New to all of this!

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Magimix, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Magimix

    Magimix Guest

    Hi everyone!

    Brand new to newsgroups and first post (yay for me).

    Just started my MCDST as well (last night in fact!), I have no IT
    back-ground in the working sense, just messing about with my machine at home
    and usually helping my friends fix theirs when things go wrong, all self
    learnt (trial and error mostly).

    I have to say it feels a little daunting looking at the Tomes that are the
    271 and 272 study books. But I'm really excited to finally be doing this and
    actually have a career direction to be going in.

    Given I'm starting the MCDST without any 'real world' support experience I
    hope I'm not out of my depth, so, expect to see me here asking plenty of
    questions, or at least asking for someone to point me in the right direction
    for information.

    So again, hi everyone and I look forward to being on here for the duration :)

    Best regards to all,

    Magimix
     
    Magimix, Nov 6, 2007
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  2. Magimix

    TheITGirl Guest

    "Magimix" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi everyone!
    >
    > Brand new to newsgroups and first post (yay for me).
    >
    > Just started my MCDST as well (last night in fact!), I have no IT
    > back-ground in the working sense, just messing about with my machine at
    > home
    > and usually helping my friends fix theirs when things go wrong, all self
    > learnt (trial and error mostly).
    >
    > I have to say it feels a little daunting looking at the Tomes that are the
    > 271 and 272 study books. But I'm really excited to finally be doing this
    > and
    > actually have a career direction to be going in.
    >
    > Given I'm starting the MCDST without any 'real world' support experience I
    > hope I'm not out of my depth, so, expect to see me here asking plenty of
    > questions, or at least asking for someone to point me in the right
    > direction
    > for information.
    >
    > So again, hi everyone and I look forward to being on here for the duration
    > :)
    >
    > Best regards to all,
    >
    > Magimix


    Hi Magimix

    Firstly, welcome to the newsgroup!

    My advice to you would be to try to get some "real world" experience as soon
    as possible, as not only will this make your MCDST studies easier, but it
    will also back up the certification on your CV. I know from experience that
    this is much easier said than done, due to the shortage of entry-level IT
    Support positions, but have you thought about offering your services free to
    a local charity?

    As no one text book contains everything you will need to know for the exam,
    I also recommend getting a second textbook (I used the Exam Cram books) to
    fill in the gaps. Microsoft TechNet on the Web is also a good place to
    look - and it's free.

    All the best.

    IT Girl MCDST
     
    TheITGirl, Nov 6, 2007
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  3. Magimix

    Magimix Guest

    --
    Currently studying MCDST 271


    "TheITGirl" wrote:

    >
    > "Magimix" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Hi everyone!
    > >
    > > Brand new to newsgroups and first post (yay for me).
    > >
    > > Just started my MCDST as well (last night in fact!), I have no IT
    > > back-ground in the working sense, just messing about with my machine at
    > > home
    > > and usually helping my friends fix theirs when things go wrong, all self
    > > learnt (trial and error mostly).
    > >
    > > I have to say it feels a little daunting looking at the Tomes that are the
    > > 271 and 272 study books. But I'm really excited to finally be doing this
    > > and
    > > actually have a career direction to be going in.
    > >
    > > Given I'm starting the MCDST without any 'real world' support experience I
    > > hope I'm not out of my depth, so, expect to see me here asking plenty of
    > > questions, or at least asking for someone to point me in the right
    > > direction
    > > for information.
    > >
    > > So again, hi everyone and I look forward to being on here for the duration
    > > :)
    > >
    > > Best regards to all,
    > >
    > > Magimix

    >
    > Hi Magimix
    >
    > Firstly, welcome to the newsgroup!
    >
    > My advice to you would be to try to get some "real world" experience as soon
    > as possible, as not only will this make your MCDST studies easier, but it
    > will also back up the certification on your CV. I know from experience that
    > this is much easier said than done, due to the shortage of entry-level IT
    > Support positions, but have you thought about offering your services free to
    > a local charity?
    >
    > As no one text book contains everything you will need to know for the exam,
    > I also recommend getting a second textbook (I used the Exam Cram books) to
    > fill in the gaps. Microsoft TechNet on the Web is also a good place to
    > look - and it's free.
    >
    > All the best.
    >

    IT Girl MCDST

    Many thanks for the warm welcome!

    Yes I do realise that my lack of real experience is a problem, but i had not
    thought of offering to help a local charity, cracking idea and I shall look
    into this for sure.
    I do work full time during the day so my time is limited, but I will try to
    investigate something that will help me in that respect.

    I had seen the exam cram book(s) and wondered how useful it would be?? But
    if you have found it useful then it is certainly worth a look.

    See, I'm learning already, how cool :)
     
    Magimix, Nov 6, 2007
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  4. Magimix

    CBIC Guest

    "Magimix" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > --
    > Currently studying MCDST 271
    >


    Learn how to move your sig to the bottom when you poast.
     
    CBIC, Nov 6, 2007
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  5. Magimix

    Magimix Guest

    Thank you CIBC,

    Until such time I have removed my sig.......

