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1  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / MCDST / Anyone pass 70-272 lately? on: March 11, 2005, 11:14:08 PM
I found the MS Press book to be all that's needed to pass the exam. As with all exam prep, it's best to go through the exercises on your own pc. Hands-on seems to be more important for exam 272 than 271.
2  CompTIA / A+ forum / I Passed!!! on: March 10, 2005, 05:04:45 PM
Congrats! Smiley
3  CompTIA / A+ forum / How much time ? :/ on: March 09, 2005, 04:32:55 PM
Since you just passed the OS a few months ago, you have plenty of time to pass the Core exam. You don't have to start worrying about that until CompTIA updates the exam; which probably won't be for a while.
4  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / MCDST / Passed 70-271 on: March 09, 2005, 04:20:14 PM

I think I scored exactly the same....I also used the same books. Smiley

You'll find 272 pretty easy. There's a lot of crossover. Best of luck!
5  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / MCDST / Anyone pass 70-272 lately? on: March 06, 2005, 01:26:32 AM
Congrats on the pass!

It probably won't take you very long to prepare for 271. There is a lot of crossover between the two exams. Best of luck Smiley
6  CompTIA / A+ forum / What's the best book? on: March 04, 2005, 04:43:50 PM
Originally posted by timothyp

If I were to pick up the Myers - which edition is the most current for the new tests?


Click the link I provided above.

If you already know most of the objectives then you could get the Exam Cram books. They're good if you already have a firm grip on the objectives and are in the final stages of exam preparation. Personally, I'm not a big fan of EC books. I like my books to provide me with everything; A to Z, so that's why I chose M.Meyers. It's easy to read and he is very clear so you'll probably get through the book faster than you originally thought.
7  CompTIA / A+ forum / What's the best book? on: March 04, 2005, 04:08:44 PM
M.Meyers book is the most popular. I used it to pass the exams. The only problem is this sucker is nearly 1200 pages and you said learning by reading is difficult. I don't think there's anyway around doing a lot of reading. If you're serious about IT then you're going to be doing a lot of reading throughout the years. Good luck on the exam Smiley
8  CompTIA / Network+ / Passed 846 on: March 03, 2005, 04:24:11 AM
Congrats! Smiley
9  CompTIA / A+ forum / Taking core hardware in 1 1/2 hours and..... on: March 02, 2005, 05:34:09 PM
Yes pennboy, the exam is pretty easy. Most people find the core exam easier than the OS exam. The Preplogic questions are probably harder than the real exam questions. Good luck
10  CompTIA / A+ forum / I don't get it. A+ OS on: March 02, 2005, 05:30:50 PM
If the exam objectives and study materials show a 95 to 98 upgrade then there is a chance it might be on the exam. It probably doesn't happen very often in the real world but if CompTIA says you need to know it then there's no way around it. Just study it to be safe. Smiley
11  CompTIA / Network+ / Network+ Test on March 1st.. on: March 01, 2005, 08:06:47 PM
I'm sorry to hear that chet1210. Nobody likes to fail but if you get back on the horse and give it 100%, you'll come away with a pass the second time. At the very least, you can take this as a learning experience. You now know what the exam is like first hand so preparing for it the second time should be easier.

It's natural to feel like you never want to touch a computer anymore, but that will probably pass in a few days. If you really feel that way then maybe this worked out for the better. Maybe computers aren't your "thing" and it's better to find out now then months later. Not to discourage you but this is what it's like in IT; you are constantly learning new things and pushing and testing yourself. Most of the good IT guys spend many hours of their own time educating themselves to be better in their field, if there's a test at the end or not. When there's a bump in the road, you just have to keep going.

If you think you can do it then get rid of the study prep you said is garbage and get M.Meyers book and/or the Sybex book. Maybe getting your A+ first would be a better route since that's recommended by CompTIA. I took A+ first but some do it the other way around.

Good luck on whatever you decide to do.
12  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / how many hours a day to study for mcse? on: February 28, 2005, 04:31:40 PM
I'd have to agree with zenboy's plan. Since you have 5 years experience in desktop support, getting your MCDST wouldn't help if you wanted a job as an admin. I guess it would only help if you wanted a better paying desktop support job and it required the MCDST or something. Your experience should be more than sufficient though.

Make the MCSA your short term goal and MCSE your long term goal. Good luck! Smiley
13  CompTIA / A+ forum / New member Preparing for a second time around on A+ Core test on: February 23, 2005, 10:18:14 PM
Welcome to the forums! There are plenty of free sites with study tips and practice tests already listed in the forums. Just take a peak around or do a quick search and you'll find your answers. Good luck on your upcoming exam. I'm sure you'll do better this time. Smiley
14  CompTIA / Server + / Recommendation on: February 23, 2005, 06:50:15 PM
I was asking myself the same question not too long ago. I was planning on taking the server+ exam but came to the realization that it probably won't mean much unless I have more experience. Experience isn't as much of an issue in entry level certifications but more advanced certifications like MCSE, Sec+ and Server+  are meant to be taken by pepple with a moderate grip on the topics. While it is possible to pass the exams with little or no experience, you have to ask yourself just what value they would have on your resume. I don't think too many employers would hire an admin with no experience.
15  CompTIA / Server + / New vs. Old Objectives on: February 22, 2005, 10:03:21 PM
The new objectives are out. You can compare the two and see which might be harder for you. It looks to me like the older exam would be easier. There will be plenty of cheap server+ books now that it's about to expire. Obviously it would be extremely difficult to pass the new exam without any study materials unless you have uber experience and knowledge in the areas listing in the objectives. You have until the 31st of next month to take the older exam. That should be enough time if you dedicate yourself. Good luck Smiley
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