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Hi from Croydon

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by cybernet, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. cybernet

    cybernet New Member

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    Hello guys and girls! My name's Steve and I've been working in IT for just over 20 years (17 years as self employed). I've supplied, installed and managed networks from NetWare 286 right up to Windows 2003 Server. Despite my experience however, I have no formal IT certifications :(

    I'm now looking for a change in direction and moving towards the contracts market. As such, I felt that an MCSE would be the best way forward. I bought a few of the self study aids (CBT Nuggets etc..) but have found that my motivation and time are just too limited. I've therefore booked myself on a 2 week course (with exams) in November with The Training Camp (anyone used them?) Hopefully by mid November I'll be sorted!

    Browing the web and came across this place. You seem like a nice, friendly bunch so I signed up!

    All the best!

    Steve :)
     
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    -Ken
     
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  3. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  4. zebulebu

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    Hey Steve - welcome to CF

    I have used the Training Camp - I did my CEH course with them in Charlbury. I found it very good (apart from the X Factor being filmed there at the same time, with stupid talentless teenagers wailing all night long in the hotel there were a couple of (ahem) 'incidents' involving me threatening to kill people :x

    I live in Croydon too - what a shithole eh?
     
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  5. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Lol ^

    Welcome to CF :) !
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    Hi Welcome :D
     
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  7. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF and best wishes with your aim of obtaining the MCSE cert.
     
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  8. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Hello and welcome to CF!
     
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  9. Bluerinse
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    Hi, welcome to CF and good luck with your MCSE.

    I was born and bred in Croydon and lived there for 45 years omg eeek :eek: so, I agree with Zeb, it is nice to be 12000 miles away nowadays 8)
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    Welcome!
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  11. cybernet

    cybernet New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome! In defence of Croydon, well, ummm, errr - I suppose you're probably right :biggrin

    I'm off on my course this coming weekend. I've been told that MS are offering free retakes at the moment as well, so fingers crossed!

    Cheers

    Steve :)
     
  12. purplejade

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    Hi Welcome,
     
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  13. cybernet

    cybernet New Member

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    Well I'm back as a proud MCSE! It was very hard work (12-14 hour days for 2 weeks solid) but I learn't a great deal and plugged a few holes in my knowledge base.

    I would thoroughly recommend The Training Camp (or Firebrand as they're now called) but you need to have a good deal of experience under your belt before attempting this. Four guys out of six passed all of the exams, and they were all sysadmins in their daily jobs.

    Cheers

    Steve :)
     
  14. onoski

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    Wow! congrats, that must have been one heck of an exam in a short space of time. Cheerio and more grease to your elbows:)
     
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  15. tripwire45
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    I have only imagine that 20 years of experience in IT was what pulled you through in the end. No one lacking that level of experience could have pulled it off. Congratulations.
     
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  16. cybernet

    cybernet New Member

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    Thanks guys :)
     
  17. nugget
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    Congrats on the pass. :biggrin
     
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  18. Finkenstein

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    Congrats! 8)
     
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  19. BosonMichael
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    Congrats!
     
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  20. jamman32

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    Hi and Welcome to the forum S:pteve.........
     
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