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Network+ hands on practice

Discussion in 'Network+' started by Dexter, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Dexter

    Dexter Nibble Poster

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    Hmm , didn't really know what to call this thread but I need some advice on what hardware would be complimentary to studying for the Network+ cert. I'm pretty sure you're all going to tell me "a second computer and a switch/hub to practice some basic networking stuff" but my reasons for asking are these. At the moment I have 4/5 year old Athlon 2.2GHz and a pretty ancient (well more ancient :biggrin) IBM pent 2, left over from my A+ practice. My problem is that the Athlon runs Linux and I don't have a disk to install XP temporarily for my studies. The Pent 2 is painfully slow via crossover (don't know what its like via hub/switch) but does at least have Win 2K on it. I've been toying with looking for another second hand PC with XP on it just because I thought it would be better (and a little easier) to practice networking on two windows boxes. I doubt Network+ covers things like NFS or Samba.
    So I guess I'm asking what do you guys think? Is practicing with two Windows boxes going to be more beneficial/efficient or is hooking the IBM Pent 2 up to my Linux box just as good? I've even got an oldish Mac knocking around here too. Is that going to be of any use?
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Alright Dexter?

    I have two machines both with XP pro on them as I am hoping that'll do the job for when I do the N+ you could get the MCDST press books as they come with 180 day trial of windows 2000, so you could install that for 180 days and have a win2k - xp network.

    Miy network isn't using a Hub just both machine directly connected with a cable.
     
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  3. OceanPacific

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    Think again. Network+ does cover samba. If its networking you need to know it.
     
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  4. qbano

    qbano New Member

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    If you can i would get the xp box and a switch or hub and work on getting all 4 boxes sharing files (xp/linux/mac) that should really help you out for the net+. I just passed the exam today (used Mikes book and trainsignal) and samba and NFS was on it as well as a lot of novell stuff. I think the knowledge you will get networking those 4 systems will be great for the test and for the future. Good luck!! :biggrin
     
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  5. Dexter

    Dexter Nibble Poster

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    Many thanks guys. A fountain of knowledge as always :) I'll go on your advice.

    BTW: Congrats on the pass qbano
     
    Certifications: A+ N+ MCDST
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