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TheITGirl
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      02-19-2007
Hello

I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
fully-fledged MCDST.

I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my MCSE
certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago) got into
IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and then
done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.

I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before continuing on
the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to specialise in
hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took a module
in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the Network+
too hard.

I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if you have
any advice for me in this regard.

Regards.

IT Girl
 
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Frank Shannon
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      02-20-2007
First, good luck with the 272. I just took it today, and passed...as long as
you know your stuff, you should do fine.

As for A+ and Network+, it doesn't hurt knowing the basics of how these
fancy blinking boxes work. Since the curriculum for the A+ has just
recently changed, I can't say for certain what it focuses on now, but when I
took it 10 months ago, hardware was a big focal point, and the software/OS
side was a lot of memorization of commands and such. Network+ could come in
handy for you to give you the basic fundamentals of networking. It could
most certainly be a good stepping stone.

If nothing else, just study through a couple good books on the subjects and
give the exams a try that way.

"TheITGirl" wrote:

> Hello
>
> I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
> fully-fledged MCDST.
>
> I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my MCSE
> certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago) got into
> IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and then
> done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.
>
> I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before continuing on
> the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
> concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to specialise in
> hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took a module
> in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the Network+
> too hard.
>
> I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if you have
> any advice for me in this regard.
>
> Regards.
>
> IT Girl

 
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Michael D. Alligood
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      02-20-2007
ITGirl, see my response to the post "Next Step". It will give you my
opinion regarding your question. In regards to your statement regarding
the A+ exam, it not only deals with hardware, but software as well;
specifically Microsoft Windows. Many employers look for the A+ exam
during interviews. It is the foundation for any PC diagnostic and
troubleshooting field. But when you read my response to a similar
question to yours titled, "Next step", you will see that my response
totally depends on what field you would like to concentrate on in the
I.T. field.

--
Michael D. Alligood
MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
CIW Certified Instructor

http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom



"TheITGirl" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed):

> Hello
>
> I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
> fully-fledged MCDST.
>
> I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my MCSE
> certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago) got into
> IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and then
> done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.
>
> I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before continuing on
> the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
> concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to specialise in
> hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took a module
> in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the Network+
> too hard.
>
> I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if you have
> any advice for me in this regard.
>
> Regards.
>
> IT Girl


 
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TheITGirl
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      02-21-2007


"Michael D. Alligood" wrote:

> ITGirl, see my response to the post "Next Step". It will give you my
> opinion regarding your question. In regards to your statement regarding
> the A+ exam, it not only deals with hardware, but software as well;
> specifically Microsoft Windows. Many employers look for the A+ exam
> during interviews. It is the foundation for any PC diagnostic and
> troubleshooting field. But when you read my response to a similar
> question to yours titled, "Next step", you will see that my response
> totally depends on what field you would like to concentrate on in the
> I.T. field.
>
> --
> Michael D. Alligood
> MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
> Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
> CIW Certified Instructor
>
> http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom
>
>
>
> "TheITGirl" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed):
>
> > Hello
> >
> > I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
> > fully-fledged MCDST.
> >
> > I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my MCSE
> > certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago) got into
> > IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and then
> > done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.
> >
> > I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before continuing on
> > the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
> > concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to specialise in
> > hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took a module
> > in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the Network+
> > too hard.
> >
> > I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if you have
> > any advice for me in this regard.
> >
> > Regards.
> >
> > IT Girl

>
>

Hello Michael

Thanks for the reply.

I really do want to get into servers and systems admin, so the MCSA seems
the logical next step. I thought the A+ and Network+ might be useful,
though, to plug the gaps in my knowledge as my knowledge of hardware isn't
that great. Then again, if I take these I will have to pay for a further
three exams!

I guess it won't hurt to read through the books anyway, and then decide if I
want to take the exams. I bought the Meyers All-in-One guides for Network+
and A+ (the latter updated for the new versions of the exams) and they seem
very comprehensive and well written.

BTW, for anyone in the UK, I can thoroughly recommend a company called
Register Books - http://books.theregister.co.uk/ - a small company based in
Birmingham, UK, for your study books. Their prices are similar to Amazon,
but their speed of delivery is excellent - I ordered them on a Sunday evening
and chose the free delivery option, and the books arrived on Tuesday morning!

Regards.

IT Girl
 
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Michael D. Alligood
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      02-21-2007
The A+ is not a bad thing to have in your bag. I have ran across System
Administrators that cannot change out a NIC. Sad.

