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Hello All!

Guys for the last couple of months been struggling trying to read through MCSE books, however I stumbled across your episodes on ITunes, and it’s the best thing I have found!!

The work you guys do is remarkable and I have recommended you guys to so many people over the last couple of months! The best place to learn about MCSE!!

Thank You for all the episodes! For sure one of the best sites I have used!!

GSL
October 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterGSL
Public sector, if you can get it, is a good place to start. Problem is, with the budget cuts even the public sector are starting to cut back on staff. But if you can get in, do it. I've learnt loads from working in the public sector.
September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoeypesci
Thanks for the information Supernova.

The only thing that creates a problem with Microsofts reccommended requirements is that there are not many companys around that will hire someone with no experience and no certification, it's the typical catch 22. This is not the only industry with this problem either it's pretty much all of them.

I will just continue to get as much experience as possible with anyone that will let me & study on the side.
September 9, 2010 | Registered CommenterAdam Loveday
sorry about the spelling, squarespace was ben a real pain refusing posts last night

topical MCSA audience would be..


Audience Profile
The Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) on Windows Server 2003 credential is intended for IT professionals who work in the typically complex computing environment of medium to large companies. An MCSA candidate should have 6 to 12 months of experience administering client and network operating systems in environments that have the following characteristics:

* 250 to 5,000 or more users
* Three or more physical locations
* Three or more domain controllers
* Network services and resources such as messaging, database, file and print, proxy server, firewall, Internet, intranet, remote access, and client computer management
* Connectivity requirements such as connecting branch offices and individual users in remote locations to the corporate network and connecting corporate networks to the Internet"
"

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-290&locale=en-us
September 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterSupernova
"One question for anyone that's willing to respond. I am considering joining an instructor led class for MCSE. The course consists of 4 hour sessions over 40 classes in which time they say I will be able to take all 7 exams. Do you think that this is possible to do & retain knowledge?"

Comptia A+, Comptia N+, MS MCDST, MS MCSA and MCSE is the normal route

Microsoft doesn't recommend exams until you have relevant experience in each field for example MCSA is at least 18 months as a admin multi domain, multi site and at least 2500 clients. These details can be found in the profiles on microsoft.com

Yes companies sell training to people without experience its wrong and they should be blacklisted because the job market isn't looking for people with certs its looking for people with experience (even more so in current times where IT jobs have record number of skilled and experienced applicants). Certs aren't to learn from rather to prove what you already know.

Do you need a course? no I did everything from MS press books and saved myself a fortune.

Your better of getting the ms press books, other more detail books , setting up a test lab and leaning the software in different configurations before you attempt the exams. Also the ms press books don't really cover the "real world" that why experience wins hand down.
September 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterSupernova
Hi guys,

I am currently a project engineer for a mechanical manufacturing firm in Australia. Lately I have been thinking of changing careers into (you guessed it) IT. I have started reading the Microsoft Press books as I have recently been given the task of an onsite network admin with no experience except for my general interest in IT. I thought I knew a fair bit about computers but it turns out that my knowledge was only a drop in the ocean & I have heaps to learn lol.

I stumbled accross your podcasts the other day while looking for some sort of audio training that I could listen too & I must say that I am very pleased that I did. So far I have watched the first 4 episodes & have really enjoyed them. It is great to be able to watch you guys explain things in a way that makes everything sort of click into place. Keep up the great work and I'm looking forward to all the episodes that I have to catch up on!

One question for anyone that's willing to respond. I am considering joining an instructor led class for MCSE. The course consists of 4 hour sessions over 40 classes in which time they say I will be able to take all 7 exams. Do you think that this is possible to do & retain knowledge? Thanks to anyone who replies.

Cheers!
September 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterAdam Loveday
I've been working the IT field for years in data warehousing but lately my work has started touching on security and domains which has always been the most vague area of my understanding. I was looking for a podcast that would help familiarize me with some of the terminology so I don't sound like such a muppet when I'm talking to the 'real' IT guys, I've started from the beginning and your podcast is perfect to fill the gaps with things I probably ought to know but don't. I'm still on he early shows but cheers for what I've learned so far, I'm glad to see you've kept it going too.
July 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterAshley Burton
I was looking on iTunes the other day for some kind of audio book - as I am studying for an MCSA. My first attempt was a complete FAIL as the audio book was in some other language LOL.

Then I found you guys, I watched the show on DHCP yesterday and found it very informative and easy to understand.

Thanks guys

ps - A message to any BIG companies out there - please sponser these guys!!!

* Wish me luck on my MCSE

Ian
June 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterIan Branch

Guys fantastic videos, they are so informative & entertaining, honestly, all you need to do to go head to head with James Cameron's "AVATAR" is go 3D...lol.

Keep up the good work
Cheers Chris

PS. Please tell Shabih that you love him (at least once), feel sorry for the poor guy.

February 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterChris Turner

Hi, came across your podcasts on itunes after trying to find some real technical IT podcasts. Just like to say you guys rock and im really enjoying watching these videos. I'ts been about 9 years since i left college with my Advanced GNVQ IT and im currently studying towards my N+ and MCSE amongst the ITIL foundation and apple cert, so these videos really help to fill the void.

No podcasts for 2010? yet?

Faithful viewer now subscribed.

