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LochNessMonster
Feb 3, 2005

I need about three fitty



Beaucoup Haram posted:

Got 24 hours before my AZ-900 exam, haven't sat an exam in 20 years, cramming through the ACG course.

Any other tips ? I know this should be easy because I've worked in IT for over 15 years but haven't had a huge exposure to Azure and I think the process of sitting an exam is more daunting than the content. Any good practice tests ?

Don't stress out. It's just a test, your life does not depend on this. Either you pass or your fail, it's not the end of the world and you can just retake the test if it doesn't go well.

Don't cram the night before and try to take the exam with 2 hours of sleep. You are probably prepared well enough, just review the sections you think are most difficult. ACG is a great platform, if you took their course and practised the labs, you're good.

Eat and drink properly before and make sure you take a bathroom break before starting so you don't have to interrupt your flow when taking the exam.

Personally I only change questions I flagged for review if I'm 100% sure that I got it wrong the first time. I have a track record of changing my mind and then switching answers which tend to change a good anwser into a bad one. Noticed this behaviour in high school, so since I became aware of that I try to flag as little as possible and only change them when I'm really convinced the initial anwser was wrong. When in doubt, I go with my initial anwser. This is very personal though, I know people who flag half their exam and run through it when they're done all over again (with good results).


Good luck, and let us know how it went!

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Schadenboner
Aug 15, 2011

I MEAN, TURN OFF YOURE MONITOR, MIGTH EXPLAIN YOUR BAD POSTS, HOPE THIS HELPS?!

erenoyo posted:

I work at a veterinary hospital as an assistant and I have zero IT training, but I am a nerd and so know how to do basic computer stuff. I've made a few improvements/changes to the hospital's hardware and set up a couple new features for our software because most people that work here are computer-illiterate, and now my boss is asking if I would be interested in being the hospital's full-time IT guy. They would pay my way through an entry-level course for what would essentially be small business IT support, so troubleshooting network issues, being the point guy with our vendors for software/hardware upgrades, basic website management, etc. What course(s) should I be looking at? I apologize if this is a lovely/stupid question

A+ would be needs-suiting, it also has a lot of crap in it though (back in 2013 it had a weird fixation on ZIF connectors? ). The best thing about the A+ prep I did back in 2013 was getting a copy of Mike Meyer's Gold Books for the A+ and Net+. Those were extremely good desk/bench references back when I was in desktop support.

E:

Cyks posted:

With that said, I would highly recommend politely declining the offer, unless there is a substantial pay increase offer and even then. You don't want to be on the hook because "the internet is acting slow" and have no support to fall back on.

This is the correct answer though.

Schadenboner fucked around with this message at 14:28 on Sep 2, 2020

a Loving Dog
May 12, 2001


Domus posted:

Trying to get my A+ without forking out a ton for study stuff of unknown worth. Spent like Ď95 to Ď98 repairing PCs for the blind, but havenít done anything except for personal use since then. Watched professor messer vids on YouTube, and took a couple of practice tests. The free ones vary wildly in difficulty and topics. What study materials or practice tests are worth shelling out for?

And dear god, do you have to know that many port numbers in real life?

jason dion's practice tests on udemy are really, really good and go on sale for $11 all the time

NPR Journalizard
Feb 14, 2008



Beaucoup Haram posted:

Got 24 hours before my AZ-900 exam, haven't sat an exam in 20 years, cramming through the ACG course.

Any other tips ? I know this should be easy because I've worked in IT for over 15 years but haven't had a huge exposure to Azure and I think the process of sitting an exam is more daunting than the content. Any good practice tests other than the ACG one ?

https://www.examtopics.com/exams/microsoft/az-900/view/
https://vladtalkstech.com/az-900-st...re-fundamentals

The exam topics one has a bunch of the questions that were in my actual exam.

Beaucoup Haram
Jun 18, 2005



NPR Journalizard posted:

https://www.examtopics.com/exams/microsoft/az-900/view/
The exam topics one has a bunch of the questions that were in my actual exam.

Thanks, I got 884/1000.

The above practice questions were basically all of the exam, if I'd just drilled them I reckon I would have passed - but not really known anything about the subject. Glad I did the actual study too, but they for sure helped with passing the exam.

erenoyo
Jun 30, 2019


Cyks posted:

There really isn't any general "small business IT" courses that I'm aware of (at least not on a certification level) and the generic CompTIAs really won't be that useful. I would probably recommend a office suite course since there's a lot of functions built in that you probably aren't aware of that would be useful for day to day operations.

With that said, I would highly recommend politely declining the offer, unless there is a substantial pay increase offer and even then. You don't want to be on the hook because "the internet is acting slow" and have no support to fall back on.

Thanks. I appreciate the honesty. I'll let them know I'm not interested.

Sneaky Wombat
Jan 9, 2010



My exam schedule got shot to hell due to COVID19 scare and testing for the family. I had to take 2 weeks off due to testing and crap. What a wild time.

ClumsyThief
Sep 11, 2001



Is LPI - Linux Essentials worth anything?

