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Kashuno
Oct 9, 2012

H O L E
M A D N E S S


Grimey Drawer

For anyone looking at MCSA/E exams, Microsoft is changing things up come 2019

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lea...gId=8&Id=375159

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AlternateAccount
Apr 25, 2005
FYGM

Yeast Confection posted:

WGU is no longer accepting non-American students, according to my admissions advisor yesterday.

Which sucks because OSAP just approved my funding today

... why?

Yeast Confection
Oct 7, 2005
White-Collar Whale


No specific reason given, just a "change in policy."

Diva Cupcake
Aug 15, 2005



LochNessMonster posted:

My employer wants me to take a TOGAF class. Iím really more of a tech guy than an architect but no matter what role I take I usually end up designing/governing infrastructures so I figured I might as well start getting paid for architect-like roles.

So my question is, has anyone taken the exam recently and if so, what resources did you use? On a level of 0 to Microsoft, how much do the exams suck?

Have you looked into any of the TOGAF book material? I was going to pick up the official guide. Curious if thereís better material out there.

LochNessMonster
Feb 3, 2005

I need about three fitty



Diva Cupcake posted:

Have you looked into any of the TOGAF book material? I was going to pick up the official guide. Curious if thereís better material out there.

Not yet, Iíll probably get something issued by the bootcamp my employer is arranging. When I see what I get Iíll have a look if and which other materials I need.

my bitter bi rival
Mar 21, 2011


Took my GCIH today. The test itself felt harder than the practice tests, but that was probably just luck of the draw with the questions I got. I wish I had taken 560 instead of 504 now, though, cause I did really well on the exam and think it might have been a little too easy. I dunno if my company will pay for another SANS course for a while. Probably going to relax for a couple weeks and do some vulnhub labs in my downtime, then dive into OSCP.

Dr. Kayak Paddle
May 10, 2006


I just submitted TA request for GCIH course+test. If that gets approved I'll knock that out, otherwise just gonna start the OSCP.

quad damage
Sep 24, 2008



504 and 560 are pretty similar courses. I have both. One or the other isnít going to make you an incident responder or pen tester so just take whichever one better aligns with your work.

MJP
Jun 17, 2007

Are you looking at me Senpai?

Grimey Drawer

Is anyone interested in the Sybex prep book for the AWS Sysops exam? I was studying it during downtime to keep myself occupied in my now-previous job, and my current job is all Azure, no AWS. The book's in great shape, I'll let it go for whatever the Amazon price is minus $5 for goons.

Woof Blitzer
Dec 29, 2012




Lipstick Apathy

Linux+ does not expire correct?

sniper4625
Sep 26, 2009

Loyal to the End


Woof Blitzer posted:

Linux+ does not expire correct?

Correct, per their website.

Dr. Arbitrary
Mar 15, 2006



Bleak Gremlin

Anyone do anything with the OSCP recently? Is the PWK class a new prerequisite?

Diva Cupcake
Aug 15, 2005



PWK is the class/lab. OSCP is the certification.

I did 3 months in the lab and failed my first attempt back in late July. I signed up for HackTheBox VIP so I can practice on boxes without running time on a lab extension while I move and take a new job in Boston. Once it gets colder and I get settled Iíll be back in for attempt #2.

Mute_Fish
Nov 8, 2009


I am currently studying for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect. I have been through the cloud guru prep videos and am currently going through the AWS white papers. It seems like a fairly straightforward exam from the practices questions i have run through. I was wondering if any one had done the exam and had any advice or recommendations for study resources?

Yeast Confection
Oct 7, 2005
White-Collar Whale



Talked to another Canadian applicant their enrolment advisor said it had to do with WGU's requiring some form for international accreditation so accepting non-US students wouldn't violate some condition of their regional accreditation.


Talking of other certs n stuff, anyone here have any level of ITIL certifications and can tell me where to get started?

LochNessMonster
Feb 3, 2005

I need about three fitty



Yeast Confection posted:

Talked to another Canadian applicant their enrolment advisor said it had to do with WGU's requiring some form for international accreditation so accepting non-US students wouldn't violate some condition of their regional accreditation.


