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March 28, 2003--In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY
- Finding a Mentor

2. NEWS & VIEWS
- Report: Hiring Managers Take Note of Certifications

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Join The HP & Microsoft Network Storage Solutions Road Show!
- Get a Sample Issue of Exchange & Outlook Administrator

4. WHAT'S NEW FROM CERTTUTOR.NET LIVE!
- Featured Threads:
- XP Home vs. XP Pro
- Permissions Confusion
- Slipstreaming for Faster and Easier Installations
- Hot Threads:
- Official Word on Windows 2003 Certifications
- XP Exam on 31st March!
- XP Pro Will Not See Others in Workgroup

5. RESOURCES
- Tip of the Week: Googlicious!
- Question of the Week: Exam 70-217

6. INSTANT POLL
- Results of the Previous Poll: Windows Server 2003
- New Poll: Wireless

7. NEW AND IMPROVED - Create Secure .NET Applications

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

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1.

COMMENTARY


(contributed by Dick Lewis, rlewis@winnetmag.com)

* FINDING A MENTOR
In the 1990 movie "Joe Versus the Volcano," starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Joe's boss says repeatedly, "I know he can get the job, but can he do the job?" If you're new to the IT field, you might be asking yourself that same question.

Questions will continue to arise throughout your career. The fast-changing nature of the field is such that you'll likely switch certification tracks and change jobs more quickly than you would with other careers. These changes bring new questions: Where do I go from here? What should I do when I'm thrust into situations that are beyond my abilities and experience? What should my next career goal be, and what steps must I take to achieve it? When will I know that the time has come to move on? How can I navigate the office politics and survive?

Such questions have no easy answers, and the solutions are different for each individual and circumstance. What you need is a mentor. Finding a mentor is an important step in ensuring continued growth in the IT field. A mentor can serve as a sounding board, a sanity check, a second set of eyes, a study partner, a cheerleader, and a career counselor--all rolled into one.

So how do you find a mentor? Running an ad in the paper probably won't do. I recommend that you consider friends, certification classmates, IT instructors, and trusted coworkers. The type of person you're looking for is really a friend. If you don't consider a potential mentor a friend, he or she probably isn't the right choice.

A good sense of humor can be an important asset in a mentor, especially because at times, we all tend to take ourselves a bit too seriously. Don't choose someone who's full of "doom and gloom" or who likes to gossip. You're not looking for someone who'll suggest that your company is about to fail, that massive layoffs are eminent, and that the boss is about to run off with his secretary.

Sometimes a friend who isn't too close to IT can provide wise counsel, so don't automatically reject candidates who don't have technical backgrounds. Try to find someone who can provide a "secure channel"--someone with whom you can share career plans and challenges without worrying about those conversations going beyond the two of you. I've found that the best mentors are people with whom I've had an evolving relationship--perhaps from acquaintance to friend to listener to confidant to mentor.

Great truths are often caught and not taught. A mentor can help make the big career decisions easier and the usual frustrations and challenges more manageable.

2.

NEWS & VIEWS



* REPORT: HIRING MANAGERS TAKE NOTE OF CERTIFICATIONS
Prometric released results from a recent study that found that when most hiring managers review applications, they do note whether a candidate is certified. However those same managers also report that the sheer number of certifications, many of which have no significant prerequisite, has diminished the importance of certification in the hiring process. For more information about this study, visit the Prometric Web site.
http://www.prometric.com/pressroom/knowledgecenter/industryresearch.htm

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ANNOUNCEMENTS


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* GET A SAMPLE ISSUE OF EXCHANGE & OUTLOOK ADMINISTRATOR
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WHAT'S NEW FROM CERTTUTOR.NET 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:
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FEATURED THREADS

* XP HOME VS. XP PRO
Can Windows XP Home Edition impede your certification studies? In this thread, one user explains the limitations he encountered.
http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=14&threadid=38473

