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.
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) .
I’m an Oracle DBA and Oracle Master. I’ve been certified since Oracle 8 (they’re on 11 now…) I take care of a couple of databases now, but I’m not doing mainly database stuff anymore. I like to keep up with new things as they come out, so I have been messing with ASM and did a write up on How to get started with ASM on Linux.
“ASM is a volume manager and a file system for Oracle database files that supports single-instance Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) configurations. ASM is Oracle’s recommended storage management solution that provides an alternative to conventional volume managers, file systems, and raw devices.”
There’s a lot to learning any operating system, especially a complicated one like Unix or Linux. One way to know what’s important about an operating system, especially one used in business, is to look at the certification exams available for it. This class will introduce Unix and Linux from the angle of preparing you for the CompTIA Linux+ certification. CompTIA says: “CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI is a high-stakes, vendor-neutral certification that validates the fundamental knowledge and skills required of junior Linux administrators.”
Interestingly, if you want Linux certifications, getting CompTIA Linux+ also immediately qualifies you for the Linux Professional Institute’s LPIC-1 certification, as well as Novell’s Certified Linux Administrator (CLA). Take 2 tests, get 3 certifications!
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.
I was recently asked to prepare a brief presentation on desktop virtualization. I’ve been through quite a few desktop virtualization projects throughout the years. Some went off better than others. I learned a few tidbits along the way.
I thought I’d share. Click on the image to get the PowerPoint slides.