Talking of other certs n stuff, anyone here have any level of ITIL certifications and can tell me where to get started?

I did v2 foundation 10+ years ago. Buy a book, memorize it, take exam. Entry level isnít rocket science, just incredibly boring.

MF_James
May 8, 2008
I CANNOT HANDLE BEING CALLED OUT ON MY DUMBASS OPINIONS ABOUT ANTI-VIRUS AND SECURITY. I REALLY LIKE TO THINK THAT I KNOW THINGS HERE

INSTEAD I AM GOING TO WHINE ABOUT IT IN OTHER THREADS SO MY OPINION CAN FEEL VALIDATED IN AN ECHO CHAMBER I LIKE


LochNessMonster posted:

I did v2 foundation 10+ years ago. Buy a book, memorize it, take exam. Entry level isnít rocket science, just incredibly boring.

Yeah this, I got sent to a 3 or 4 day bootcamp, test was at the end of it; I slept through a bit of every class because I had a 2 hour drive there and 3-4 hour drive back (material is dry as gently caress) and passed it with ease. Basically memorize their terms and their big flow charts/processes and you'll pass.

Kashuno
Oct 9, 2012

H O L E
M A D N E S S


Grimey Drawer

welp. Scheduled the 70-533 for next month. Going to get in just under the cut-off before I have to immediately study for the "transition exam" portion to keep up with Microsoft's new exam structure.

Colostomy Bag
Jan 11, 2016

C-Bangin' it

Don't end up like me and have to take IKM exams in recruiter hell.

ThePagey
Sep 18, 2016
Yes, this is my real hair

Okay so I go to an online University where my finals are pretty much exclusively just Industry and Vendor certs. I had 6 months to get the A+ and Network+, and am a complete loving idiot, so I just finished the 901 and 902 today and have to get the N+ done in the next like 9 days.

I have MTA's Networking Fundamentals, so I'm not COMPLETELY lost when I read through my course material, but I figure it's worth asking to see if anyone has any tips to help un-gently caress me. I'll be spending the next couple days binging the flash cards to get the new acronyms down, then I plan to use the official competencies as a checklist, but if anyone's taken the new test or has experience with the field in general, I'd love to hear some common pitfalls.

If the answer is I'm totally screwed, though, I totally get that. Wish me luck.

sloshmonger
Mar 21, 2013


ThePagey posted:

Okay so I go to an online University where my finals are pretty much exclusively just Industry and Vendor certs. I had 6 months to get the A+ and Network+, and am a complete loving idiot, so I just finished the 901 and 902 today and have to get the N+ done in the next like 9 days.

I have MTA's Networking Fundamentals, so I'm not COMPLETELY lost when I read through my course material, but I figure it's worth asking to see if anyone has any tips to help un-gently caress me. I'll be spending the next couple days binging the flash cards to get the new acronyms down, then I plan to use the official competencies as a checklist, but if anyone's taken the new test or has experience with the field in general, I'd love to hear some common pitfalls.

If the answer is I'm totally screwed, though, I totally get that. Wish me luck.

If I remember from studying for my N+ last year, I spent most of my time going over the various cabling standards, fiber standards, data rates and distances. Know the OSI layers, and you should be 1/2 way there. And know how to distinguish a bus from a ring from a star and mesh. That's about all I remember from taking it. If you've just finished the A+, you'll have a feel for how the CompTIA tests go, but try to find a few practice tests to figure out how far out you are.

cage-free egghead
Mar 8, 2004

Ready to eat me, sir!


ThePagey posted:

Okay so I go to an online University where my finals are pretty much exclusively just Industry and Vendor certs. I had 6 months to get the A+ and Network+, and am a complete loving idiot, so I just finished the 901 and 902 today and have to get the N+ done in the next like 9 days.

