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1  CompTIA / Security+ / amazed on: December 29, 2004, 02:29:43 AM
I'm so surprised. It's been quite a while since I visited this site and I remember when I first found it I thought how great it was. Now it seems like a big banner ad for every possible exam prep item to be purchased out there.

This thread, however, seems to be very helpful. I just hate I had to go through all the junk to get to it. I wonder how much of my post will be linked to advertisers. Oh well, I'll get what I can and move on. That's change I guess. Thanks for the suggestions on the study materials. I consider that a lot different then plugging specific exam prep stuff.

2  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Windows XP exams / Something to try on: October 03, 2003, 02:19:04 PM
Not sure if you have this figured out yet but I have run into a similar problem in the same envirnment. NT Domain, XP Box. Go to Server Manager, remove computer account, go back to XP box log on locally as a local administrator. Add the system to the domain from that machine supplying the appropriate domain credentials. When you re-boot the computer it takes a couple of minutes for the process to take effect. Make sure you are choosing the domain when trying to log on with your domain account. Seems like a simple step but it's easily missed. Good Luck, keep us posted so we know if you get this resolved. I'm always curious to know how to resolve a problem a different way if that is what has happened.

3  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Windows XP exams / Policy order on: October 03, 2003, 02:00:02 PM
Policies in XP and 2000 are processed in a specific order. They are as follows:

1.Microsoft Windows NT 4 policies (NTCONFIG.POL)
2.Local group policies
3.Site group policies
4.Domain group policies
5.Organizational unit (OU) group policies
6.Child OU group policies

If there are any conflicts with a policy, the one processed later takes precedence. As you can see NT policies are processed first followed by Local group policies. This means you can set a local group policy on your laptop and it will override the NT policy.

Hope this helps, please advise if you need more information.

4  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-218 / Sweet Success on: June 21, 2002, 11:29:03 AM
So I made it. One more test to go and I'll have the MCSA. I think the test is exactly what everyone said that it was going to be. It was 61 questions with 150 minutes. It took me an hour. Only pass /fail. I was a little disappointed with that because I felt like I did really well. But I guess we'll never know. When it comes down to it I know in my heart I knew the material as soon as I read the first 10 questions. That is the way that it usually goes for me. I either know it or not.

So now I will take a 2 week break and then move on to 2000 Server. I think I am going to read some about Telecommunications since we have just been assigned those duties as well. Does anyone have any suggestions on resources for that? I have never really looked into web sites for telephone certifications but that would be interesting.

Well see ya'll in the Server forum.


Oh yeah thanks Chris for the only reply, you were right on with what you said. I looked at Cramsession at the last minute and it had everything I really needed.
5  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-218 / Crunch Time again! on: June 20, 2002, 07:01:28 AM
So once again the time is upon me. The day/night before the exam. The feeling of anticipation, adrenaline and nervousness. You gotta love it. It truly is the journey that encourages me to go from one test to the next and so on and so on.

So I just need a little last minute advice from anyone that has taken the test. What should I really review in my final cramming hours? I have limited time, so I need to make it quality time. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

I know that I haven't had a lot of posts but I have been here about 2 years now and really appreciate the value of the opinions on these forums. It is the only forum I use. Thanks to everyone and I'll keep ya'll posted.

Test time is Friday 6/21 at 10:30 a.m. in Tampa, Fl.

6  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-210 / Definitely 540 on: May 28, 2002, 12:37:19 PM
I took the test about 1 hour ago and it is definitely 540  to pass. I scored a 760. Not my best but I only studied minimally so I'll take it. I thought that they were going to go to the pass/fail grading system, but I guess the haven't started that yet.

7  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-210 / Re:Self Study on: May 16, 2002, 12:30:20 PM
It seems to me that the majority of people that come to this site are going to be self study, that is one of the main reasons for coming here. But I do like the question and I hope more people vote, I am very curious to see the results.

8  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-244 / Passed! on: April 29, 2002, 08:16:04 AM
I passed the test!! As I said before I was  a little disappointed with the amount of available information, but I guess if you have your old books from the original tests you'll be able to find the information that you need.Especially go over the Enterprise information, there was a lot about trusts. The things that weren't covered in those books were covered pretty well in Exam Cram for this test. I always love those books, they do a good job of putting the information together. So the things that were on there were: SCM (I would say about 25% of the test), DFS, passfilt.dll,and syskey. These were all things that weren't covered originally.

Here is what I used to study:
This site of course,
Maintaining an NT 4.0 Environment Exam Cram
microsofts knowledgebase

I just want to say here that in the past I haven't used the knowledgebase for testing, although I have in the course of doing my job. I won't make that mistake again, there is a lot of valuable information at Microsofts site, if you are willing to take the time to go through it.

So good luck to everyone that is going to take this test, I am on to Windows 2000 professional and I will see you there. If I can help anyone else with this, feel free to e-mail me at
9  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-244 / Crunchtime on: April 26, 2002, 10:02:43 PM
So this is it... Ready or not tomorrow is the day. There was not near as many free resources out there for this test. I think I will be fine though. I hope that the information that I got was not misleading. I only bought one cram book and it seemed like a review of everything that I read studying for previous exams. The areas that I hadn't covered in the past exams, such as SCM, passfilt.dll, and syskey, I was able to find all of that information on Microsofts knowledgebase. I'll keep everyone posted and try to contribute something to this sparcely covered topic.

