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Everything posted by aussiecanuck46

  1. A+ isn't adaptive anymore. There are 55 or 60 questions to be answered within 90 minutes, with an "up or down" vote at the end of it. I'm told that while the adaptive test was stringent, it was deemed unfairly cut-throat (Oh so you don't know your IRQ's huh? We'll ask a bunch of IRQ questions then). They had to let somebody pass eventually. When I wrote it I needed 515 out of 900 on the hardware test, and 505 on the software, (Out of 900 with a minimum of 100). Nobody told me how I got the first 100 or what it meant). Nobody tells you what each answer is worth. Adaptive or not, the exam has a certain percentage of questions in each area. The CompTIA site lists those percentages clearly. As posted way above, check out their site for the best info.
  2. Those are very good questions. Is your vendor able to answer any of them? That's who should get first crack. In fact, they should be challenged to prove that they've provided similar solutions already.
  3. From what I can recall of the A+ tests, a lot of it had to do with trivia. For instance, knowing the IRQ settings for particular devices, and what IRQ's are NOT used. I had an obscure question about what grade of cable was used in 10Base-T networks. People who haven't migrated from Windows 95A to Windows 95-OSR2, to Windows 98 will have some challenges. When did FAT32 become available, or long file names? Does anybody remember what the voltages are relative to a laser printer, or the names of the stages? Bear in mind that the vast majority of people trying to pass these tests aren't Windows Admins. They're people hoping to become Windows Admins. You're quite right that many of those questions aren't important questions in today's world. But they're important to pass those tests. For someone who's searching for a quick and dirty way to pass them I say "there isn't one." Do the time.
  4. Yes, KJxp's solution is possibly the best one. I've suffered that one myself. Very often the best solutions are the ones that require observation and common sense....two often over-looked commodities.
  5. Then you're a better man than I. The purpose of this topic, I think, wasn't to boast, but to provide guidance.
  6. Assuming you have a full version of XP Home Edition, (i. e. not an OEM version), You might try using the Recovery Console. Stick your XP CD in the drive before you boot up. Considering that you don't have the option to enter the BIOS you'll have to hope it's already set to recognize your CD-ROM before your hard drive. Cross fingers there. If you have an option to boot from CD then you're OK. If you're still with with me you might try using FIXMBR via Recovery Console. Select a Repair Installation. If you have any other partitions on your drive you might lose all data on them. But you've no doubt backed up all important data, correct?
  7. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm about to see if the /VERYSILENT switch still works. Give it a go.
  8. Could you not create a hidden share, or set of hidden shares, by appending them with "$" ? Those users who are to be allowed access to the shared folders could be provided with desktop shortcuts to them, by whatever name(s) you wish to use. I'm no expert on this topic, but it seems to me that Group Policies might help. Although that discussion might be outside the scope of this discussion.
  9. I passed A+ some months ago. And I can tell you that there are no notes, per se, that can give you all the knowledge you need to pass the two tests. You need to know the stuff for real, not just having memorized certain words, phrases, charts, tables, statistics, techniques, or practices. To pass those exams you have to: - Study an appropriate textbook, or several, - Work intensively with all varieties of computers, OS's, peripherals, and media, - Work through hundreds of practice questions, and research in detail the areas that you didn't do well on, - Sleep well the nights before the exams (don't do both hardware and software on the same day or you'll drive yourself crazy), - Be mentally prepared to fail the first time through. Then, if you have to, regroup and come back. There are many web sites that offer A+ practice questions and related materials for a reasonable price. There again, they're not a substitute for real experience and knowledge, just an additional help.
  10. I've read at http://www.winpcap.org/pipermail/winpcap-u...ust/000235.html that Winpcap doesn't offer a silent installer anymore for, as they say, "a number of technical and non-technical reasons". I suppose I'll write an Autoit script to get around that.
  11. Why do people write grafitti or commit other senseless crimes? For notoriety mostly, I think. Some people can create things and those who can't can destroy things. It's just a fact of life that those who want to have computers must have enough processing power, memory, and programs to protect themselves from the people who would wreak havoc. In the same way that we have lots of people employed, and money invested, in police forces. If there were no criminals in society, and no need to protect ourselves against them, then a lot of people would be unemployed.
  12. I doubt that there are published web sites from which you can subject your computer to viruses, etc. But I'm sure if you contact the people at CERT with a professional purpose in mind they could point you in the right direction. Another option is to simply subject your computer to the Internet with no firewall, anti-virus, or other protective measures set and let the mad mad world out there go to town on it. Most ISP's don't offer antivirus as a standard e-mail feature. So load up Outlook Express with the appropriate settings, publish your email address to a few sleazy places, and let nature take its course.
  13. I'd suggest using the round() method. It rounds a double value to an integer. But if you first multiply that double value by 10 and then round it you could then divide the rounded value by 10 into a double value.
