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Buff Hardback
Jun 11, 2019


cage-free egghead posted:

Kinda, the site tracks nearly everything you've done including bookmarks that "complete" once you've spent enough time on the page. The instructor and mentor can see how much progress you've made on everything.

I guess more of "glance through the WGU stuff, then actually study outside of that using Messer", rather than just not using the WGU stuff

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Actuarial Fables
Jul 29, 2014



Taco Defender

WGU gives you access to pluralsight and LinkedInLearning as well (it's in the alumni section for some reason https://www.wgu.edu/alumni/career-s...-resources.html.), I used the Sec+ videos there as additional review while doing chores/biking to hear the material in different ways.

I didn't find the Ucertify material to be very helpful, but the practice exams were ok.

nitsuga
Dec 31, 2006

It's the only way to live.

Anybody got recommendations on exam prep for the AWS SAA-C02? I watched a video series on the SAA-C01 over the summer, but want to feel a little more prepared than I do now. Looks like this is about my only choice that's out now, but I thought I'd ask first. I think I'll give the Cloud Practicioner exam a go first too, as my employer should cover the costs for both.

Also, I'm open to suggestions for learning about learning K8s in general. Maybe more of a hands-on approach than "This is why containers are great".

nitsuga fucked around with this message at 20:13 on Oct 3, 2020

Cyks
Mar 17, 2008


nitsuga posted:

Anybody got recommendations on exam prep for the AWS SAA-C02? I watched a video series on the SAA-C01 over the summer, but want to feel a little more prepared than I do now. Looks like this is about my only choice that's out now, but I thought I'd ask first. I think I'll give the Cloud Practicioner exam a go first too, as my employer should cover the costs for both.

Also, I'm open to suggestions for learning about learning K8s in general. Maybe more of a hands-on approach than "This is why containers are great".

Stephane Maarek's course on udemy is pretty highly regarded. It's $95 but nobody ever pays full price on udemy; looks like if you click the link from his website https://courses.datacumulus.com/, it comes with a promo code for $13. Don't know if that is for first time udemy subscribers or not. Or just wait a few days until udemy does another sale.

Skipping Cloud Practitioner and starting studying for SAA-C02 is typically recommended as their is a lot of overlap between the two. A pretty common path is to take the CP after studying for the arch associate just as a bench mark, and if you pass you get a voucher to take the SAA-C02 at a discounted rate. This method comes out to being $25 more expensive which I personally think is worth it if you are paying out of pocket. Depends on you if your employer is paying, and if they buy the voucher or just reimburse on pass.

nitsuga
Dec 31, 2006

It's the only way to live.

Cyks posted:

Stephane Maarek's course on udemy is pretty highly regarded. It's $95 but nobody ever pays full price on udemy; looks like if you click the link from his website https://courses.datacumulus.com/, it comes with a promo code for $13. Don't know if that is for first time udemy subscribers or not. Or just wait a few days until udemy does another sale.

Skipping Cloud Practitioner and starting studying for SAA-C02 is typically recommended as their is a lot of overlap between the two. A pretty common path is to take the CP after studying for the arch associate just as a bench mark, and if you pass you get a voucher to take the SAA-C02 at a discounted rate. This method comes out to being $25 more expensive which I personally think is worth it if you are paying out of pocket. Depends on you if your employer is paying, and if they buy the voucher or just reimburse on pass.

Thanks! Those look like some good options for practice tests, and I'll probably spring for the C002 video course too. I definitely will take the Cloud Practicioner exam, that discount on the next exam is all the encouragement I need. My employer only pays for exams you pass, so I might as well be as sure as I can.

Longbike
Sep 7, 2011


nitsuga posted:

Anybody got recommendations on exam prep for the AWS SAA-C02? I watched a video series on the SAA-C01 over the summer, but want to feel a little more prepared than I do now. Looks like this is about my only choice that's out now, but I thought I'd ask first. I think I'll give the Cloud Practicioner exam a go first too, as my employer should cover the costs for both.

Also, I'm open to suggestions for learning about learning K8s in general. Maybe more of a hands-on approach than "This is why containers are great".

