys> offers some great tips about preparing for Exam 70-219: Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure. He recommends that you concentrate on the where, when, and why--not the how--of Active Directory (AD).
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=56&threadid=32351

  • HELP WITH EXAM 70-220

  • In this thread, <leok> lists some links that will help you tackle Exam 70-220: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=57&threadid=32347

  • CISCO FORUM CHANGES

  • As many of you know, we've moved the Cisco Systems real-world discussions into their own forum. You can find the new forum at the following URL:
    http://www.certtutor.net/forums/categories.cfm?catid=75

  • CISCO FORUM CHANGES

  • As many of you know, we've moved the Cisco Systems real-world discussions into their own forum. You can find the new forum at the following URL:
    http://www.certtutor.net/forums/categories.cfm?catid=75

    You can find a short discussion about the Cisco forum changes at the following URL:
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=75&threadid=32048

  • IS A COLLEGE DEGREE OR CERTIFICATIONS BETTER?

  • This topic appears often, and the response is nearly always unanimous. This time around, it's <trentreznor666> who receives the advice.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=37&threadid=32338

    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • CAST YOUR VOTE FOR OUR READERS' CHOICE AWARDS!

  • Which companies and products do you think are the best on the market? Nominate your favorites in four different categories for our annual Windows & .NET Magazine Readers' Choice Awards. You could win a T-shirt or a free Windows & .NET Magazine Super CD, just for submitting your ballot. Click here!
    http://www.winnetmag.com/readerschoice

  • NEED 24 X 7 AVAILABILITY?

  • High-availability networks, systems, and applications are crucial to every business. Sign up for our free Webinar taking place on May 14 (sponsored by MKS), and find out how to achieve 24 x 7 availability on Windows 2000. Windows & .NET Magazine author Tim Huckaby shares his expertise on load balancing, monitoring, and more. Register today!
    http://www.winnetmag.com/webinar/availability.cfm

    4. FOLDERS EN EL FUEGO

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

  • NEW ARTICLE IN "TIME MAGAZINE"ABOUT THE COMING JOB BOOM

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=32244

  • IN THE ASININE DEPARTMENT ... LET'S WELCOME MICROSOFT!

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=32274

  • PROBLEM WITH OUTLOOK 2000 SECURITY

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

  • PIX 506

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=75&threadid=26213

  • MOVING TO AD

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=62&threadid=31849

  • NEWBIE IN NEED OF ADVICE

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=2&threadid=32240

    5. TIP OF THE WEEK

  • KILL THE MESSENGER

  • Microsoft ships Windows XP with Windows Messenger configured to be active all the time. If you don't know how to prevent Windows Messenger from running without uninstalling it, see the Microsoft article "How to Prevent Windows Messenger from Running on a Windows XP-Based Computer" for an explanation.
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q302089

    However, if you want to remove Windows Messenger completely, you're in for some work. Navigate to C:\windows\inf, copy the file sysoc.inf, and name the copy sysoc.old. Then, double-click on sysoc.inf to edit the file. Replace all instances of "hide," with "," (without the quotation marks). Now you can run the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs, Add/Remove Windows Components applet and remove Windows Messenger.



    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: damonbrinkley
      Real Name: Damon Brinkley
      Date Registered: November 9th, 2000
      Status: Guru
      Total Posts: 807
      Occupation: MIS Support
      Certifications: A+, Linux+, MCSE
      Location: Salisbury, NC
      Interests: Networking, OSs, Linux, working out, any outdoor sports, watching sitcoms and comedies


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