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1  Other IT certifications / CWNP / CommView Packet Generator Question on: September 05, 2003, 11:29:15 PM
Is your card recognized in the drop down menu?  Use the vendor ID tool that comes with commview to see if your card is supported.  If you don't see your card in the drop down menu for selecting adapters then it may not be supported.  Also check the bindings and check to see is the commview network monitor is bound to your card.
2  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / youngster needs help on: September 05, 2003, 10:54:20 PM
The reason I made a remard about a CCIE without experience is because I know of at least two people who have self studied the CCNA,CCNP and CCIE without practical experience.  One works for a telecommunications company and the other works for EDS. However the only work one of them does is with a lower end broadband type Cisco router and the other one does absolutley nothing with routers. So folks this does happen.  I guess my point was that it would be a good idea to have experience to back up your paper credentials.
3  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / youngster needs help on: September 05, 2003, 05:23:44 AM
"You know dek you are just barking up the wrong tree ..
I appreciate however what you are saying though generally these are simply wasted words."

Helen why do you think these were wasted words? Also I didn't quite get the metaphor about barking up the wrong tree. I was giving my two cents for the young lad that asked for it..
4  General discussions / Certifications and IT jobs/Salaries / youngster needs help on: September 04, 2003, 03:23:26 AM
I think it would be rather difficult to go totally vendor neutral. Being vendor neutral means you are familiar with concepts and not specific workings of an operating system.  Let's face it about 80% or more of the market is MS, so that has to be a must for a course of study.  However I would also supplement that with a CCNA.  This cert is vendor specific, but it also introduces a lot of industry jargon and introduces you to IP addressing and subneting which is critical for any study path.  Also learning security also means learning Unix to some degree.  Learning security means learning security of a whole networked environment, meaning routers,vpns,servers and physical security.  I would think that it would take you a good 2-3 years to get familiar with the various OSes and related hardware.  

The CCIE would be great if you had a few years experience behind it.  The CCIE without any experience won't get you that far.  I couldn't see anyone in their right mind giving someone a job at that level with no experience.  If you are doing CCIE type work, that means you are doing some very technical work for telcos or large companies.  I think that may be a reason some people may feel there is no money in it.  They get an MCSE(paper, no experience)and expect to start making 50k.  Again, who in their right mind would unleash a paper MCSE on a network?  Network administration is a very technical higher end job.  I don't think you would want this job without experience.  There is a tone of stuff involved.  Your best bet would be to work with a NetAdmin and learn from their experience.  I also see people asking about Unix/Solaris certifications.  These OSes usually run mission critical applications, again, no way are you going to touch a system like that without some experience.

I'm not trying to discourage you in any way, however you do need to be realistic.  Security is a great field, but remember you are building a career which will take a few years.  If you can augment your certifications with a University/college degree then all the better. I don't think there are any quick roads to money/success.  It's just good old fashioned hard work and effort. If you try hard and work hard you will probably succeed.
5  Other IT certifications / Sun Solaris / I have the material for Sun8 on: August 31, 2003, 01:35:34 AM
Usually anything running Solaris is going to be some type of mission critical application.  I think people would be fooling themselves if they thought a certification alone will get them this type of support role.  It would be a very scary thought if someone stepped into a role such as that armed only with a certification.

As far a using tests and dumps...I've been working with Solaris for about three years and I studied like a MOFO for the exam.  Having said that I used practice tests to supplement my studying. I verify every single question.  I don't even look at their answers until I've answered the questions.  Does that make me a cheater? Quite possibly.  Do I care?  Nope.  Because I know my shit.  Do I really need to know that #%s/mouse/house/g     will substitute house for mouse in a file using vi?  Who friggin' cares.  That's what man pages are for.  I going for the certification for career advancement and a raise.  It also helped me learn quite a few things by studying.  But as I said at the begining a certification alone without experience ain't worth diddly in my opinion.  

