Seven Required Topics to Study for Virtualization Certification

I recently acquired the VCP Certification. Although that certification is centered, of course, on VMWare, I would like to talk more specifically about Virtualization technologies for all the major vendors: Microsoft (Hyper-V), VMWare...

The Importance of Reading RFC's

Recently I taught the Network+ class. It's one I teach rarely, and that's too bad because it's one of my favorites; molding new minds and all that. I was reminded of the basics of networking: TCP/IP and its standard behavior, the...

How Relevant is Windows 7 Certification?

Whenever a new Microsoft Product comes out, there's always the ensuing analysis of its relevance in the industry. Let's not get into a discussion of what happened with Vista just yet, that's just too cliché.But, what I can say is...

VMWare VI3 Snapshots and Their Misconceptions

Looking at people's VMWare implementations, the most common problem I see is people who run on snapshots for an extended period of time. And by that I mean months. This can cause downtime issues for you in the future. Here I talk...

The New Features of Windows Server 2008 that All MCITP’s Should Study

It would be stating the obvious to say that the MCITP is harder than the MCSE; it is by a long shot. But what I found when I upgraded is that it is deceptively so. Here are the major changes in Windows Server 2008 that will help you...

Six Windows 7 Features Admins Will Actually Care About (and Four They Won’t)

I am running the Windows 7 Beta and I can't help noticing that many of the new features or enhancements are items Admins couldn't care less about.  It takes a deeper look to find the reasons Admins will want to bring Windows 7 to...

Passing a Microsoft Exam: Nine Sure-Fire Ways to Increase Your Chances

I can't tell you how many people I train who don't have a defined method for passing Microsoft Exams. With my background as a trainer and a Microsoft Test-taker (I've taken 17 total Microsoft Exams, over nine years), I have developed...

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