    "CBIC" wrote:

    >
    > "Magimix" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >
    > > --
    > > Currently studying MCDST 271
    > >

    >
    > Learn how to move your sig to the bottom when you poast.
    >
    >
    >
     
    Magimix, Nov 6, 2007
    #5
  6. Magimix

    CBIC Guest

    "Magimix" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Thank you CIBC,
    >


    Who's CIBC?
     
    CBIC, Nov 6, 2007
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  7. Magimix

    Magimix Guest

    Apologies,

    CBIC.......

    Typo (But I'm sure you guessed that anyway.......)

    "CBIC" wrote:

    >
    > "Magimix" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Thank you CIBC,
    > >

    >
    > Who's CIBC?
    >
    >
    >
     
    Magimix, Nov 6, 2007
    #7
  8. Magimix

    CBIC Guest

    "Magimix" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Apologies,
    >
    > CBIC.......
    >
    > Typo (But I'm sure you guessed that anyway.......)
    >


    Yeah, I'm just having a little fun with you. No harm intended.
     
    CBIC, Nov 6, 2007
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  9. Magimix

    Magimix Guest

    "CBIC" wrote:

    >
    > "Magimix" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Apologies,
    > >
    > > CBIC.......
    > >
    > > Typo (But I'm sure you guessed that anyway.......)
    > >

    >
    > Yeah, I'm just having a little fun with you. No harm intended.
    >
    >
    > I kinda guessed that. I am new here yes, but not new to forums and the 'n00b' abuse new people usually get.


    Anyway, thanks for the heads up on the sig, didn't notice it.
    Cheers for now.
     
    Magimix, Nov 6, 2007
    #9
  10. Magimix

    CBIC Guest

    "Magimix" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    >
    > "CBIC" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "Magimix" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > Apologies,
    >> >
    >> > CBIC.......
    >> >
    >> > Typo (But I'm sure you guessed that anyway.......)
    >> >

    >>
    >> Yeah, I'm just having a little fun with you. No harm intended.
    >>
    >>
    >> I kinda guessed that. I am new here yes, but not new to forums and the
    >> 'n00b' abuse new people usually get.

    >
    > Anyway, thanks for the heads up on the sig, didn't notice it.
    > Cheers for now.


    You're welcome. If you're willing to do the initial research don't be afraid
    to ask for help. I'll be glad to fill in the blanks for you where I can.
     
    CBIC, Nov 6, 2007
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  11. "CBIC" <> wrote in message
    news:#:

    > >> Yeah, I'm just having a little fun with you. No harm intended.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> I kinda guessed that. I am new here yes, but not new to forums and the
    > >> 'n00b' abuse new people usually get.

    > >
    > > Anyway, thanks for the heads up on the sig, didn't notice it.
    > > Cheers for now.

    >
    > You're welcome. If you're willing to do the initial research don't be afraid
    > to ask for help. I'll be glad to fill in the blanks for you where I can.


    And with that said, welcome to the "real" newsgroup! :)

    Just out of curiosity, what made your decision to pursue the MCDST
    certification?

    --
    Michael D. Alligood, MCITP, MCTS, MCSA, MCDST
    The I.T. Classroom - http://www.theitclassroom.com/
    CertGuard, Inc. - http://www.certguard.com/
    Microsoft Exam Security Newsgroup -
    microsoft.public.certification.exam.security
     
    Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.], Nov 7, 2007
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  12. Magimix

    Magimix Guest

    "Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.]" wrote:

    > "CBIC" <> wrote in message
    > news:#:
    >
    > > >> Yeah, I'm just having a little fun with you. No harm intended.
    > > >>
    > > >>
    > > >> I kinda guessed that. I am new here yes, but not new to forums and the
    > > >> 'n00b' abuse new people usually get.
    > > >
    > > > Anyway, thanks for the heads up on the sig, didn't notice it.
    > > > Cheers for now.

    > >
    > > You're welcome. If you're willing to do the initial research don't be afraid
    > > to ask for help. I'll be glad to fill in the blanks for you where I can.

    >
    > And with that said, welcome to the "real" newsgroup! :)
    >
    > Just out of curiosity, what made your decision to pursue the MCDST
    > certification?
    >
    > --
    > Michael D. Alligood, MCITP, MCTS, MCSA, MCDST
    > The I.T. Classroom - http://www.theitclassroom.com/
    > CertGuard, Inc. - http://www.certguard.com/
    > Microsoft Exam Security Newsgroup -
    > microsoft.public.certification.exam.security
    >
    >
    > Hi Michael,


    Thank you for the welcome.

    Good question, well, having no IT back ground in terms of doing it for a
    living, I decided I wanted to get into IT when I worked with my previous
    employer. I asked around a few IT friends and a few IT managers. They all
    suggested a good place to start was the MCDST as it would give me a good base
    knowledge and help get into an entry level IT position with a company.
    Hopefully this would then allow me to gain experience and train at the same
    time, to better myself and further my career.

    I am 26 and as of yet do not specialise in any one area (all my skills are
    quite wide ranging), which is handy for getting 'a job', but not for
    progressing up the ladder and earning more money.

    So, that is the reason I decided to do the MCDST. I have to start at the
    bottom, gain experience and knowledge, do my time and slowly work my way up.

    I'm in the UK by the way, so I don't know if things work differently here to
    the states or other countries around the world......
     
    Magimix, Nov 7, 2007
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