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Certification Newsletter
133rd Edition :: January 3rd, 2006

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In This Issue:
:: What's New @ MC MCSE
:: Article: CertWatch 2006
:: CCIE Lab Exam
:: ISC2 Approved for MS Partner Program
:: Training Directory Product Reviews
:: At the Boards
:: Totally Useless Links

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:: What's New @ MC MCSE ::

Happy New Year:
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Cisco Tutorials:
We have added 3 new Cisco tutorials for CCNA and CCNP certifications as follows:

How And Why To Build an Etherchannel
Introduction to BGP

:: Article: CertWatch 2006 ::

2006 is upon us and it is time to take a look at the certifications that will be the buzz words for the year. This is not a list of which certifications will be the most popular; it is a list of the certs that will experience major continued growth or have their first growth spurt. Keep in mind that these are expert predictions and educated guesses, but are not scientifically based.

9) Prosoft Learning's CIW Foundations
I admit that I am going out on a big limb with this one. Several years ago, the CIW certification program was growing rapidly and the future of this program looked very bright. Then, as quickly as the buzz started, it all came crashing down when Prosoft Learning announced financial difficulties and later went through a failed attempt at integration with Trinity Learning. In late 2004, the company underwent management changes and spent too much of 2005 worrying about their NASDAQ status instead of reinvigorating their certification program. However, I believe that this is the year that they will turn the ship around. It shouldn't be too difficult considering the fact that this is still the best certification option for webmasters. Foundations is their entry level title and should experience the most growth in the coming year. If CompTIA updates their antiquated i-Net+ certification and the 2 companies renew their broken partnership, the CIW Foundations title will experience significant additional growth.

8) Cisco's CCIP
I believe that the Cisco Certified Internetworking Professional certification will grow quite a bit this year, but mostly in developing countries who will be expanding their infrastructure leading to the need for more service providers. This certification is also attractive because it shares 1 exam with the CCNP cert and another exam with the CCVP cert.

7) Wireless#
Although plagued by early problems, wireless networking has become a reliable solution for SOHO environments and for other applications, and the market has created a need for technicians that can install and troubleshoot wireless networks. To the best of my knowledge, CWNP is currently the only certification vendor offering vendor neutral wireless certifications. In October 2005, Planet3Wireless announced the release of Wireless# which is an entry level title. Because it is affordable, only requires 1 exam, and there is a market need, this cert should take off in 2006.

6) EC Council's CEH
Yes, security is still a hot topic and will remain so as long as there are losers that have nothing better to do than harm others. EC Council's Certified Ethical Hacker cert is rapidly gaining steam and the reason for this is a slightly different approach to security - learn how to hack your systems in order to prevent others from doing it.


:: CCIE Lab Exam ::

Cisco is now offering a CCIE practice lab exam and assessment, developed by CCIE program managers to simulate the format and difficulty of the actual CCIE lab exam. During the four-hour CCIE Assessor Lab, candidates access live Cisco equipment and practice lab scenarios from their own desktop using a Web-based lab management tool. After completing the practice lab, users receive a detailed assessment of their performance, including configuration tips, correct command lines, and suggestions for further study.

The CCIE Assessor Lab for Routing and Switching is available to candidates worldwide using standard Web access tools. For a limited introductory period, Cisco will offer CCIE Assessor Lab for US$279, a discount of US$70 off the list price. Online purchase and scheduling of the four-hour sessions are available beginning December 12, 2005.

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:: ISC2 Certs Approved for MS Partner Program ::

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium [(ISC)˛®], the non-profit international leader in educating and certifying information security professionals worldwide, today announced that Microsoft Corp. has approved (ISC)˛ certifications as part of its Microsoft Partner Program, Security Solutions Competency.

The CISSP® (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) from (ISC)˛ can now be used to satisfy the certification requirements of the Microsoft Certified Partner for its Security Management and Infrastructure Security specializations. The SSCP® (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) from (ISC)˛ can be used to satisfy certification requirements for the Infrastructure Security specialization.

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:: Training Directory Product Reviews::

Here is a list of products that have been recently reviewed in our Training Directory. Click on a link below to read the reviews.

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:: At the Boards ::

Our forums currently have 64,819 members and 48,633 posts. Here are some of the most popular posts since our last newsletter.

Topic Title Replies Views Start Date
Help with my lab... 7 86 January 1, 2006
New to this, quick pointer... 9 95 December 28, 2005
MCDST, MCSA, MCSE + CCNA & CCNP = Ł5995 - Yes or No? 13 424 December 22, 2005
MCSE/A test order recommendation 10 263 December 21, 2005
I passed Network+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10 370 December 20, 2005
Self Study vs. Classroom Training 7 172 December 20, 2005
Think I just got my big break! 7 249 December 19, 2005
Computertraining.com 7 158 December 19, 2005
Forgot Admin password... 9 354 December 10, 2005
long post about career after Help desk exp. 10 688 December 5, 2005

The following posts still need help. Be the first to answer.
Topic Title Replies Views Start Date
help with server+ 0 93 December 16, 2005
Manual Failover in Cisco content switching 0 61 December 17, 2005
Renaming domain controller and functional level 0 71 December 20, 2005
70-292 ? 0 65 December 20, 2005
DLCI 0 23 January 1, 2006
70-285 books 0 23 January 2, 2006

:: Totally Useless Links ::

Here is your latest dose of truely useless links. If you know of any worthless links, feel free to post them here.

I Love Peppers - Just another piece of litter on the internet highway.
Love Calculator - Is this scientific or what?
Happy Ninja Magic Action Compatriot - What the ...?
The Icon Story - Worthless, but clever and entertaining.
Batman - This is amusing for approximately 8 seconds.

Good luck on your studies!