Archive for the ‘IT certification’ Category


Cisco Training in Framingham this week

February 10, 2008

For those of you who don’t know, I work for Boston’s fastest growing and most widely referred provider of IT services for small businesses, Thrive Networks.

Anyway, we have are pretty much owned by Staples. Myself and 4 other engineers were hand-picked to go to Staples Corporate Center (no, not the Staples Center) in Framingham (the headquarters) to be trained in Cisco VoIP technology. I am very excited to be apart of this, however not looking forward to the drive to and from Framingham. It’s about 45 minutes, and involves two very busy highways, especially during rush hour. But the building I’m going to is a state of the art facility. It is 130,000 square feet!

I believe it’s from 8:30 to 5 Monday – Friday. That means I’ll be easily leaving here at 7:15 am just to make sure I get there in time. Let’s hope it doesn’t snow this week, however the forecast shows flurries the next three days.

The training is pretty intense. If you’re a Cisco guy (which I can’t wait to get into, this is the first step), here’s the certification overview.

I’m not sure if we’ll be taking part of the exam at the end of the week or if we’ll have to schedule it after a period of time. But I wouldn’t mind going down the Cisco path now that my Exchange 2007 certification is all set (do I smell promotion in the near future?) and grabbing this certification right away. I wouldn’t mind adding “Cisco IP Communications Express Specialist” to the end of my email signature ­čÖé


I booked my next exam! 70-236!

November 19, 2007

The above is exactly why I have not been posting much here on the good old blog. I’ve been studying quite hard for the last 2 months or so for the MS 70-236, Configuring Exchange 2007.

I haven’t taken an MS exam in over two years, the last one being taken in Phoenix, AZ. I took the 70-270 then, hoping to jump on the MCSA train. Well, the train derailed and I got lazy.

My new job wanted me to get certified quickly in Exchange 07. First is the 236, then onto the 237 (Designing Messaging Solutions) and 238 (Deploying Messaging Solutions). After passing the 236, I will be an MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist). Sounds important, huh? After the 237 and 238, I will be an MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator. Even more important!

Let’s just say I’ll be glad when it’s all over. These are tough exams to study for. With the introduction of new server roles, Powershell, etc, Exchange 07 has really evolved from Exchange 2000 and 2003.


MCSA is my goal!

June 23, 2007

Certifications are a beast. Especially if you work long hours, have a life, have a wife and/or kids, and like to have time for yourself.

It’s not easy studying, I can attest. But my next certification that I want to attain, based on my career track, is the Windows 2003 MCSA.

I currently have the 270 exam already taken and passed, making me a MCP. I’m currently working on 290, and then just have one more elective and I will be MCSA.

Here is some more information on the MCSA.

Not sure if you want to go MCSE or MCSA? Here’s the breakdown of the two commonly confused certifications.

Here is a great certification site I’ve been visiting and posting on for years.


ITIdiots staying up with the MCSE Cramsessions

June 4, 2007 (Nicky Curtis and Nick Hill) have currently 5 cramsessions on MCSE Core Exam 70-290 (ironically, the same test I’m studying for, YEAH!).

I mentioned these guys a few months ago.  Their screencasts are very good and very informational, while not being too geeky and technical.

I don’t know if they plan on covering more exams than the 290, but we’ll have to see.

Go check them out. Their vidcasts are downloadble  for iPod, Windows Media Player, or Quicktime. They cover alot of other topics as well, such as RAID, Group Policy, Login Scripts, etc.


ITIdiots now doing MCSE Cramsessions Vidcasts

April 15, 2007

I’ve been enjoying ITIdiots for quite a while now. Episode 41 of their highly-respectable video-cast series is Cramsession 1 of 5 for the MCSE 2003, starting with Exam 70-290, Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment.

I am currently studying for my MCSE and this is a great video to add to my arsenal. I recommend watching this short video if you want a refresher course on managing and maintaining phyisical and logical devices. Obviously not the most fun portion of the exam, but it is the building blocks of a Windows 2003 Infrastructure.

They are also working on a new website,, as this appears it will be an ongoing thing for them. Expect new cramsession videos from these guys, but who knows when. I hope it’s soon! Currently the site is forwarding to their current ITIdiots site. I’ll have to keep an eye on that, and you should to.


A tutorial/screencast/podcast/doo-hickey site that kicks ass.

April 5, 2007

I love finding new resources directed towards nerds like me, who want to learn more and more about IT.

I actually got this link from another blog, but I can’t remember where, or else I’d link to it.

The site is called You may have heard from them before. Two dudes, one system admin/trainer guy named Nicky and one developer named Nick. Sounds corny. But they’re pretty cool guys and their screencast tutorials are outstanding. At least I think so.

I’ve watched a few so far. I’m currently in the middle of Episode 31, installing Sharepoint. I myself have not yet installed Sharepoint (other than coming across it in SBS 2003) so this video, so far, has peeked my interest.

The videos are available in Windows Media, Quicktime, iPod, Zune, and Sony PSP.

Check them out if you’re studying for your MCSE or whatever, or just looking to increase some of your skills. I guarantee you’ll bookmark this site. OH, and you should definitely add their RSS feed to your feed reader.