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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2
This chapter from MCSA 70-410 Cert Guide R2: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 focuses on installing Windows Server 2012 R2 in its basic configurations and introduces you to basic server configuration actions that you should be familiar with before you undertake any advanced actions.
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By Don Poulton, David CamardellaSep 30, 2014
Establishing a Certification Support System (2014 Edition)
In this article, you’ll take a look at how to establish a personal certification support system.
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By Ed Tittel, Mary KyleMay 14, 2014
When Ideal IT Job Candidates Meet Real Job Requirements (2014 Edition)
This article provides you with a good understanding of key IT job roles and the kinds of skills and knowledge that go with them to help ensure the most positive experience for applicants, no matter what kind of IT work you are after.
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By Ed Tittel, Mary KyleMay 14, 2014
Working with Technical Recruiters (2014 Edition)
In this article, Ed Tittel and Mary Kyle look at how technical recruiters operate and how you can benefit as they guide your search for an ideal job.
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By Ed Tittel, Mary KyleMay 14, 2014

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Blogs

Ed TittelMS, Pearson VUE Team Up to Beta-Test Online Proctored Exams

An intriguing email from Microsoft Learning appeared in my inbox on Monday entitled "Introducing Online Proctored MCP and MTA exams (Beta)." I've seen numerous attempts at providing secure exams online over the past few years, including technologies from companies like Kryterion, QuestionMark and SoftwareSecure, but none of them have involved an 800-lb certification gorilla like Microsoft, so this really got my attention.

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By Ed TittelCommentsSeptember 24, 2014
Topics: Browse by Cert,MCSE,Other Microsoft,Microsoft,MCSA
Ed TittelMCSA: What Goes Around Comes Back Around

When I learned that MS is altering is MCSA exam requirements for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 to include one elective along with two required exams, my first reaction was to ask: "Wasn't that the way the original MCSA worked, too?" I checked: it was. This is a case where it's nice to see Microsoft returning to its certification roots.

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By Ed TittelCommentsSeptember 17, 2014
Topics: Browse by Cert,Server+,Microsoft,Network+,MCSA,Security+,CompTIA
Ed TittelTop States for IT Jobs mid-2014

Quick! You have to guess which 5 US states currently enjoy the highest growth rate for technology worker jobs. What are they? If you guessed California in that bunch, WRONG! A recent article at Dice.com, based on numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows a surprising line-up of southern states, the northeast, a rust belt state, and more.

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By Ed TittelCommentsAugust 20, 2014
Topics: Cisco,Browse by Cert,Microsoft,Other IT Certifications,CompTIA
Ed TittelHow I Evaluate Cert Program to See if They're "For Real"

I've been working in and around IT certification since the late 1980s, during which time I was the proud and interested initial author for Excelan's (later Novell's) "Networking 101" class. For the past 6 years, I've blogged anywhere from 3 to 7 times a week on IT certification topics for sites that have included this one, as well as TechTarget, GoCertify.com, Tom's IT Pro, and others. During the period from 1997 to today (that date coincides with the launch of the Exam Cram series, now a Pearson imprint) I've turned up, investigated, and reported on hundreds of different IT certification programs. This blog post explains briefly how I separate the wheat from the chaff, when it comes to recommending for or against specific IT certs and programs, with pointers to other resources on this topic.

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By Ed TittelCommentsJuly 23, 2014
Topics: Cisco,Browse by Cert,Microsoft,Other IT Certifications,CompTIA

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