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August 23, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • 5 Tips for IT Certification

2. CERTIFIABLE

  • Questions for Exam 70-270

3. ANNOUNCEMENT

  • Enter the Windows & .NET Magazine/Transcender Sweepstakes!

4. RESOURCES

  • CertTutor.net Live! Featured Thread: Are Win2K Servers Necessary at Branch Sites on the WAN?
  • Link of the Week: 2000trainers.com

5. INSTANT POLL

  • Results of the Previous Poll: PDAs
  • New Poll: Forums

6. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • Enter Boot Camp to Earn Your Certification

7. CONTACT US

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

1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by Jonathan Bischke, [email protected])

  • 5 TIPS FOR IT CERTIFICATION

  • Some of the CertTutor.net authors (Dick Lewis, Darren Sargent, Gregory Smith, Orin Thomas, and David Watts) and I recently assembled much of our collective wisdom about how to efficiently and cost-effectively navigate the certification process. Here are some tips and tricks that we've learned about IT certification.

    We know of at least five companies that offer a variety of free demo exams. These demos make perfect "pre-tests" for people who are just beginning their studies. By taking these pre-tests, you can gauge how much you know about a subject and where you need to focus your studies—and best of all, the process won't cost you a dime. Sites that offer free demos include Boson Software, Cert21.com, MeasureUp, Transcender, and, of course, CertTutor.net.

    Training centers often discount their classes. If you see a price listed on a training company's Web site or brochure, treat it as you would the sticker price on an automobile. What you see is usually the price that centers hope you'll be willing to pay, but it's rarely the lowest price they'll accept. Do some bargaining, and you can often talk them down 10 percent, 20 percent, or more.

    You can set up a fully functional home network with just one computer. If you don't have the space or the money to purchase a lot of computers and network them, consider purchasing VMware. VMware lets you host multiple virtual computers within one physical machine. The software is perfect for people on a budget, especially those living in cramped conditions such as a small apartment or dorm room.

    How you set your goals (certification or otherwise) almost always determines how likely you are to achieve them. Do you make your goals as specific as possible? Do you share your goals with someone you trust—someone who will hold you accountable to them? Are you planning to reward yourself with something special after you've achieved your goal? You should be doing all these things to make sure your goals don't become unfulfilled wishes.

    Microsoft offers a free alternative to tutorial courses. If you've never checked out the Microsoft Online Seminars Web site, you really need to. The site offers dozens of online presentations about a wide range of technical topics. In fact, many of the presentations are identical to what you would see if you shelled out a few thousand dollars to attend a conference such as TechNet.
    http://www.microsoft.com/seminar

    We believe that the certification process can be fun and painless if you go about it properly. Sharing our thoughts about how to approach certification properly has always been a big part of CertTutor.net's mission.

    Editor's Note: This article contains excerpts from "The Insider's Guide to IT Certification" by Jonathan Bischke, available at
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    You can also check out the new Insider's Guide to IT Certification forum at CertTutor.net Live!
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    2. CERTIFIABLE
    (contributed by Jonathan Bischke, [email protected])

  • QUESTIONS FOR EXAM 70-270

  • Welcome to Certifiable, your exam-prep headquarters. Here you'll find questions about some of the tricky areas that are fair game for the certification exams. This week's questions cover topics for Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional.

    Question 1
    Axel has installed a new device driver for an 802.11b PC card on his Windows XP Professional Edition laptop. To optimize performance, Axel disabled the System Restore option soon after he took possession of the machine. The installation routine for the new PC card suggests that Axel reboot the computer before using the card.

    Axel reboots, sees the XP logon prompt, and logs on. However, before the desktop appears, the laptop freezes and displays an error message. After trying several key combinations, Axel decides to press the on/off button to restart the machine. Which startup options might be helpful in diagnosing and fixing this problem? (Choose all that apply.)

    1. Directory Service Restore Mode
    2. Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    3. Safe Mode
    4. Last Known Good Configuration
    5. The Recovery Console (RC)

    For the correct answer and an explanation, go to
    http://www.certtutor.net/articles/index.cfm?articleid=26391#answers

    Question 2
    Boris has a Windows XP Professional Edition system with a 50GB physical disk that contains two volumes. The first volume (C:—15GB) contains the XP operating file and boot files. The second volume (D:—20GB) contains mostly data and a few programs. Boris is running out of space on the D: volume and wants to add some of the unpartitioned free space to the volume. However, when Boris attempts to do make this change, he can't. What are possible reasons why this operation failed? (Choose all that apply.)