--
Michael D. Alligood
MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
CIW Certified Instructor

http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom



"TheITGirl" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed):

> "Michael D. Alligood" wrote:
>
> > ITGirl, see my response to the post "Next Step". It will give you my
> > opinion regarding your question. In regards to your statement regarding
> > the A+ exam, it not only deals with hardware, but software as well;
> > specifically Microsoft Windows. Many employers look for the A+ exam
> > during interviews. It is the foundation for any PC diagnostic and
> > troubleshooting field. But when you read my response to a similar
> > question to yours titled, "Next step", you will see that my response
> > totally depends on what field you would like to concentrate on in the
> > I.T. field.
> >
> > --
> > Michael D. Alligood
> > MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
> > Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
> > CIW Certified Instructor
> >
> > http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom
> >
> >
> >
> > "TheITGirl" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> > news:(E-Mail Removed):
> >
> > > Hello
> > >
> > > I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
> > > fully-fledged MCDST.
> > >
> > > I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my MCSE
> > > certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago) got into
> > > IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and then
> > > done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.
> > >
> > > I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before continuing on
> > > the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
> > > concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to specialise in
> > > hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took a module
> > > in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the Network+
> > > too hard.
> > >
> > > I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if you have
> > > any advice for me in this regard.
> > >
> > > Regards.
> > >
> > > IT Girl

> >
> >

> Hello Michael
>
> Thanks for the reply.
>
> I really do want to get into servers and systems admin, so the MCSA seems
> the logical next step. I thought the A+ and Network+ might be useful,
> though, to plug the gaps in my knowledge as my knowledge of hardware isn't
> that great. Then again, if I take these I will have to pay for a further
> three exams!
>
> I guess it won't hurt to read through the books anyway, and then decide if I
> want to take the exams. I bought the Meyers All-in-One guides for Network+
> and A+ (the latter updated for the new versions of the exams) and they seem
> very comprehensive and well written.
>
> BTW, for anyone in the UK, I can thoroughly recommend a company called
> Register Books - http://books.theregister.co.uk/ - a small company based in
> Birmingham, UK, for your study books. Their prices are similar to Amazon,
> but their speed of delivery is excellent - I ordered them on a Sunday evening
> and chose the free delivery option, and the books arrived on Tuesday morning!
>
> Regards.
>
> IT Girl


 
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Keith Chilton
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      02-22-2007
Hey I just learned what SATA was yesterday haha I can change out NIC cards
LOL I really do need to take the A+ eventually probably. I could use some
education on all the connectors and hardware theory. I have no problem
replacing any of it though. So i'm not totally ignorant.

"Michael D. Alligood" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> The A+ is not a bad thing to have in your bag. I have ran across System
> Administrators that cannot change out a NIC. Sad.
>
> --
> Michael D. Alligood
> MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
> Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
> CIW Certified Instructor
>
> http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom
>
>
>
> "TheITGirl" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed):
>
>> "Michael D. Alligood" wrote:
>>
>> > ITGirl, see my response to the post "Next Step". It will give you my
>> > opinion regarding your question. In regards to your statement regarding
>> > the A+ exam, it not only deals with hardware, but software as well;
>> > specifically Microsoft Windows. Many employers look for the A+ exam
>> > during interviews. It is the foundation for any PC diagnostic and
>> > troubleshooting field. But when you read my response to a similar
>> > question to yours titled, "Next step", you will see that my response
>> > totally depends on what field you would like to concentrate on in the
>> > I.T. field.
>> >
>> > --
>> > Michael D. Alligood
>> > MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
>> > Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
>> > CIW Certified Instructor
>> >
>> > http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > "TheITGirl" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> > news:(E-Mail Removed):
>> >
>> > > Hello
>> > >
>> > > I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
>> > > fully-fledged MCDST.
>> > >
>> > > I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my
>> > > MCSE
>> > > certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago)
>> > > got into
>> > > IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years
>> > > and then
>> > > done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.
>> > >
>> > > I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before
>> > > continuing on
>> > > the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
>> > > concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to
>> > > specialise in
>> > > hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took
>> > > a module
>> > > in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the
>> > > Network+
>> > > too hard.
>> > >
>> > > I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if
>> > > you have
>> > > any advice for me in this regard.
>> > >
>> > > Regards.
>> > >
>> > > IT Girl
>> >
>> >

>> Hello Michael
>>
>> Thanks for the reply.
>>
>> I really do want to get into servers and systems admin, so the MCSA seems
>> the logical next step. I thought the A+ and Network+ might be useful,
>> though, to plug the gaps in my knowledge as my knowledge of hardware
>> isn't
>> that great. Then again, if I take these I will have to pay for a further
>> three exams!
>>
>> I guess it won't hurt to read through the books anyway, and then decide
>> if I
>> want to take the exams. I bought the Meyers All-in-One guides for
>> Network+
>> and A+ (the latter updated for the new versions of the exams) and they
>> seem
>> very comprehensive and well written.
>>
>> BTW, for anyone in the UK, I can thoroughly recommend a company called
>> Register Books - http://books.theregister.co.uk/ - a small company based
>> in
>> Birmingham, UK, for your study books. Their prices are similar to
>> Amazon,
>> but their speed of delivery is excellent - I ordered them on a Sunday
>> evening
>> and chose the free delivery option, and the books arrived on Tuesday
>> morning!
>>
>> Regards.
>>
>> IT Girl

>



 
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Keith Chilton
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      02-22-2007
nope but i got very interested in IR-TranP last night. LOL

"Jonathan Roberts" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Keith Chilton wrote:
>> Hey I just learned what SATA was yesterday haha I can change out NIC
>> cards

>
> But, do you know what PATA is?



 
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