It's part of my ongoing WGU enrollment so I'm going to pass it either way but I was curious if anyone had an opinion on it's value.

George H.W. stinkyhole posted:

Man I'm not pleased with passing the ITIL.

I took and passed ITIL Foundations v4 and had the same experience. It's a dishonest piece of poo poo exam that I'm glad I (likely) don't ever have to take again. I passed by I think 2 points and it felt like a roll of the dice even after a few weeks of legitimate study and 5-10 practice exams from their official app.

ClumsyThief fucked around with this message at 04:16 on Sep 10, 2020

FCKGW
May 21, 2006

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Beaucoup Haram posted:

Thanks, I got 884/1000.

The above practice questions were basically all of the exam, if I'd just drilled them I reckon I would have passed - but not really known anything about the subject. Glad I did the actual study too, but they for sure helped with passing the exam.

Just took my AZ-900 as well and passed.

I used Whizlabs which seems to have same/similar questions to what was on the exam but in an actual 55 question timed format. Think it cost me $8 for 6 practice exams, would recommend.
https://www.whizlabs.com/

I also found a good set of study notes for various Azure tests here: https://github.com/undergroundwires...n-bullet-points

WirelessPillow
Jan 12, 2012

Look Ma, no wires!

The Comptia A+ practice exam resource in the Op appears broken, are there any alternatives?

freezingprocess
Mar 25, 2005



At the ripe old age of 46 I have to find a new career (thanks, global pandemic).

I am falling back on my old hobby of computer repair only to find out that the A+ cert has flourished into a nightmare of too much info.


I am going for it anyway.

I have an in at a defense contractor but I need my A+.

I have prof. Messers test notes and practice exams. I also have some books . However, I question how much relevance is in them.

A+ for dummies has a lot about legacy hardware and such.

So my questions are.... Do I really need to know what an AMD Sempron goes into which chip set?

Do I need to know so much about what transfer speeds of IDE, AGP, ISA or PCI (not PCIe) are?
Is LDAP tcp/389 really that important?

I want to study the right things and not waste time trying to get my old alcohol beaten brain to slowly absorb trivia.

I love technology and computing. I want to be in that profession but I am tired of spending money on things that are not going to help.

Any suggestions?

freezingprocess fucked around with this message at 07:34 on Sep 14, 2020

Boba Pearl
Dec 27, 2019

Yellow Pearl, Blue Pearl, Pink Pearl

Boba Pearl.




Have you done any COMPTIA+ practice tests to see what's on the exam?

freezingprocess
Mar 25, 2005



Boba Pearl posted:

Have you done any COMPTIA+ practice tests to see what's on the exam?

Only professor Messer's and the ones that came with my A+ for dummies book.


There is a definite difference between those.

I am sure Professor Messer is the better of the two. However, I have to be cynical.

a Loving Dog
May 12, 2001


Port numbers are fairly important and you should memorize which ones the A+ tells you to. The other stuff like the cables and connectors itís better just to know what they do and maybe the order of speed, not so much the accurate number itself. Honestly if you have a basic understanding of computers and have been working with them for awhile the 1001 should be piss easy for you

Gonna pimp Jason Dions practice tests again because they were the closest thing to the actual test that I found. And again you can get them for $11 regularly when Udemy has their common sales

Charliegrs
Aug 10, 2009


I've been looking on Pearson Vues website to see how many questions you need to get right to pass the Juniper JN0-103 exam but I can't find it. Does anyone know? Hopefully it's a lower percentage than what Cisco requires.

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011





I think most of the JNCIA stuff is 70%, sometimes lower.

Otis Reddit
Nov 14, 2006


Fun Shoe

Desktop Support guy here at a medium sized MSP that is a Cisco Meraki shop. Looking to make the jump to sys admin hopefully as part of an in-house IT team. Is the CCNA still a good cert to go for? Since we mostly replace ASAs with MX equipment, the overall vibe at my current company is 'not worth it anymore' -- but MSPs love their own partners and discourage all else. What do you goons think?

Actuarial Fables
Jul 29, 2014



Taco Defender

Otis Reddit posted:

Desktop Support guy here at a medium sized MSP that is a Cisco Meraki shop. Looking to make the jump to sys admin hopefully as part of an in-house IT team. Is the CCNA still a good cert to go for? Since we mostly replace ASAs with MX equipment, the overall vibe at my current company is 'not worth it anymore' -- but MSPs love their own partners and discourage all else. What do you goons think?

CCNA is still a good cert to go for. Studying for it will provide a great networking foundation that isn't too Cisco-specific, and it's well known enough to get you past HR.

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Cyks
Mar 17, 2008


Charliegrs posted:

I've been looking on Pearson Vues website to see how many questions you need to get right to pass the Juniper JN0-103 exam but I can't find it. Does anyone know? Hopefully it's a lower percentage than what Cisco requires.

Took it very, very recently and it said 63%.

Exam was super easy though and the vouchers for juniper genius are now only worth 75% off, not the full 100%.

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