I have MTA's Networking Fundamentals, so I'm not COMPLETELY lost when I read through my course material, but I figure it's worth asking to see if anyone has any tips to help un-gently caress me. I'll be spending the next couple days binging the flash cards to get the new acronyms down, then I plan to use the official competencies as a checklist, but if anyone's taken the new test or has experience with the field in general, I'd love to hear some common pitfalls.

If the answer is I'm totally screwed, though, I totally get that. Wish me luck.

Depending on how much time you have you could chew through Professor Messer's Net+ playlist. I've been following along and taking notes as I go, there's bound to be a bit of material in there that you know already. I take my test on Friday. From what I read on reddit, know your acronyms, types of connections and connectors, subnetting and cidr notation, among other things I'm forgetting off the bat.

There's also this nifty site that works great on mobile to have as a quick reference to the exam objectives. Don't forget to take some practice exams, too.

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011



Hrm. My three years on my CCNA R&S is almost up. Thinking maybe recerting with CCNP TSHOOT since my employer will pay for it and in the three years since I've done the CCNA R&S they've added Metro Ethernet and some other odd ducks to it.

Good/bad idea?

guppy
Sep 21, 2004

sting like a byob

Yeah, given the option, I would much rather take a test that will get me closer to something new than just re-taking the test for the credential I already have. I'm studying for CCNP Switch now, no real interest in just re-certifying my CCNA.

Have you already done Route and Switch? Not that I have any firsthand experience but I was under the impression that Tshoot was normally the last one of the three people did.

Dr. Kayak Paddle
May 10, 2006


Got the SANS course approved/paid for today.

Broken Record Talk
Jul 28, 2009

A three-hundred thousand degree baptism by nuclear fire;
we had it coming.


After trying and failing, seemingly forever, to get through self-studying for Network+, I'm going to finally bite the bullet and just take a drat class for the thing.

Anyone have recommendations or advice on doing this in the MD/DC/NoVA area? I know jack-poo poo in terms of choosing a good training provider, and have had little success trying to sort through the good ones v. bad ones using Google. All the company websites seem sketchy as poo poo to me.

Cost really isn't an issue, as I'm, thankfully, not paying for it. I just want to get it knocked out before the end of the year, preferably before the holidays.

Thanks, goons!

guppy
Sep 21, 2004

sting like a byob

Broken Record Talk posted:

After trying and failing, seemingly forever, to get through self-studying for Network+, I'm going to finally bite the bullet and just take a drat class for the thing.

Anyone have recommendations or advice on doing this in the MD/DC/NoVA area? I know jack-poo poo in terms of choosing a good training provider, and have had little success trying to sort through the good ones v. bad ones using Google. All the company websites seem sketchy as poo poo to me.

Cost really isn't an issue, as I'm, thankfully, not paying for it. I just want to get it knocked out before the end of the year, preferably before the holidays.

Thanks, goons!

It's been years since I've been there but UMBC Training Centers offered a solid Network+ class and it is or at least was run by some really good folks. It is an auxiliary facility, not part of the university proper, so you do not need to matriculate, just pay them and show up. It is not especially cheap but you said you don't care about that.

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FCKGW
May 21, 2006

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ThePagey posted:

Okay so I go to an online University where my finals are pretty much exclusively just Industry and Vendor certs. I had 6 months to get the A+ and Network+, and am a complete loving idiot, so I just finished the 901 and 902 today and have to get the N+ done in the next like 9 days.

I have MTA's Networking Fundamentals, so I'm not COMPLETELY lost when I read through my course material, but I figure it's worth asking to see if anyone has any tips to help un-gently caress me. I'll be spending the next couple days binging the flash cards to get the new acronyms down, then I plan to use the official competencies as a checklist, but if anyone's taken the new test or has experience with the field in general, I'd love to hear some common pitfalls.

If the answer is I'm totally screwed, though, I totally get that. Wish me luck.

If this is WGU, as long as you have 12 units this term youíre still considered to have ďon time progressĒ and can let the class go into next term. It will show incomplete this term but you can then just finish it up next one and it will show completed. Talk to your mentor though.

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