Feel free to visist my blog i started a few months ago called " The Digital IT Blog" (Link Below)

James.
The Digital IT Blog.com

January 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterJames Oleary

@Jase

As a administrator of several sites heres my 2 cents.

“-Should we still be going for MCSE 2003 “

If you have A+ and the N+ as stated the logical route would be to go for the MCDST before a MCSA, then the MCSE.

To answer your question Yes! Server 2003 will be supported by Microsoft for a good few years yet, MCSE 2000 was only expired in march 2009, many companies still use server 2003 and will continue to do so. Also the MCSA/E cert stays with you unlike the MCITP/MCTS that have to be renewed.

“move directly to MCTS Server 2008?”

Once you have the MCSE you can fast track to newer certs.

“-Are CISCO exams a must have for IT Professionals? CCNA etc, what would you recommend for that path?”

Depends if your directly evolved with networking and CISCO products then yes, if not then no.

“-Any other recommended exams to boost your employability- Security, UNIX/LIUX, SQL, DB Admin ?”

Experience!

Certification is to prove that you already know your stuff (ie 18 months experience beforehand).

Certification isn’t for learning but rather brushing up on your skills.

For example a MCSE without proper experience on paper is worthless!!!!

“-How would you go about Building a IT Professional CV ? any recommended web sites”

Pass, ask the HR people for advice their ones that look at them, or not.

“-how to find IT job's?”

Look on job sites 1st level support, helpdesk, trainee, entry level etc and apply. If stuck get a good customer service job on your CV then apply for helpdesk jobs. If your not in IT then a MCSA/E isn’t for you yet!

“-what are typical salaries for types of IT roles?”

Depends, entry level can be from minimal wage, 14-18k, 23-25k (w/ v good degree), its fair to say that there is a lot of completion these days.

December 28, 2009 | Registered CommenterSupernova

Hi Guy's,
I've been watching ITidiots over a year now and it's really helped me through many Microsoft exams and A+ / N+.
your shows are always appreciated, informative, funny and totally free.

I'd like to request a show on IT Certification paths for current IT positions in tech companies, to include:

-Should we still be going for MCSE 2003 or move directly to MCTS Server 2008?
-Are CISCO exams a must have for IT Professionals? CCNA etc, what would you recommend for that path?
-Any other recommended exams to boost your employability- Security, UNIX/LIUX, SQL, DB Admin ?
-How would you go about Building a IT Professional CV ? any recommended web sites
-how to find IT job's?
-what are typical salaries for types of IT roles?

For people wanting to break into the IT industry this would be a fantastic.

Keep up the good work guy's

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJase White

@Matt D Trying using itunes, go to the itunes store -> podcasts search itidiots and subscribe/download from there. You have audio podcast for unwatchable and video podcasts for mac show & itidiots which are available in several formats

November 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterSupernova

Little frustrated as I have just found the site, and looking to download a few that dont actually download Any thoughts?

November 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt D

Hey Nicky ur episodes are gr8 but i will really appricieate if u can make some more videos on 2007 exchange like backup and updating forwarding mails maintaning mailbox size and ip configuration for ad and exchange . and making windows 7 client to 2008 server. thank u keep up the good work

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMohammed Amaan

Great last episode, Nicky, although I did miss Nick's usual humor!

November 14, 2009 | Registered CommenterNino Duccini

You guys do a great job here at IT Idiots. I do miss Nick however, after watching 65 episode or so. Anyway keep up the good work and kudos guys

November 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternathan

@nick,

If this is the nicholas hill, when will you be making an appearance on unwatchable or ITidiots?? Or have Sufay, Nicky and Dave stolen your spot in the lime light?

October 1, 2009 | Registered CommenterJamie

@Nick

"Listened to someone mention that the iMac can`t use dual monitors!"

In fact not all models of Mac ( or iMacs for that matter) support dual monitors.

Some also only support mirror screens not extended desktops.

However, many of those that don't you can hack the Open Firmware.

October 1, 2009 | Registered CommenterSupernova

Listened to someone mention that the iMac can`t use dual monitors! Funny that, my 24" iMac has a 30" Dell thingy strapped on ok!

Where is the chubby one? Banger racing or something? Liked his dry humour. New lot are settling in, must be difficult working with bimbo`s in the tech world! Su Fray sems a nice chick but should really be off doing the tea or something!

Anyway, back to my dual monitored iMac!

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Hi,

This is one the best site I have come across and I learned so many stuffs from the video. Great going....All the best

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGanesh

I am learning so much here. I am studying network+ and this is a great tool.
Keep up the great work.
I have only seen the first 4 casts. They have been fairly clean and professional, in spite of being labeled EXPLICIT. I hesitated to download the first podcast, but I am glad I did. I appreciate it because I am watching these sometimes around my young children and am concerned for them.
Keep up the good work.

Thank you so much guys!
Chad

August 29, 2009 | Registered Commenterchad

Hi,

Love the show have watched and listened for ages, so thought i should join the site!
Keep up the good work

August 20, 2009 | Registered CommenterJames Kirk

Thanks for all the great podcasts.

August 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIan Smiley

Can you do a show about migrating from Exchange 2003 to 2007? That would be really helpful.

August 9, 2009 | Registered CommenterMoran Dave

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