Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I passed the CompTIA Network+ exam!

Whoo-hoo! I passed the exam! I'm now Network+ certified. It feels good.

My study method was the following: 

* I read through Mike Meyers' book on the network+ exam three times. I underlined and wrote down key points to put into memory. 
* I studied the key points a few times through the day before and the day of the test.
* I took the practice tests and exams available on the cd that came with Meyers' book
* Took the practice exam from CompTIA located on their website. 
* prayed :) 

I have to say that the practice exam on CompTIA's website was much more difficult than the actual exam. I think it's because the official exam asked more scenario based questions whereas the practice exam from compTIA focused more on defining terms. 

Anyway, I'm an excited fellow right now. I now have two certifications to add to my associate degree in IT. I guess next I will focus on a Microsoft certification?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Network+ test coming up soon!

My comptia network+ exam is this coming Wednesday! Am I nervous? Yeah, I am just a little bit nervous. I've read Mike Meyers' Network+ book two times through, now working on the third reading prepping for Wednesday. I didn't think a third reading would be beneficial, but it actually has been beneficial for me. Subnetting makes more sense now and so does distance-vector and link-state routing. So, this third reading had rocked so far.

I'm also working on my official third year as an IT professional. By 'official' I mean employed. Before employment I was a tech enthusiast, but not professional. I think working in the IT field helps tremendously with these exams, but I guess I can't know that for sure until I pass the Net+ exam this coming Wednesday.

Buy Mike's Network+ book here. Note: I'm studying the 2009/4th edition book because that is the exam I registered to take. The 2012 exams, I believe, are out and ready for registration and so are the books. I know for sure that Mike's 4th edition book is solid and well worth using for prepping, but I can't say for sure if his newest book is a good tool because I haven't personally used it. However, based on my experience with his books, I'm sure it's a good read and tool. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Installing and configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Over the last couple of months I have been testing Exchange Server 2010. In preparation for the install and configuration of Exchange Server 2010, I was greatly helped by the list of links below, so I'm sharing. I hope these links help you as much as they helped me.


Installing Exchange 2010 step-by-step

Understanding receive connectors in Exchange 2010

Create an SMTP receive connector

Understanding Edge subscriptions

How to allow relaying in Exchange 2010...securely

Anonymous Relay with Exchange 2010

Troubleshooting the client access server

SSL for outlook web app 2010

Security warning when you start outlook 2007 then connect it to Exchange 2010

Troubleshoot Outlook Web Access problems