* PERMISSIONS CONFUSION
Understanding how permissions work among users, groups, and "special" groups is important for understanding the proper way to administer server resources. In this thread, tutor Ian McLean and forum guru Beradio help BikeBoy with some of the permutations.
http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=15&threadid=38509

* SLIPSTREAMING FOR FASTER AND EASIER INSTALLATIONS
If you plan to install an OS onto multiple systems, you can save yourself a lot of time by "slipstreaming" service packs into your installation CD-ROM. See this thread for more information about this technique.
http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=39&threadid=38445

HOT THREADS * OFFICIAL WORD ON WINDOWS 2003 CERTIFICATIONS
http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=13&threadid=37913

* XP EXAM ON 31ST MARCH!
http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=14&threadid=38160

* XP PRO WILL NOT SEE OTHERS IN WORKGROUP
http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=11&threadid=36926

5.

RESOURCES


* TIP OF THE WEEK: GOOGLICIOUS!
Over the years, Google has become the search engine of choice for IT professionals. To be sure that you're using this important tool effectively, read through the Help files that Google provides at its Web site.
http://www.google.com/help/index.html

* QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
This week's question will help you prepare for Exam 70-217: Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure.

QUESTION
You're reviewing Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and Active Directory (AD), concentrating on the objects within AD that GPOs can be linked to. You draw up the following list:
- Statement 1: You can link multiple GPOs to a site, a domain, or an OU.
- Statement 2: You can link one GPO to multiple sites, domains, or OUs.
- Statement 3: You can link multiple GPOs to the Users container.
- Statement 4: You can link multiple GPOs to the System container.
- Statement 5: You can link multiple GPOs to the Computers container.
- Statement 6: You can link a GPO you create in one domain to another domain in the same tree.
- Statement 7: You can link a GPO you create in one domain to another domain in the same forest.
- Statement 8: You can link a GPO you create in one domain to an OU in another domain in the same tree.
- Statement 9: You can link a GPO you create in one domain to an OU in another domain in the same forest.

Which of the following is correct? (Select all that apply.)
A. Statement 1 is correct, and statement 5 is false.
B. Statements 5, 7, and 8 are correct.
C. Statement 9 is correct, and statement 2 is false.
D. Statement 6 and 7 are correct, and statement 3 is false.
E. Statements 2 and 4 are correct, and statement 9 is false.
F. Statements 1, 6, 8, and 9 are correct, and three statements on the list are false.

ANSWER
The correct answers are A-- Statement 1 is correct, and statement 5 is false; D--Statement 6 and 7 are correct, and statement 3 is false; and F--Statements 1, 6, 8, and 9 are correct, and three statements on the list are false.

Of the statements on list, statements 1, 2, 6, 7, and 9 are correct; statements 3, 4, and 5 are false. Microsoft doesn't recommend that you link a GPO in one domain to an object in another because doing so causes unnecessary network traffic, but you can do it.

6.

INSTANT POLL


* RESULTS OF THE PREVIOUS POLL: WINDOWS SERVER 2003 The voting has closed in the CertTutor.net nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Do you believe Windows Server 2003 is a compelling upgrade to Windows 2000?" Here are the results from the 90 votes: - 30%: Yes - 34%: No - 36%: I don't know yet * NEW POLL: WIRELESS The next Instant Poll question is, "Have you set up a wireless Internet connection at home?" Go to the CertTutor.net home page and submit your vote for a) Yes, b) No, or c) No, but I plan to. http://www.certtutor.net

7.

NEW AND IMPROVED


(contributed by Carolyn Mader, products@winnetmag.com)

* CREATE SECURE .NET APPLICATIONS
LearnKey announced security training for developers who create Microsoft .NET applications. The .NET Security for Developers I course helps developers understand how to create and digitally sign assemblies, administer security policy by using visual and command-line tools, validate data and handle errors, choose the correct permission set for code, and manage Windows security. The course is five sessions and is 15 hours in length. The CD-ROM with a multiple-user license costs $1235. Contact LearnKey at 800-865-0165. http://www.learnkey.com

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