10  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Exchange server 2000 / Need some information, please on: March 07, 2002, 09:16:37 PM
As you know I just took the test and I had 45 questions on mine. I don't think the number of questions change and the time limit was 1 and 1/2 hours with the little pre question thing they do at the beginning. I know a lot of people don't like to use braindumps but if it wasn't for Darth at I wouldn't have known the format of the exam. It's at least worth taking a look at to get an idea of what they will be looking for on the exam. I would say that the majority of questions were on the exam. But I studied so many different practice tests online I can't be sure which ones I seen where. I know that the material was very familiar. Hope this helps.
11  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Exchange server 2000 / Thanks! on: March 06, 2002, 07:54:32 AM
I appreciate the words of encouragement. I passed with an 822. The test was 45 questions and the passing score was 755. I read the Exam Prep, Exam Cram, Administrators pocket guide, and The Exchange 2000 black book. I also used the network lab from cert21's web site. That helped a lot. Before that I hadn't even seen a live installation of Exchange, only screenshots in the books that I read. I think I was overly prepared but if I didn't pass then I would be saying the opposite. I guess that is all we can do, study, study and study. I am not sure what exam I am going to take now, but I only need one elective to get my outdated MCSE for NT. So I am going to look at which ones I can use. I will probably try the Migration exam. See you all, and keep posting. There is definitely a shortage of advice on these electives.

12  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Exchange server 2000 / The time has come on: March 05, 2002, 12:07:26 PM
Well friends, the time has come. I have put it off long enough. It's time to put up or shut up. I take the test at 12:45 p.m. and the time here is now 11:03 a.m. I am a little nervous, that is why I came here. I have studied so hard, I hope that it pays off. I was on a roll for a while, then I attempted the Accelerated exam and failed. I guess that kind of stripped me of some of my confidence. So, here I go. I will post my score, either way, when I get home this afternoon. Thanks for all of the advice on this forum.

13  CompTIA / Network+ / OK NETWORK GUYS ANSWER THIS on: September 19, 2000, 02:51:00 AM
Thanks, I took the test and passed it with a 933. I am on to Workstation. Good luck to all and don't let anyone bring you down keep studying it will all pay off in the end.
A+, Net+, Net Ess, MCP!
14  CompTIA / Network+ / OK NETWORK GUYS ANSWER THIS on: September 18, 2000, 12:37:00 PM
       I almost forgot this one. I know all of you will find this interesting...
        We had to make a long fiber run at the place I work. We do most of the cable pulling ourselves but they did not want us to do this one. So we hired outside contractors to do it. Well I was only interning at the time and I thought this would be a great chance for me to try and get a job. I had just passed the Net+ test and A+ a few months before that. So I talked to them when they got there. They said I would be crazy to try and work with there company as they only start out at $11/ hour.Especially with those cert's. They said even at entry level and minimal experience as long as I had those cert's I should get work without a problem. I was amazed. These people were coming in pulling fiber, terminating, and verifying connectivity. It all seems like a lot of skills are involved doesn't it? Well both of those people told me they were looking to get out of the job and go into totally unrelated fields. It's just something I wanted to point out to our trekkie buddy. He should consider himself lucky to have the job that he has.
15  CompTIA / Network+ / OK NETWORK GUYS ANSWER THIS on: September 18, 2000, 05:22:00 AM
Man oh man I just couldn't help but post to this one. I wasn't going to because you see I am kind of a lurker, as I am sure you can tell by the amount of posts I have had. At any rate the CompTIA certifications have opened doors to me that definitely wouldn't have been opened otherwise. They have helped me create oppurtunities for myself. I believe that it has given me the basic understanding of computer and network systems to change my current career. Which I am in the process of doing. Everyone in this forum is so nice and helpful, it kind of shocks you when you see someone that can be so mean and spiteful. It is obvious he has some personal issues to work out. We do have to remember however he is exercising his right to free speech and good or bad you can never take that away from any of us. I think that one of the new waves of the future is IT personell that have a more friendly attitude toward staff. I believe our little buddy does not have that attitude and that will always limit his success. He may be very skilled in terminating fiber, cat5 or whatever else but how far will he really ever get with all of that hate in his heart. I can assure all of you that haven't taken the Network+ yet that termination, punchdowns, and running cable are not hard things to learn. If you can pass this test then you really have the fortitude to make it in this field. No matter what anyone else says. I hope all of this makes since I just had a flood of thoughts after reading all of the other posts and wanted to get them out. Good luck to all, I am taking the NT Server test tomorrow. Oh yeah, I wanted to say that anyone looking to get there MCSE needs to jump right to studying for the Networking Essential test after you pass Network+. They seemed almost identical. I passed with a 933. See ya and keep up all of the hard work I promise it will pay off in the long run.
A+, Net+, Net Ess.
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