September 2005 CertMag

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Help Yourself: Building Home Practice Labs
Ed Tittel
As you prepare for your certification exams, you know that plenty of practice makes for a perfect performance. This month, we offer advice on building a lab in your home to hone your skills and earn a passing grade.



Linux in the Enterprise: Tools and Distributions
Ed Tittel
Linux has made great strides in the enterprise, and is now used by organizations like SBC and the U.S. Postal Service. Here are top tools and related certifications so you can take advantage of open source.

Security Tools: Keeping Content Management in Check
Douglas Schweitzer
When constructing Web pages, it’s important to keep all of the content under control as it moves from creation to completion. Luckily, content management solutions are available to ensure a smooth ride.

Tech Tools: Driving Storage Management
Emily Hollis
Storage solutions help control information, allowing organizations to offload traffic from local servers and maintain collections of vital data. Storage management tools help plan and drive these critical systems.



Implementing Wireless: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
Tim Cranny, Ph.D.
The benefits of wireless networks are bountiful, but fear still prevents many organizations from setting their workers free through mobile solutions. Taking wireless security to the next level prevents problems.

How to…Become a Small-Business Specialist
Beatrice Mulzer
In the United States, more than 99 percent of companies can be classified as small businesses. One elective on the MCSE track lets you take advantage of this large market. This month, we offer a closer look.

Security: Enterprise Security Audits
Uday O. Ali Pabrai
Audit trails and tools keep track of the threats to vital information. Without these controls in place, the bad guys can take off with a business’s data without anyone ever knowing it.



Certification in Academia: Preparing the Next Generation
William Vanderbilt
With fewer openings and lower headcounts, organizations are increasingly selective when hiring. What are educators doing to prepare the next generation of IT workers?

Citrix Certification: Following the Project Life Cycle
Mark Carter
With the release of Citrix Access Suite 4.0, Citrix has segmented its CCA program to provide flexible, convenient and cost-efficient certification.

Technical Support Certification: Coming of Age
Robert Last
Technical support is one of the leading employers of IT staff. Help-desk and support certifications from HDI provide career security, development opportunities and increased compensation.

Is Your Career Stuck in Neutral?
Katherine Spencer Lee
In tight job markets, long-term career planning sometimes falls to the bottom of the to-do list. Now that the economy is improving, it’s time to take a look at where you’re going.



Tests as Products
David Foster, Ph.D.

Marketing IT Careers to Youth
Brian Summerfield



Editor’s Letter
Tim Sosbe
Money Matters


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Eye on Certification: Database
Brian Summerfield
As data accumulates, DBAs must hone their skills to manage it. Certifications from Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Sybase and others help DBAs stay afloat on the waves of information.

Certification Study: Finding Your Motivation
Kellye Whitney
Lifelong learning is inevitable for IT careers, but there are many distractions along the way. Follow these steps to find your motivation.

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