I am looking to teach and prepare myself for an MCSA Cert RRS feed

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  • I have an A.S. in C.I.S. and have worked tech support for several years. I am looking to upgrade my knowledge base so that I can move beyond tech support. I am looking for any suggestions on free web resources to teach myself the required subjects so I can go and take the cert tests for MCSA/MCSE. Any info is appreciated!
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 3:01 PM


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  • Tthe first thing I would really say here is to prepare yourself through experience.  Get hands on time with with Windows Server 2003 product that you are intending to certify on.  Download evaluation versions of Windows Server and configure a small environment on a PC to act as a "lab" environment.  Setup a domain.  Administer the settings.  Use TechNEt virtual labs and walk through the availible procedures.

    You also need to ensure you have experience with DNS and understand when to use certain types of zones, when to use forwarders, etc.  The MCSA track includes 70-291 which in my experience leadnig certification for a consulting company, I see a lot of really experienced engineers fail sometimes 2 or more times.  Spend a lot of study time there as the material that -291 covers is HUGE.

    I also have a set of blogs on some of the exams required for the MCSA.




    If you would prefer to pursue the Windows Vista, Configuring exam as your client exam (which I highly recommend):
    - Wayne S. Anderson MCITP, MCSE, MCT http://blog.avanadeadvisor.com/blogs/waynea
    Thursday, August 7, 2008 3:24 PM
  • Wayne is right on track. However, I would like to add Virtual PC 2007 to the list of links provided above. This free software will allow you to set up a lab as Wayne describes on one PC. This is useful if you do not have multiple lab computers to play with.
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP, MCTS, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+
    Friday, August 8, 2008 12:43 AM