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October 11, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • Encouraging Structured Inhouse Training

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Exchange Solutions You've Been Searching For!
  • Announcing the New Windows & .NET Magazine VIP Site!

3. WHAT'S NEW FROM CERTTUTOR.NET LIVE!

  • Featured Threads:
    • Windows .NET Server RC1 Available
    • What Can You Install on the Boot Partition?
    • 70-216 QOD 09-30-02
  • Hot Threads:
    • Can't See PC in a Workgroup
    • Home Network Internet Sharing
    • Help ... (Certifications or College?)

4. RESOURCES

  • Tip of the Week: Shortcuts
  • Link of the Week: IETF
  • Question of the Week: 70-270

5. INSTANT POLL

  • Results of Previous Poll: Hardware
  • New Poll: Just Browsing

6. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • Learn MCSE Curriculum Through Video

7. CONTACT US

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

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

  • ENCOURAGING STRUCTURED INHOUSE TRAINING

  • One common complaint among IT employees is that companies don't see the value of technical training and certification. Employers might view training time as unproductive or as expensive paid-vacation time for employees. Some companies fear that employees will take advantage of the training budget and use their new skills to land a job elsewhere. That employers are hesitant to spend $1000 to $2000 to send someone out for a week of training isn't surprising. But as a result, employees who work for training-poor companies often face the dilemma of whether to jump ship to find a job that provides training or remain where they are and try to encourage change.

    Recently, I attended Windows 2000 Active Directory (AD) training sessions that the instructor taught from the Microsoft training materials but had tailored for our company's computing environment. I quickly realized that this model would be a great way to introduce training classes into a company that didn't have the budget to send staff offsite for training. For us, the custom training course offered several advantages.

    For example, we were able to complete the training quickly and efficiently. When we encountered a chapter that didn't apply to our AD implementation, we skipped ahead to the next section. As a result, the instructor had time to drill down into the sections we did cover and discuss details that applied to our environment. The attendees commented that they came away with a good understanding of the subject matter. And if they were committed enough to spend the time, attendees could study the sections we skipped and work toward a certification test.

    Onsite training offers great advantages to an employer as well. Structured training gives management confidence that the training is closely aligned with company needs and not an expensive general review. In addition, because the sessions occur at an employer's facility, employees can remain available to address any emergencies that arise. But the big advantage of providing training on site is that a company can use an employee trainer and save a substantial sum.

    If you want to try to encourage your company to provide training, consider the following tips:

    • Contact management and suggest a training topic that you could help customize and teach. You can learn a tremendous amount about a topic by teaching it. And by taking the initiative, you might encourage colleagues to teach other subjects.
    • Locate old hardware and set up a test lab for training.
    • Find a data projector or overhead that you can use to present your course content.
    • Gain management approval, then start recruiting students.

    From this small start, you might find management will become more responsive to requests for additional training resources and dollars. Good luck!

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

  • THE EXCHANGE SOLUTIONS YOU'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR!

  • Our popular IT Buyers' Directories (ITBDs) are online catalogs of the hottest vendor solutions around. Our latest ITBD highlights the solutions and services that will help you protect, migrate, and administer your Exchange server. Download your copy today at
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  • ANNOUNCING THE NEW WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE VIP SITE!

  • The Windows & .NET Magazine VIP Site is a new subscription-based online technical resource. For a limited time, you can access this banner-free site where you'll find exclusive content usually reserved for VIP Site members only. Only subscribers will be able to enjoy this new site after October 14, so check it out today!
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    3. 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 one 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
  • WINDOWS .NET SERVER RC1 AVAILABLE

  • One way to succeed in IT is to stay just ahead of current technology. Windows .NET Server (Win.NET Server) 2003 is Microsoft's replacement for Windows 2000 Server, and getting up to speed on the new standard is possible now that Microsoft has published Release Candidate 1 (RC1).
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=15&threadid=35529

  • WHAT CAN YOU INSTALL ON THE BOOT PARTITION?