I just passed SAA-C02 on Thursday. It's my first cert and I used the Acloudguru course on Udemy for the bulk of my prep, followed up by whizlabs practice tests over the last two weeks. I think I paid a grand total of $25 for all prep materials.

I wasn't tremendously impressed with the Acloudguru course- it got me where I needed to be but it feels like they don't have great coverage of newer topics in particular and I ended up doing a lot of independent study. Their practice tests in particular are kind of shameful, and I'm glad I bought the practice exam package from whizlabs.

Cyks
Mar 17, 2008


nitsuga posted:

Thanks! Those look like some good options for practice tests, and I'll probably spring for the C002 video course too. I definitely will take the Cloud Practicioner exam, that discount on the next exam is all the encouragement I need. My employer only pays for exams you pass, so I might as well be as sure as I can.

Forgot to mention Jon Bonso for practice exams, found at tutorialsdojo for $15 or $30 currently on udemy.


Longbike posted:

I wasn't tremendously impressed with the Acloudguru course- it got me where I needed to be but it feels like they don't have great coverage of newer topics in particular and I ended up doing a lot of independent study.

Acloudguru was pretty popular back when I first looked at AWS a year ago but the general opinion I came across was that their material wasn't updated very well for the new version, which sounds like the experience you had as well.

RC Cola
Aug 1, 2011

Dovie'andi se tovya sagain






Anyone have advice for taking the Azure - 900 test?

NPR Journalizard
Feb 14, 2008



RC Cola posted:

Anyone have advice for taking the Azure - 900 test?

I think I posted a practice exam site earlier on in the thread, that helped me a lot. I can dig it up when I get home if you can't find it.

Kreeblah
May 17, 2004

INSERT QUACK TO CONTINUE




Taco Defender

I'm currently waiting on my paperwork to become official for my CISM, so I'm trying to figure out what to do next. I've already got a CISPP and a GSTRT (not that anybody's ever heard of the GSTRT).

So, now I'm trying to decide what to do next. If I get any more certs, I'm looking to focus on management-oriented ones, since that's where I tend to work best. So, right now, I'm looking at the CRISC, CGEIT, CCISO, and CIPP and/or CIPM (I figure a privacy cert or two couldn't hurt).

Does anybody have any opinions on any of these? From a quick look at the CCISO site, I wasn't too impressed, but maybe there are people who actually care about it? CRISC and CGEIT seem pretty solid in terms of material, but I haven't seen too many places that specifically want them. I don't know too much about IAPP's stuff, other than that the CIP* ones seem to be what people talk about most for privacy stuff.

Money's tight at work, so I'm probably not going to be able to get any more cash out of them for a while. If I could talk them into paying for another SANS course, though, I'd be pretty strongly tempted to do the GLEG.

FCKGW
May 21, 2006

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RC Cola posted:

Anyone have advice for taking the Azure - 900 test?

I used the official Microsoft learning path guide, and then paid a couple bucks for the Whizlabs practice tests. Passed first try.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/le...ns/exams/az-900

Sacrist65
Mar 24, 2007
Frunnkiss

I passed my CCNA finally. I did the Neil Anderson Udemy course and the Boson Sims until i could get above a 900 routinely. I also passed Sec+ in August.

My question is, whats next? I enjoy Network Engineering and security, but I still feel like I should know more before I start applying in a crowded job market (NYC area).


Im stuck in a job that pays well but isnt right for me anymore, is it possible to gather enough of a skillset to bypass most helpdesk time?

guppy
Sep 21, 2004

sting like a byob

Sacrist65 posted:

I passed my CCNA finally. I did the Neil Anderson Udemy course and the Boson Sims until i could get above a 900 routinely. I also passed Sec+ in August.

My question is, whats next? I enjoy Network Engineering and security, but I still feel like I should know more before I start applying in a crowded job market (NYC area).


Im stuck in a job that pays well but isnt right for me anymore, is it possible to gather enough of a skillset to bypass most helpdesk time?

