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MCSE with Computeach?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by law123, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. law123

    law123 Byte Poster

    Can anyone actually get a MCSE with Computeach? The reason for asking there courses is about 2 years long and from what I have been led to understand it takes about 3 years also I have read some where in the forums that it is virtually impossible to pass without working hands on so to speak rather than out of paper. The other thing I have noticed that a lot of people how are doing the course are still doing there A+ 8 or 9 months down the line. Does the rest of the exams get easier for what I have been led to believe it gets harder. So what are thier chances of passing the MCSE?. Please don’t think I am slating anyone as I am just a newbie here myself and don’t know how long it will take me due to other commitments.
    Certifications: None
    WIP: A+
  2. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

    Don't know about Computeach, but I did my MCSE with NITLC. I had quite limited M$ theory knowledge but could build machines and load OS's.

    It took me 3 years to pass the thing and my course was 2 years as well. They did seem quiet good when I asked them for an extension to the course.

    Hands on experience, limited but a network at home helps a lot (wish I'd heard of VMWare when I'd started the course, saves wires all over the place).

    As to the exams, I didn't do A+ etc just the M$ MCP's and I have to be honest I found all of them challenging. They all test your knowledge in true M$ fashion. If you want to see what the questions look like, try looking at the QOTD I used to post in the server forum :blink.
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Looking at doing ..................
  3. BeerMatt

    BeerMatt Bit Poster

    OK i have to ask even if i do look dumb but whats "VMWare" :oops:

    WIP: A+ Network+ MCSE
  4. tripwire45
    Honorary Member

    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    More specifically, "What is VMWare Workstation?" VMWare is one form of virtualization software. In a nutshell, you can create "virtual" computers inside the VMWare program that will behave just as if they were operating systems loaded on separate hardware platforms. In essense, you can create a virtual computer network inside of one box. It's great for studying and in my case, for writing as well. Here's the link to the VMWare Workstation site for a more detailed explanation:


    Also, CertForums has a specific forum dedicated to virtual computing. Just to let you know, besides VMWare, the other major virtualization software available is Microsoft's Virtual PC. Here's the link to CF's Virtual Computing forum:

    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  5. agster888

    agster888 New Member

    Was just about to buy a second PC to create my learning "Network", but having read your post and doing a bit of research VMWare is the way........cheers for the post!
    WIP: A+ Network+ MCSE
  6. BeerMatt

    BeerMatt Bit Poster

    Nice one I was wondering where i was going to put all the PCs for a network Very short of space in the house Girlfriend not looking pleased when i tried to explain i needed more PCs you may well have saved me. Thanks fellas
    WIP: A+ Network+ MCSE
  7. cazzam35

    cazzam35 Kilobyte Poster

    Careful here BeerMatt, your passing up a great opp there to upgrade your pc mate lol. When I took on my A+/MCSE with
    computeach, I bought a cheap pc for my daughter then
    networked them together, then bought a full kit to build ( As i
    worded it - upgrade and learn myself) which is hands on mate.

    Ok so we had the dining table with a few pc on it, but now be
    the proud owner of three top range pc's, again all networked
    which has given me some great skills in upgrading etc.

    So remember in future mate, you don't need to buy another
    pc, you tell her your learning mate, and if she loves you she'll
    let you do whatever mate ( but thats another conversation
    that we'll talk about late lmao)

    Joking aside, I don't think you can get enough hands on while
    playing with computers, as everyone you open is different.

    Best Wishes Callum
    Certifications: currently doing A+/MCSE
    WIP: Curr/Supervisor/Duty Mgr/Retail DIY
  8. cazzam35

    cazzam35 Kilobyte Poster

    In answer to your orig post mate, Yes people do pass with
    Computeach, but as you've already pointed out, at home
    courses tend to take longer as your not "forced" to do things
    at a certain pace as if you were attending college each day.

    My origional three to four months to do my A+ stage, fell apart
    after i was first made redundant, then had to go in for major
    abdominal surgery, and with the strain of all that, i decided to
    walk out on my family and live alone???? so circumstances change.

    I'm happy to say i woke up and came to my sences and came
    back home, picked myself up and cracked on with it all.

    I know some people who have passed with them, and other
    learning providers. but your-self is the worst culprit as you
    have to spend the time and condition yourself to basically
    pretend your back at school. pick a few hours, once or twice
    a week, with NO interuptions, ( yep that means the tv and the
    girlfriend ) where you can get your head down and study.

    I have the benefit in my new job that i tend to work weekends
    and i'm off during the week which is great cos the wife is at
    work, the daughters at school, free time to go to pub, oops
    I meant to say study...lol

    The A+ side will take as long or as short as you want it too.
    If you put in 15 hours a week, or only 2 hours a week, thats
    up to you mate, there is no hard or fast rule really, the lesser
    takes longer obviously.

    As for your "does it get harder" not sure how to answer,If you
    would have given me this 70-270 Windows XP manual at the
    start of the course i think i would have stuck at games on the
    pc or bought an x-box mate, but you have to understand that
    going through the mocks ( and the pass mark is high for a very
    good reason ) and passing the mocks, increases your knowledge,
    and so as the material gets harder, you know more, so you
    could say it will get easier really .

    not sure if that last part made any sense but hope you get what
    i'm saying mate. and if you get stuck in the A+ side, i'm here to
    cheers Callum
    Certifications: currently doing A+/MCSE
    WIP: Curr/Supervisor/Duty Mgr/Retail DIY
  9. law123

    law123 Byte Poster

    Yes Callum it did make sense and thanks for the help offer m8 I may need it some day :thumbleft

    Certifications: None
    WIP: A+

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