    1. The disk is a dynamic disk. You can't extend volumes on dynamic disks.
    2. The D: volume is the system partition. You can't extend the system partition.
    3. The D: volume isn't NTFS. You can extend a simple volume only if the file system is NTFS.
    4. The disk was initially a basic disk, but Boris later converted it to a dynamic disk. You can only extend volumes that you originally created on dynamic disks.

    For the correct answer and an explanation, go to http://www.certtutor.net/articles/index.cfm?articleid=26391#answers and scroll down to "Answer to Question 2."

    Question 3
    Your Windows XP Professional Edition laptop has three partitions (C:\, D:\, and E:\). The C:\ and D:\ partitions are NTFS, and the E:partition is FAT32. The C:\ partition is running out of space, so you want to move some of the data to other partitions.

    A folder named C:\simulationresult contains 12GB of data. This folder and its contents are compressed to about 40 percent of their original size. You want to change the location of this folder from the C:partition to a folder on a different drive. However, you want the folder and its contents to remain compressed. Partition D:\ has 20GB of free space, and partition E:\ has 20GB of free space. Which of the following actions would achieve your objective? (Choose all that apply.)

    1. Move the simulationresult folder to a folder on D:\ named Misc, which is currently uncompressed.
    2. Move the simulationresult folder to a folder on E:\ named Docs, which is currently uncompressed.
    3. Move the simulationresult folder to a folder on D:\ named Info, which is currently compressed.
    4. Copy the simulationresult folder to a folder on E:\ named Stuff, which is currently uncompressed, and delete the original version of the folder on C:\.
    5. Copy the simulationresult folder to a folder on D:\ named Data, which is currently compressed, and delete the original version of the folder on C:\.

    For the correct answer and an explanation, go to http://www.certtutor.net/articles/index.cfm?articleid=26391#answers and scroll down to "Answer to Question 3."

    3. ANNOUNCEMENT
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    4. RESOURCES

  • CERTTUTOR.NET LIVE! FEATURED THREAD: ARE WIN2K SERVERS NECESSARY AT BRANCH SITES ON THE WAN?

  • 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, 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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  • CertTutor.net Live! Featured Thread

  • (contributed by Gregory W. Smith)

    What architectural changes must you make to a Windows NT 4.0 network to upgrade to Windows 2000? In this thread, <donman>, who oversees multiple sites that don't have domain controllers (DCs), poses several great questions.
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  • LINK OF THE WEEK: 2000Trainers.com

  • See this site for a lot of great information to help you with your IT studies.
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    5. INSTANT POLL

  • RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: PDAs

  • The voting has closed in the CertTutor.net nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Do you use a PDA (e.g., a Palm Pilot)?" Here are the results (+/2 percent) from the 99 votes:
       28%: Yes, and I couldn't live without it
       30%: Yes, but I don't really depend on it
        7%: I used to, but I've given it up
       34%: No, I never bought into that technology

  • NEW INSTANT POLL: FORUMS

  • The next Instant Poll question is, "Do you turn to online forums to help you with your work and studies?" Go to the CertTutor.net home page and submit your vote for a) Yes, I actively participate in forum discussions, b) Yes, I read through forum discussions but only contribute on occasion, c) Yes, but I'm a lurker—I never contribute, and d) No, I don't consult discussion forums.
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    6. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

  • ENTER BOOT CAMP TO EARN YOUR CERTIFICATION

  • MCSE University announced Windows 2000 training boot camps. To help you earn Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) and MCSE certifications, MCSE University provides Microsoft official curriculum, Microsoft server and professional resource kits, Transcender test-preparation software, MCSE University custom labs, and an MCSE University study guide. The 15-day Upgrade Boot Camp is for current Windows NT 4.0 MCSEs with significant NT and TCP/IP experience. The boot camp will help you upgrade your NT 4.0 skills. The 21-day Windows 2000 Boot Camp is for professionals with at least 1 year of experience who want to develop Active Directory (AD) and Win2K expertise to obtain their Win2K MCSE. For pricing on either boot camp, contact MCSE University at 801-572-3153 or 877-550-6273.
    http://www.mcseuniversity.com

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