What are you doing now? If you have a couple years of experience in the industry under your belt, I don't see why you'd need more experience and skills to move into a job of the level I'd expect a CCNA to be applying to.

Cyks
Mar 17, 2008


Do labs (packet tracer is plenty) while applying for any job you can. Familiarize yourself with the basics in case you do have a technical interview.

Most actual entry network jobs at a reasonable size company are going to have you be the newbie responsible for patching in cables, and if you're lucky, configuring the switchport vlan for the first few months.

BaseballPCHiker
Jan 16, 2006



Sacrist65 posted:

I passed my CCNA finally. I did the Neil Anderson Udemy course and the Boson Sims until i could get above a 900 routinely. I also passed Sec+ in August.

My question is, whats next? I enjoy Network Engineering and security, but I still feel like I should know more before I start applying in a crowded job market (NYC area).


Im stuck in a job that pays well but isnt right for me anymore, is it possible to gather enough of a skillset to bypass most helpdesk time?

First off congratulations. A LOT of people talk about getting their CCNA and a basic understanding of networking and never actually end up doing it.

Start applying anywhere and everywhere that you can. Just based on my limited experience try and get in somewhere small and broke. You'll learn so much jury-rigging stupid setups together, and those orgs arent able to afford senior people so you can come in and basically get plenty of experience by being thrown into the deep end.

Just dont stay that long and try to leave on good terms. Positions at places like that can and will burn you out if you try to become the sole technical savior.

Jinnigan
Feb 12, 2007

We shall pay him a visit. There will be a picnic. Tea shall be served.

Where can I get some sample tests for the *squints* 220-1001 and 220-1002?

Is there something like khanacademy but for an A+ certificate? I'm pretty sure I can get a 60-70% just with what I know already and can easily pick up the remaining knowledge, but something external and structured works a lot better for me than just trying to learn it on my own free time.

Defenestrategy
Oct 24, 2010

Worst decision I ever made.


Going for the Sec+ this weekend, and I have to say I have never been so frustrated studying for an exam in my life. It's almost like they want you to fail a few times

Buff Hardback
Jun 11, 2019


Defenestrategy posted:

Going for the Sec+ this weekend, and I have to say I have never been so frustrated studying for an exam in my life. It's almost like they want you to fail a few times

What study material are you using and what background do you have going into it?

I basically went with just Messer's videos on topics I didn't have covered, as well as his course guide and practice exams and ended up with 833 after a week of studying (but also a CS degree with a concentration in Network & Security and 2 years experience doing tier 1.5-2 helpdesk depending on how you count it)

Defenestrategy
Oct 24, 2010

Worst decision I ever made.


Buff Hardback posted:

What study material are you using and what background do you have going into it?

I basically went with just Messer's videos on topics I didn't have covered, as well as his course guide and practice exams and ended up with 833 after a week of studying (but also a CS degree with a concentration in Network & Security and 2 years experience doing tier 1.5-2 helpdesk depending on how you count it)


Mostly GCGA+Udemy and Comptia's Certmaster thing, I have a BS in IT with an Info Sec concentration and have been doing various IT jobs for a few years. The big problem I'm finding is twisting my mind into fitting what the gently caress the people writing the practice tests are trying to say. While the GCGA practice tests are good, the Udemy tests are fine, the Comptia practice problems are so poorly written it worries me.

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Buff Hardback
Jun 11, 2019


Defenestrategy posted:

Mostly GCGA+Udemy and Comptia's Certmaster thing, I have a BS in IT with an Info Sec concentration and have been doing various IT jobs for a few years. The big problem I'm finding is twisting my mind into fitting what the gently caress the people writing the practice tests are trying to say. While the GCGA practice tests are good, the Udemy tests are fine, the Comptia practice problems are so poorly written it worries me.

I'd say take the Messer tests and see where you end up. I scored higher than I did on Messer tests on average.

I think that has to do with there being the right answer, then wrong answers in varying levels of wrong, so you can maybe get some points from a wrong answer, whereas when doing the practice test it's easier to just grade yourself on "right answer wrong answer" scoring system.

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