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CompTIA – E2C is now CompTIA Academy!

CAPP_Academy_100 I sometimes teach at Cuesta College, a California community college in San Luis Obispo.  Cuesta recently became a CompTIA Education To Careers (E2C) member.  During the process of becoming a member, it was mentioned that E2C was being “rebranded”.    Well, it’s official.  E2C is now CompTIA Authorized Partner Program.

The CompTIA Authorized Academy Program offers a robust educational program designed to assist academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government retraining agencies. It is designed to extend the reach and impact of education and enhance the learning experience to prepare learners for careers in information technology (IT).  Through partnership and collaboration, CompTIA seeks to assist academic partners by providing tools, resources, and support to help institutions:

  • Assist students in choosing IT subjects as their field of study
  • Maximize student outcomes that foster long-term career growth
  • Improve financial and operational efficiency
  • Develop a valuable IT educational curriculum
  • Buying CompTIA Vouchers as an Education To Careers (E2C) Member

    comptia_largeCompTIA is the non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of information technology (IT) professionals and companies including manufacturers, distributors, resellers, and educational institutions.   CompTIA offers popular certification programs.  (After the implementation of DODD 8570, all Federal IT/IA employees and contractors are required to maintain current certifications, and CompTIA offers some of the popular choices like A+ and Security+.)

    CompTIA offers memberships, and one of the benefits of membership are discounted test vouchers.  Membership in Education to Careers (E2C) provides information technology teachers with a supportive community and educational resources for both themselves and their students. E2C members receive special pricing on CompTIA certifications and a free certification voucher for themselves each year.

    I sometimes teach at Cuesta College, and Cuesta recently became an E2C member.  I was the first to properly buy E2C discounted test vouchers at Cuesta, and others there asked about how to do this, so here’s how… Read more

    Fastlane Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode Administration (DOT87M) class in Columbia, MD

    I recently had the pleasure of attending a NetApp Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode Administration class in Columbia Maryland, March 07-11, 2011.  We purchased the training from Fastlane, one of NetApp’s authorized training partners.  The class was hosted by System Source in Maryland.  If you get a chance to go to one of these, do it!  NetApp says:

    netappLearn about Data ONTAP® 8.0, the next generation data storage operating system from NetApp® that combines the stability of Data ONTAP 7G with the cutting-edge scalable clustering of Data ONTAP GX. Explore basic administration of a storage system running Data ONTAP 8.0 7-mode, the successor of Data ONTAP 7G. By diving deeper into administrative techniques, you will acquire the knowledge to become a successful storage administrator.

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    Bonus! Getting Novell CLA automatically awards Novell Data Center Technical Specialist!

    I recently earned Novell Certified Linux Administrator (CLA).  (Note that I passed the 2 CompTIA Linux+ exams, then forwarded these to LPI to get LPIC-1, and then forwarded LPIC-1 to Novell.)

    Turns out that earning Novell CLA, also qualifies you for Novell Data Center Technical Specialist (DCTS)!  This is one of the specializations for solution providers and system integrators in Novell’s PartnerNet.  So by passing the 2 CompTIA Linux+ exams, you qualify for FOUR certifications – Linux+, LPIC-1, Novell CLA, and Novell DCTS.


    LPI LPIC-1 and Novell CLA

    The Linux Professional Institute has a partnership with Novell.  Holders of LPIC certifications are eligible to receive the Novell Certified Linux Administrator (CLA) certification at no additional cost or exams.  Once you hold LPIC-1, then follow the directions at LPI’s page on their Novell partnership page.

    1. Get LPIC-1.  The best way in my opinion is to take the CompTIA Linux+ exams.
    2. Got to the Novell CLA registration form.  You’ll need your LPI ID and other info from the LPI Candidate Area.  Fill out the form.
    3. Once you hit submit, you will immediately get a welcome email.  It takes a day or two to see the new certification at Novell.

    That’s it!  Pretty easy.  So for the “3 in 1” Linux certifications (Linux+, LPIC-1, CLA) do them in this order:  Linux+, then LPIC-1, then CLA.

    Note that Novell also automatically awards you Data Center Technical Specialist (DCTS) when you get CLA, you don’t have to do anything more, it is automatically granted at the same time as CLA.


    CompTIA Linux+ and LPI LPIC-1

    I recently passed CompTIA’s Linux+.  One of the first questions on the examinations is something like “Do you want to forward your scores to LPI?”  Might as well say “Yes!”, since passing the 2 Linux+ exams automatically qualifies you for the Linux Professional Institute’s LPIC-1.

    It’s easy, and almost automatic.

    1. Register as a candidate with LPI.  This is free.  You will get an LPI ID number.  Do this BEFORE you take the CompTIA Linux+ exams.
    2. Schedule your CompTIA exams.
    3. At the beginning of each exam, make sure you select “Forward my scores to LPI.”

    That’s it!  It’s easy.  LPI is notified quickly- It took 2 days for CompTIA to award Linux+after I passed the exams and LPI sent me notice of LPIC-1 on the same day.

    Once you get LPIC-1, tell Novell about it on their website, and you will get Novell Certified Linux Administrator (CLA)!


    CompTIA Linux+ – Passed LX0-101: CompTIA Linux+ Exam 1 and LX0-102: CompTIA Linux+ Exam 2 Today

    I passed the 2 CompTIA Linux+ exams today.  These are the new 2010 tests, and are titled “Powered by LPI”.  Make sure that when you buy test prep materials, that the book, tests, or whatever are for “Powered by LPI” tests, not the old ones.  Most books and practice tests on the market are stale and haven’t been updated yet for the new exams.  (The Linux Professional Institute partnered with CompTIA and developed the test content.)


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    Oracle 11g DBA OCP – Passed 1Z0-050, Oracle Database 11g: New Features for Administrators today

    Since I’ve been working on getting my Oracle certifications current, I kept studying after I passed the 10g upgrade test a couple of weeks ago.  I passed the 11g upgrade test today, 2 weeks later.  That’s a pretty fast turnaround time, I don’t recommend it.  It worked for me because I have a solid Oracle background.

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    Oracle 10g DBA OCP – Passed 1Z0-040, Oracle Database 10g: New Features for Administrators today

    I’ve been an Oracle geek a long time, I’ve been certified since Oracle 8 days.  Recently I haven’t kept up with these like I should, so I decided to freshen my certification up before Oracle retired the upgrade exams.  I’m a current Oracle 9i Database Administrator Oracle Certified Professional (DBA OCP), so to get Oracle 10g DBA OCP all I need is to pass the 10g upgrade exam (1Z0-040) .


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    MCITP:SA, Completed! – Passed the Microsoft 070-646 Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator exam today

    I recently completed my Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional: Enterprise Administrator certification. This certification requires you to pass 5 exams.  It turns out that if I took one more exam, 070-646 Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator, I’d qualify for Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional: Server Administrator (MCITP: SA) as well.

    It was pretty straight forward.  After all of the other Windows tests I’ve been passing, this one was pretty easy.  I studied for 2 weeks.  I used the Microsoft Press book for 070-646 to study with (which comes with 2 pretty good practice tests included), and I bought an additional Kaplan Self Test practice exam.  The actual test was sort of like the practice exams, unlike many of the Microsoft exams I’ve seen recently.