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Newbie hello!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Geekzilla, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. Geekzilla

    Geekzilla Nibble Poster

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    Hi CF members.

    I am looking to change careers and turn my amateur computer tinkering into something more profitable. I have read quite a lot of the threads about getting started and the Comptia A+ and MCDST as a first step.

    I will continue to search the forum before I start asking questions that already have answers.

    Does anyone have any pearls of wisdom to help get me started?

    Thanks!:D
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
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  2. Geekzilla

    Geekzilla Nibble Poster

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    Hello???:rolleyes:
     
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  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Do the A+ first... Get yourself the two books, the Mike Meyers AiO and PC Technician Street Smarts and get yourself an old PC to practice on.

    -Ken
     
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  4. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome to CF.

    Don't forget the N+ i think that's probably more up your street then the A+ :rolleyes:
     
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  5. Geekzilla

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    Books on order. Thanks Wahnerk for the recommendation. Nice bit of bedtime reading. I will pull a PC together with some left overs. Can I build a VM test bed or should I use hardware only?
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Welcome!

    You can certainly use a VM... at some point, though, you'll probably want at least two physical devices.
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!
  7. BosonJosh

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    Welcome!
     
  8. Geekzilla

    Geekzilla Nibble Poster

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    I have compiled an old celeron system, DVD, 60gb HD. Would this be a suitable test bed or do I need somthing more powerfull. I don't really want to use my main PC's but have no problem pushing this one over the edge.

    My only problem is this system has XP Home. Do I need to install XP Pro for additional adminstrator functionality?
     
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