  14. Spinrite is a useful tool for situations like this.
  15. By default local security templates are stored at %windir%\security\templates. I haven't tested, but I would guess that if you copied your specific security template to the $OEM$\$$\security\templates folder on your UA CD then it would be copied to the correct folder on your hard drive during Windows installation. I'm not sure how you might automatically apply that security template. I think you might have to do that manually post-installation. Or perhaps some VBscript might be written to simulate the keystrokes required to do it? In a corporate environment one might use a gpupdate script to automatically configure group policy settings according to the template within Active Directory. But I think that's an answer to a different question.
  16. I eventually found a site where I could get some information without having to pay for a subscription. That is, registration is free. I did not hack my way in. The site is www.evtcatalog.com. Here's the information about Application PopupEvent ID 333 that I was able to find: CAUSE: This issue may occur if Veritas Backup Exec version 8.6, revision 3808 or 3878, is configured to perform backups on the server by using the Mailbox option. Backup Exec does not properly close the connections that it opens to the Microsoft Exchange server. This eventually consumes all of the available client access licenses. This issue does not occur with the Information Store backup option in Backup Exec. RESOLUTION: Although the license errors will stop appearing, Backup Exec still creates the connections without properly closing them. To work around this behavior, use any of the following methods: 1. Stop and restart the Backup Exec Job engine to release the used licenses. 2. Use the Information Store backup option in Backup Exec instead of the Mailbox option. I'd be curious to know if this information is correct or not. I'd bet it's pretty close. Hopefully it's of use to you.
  17. NTDETECT.com startrom.com According to this page setuldr.exe is simply a fresh copy of NTLDR by another name. You can get a full description of winnt.sif and all its components by downloading the deployment tools for your OS and reading the ref.chm documentation.
  18. I found this link that might be of some help. Unfortunately I'm not a subscriber to this service and can't get more information from it without paying. You may have more success than I.
  19. Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs -> Windows Components will help you get it installed. This link How to Administer IIS might help you get started using it.
  20. In 1942 Enrico Fermi initiated the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction. That eventually led to the atomic bomb. We all know what's happened since then, good and bad. There's no way to prevent a useful invention like WPI, or nuclear fission, from being used for nefarious purposes. It's up to responsible people to turn away from the bad and toward the good.
  21. You already know what data you want to back up and how often. That's a good start. You'll need applications to use that data and hardware to run them on. What kinds of problems are you intending to recover from? Server hardware failure? Data loss? Data corruption? Site disaster? Is data that's even one day old current enough? Might you'll want to be able to restore some data, but not all? How will you keep track of what data is where? What's the longest period of time the company could go without access to computing services before it would be out of business? What disasters could possibly happen to make that time elapse? And what could be planned and prepared ahead of time to prevent that time from elapsing? I think it's important to envision the worst possible situation and plan around that. Typically the worst situation is one in which your network is up and running but is inaccesible. For instance, a poisonous gas leak that does no physical damage but prevents you and other staff from entering the business premises. And then there's the question of the ability of management and staff to communicate with each other during the disaster. Data backup and restore are really just components of an overall disaster recovery plan. Maybe I'm going overboard. I think the approach you should take is to consider what disastrous situations must be avoided or recovered from, then be imaginative while setting out policies and procedures to deal with those situations, and then acquire tools with which to perform the backup and recovery actions.
  22. You can always use the OemPnpDriversPath method in winnt.sif if you want to load only specific drivers. The driver pack utilities developed by other people were, I think, designed to simplify ongoing maintenance of OemPnpDriversPath.
  23. The backup media isn't so important, I think, as deciding: - what should be backed up, - how often, - incremental, differential, and full cycles, - procedures for tracking when backups have been completed, where the backups are located, how to tell one generation from another, and restore procedures, - offsite storage and media rotation in case of a site disaster, and - validation of the various restore procedures. Much about backup plans revolves around the procedures and documentation of them and the restore counterpart, not just the technology used to create them.
  24. I think what Wicket20519 meant was to boot from your XP CD and perform a Repair installation. That will, in fact, only touch the XP files and leave your data and applications as they are. Alternatively, you might try to use XP's System Restore feature. That's why Micro$oft built it. I suppose you'd have to boot to Safe mode in order to do that though.
  25. @ eidenk You can download a current hosts file from http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm as listed in a previous post. That site also includes instructions about how to apply it, how your system will behave after it's been applied, and various other important details. Be aware that their list of sites to be blocked may be a bit on the over-cautious side. I've found a couple of times that sites they suggest should be banned are, in fact, relatively harmless. @ el_rob3 You can apply this file to your Unattended CD simply by copying it, (the unzipped version), to the %CDROM%\$OEM$\$$\System32\drivers\etc folder.

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