• Brain dumps are out there, but using one to prep for a certification test can mean big trouble.

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    Dear CertMag: Can brain dumps get me out of an exam jam?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I have a Cisco certification exam approaching at the end of May. I feel like I’m falling behind studying. A couple of friends have suggested using …

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    To script or not to script, that is the question — for DBAs

    Recently I was asked whether a person pursuing a career as an Oracle database administrator needs to have knowledge of scripting languages. One answer to that question could be no — if the potential DBA is someone who really likes performing the same basic tasks over and over, day in and day out. Said person …

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  • Student studies with computers THUMB

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    Dear CertMag: What’s the best way to save on certification?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I have an IT position managing PC installation, networking and support for a rural school district. I’d like to improve my job prospects and I’ve …

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    Save on the cost of getting your Security+ certification

    In May, CompTIA is scheduled to release the newest version of the SY0-401 certification exam, more commonly known as Security+. This entry-level certification is aimed at the administrator who has two years’ experience in the field and is currently held by more than 250,000 worldwide. Additionally, it is approved by the U.S. Department of Defense …

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    Dear CertMag: The value of certification cross-pollination

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I’m a network engineer with a job I enjoy. I’ve been working through a series of Cisco certs for several years now to build up …

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  • All about the Franklins THUMB

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    Counting the cost: Why are certifications so expensive?

    In October of last year, CertMag published an article I wrote about the earning potential of gaining Oracle (and other) certifications. Essentially, I attempted to address a common question asked by many certification candidates: Will getting more certifications earn me a lot …

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    Dear CertMag: Why didn’t I get a raise?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I have a stable job at a large regional hospital managing payment processing. I’ve been in my current position for five years, but my salary …

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  • Redundant Array Fig04 THUMB

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    Picture This: A Visual Guide to Redundant Arrays

    A basic understanding of the technology behind RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a necessity for many entry-level certifications, yet the concept can be difficult to make sense of. Currently, certification candidates need to know the topic — again, at a basic level — for all three of the core CompTIA certifications (A+, Network+, …

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  • Cisco Systems certs are next up in our Salary Survey PLUS.

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    Salary Survey PLUS — ISACA

    A favorite question among certification candidates is the one about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: How much money will I make after I finish this certification? There are several factors that determine salary, of course, but a good certification can be a strong argument for someone seeking a raise or …

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    Dear CertMag: I want to work in IT security

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I’ve been using and messing with computers since junior high school. I tried college for a couple of years, but it just doesn’t work for …

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