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Meyers OR McGraw-Hill?

Discussion in 'Network+' started by aestudiar, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. aestudiar

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    The title says it all.
    Which book in your opinion/experience is the most comprehensive?
    * CompTIA Network+ Certification Study Guide, Fourth Edition
    * CompTIA Network+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Fourth Edition
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    Not used Mcgraw/hill but Mike Meyers is leading authority on the A+ and I used his book so I'd stick with his books.
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Another vote for Mike Meyers. The McGraw-Hill might be sufficient, but I *know* that the Meyers book is solid. Why mess with a tried and true solution? :)
     
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  4. Col

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    Meyers got me through my A+ and Network+, so he definitely gets my vote too...
     
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  5. BosonJosh

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    Without a doubt I'd recommend the Meyers book.
     
  6. aestudiar

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    I'll get 'Uber-geek' Mike's then :D
     
  7. Josiahb

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    Good :) I used the Mike Meyers for my Network+ and it covered everything that came up in my exam at least!
     
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  8. aestudiar

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    One last thing before I embark upon this quest for knowledge: is it NECESSARY to have some experience prior studying for Network+?
     
  9. BosonMichael
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    CompTIA recommends it, but to be honest, the stuff covered in Network+ is something that I would expect anyone going into IT to already know. So, in my opinion, Network+ is an entry-level certification. And this coming from someone who constantly preaches "experience before certification!" :biggrin
     
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  10. aestudiar

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    Thanks. Which of the certificate/qualification in your long list of accomplishments are you most proud of? Which one was the hardest to obtain? :onthePC
     
  11. BosonMichael
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    Most proud of? I've not really looked at it in that way. All my certifications either validate experience that I've already got and/or cover practice exams that I've created. And it's the experience and the practice exams that I'm proud of.

    Which one was the hardest to obtain? Probably the OCP; even though I wrote practice exams for the OCP, I don't have any real-world experience administering Oracle databases. That said, I don't go around advertising to employers that I'm an "Oracle DBA". ;)
     
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  12. aestudiar

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    Thanks.
    Another thing, do you also consider Security+ to be entry level?
    I'd like to get that one too :D
     
  13. BosonMichael
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    I don't. I'd probably recommend it after administering servers for a short time.
     
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  14. aestudiar

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    Hi again.
    Is there something to do practice tests? A la 'Cram practice tests'?

    Also, is 'The Ultimate CompTIA Network+ 2009 Resource Kit', by Course Technology, any good?

    Cheers.
     
  15. BosonMichael
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    You mean, like the ones sold by my employer? :)

    No idea. I know the Meyers' book works; why risk trying an unknown option when you've got a known good option?
     
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  16. gosh1976

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    I have the 2005 version of the book that comes in that kit. It was ok. Not the best but worth the pick up as a secondary source if you can find it cheap. Of course the 2009 version may be better or worse.

    As for practice tests I bought my test voucher from total seminars and that came bundled with a number of practice tests. I thought they were pretty good quality tests unfortunately if you aren't in the US or Canada the vouchers would not be valid.
     
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  17. aestudiar

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    Just because there doesn't seem to be any cram practice exam books, and that one has lots of questions. :)
    PS Which ones do you sell? Are they any good? <I expect unbiased comment> :D
     
  18. BosonMichael
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    I would have thought my username would have revealed the name of my employer...

    Are they any good? Of course they are. That's why I work here instead of for the competition (who I used to work for).
     
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