Taking Network+ tomorrow

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    I have a little knowledge with Server 08/12 and Active Directory but not sure if I'm a great source for knowledge on it. As far as Cisco goes, you can use something we already mentioned in this thread Packet tracer or something similar. It would give you a little head start.
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    You will probably really like the command line stuff, I know I did even if I would forget it from day to day. When I was young I had a mind like a steel trap but today it's more like a sieve. I put stuff in it and then it kind of flows back out. Like 0607 said, don't forget Packet Tracer as it is a great way to practice with the CL on switches and routers.
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    Pulling this thread from the pit to update.. I got a job at a PC company so I had a little delay but I just passed my Network+ cert today with an 827.

    Valdosta, have you gotten into a company yet and if so, what types of jobs did you look for to start off with?
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    Congrats. I'm working for a really big paper company with a paper mill here. I work the help desk. Answer all the employees calls about PC issues and fix em, manage the company issued smart phones, order stuff to keep the IT lab stocked with supplies, etc. It's a foot in the door, don't want to be help desk forever.

    It's a cool place. My job is pretty high paced, time flies. I just got in my ICND1 and ICND2 study guide books and DVD. I'm going to try and get my CCNA. IMO, if someone can pass the Net+, they shouldn't have trouble with passing ICND1. .. but ICND2 is another story, lol.

    What will you be doing?
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    Well right now I work as a PC Tech at a computer shop and I was working from home. Its a long story but basically she kept my job while I couldnt get my kid in daycare and had someone that she wanted to fire holding down my job. Well, shes tired of him and finally gave me the $4 raise I needed to be able to comfortably put my kid in daycare and come back and work inside the shop. (I know you didnt ask about that sorry for rambling)

    Anyway, I plan on taking Security+ next but also want to start studying for CCNA as well. I hear getting CCENT is fairly close to Net+ but with a lot more knowledge of Cisco equipment. I should only need to study for a few weeks to be able to get Sec+ as I already have Microsofts less intensive version of a Security cert.

    Ultimately, I want to move onto CISSP and/or become a CPT (Penetration tester)
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    Glad to see both of you moving along in your careers. I have little doubt that my career would have been in some related field if computers had been prevalent when I was younger.

    Best of luck to you both!
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    I took and passed the Security+ yesterday.
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    Awesome Valdosta!

    I am studying for that now. Was it hard?

    I've been doing PC repair out of my house for a while now and haven't really used Net+ yet. I have my old company and another company feeding me residential clients so thats kept me busy. I really have the urge to get into an actual company though. The money is good with what Im doing but I really feel like I need to get going at an actual company for my career sake but also because its so damn boring working alone all the time.
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    Thanks man!

    It was kinda hard, imo. To me, it was harder than the Net+. I should have studied harder... or at least studied. I took about a half day to brush up on things before I went in. The day before the exam, I printed out the outline from CompTIA, it was 24 pages long! I almost died. Know all the common port numbers and whether or not they are TCP/UDP. Know about the types of firewalls, their rules and their order. Be very familiar Remote Access (RADIUS, TACACS+, etc). Also, cryptography.

    The tough thing wasn't knowing all the terms and what they meant, really. Most questions had 3 or 4 correct answers, but you had to choose the "BEST" or the "MOST" appropriate answer. If you have your Net+ and are familiar with security, I'd so go for it, dude. I used Profesor Messor before the exam, he covers every single thing in the outline in order. I looked at the Sec+ outline, and hit spots that I was rusty on.

    http://www.professormesser.com/security-plus/sy0-401/sy0-401-course-index/

    That's awesome you get to work from home. I work a helpdesk. What fun that is.
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    Thanks, I learned a lot from Professor Messer when studying for my Net+.

    To be honest, I really miss working with people. I really want to get my foot in the door somewhere and start working my way up at some company. Im not sure how people work from home all the time. I can never feel comfortable with a "day off" because I feel like I need to make money every day so every day Im on edge thinking I should be doing something. Its really a pain in the ass.
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