CertTutor.net UPDATE, February 14, 2002

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February 14, 2003--In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY - Training Wisely

2. NEWS & VIEWS - HP Announces New Certification Program

3. ANNOUNCEMENT - Catch the Microsoft Mobility Tour--Time Is Running Out!

4. WHAT'S NEW FROM CERTTUTOR LIVE! - Featured Threads: - Taking the First Step - NetBEUI Required on Legacy Clients? - Effective Study Methods

- Hot Threads: - Network+ Question - Cisco Help - How to Find a Trojan

5. RESOURCES - Tip of the Week: Practice Exams - Question of the Week: 70-215

6. INSTANT POLL - Results of the Previous Poll: Laptops - New Poll: Training

7. NEW AND IMPROVED - Register Now for a Free .NET Online Course

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

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1.

COMMENTARY

(contributed by Gregory W. Smith, [email protected])

* TRAINING WISELY All instructor-led training has value, even if it merely reinforces what you already know or gives you a new perspective. Typically, a successful training experience teaches you about a product, technology, or process--but sometimes leaves gaps for you to fill in on your own later. To ensure a successful experience, determine your training goals before the training begins. Some examples of effective training goals include: - gaining enough knowledge to pass an exam - learning enough about a product or technology to implement it effectively - learning about specific problems that you're experiencing

When you establish goals before the training begins, you can make the most of the time you spend in the classroom. In the classroom, take the following steps to further ensure a good experience: - Get the instructor's full name and contact information in case you have any questions about the material later. Email is probably the least intrusive way to pose any questions. - Take good notes and keep any handouts the instructor distributes. With note taking, learn what works best for you. For some people, taking notes about something that the handouts address in detail is redundant; for others, the repetition is reinforcing. - Keep the presentation itself. Many instructors give out a hard copy of any slides. If possible, get an electronic copy of the presentation as well so that you can search it for key phrases or concepts later. You can also keep an electronic copy on your laptop or PC and access it more quickly and without having to carry a load of books around. (Note that some training organizations refuse to give out electronic copies of presentations because of the ease with which they can be copied and distributed inappropriately; if an instructor does give you an electronic copy of any classroom materials, please keep it for your personal use.)

After the training session, be sure to take what you learned with you. Try to think of ways that the information will benefit you, your company, or your clients. Don't waste any opportunities that your new knowledge might create.

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NEWS & VIEWS

* HP ANNOUNCES NEW CERTIFICATION PROGRAM Before Hewlett-Packard (HP) merged with Compaq last year, the companies had vigorous certification programs for professionals who wanted to specialize in HP and Compaq hardware and software. Now, with the merger complete, the new company has released details about its new certification program. For more information about the program, see the HP Web site. http://h10017.www1.hp.com/certification/examinfo.html

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ANNOUNCEMENT

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* CATCH THE MICROSOFT MOBILITY TOUR--TIME IS RUNNING OUT! This outstanding seven-city event will help you support your growing mobile workforce. Industry guru Paul Thurrott discusses the coolest mobility hardware solutions around, demonstrates how to increase the productivity of your "road warriors" with the unique features of Windows XP and Office XP, and much more. You could also win an HP iPAQ Pocket PC. There is no charge for these live events, but space is limited, so register today! Sponsored by Microsoft, HP, and Toshiba. http://list.winnetmag.com/cgi-bin3/flo/y/ePbx0DRxWW0CXC06Kw0Ad

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WHAT'S NEW FROM CERTTUTOR 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: http://www.certtutor.net/registration/index.cfm

FEATURED THREADS

* TAKING THE FIRST STEP Are you postponing your certification studies? Sometimes, as forum member Tripwire45 says in this thread, all you have to do to get started is pick up a book and start reading. http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=14&threadid=37822

* NetBEUI REQUIRED ON LEGACY CLIENTS? Tutor Ian McLean couldn't get Windows XP to see Windows 9x clients on the network until he installed NetBEUI on the older machines. See this thread for an explanation. http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=14&threadid=37747

* EFFECTIVE STUDY METHODS New forum member Tcrooch is having trouble passing practice exams. See this thread to read the suggestions from other members and to offer your own. http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=37&threadid=37845

HOT THREADS

* NETWORK+ QUESTION http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=37&threadid=37661

* CISCO HELP http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=75&threadid=37409

* HOW TO FIND A TROJAN http://certtutor.net/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=10&threadid=37706

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RESOURCES

* TIP OF THE WEEK: PRACTICE EXAMS Avoid the temptation to take practice exams when you're studying. Instead, wait until you think you're well prepared for the actual exam. If you wait, the practice test will be much more effective at identifying your weak areas.

* QUESTION OF THE WEEK: 70-215 This week's question will help you prepare for Exam 70-215: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Server.

QUESTION You have configured a Windows 2000 member server named TerminalDogma as a Win2K Server Terminal Services application server. The application server runs a customized financial database and functions as a file and print server.

TerminalDogma is a member of a Win2K mixed mode domain called Terminus. Within your organization, 15 people from the Accounting group and 7 people from the Managers group use the Terminal Services client to access the customized financial database as follows: - Monday: 10 Accounting, 2 Management - Tuesday: 5 Accounting, 1 Management - Wednesday: 4 Accounting, 1 Management - Thursday: 6 Accounting, 3 Management - Friday: 9 Accounting, 6 Management

Over the course of each week, all 15 members of the Accounting group and 7 members of the Management group will use the Terminal Services client to access TerminalDogma. A maximum of 30 people can access the files that reside on a share on TerminalDogma. These 30 people consist of the 15 Accounting members, 7 Management members, and 8 members of the Administrative group.

You licensed the server in per-seat mode and purchased and installed 22 seats on the server. You also purchased and installed 10 terminal services client access licenses (TSCALs).

The Accounting group uses Windows NT 4.0 workstations, which you won't upgrade until 2005. The Management group uses Windows XP Professional Edition laptops. The Administrative group uses Win2K Professional machines.

You know that you must purchase more licenses for TerminalDogma. Which of the following options best represents the number of licenses that you must buy to bring TerminalDogma into compliance with Microsoft's licensing requirements? (Select all that apply.) A. 30 per-seat licenses B. 15 per-seat licenses C. 8 per-seat licenses D. 12 TSCALs E. 5 TSCALs F. None of the above

ANSWERS The correct answers are C--8 per-seat licenses; and E--5 TSCALs. XP Pro and Win2K Pro clients come with a TSCAL. Only other OSs (in this case, NT 4.0 Workstation) require a separate TSCAL. Because a maximum of 30 clients access the server, and given the licensing mode, you must purchase 8 more seats. And because 15 people from the Accounting group access the server from NT 4.0 Workstation machines and because you already have 10 TSCALs, you need 5 more.

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INSTANT POLL

* RESULTS OF THE PREVIOUS POLL: LAPTOPS The voting has closed in the CertTutor.net nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Do you own a laptop?" Here are the results from the 135 votes: - 28%: Yes, it's my primary computer. - 41%: Yes, but my desktop PC is my primary computer. - 15%: No, but I'm planning to get one. - 16%: No.

* NEW POLL: TRAINING The next Instant Poll question is, "Does your employer pay for training?" Go to the CertTutor.net home page and submit your vote for a) Yes, b) No.. http://www.certtutor.net

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NEW AND IMPROVED

(contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

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