  • Our Questions of the Day is frequently fascinating, and the debates about the correct solution are interesting as well. See this thread for an example.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=15&threadid=35562

  • 70-216 QOD 09-30-02

  • Another reason to follow our Question of the Day is to become accustomed to paying close attention to the wording of exam questions. As this thread demonstrates, one seemingly innocuous word can completely change the meaning of the question.
    http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=16&threadid=35384

  • HOT THREADS
  • CAN'T SEE PC IN A WORKGROUP

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=14&threadid=35183

  • HOME NETWORK INTERNET SHARING

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=10&threadid=35375

  • HELP ... (CERTIFICATIONS OR COLLEGE?)

  • http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=37&threadid=35504

    4. RESOURCES

  • TIP OF THE WEEK: SHORTCUTS

  • The first tips that I teach new users (and friends and relatives) are the basic shortcut keys: Ctrl+X to cut, Ctrl+C to copy, and Ctrl+V to paste. With many applications, you can right-click a selection and choose Copy or Cut or click Edit, Copy, but situations arise in which these options don't exist—which is exactly when these shortcut keys come in handy.

  • LINK OF THE WEEK: IETF

  • See the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for a wealth of interesting information, including all the Request for Comments (RFCs) that define the standards for the Internet.
    http://www.ietf.org

  • QUESTION OF THE WEEK: 70-270

  • This week's question will help you prepare for Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional.

    QUESTION
    In a small Windows XP Professional Edition workgroup environment in which you don't need to route traffic to the Internet, Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA) can simplify your TCP/IP setup. Which of the following statements about APIPA is always true? (Choose the best answer.)

    1. APIPA lets workstations receive TCP/IP configuration information such as the auto-location of DNS and WINS servers if a DHCP server is unavailable or unreachable.
    2. APIPA lets workstations communicate with all workstations on remote subnets.
    3. APIPA lets workstations communicate with other workstations that have also received TCP/IP configuration through APIPA on remote subnets.
    4. APIPA lets workstations communicate with all other workstations on the same subnet.
    5. APIPA lets workstations communicate with other workstations that have also received TCP/IP configuration through APIPA on the same subnet.
    6. APIPA lets computers connect to the Internet.

    ANSWER
    If a DHCP server isn't available, an XP Pro client assigns itself TCP/IP information through APIPA. This information consists of an IP address in the range of 169.254.0.1 to 169.254.255.254 and a subnet mask of 255.255.0.0. However, APIPA doesn't assign a default gateway, which means that APIPA-configured computers can't route traffic to remote subnets, including the Internet. The only computers that a machine receiving TCP/IP information through APIPA can communicate with are other computers on the same subnet that have also received TCP/IP information through APIPA because the APIPA subnet mask tells the TCP/IP stack that the destination APIPA computer is on the same subnet; hence, traffic can pass between them.

    Computers that have hard-coded (i.e., manually configured) IP addresses (or a valid lease on a DHCP address if the DHCP server has suddenly gone down) can't communicate with these APIPA-configured systems. The hard-coded IP addresses might be within the APIPA range, but the question specifies "always," and hard-coded addresses that fall within the APIPA range would be an exception.

    The correct answer is E—APIPA lets workstations communicate with other workstations that have also received TCP/IP configuration through APIPA on the same subnet.

    5. INSTANT POLL

  • RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: HARDWARE

  • The voting has closed in the CertTutor.net nonscientific Instant

    Poll for the question, "Have you bought a new PC for home use in the past year?" Here are the results (+/- 2 percent) from the 70 votes:

    • 53%: Yes
    • 47%: No

  • NEW INSTANT POLL: JUST BROWSING

  • The next Instant Poll question is, "During a typical workday, how much time do you spend browsing the Internet for personal reasons?" Go to the CertTutor.net home page and submit your vote for a) None, b) 1 hour or less, c) 1 to 2 hours, d) 2 to 3 hours, or e) 3 hours or more.
    http://www.certtutor.net

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

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