In the "real world" I don't know a single person who relies on raw knowledge.  When the crap hits the fan people are hitting the web sites and making phone calls.  In my opinion your most valuable asset will be your ability to solve problems and a big part of that is finding the answer not knowing the answer.  We've got books and the internet remember???
6  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / MCSE elective exams / net send command on: July 17, 2002, 11:18:11 PM
netbios is NOT routable.  It must be wrapped in a routed protocol like TCP.  NetBios would work through a VPN because it creates a IPSec tunnel which makes it think it is on a LAN.  Try using a netsend command using a UNC path using IP and see if that works.

7  Other IT certifications / Sun Solaris / Telnet? on: July 09, 2002, 02:13:59 AM
You also might want to make sure your Sun box is on the same subnet you are telneting from. If the machine you are telneting from is (for example) and your Sun box is or on network you will not connect.
8  Other IT certifications / Sun Solaris / 8 or 9 on: July 08, 2002, 09:45:25 PM
Hey, SureshHomepage.  Why don't you pedal your plagiarized exam material some where else.  You respond to questions under the guise of helping people when you just want to help yourself.  I seriously doubt whether you have a firm understanding of anything you are certified in.
9  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / MCSE elective exams / net send command on: July 08, 2002, 09:29:54 PM
I don't think you can use it over the Internet.  The net command uses netbios to connect and seek out nodes on the network using broadcasts.  Since broadcast do not work through routers I believe you're out of luck.  That my two cents.

10  General discussions / General Discussion / Hackers, Watch Out!! on: January 12, 2002, 02:37:37 AM
Hackers or Crackers or whatever.  If you enter someones system unauthorized it is wrong regardless of your intent.  There are paid ethical hackers, but that is a job.  Because someone is trying to be a "good" hacker and report vulnerabilities, doesn't make what they do just.  Would you want some stranger trying all of the locks and windows in your house to see if it is secure?  He can give you a report on how easily he entered your house and walked around.  I think I would feel a little violated.  They are doing and seeing things they shouldn't...period.

I work for a medical imaging company and one of our machines that reads X-rays is based on IIS.  Guess what?  Some of them got the Nimda virus.  It's not too nice when someone comes to the hospital with a smashed chest and the Radiologist can't get and image.  This wasn't the best scenario for some trauma patients who went to the hospital that night.

two cents
11  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-240 / Careless Prometric on: January 09, 2002, 02:04:47 AM
I used to work at a testing center and it was very common for people NOT to have their tests in the database.  Do the people on the other side of the phone sound particularly bright to you?  If you phoned it in it was more than likely human err. Another reason might be that your credit card did not go through.  This was another common reason. On the positive side the people who complained always got a free voucher, but you would be better off phoning.

good luck
12  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-240 / PASSED, PASSED.... Thank God.... on: December 31, 2001, 06:19:32 PM

Good thing you didn't leave it til' the last minute:)
13  Other IT certifications / CISSP / woo hoo !!!!!!!!!!!!! on: December 26, 2001, 09:12:11 AM
What study material helped the most?
What if anything was unnecessary?
14  Other IT certifications / CISSP / The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the Ten Domains of Computer Security on: December 26, 2001, 09:08:12 AM
Most anyone that has done even a minimal amount of research regarding network  security has heard about CISSP.  IMO it is the default standard for network security comprehension.  A friend of mine who did computer crimes for our local law enforcement angency  has his CISSP cert and now works for Deloitte and Touche as a consultant.  This guy took  training with the FBI, CIA, NSA, CSIS to name a few and this was the cert he decided on.  This guy also has his Ph.D.  I'm putting faith in this guy for not taking something that wouldn't be worth him time.

I think it's great this forum has started.  What have people been using for study material?  What's a realistic time frame for writing this exam?

15  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-240 / 70-240 when du take a break ? on: December 26, 2001, 08:45:50 AM
You can proabably  take a break between exams, however your time keeps ticking.  When I wrote it there was no opportunity to take a formal break.  I left to use the washroom, but that was on my time.  Once you end an exam to immediately start the next exam.  I guess if you had time left over before you ended an exam you could take a break then, however I would feel nervous leaving my exam in an unfinished state due to potential problems.

good luck
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