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A Unique Blend of IT Education and Good Natured Cynicism for Geeksters

Subnetting Basics

For some, sub-netting can be as hard to learn as a new language.  Even the reason for sub-netting  can be lost in all the tech jargon.   Taking the process of sub-netting one step at a time is the best way to learn.   TechRepublic has a great article on the basics of subnetting.  Cisco IP subnetting 101: Five things you should know In addition, the article has some great links at the end that are great resources for those that may be working on their CompTIA Network+ or Cisco CCNA certifications.


August 16, 2010 Posted by | Certification, Cisco, CompTIA | Leave a comment

Do you need to boost your Windows 7 skills?

If you need to boost your Windows 7 skills or if you are just curious about the new features in Windows 7.  You should check out Microsoft Learning’s Windows Training page.  There you find links to resources such as Tech-Net, Certifications and information about special events.  You will also find helpful links to special offers and the ability to sign up and receive free MSPress material.

For the entire page go here

Microsoft Learning:  Windows – Training Portal

If you are just interested in signing up for the free MSPress chapters go here (You will need to sign in with a Windows Live ID)

Microsoft Press Windows 7 Free Chapter Offer

August 2, 2010 Posted by | Certification, Microsoft, MSPress, Windows 7 | Leave a comment

Educators Rejoice !

In today’s on-demand, information-consumption-centric landscape, learning never stops, and it appears as though the folks at Microsoft have finally begun to dedicate an abundance of resources to assist learning professionals worldwide.

Yes, it’s true…. Microsoft has begun to use their search engine, Bing, as an influential learning tool.

Bing has received great reviews from global technical gurus over its response and its rate of returning relevant search information.  To take Bing even further are the new features offered especially for educators to improve the entire classroom experience.  Teachers can now take students on a 3D tour of historical places, view the human body down to the DNA level, interact with executives in a Wall Street boardroom, and much, much more.

These new educational provisions are sure to improve student attention and retention, ultimately making educators more effective.   Microsoft has put together a great guide on how to implement Bing in the classroom and we would love to hear some feedback on their efforts !

June 29, 2010 Posted by | Bing, Certification, Internet, Microsoft | Leave a comment

Time to Update Your Office Certifications

Microsoft has launched its new certification program for Office 2010.  Word and Excel will be available June 30th 2010 at Certiport centers with the other exams to follow.  There will be three levels of certification, Specialist, Expert, and Master, each level requiring passing of additional MOS exams.  Check out the news release here Microsoft Launches New Certification Program for Office 2010

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Certification, Microsoft, Office 2010 | Leave a comment

Go For Strata Green IT Certification

CompTIA recently announced a new certification, Strata Green IT.  This certification is based upon cost cutting and energy saving techniques that can be implemented in the IT world.  If your looking for employment, many companies today are undertaking “green” initiatives, this certification is a great way for you to demonstrate that you have the knowledge to implement those techniques in the IT infrastructure. In order to to pass this exam you must have A+ and Server+ equivalent knowledge as well as knowledge on virtualization techniques and centralized storage components such as SANS and NAS devices.  If you would like additional information about this certification, check out CompTIA’s web site:   CompTIA Strata Green IT

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Certification, CompTIA | Leave a comment

Test Your Knowledge

If you are planning to take the 70-536 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework or the 70-640 TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory check out Microsoft’s new Test Your Knowledge page.  Microsoft is offerering study questions and videos related to those questions over a seven week period.

Check it out:  Test Your Knowledge

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Active Directory, Certification, Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 | Leave a comment

Microsoft Press Free e-books

Microsoft Press has several titles they have made available to download for free.

I guess it is a bit ironic to read these on an iPad. 🙂    Check out the links below.                                     

Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (DRAFT Preview II)

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview)

Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

First Look Microsoft Office 2010

Windows 7 troubleshooting tips

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

Deploying Windows 7, Essential Guidance

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Active Directory, Certification, Microsoft, MSPress, Office 2010, Virtual Server, Virtualization, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 | Leave a comment

Sit back…..relax….and learn

Microsoft has released its Microsoft Desktop Player for IT Professionals and Developers.  It pulls together content from different areas of Microsoft’s site all in one resource.  It can include video, podcast and white papers.   You can search for information on .NET, Exchange Server 2010, Office, SharePoint, SQL, Visual Studio, Windows Azure, Windows 7 and Server 2008.  Check out the web version here: Microsoft Desktop Player

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Active Directory, Certification, Exchange 2010, Microsoft, Office 2010, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 | Leave a comment

Microsoft Virtualization Certification

Microsoft has recently released its newest MCTS and MCITP certification tracks.  These certification tracks focus on Desktop, and Server Virtualization.

Here is a list of the MCTS certifications available:

TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization

TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

and for MCITP:

Pro:Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator

Check Out the details on Microsoft’s web site here:   Microsoft Virtualization Certification

June 7, 2010 Posted by | Certification, Microsoft, Virtualization | Leave a comment

Are you Certifiable?

In many ways Yes I am.  🙂  However, in this case I am referring to Microsoft certifications.  If you have ever desired to become Microsoft certified or to see a sample of what certification questions are like you can check out Microsoft’s Are You Certifiable question and answer game.  This game allows you to pit your knowledge of Microsoft against other people and can help you to learn topics related to Microsoft technologies.

Check it out and crush your competition. Have fun!!! 

Are You Certifiable

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Certification, Microsoft | Leave a comment