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
  • Data ONTAP 8 7-Mode: What is it? Why aren’t you running it?

    netappI have used a lot of different storage systems from a lot of different vendors.  Typically I prefer fibre channel based storage area networks for their block I/O and high performance.  I never paid much attention to NetApp, since they traditionally did Network Attached Storage (NAS).    Recently I started working in a NetApp shop, and our filers do a little bit of everything, Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP), iSCSI, and NFS.  I’m getting to like my NetApp filers.  One feature I particularly like is that all NetApp filers, small or large, run one common operating system, Data ONTAP.  Unlike most vendors, the NetApp product line is *NOT* cobbled together from various incompatible acquisitions  (e.g.  Dell is not Clariion, is not EMC…)  Once you learn ONTAP, you can work on pretty much anything NetApp.  One of the large “hidden” costs of implementing a storage area network (SAN) are the people costs.  Specialized SAN equipment takes people with specialized training, and having one common operating system makes for considerable savings.  Read on for more on Data ONTAP…

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    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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    Cal Poly, SLO’s Old Science Building 52 North is No More, RIP.

    As a former Cal Poly SLO student, I fondly remember the old Science Building 52 North.  It was kind of old and funky, but it had a certain charm.  I wish I had thought to get some pictures of it…

    Cal Poly just knocked it down to make room for a new Center for Science and Math.   They have web cams, photo galleries and other good information there.  The construction site is known as “Area 52” which has a really cute web site with more photos and videos.  You can follow area52CalPoly on Twitter to get up to date construction info.  Videos at


    I took some photos as I walked around…

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    NetApp Data ONTAP Cookbook v3.1

    A friendly NetApp person recently shared this document with me.  It basically is a cheat sheet for common ONTAP commands and best practices.  (Data ONTAP is NetApp’s operating system for their filers.)

    One of the things I particularly liked was the chart named “Disk right-size and max disk per aggregate matrix” on page 8.  This is exactly what we have been struggling with on our new FAS3140’s.  It’s not clear to me (as a relative NetApp newbie) how many disks to properly build RAID groups and aggregates with.  NetApp says that optimal RAID group size uses the least amount of parity drives, has the most data disks, and doesn’t not harm performance by creating short RAID groups.  However, they usually don’t come right out and plainly tell you how many disks of what size should make up a RAID group and aggregate.  This chart makes it a snap.  (Click here or on the image below to go to the PDF…)

    Data ONTAP 7G Cook Book v3_1_pg1

    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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