Well what with my recent success in exams, I decided its about time i sat my CCNA. I was working with Cisco routers and switches for about two years in the last place and it really would be a waste of knowledge not to sit this exam before I forget it all.
Man I didn’t realise how much i had forgotten until i managed to get my hands on a copy of packet tracer! Packet tracer is like a work bench where you can setup virtual servers, clients, printers switches routers… even wireless routers and test connectivity between the devices. The icing on the cake no less, is that you have an individual IOS and and terminal session on each device mimicking near exactly the actual routers connectivity.
On a side note, who ever invented sub-netting, bit pinching and network address shortening… I’d kick you in the face for making me do maths.
I figured now that I’m sitting exams is as good a time as any to start on other qualifications, I’ve been meaning over the last few years to get the qualifications that are relevant to what I’m doing at the moment.
I Started with today and sat my first Citrix exam. I’m delighted to say i passed with flying colours, 96%
So now I’m a CCA for XenApp
Well, seeing as microsoft is putting an end to the upgrade path to server 2003 from 2000 in MCSA i figured it was time for me to sit down and hit the ole books.
I trawled around for a while and found the cbt nuggets for the exam and i must say even after 5 years supporting server 2003 even i learned something from this guy!
Linky to software is here: http://www.cbtnuggets.com/webapp/product?id=171
cannot recommend the software high enough
Email From MS today,
Dear Windows Server 2000 MCSA or MCSE,
As a customer certified on Microsoft® Windows ServerTM 2000, we are writing to inform you that the exams supporting your upgrade path to Windows Server 2003 will retire on March 31, 2008.
Money grubbing gits, back to the exams for me so!
The new place has a thing called a change freeze, basically an excuse to enjoy your xmas! the way it works is simple, the years leading up to now have been really busy closing on the new year with new pieces of software being pushed out faster than a vindaloo the day after in order to meet deadlines. this resulted in very stressful times for the IT dept as a whole.
So they introduced a “change freeze”, basically from now until the start of january I’m doing feck all!