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Windows 7 Certification is Alive and Well 

Last month, we reported on the changes Microsoft is making to its certification program to accommodate the official release of Windows 10. These changes will impact existing certifications for Windows 7 and Windows 8—in particular, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) credential for desktop operating systems is going away. If you currently hold an MCSA certification, you should place it in an acid-free plastic bag and vacuum seal it. You never know, it could go up in value! As expected, a lot of IT industry workers and students curr...

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Posted on November 30th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Windows 10 Certification Update—and the End of the MCSA? 

Microsoft Learning dropped a Windows certification bombshell the other day. Read on, and all will be revealed. Windows 10 is out of the gate in a big way, with over 110 million installations worldwide according to Microsoft. It’s unlikely many of these machines exist in the enterprise, except maybe in test labs where IT professionals are currently validating Win10 against line-of-business applications and other possible sources of incompatibilities. But overall, the critical response to Windows 10 has been highly positive. A shiny new client OS means there are new Microsoft Windows 10 certification exams coming around the bend. In fact, an anno...

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Posted on October 26th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure? 

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI for short, is a technology platform that replaces traditional user PC workstations with virtual workstations hosted on one or more servers. A user can log on to their virtual machine from any client with a proper network connection. In some implementations, users can even access virtual machines through a tablet or smartphone. The primary advantage of VDI is fully-centralized administration of all enterprise desktop workstations, including backups, updates, and security software. New workstations can be deployed in a matter of minutes. VDI gives organizations the ability to provide virtual machines to a remotel...

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Posted on August 27th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

CompTIA Network+ exam retirement coming August 31 

Candidates who have been preparing to take the Network+ N10-005 certification exam from CompTIA should book their exam dates before the end of August 2015. The English version of the N10-005 Network+ exam is being retired by CompTIA on August 31, leaving the new N10-006 version of the exam as the only one available. Next to A+, Network+ may be CompTIA’s most successful certification. Over 400,000 IT pros have earned the Network+ designation since it was launched in 1999. The Network+ exam has...

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Posted on July 16th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner: 2015 CASP Exam Update 

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification is an expert-level designation positioned as the next step up from CompTIA’s highly successful Security+ certification. The CASP credential has achieved impressive industry recognition and adoption since it was launched in 2011. CASP has been accredited by both the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Like Security+, CASP has also been approved by the US Department of Defense for fulfilling certain certification requirements. CASP is not an industry designation for novices or junior IT security professionals. CompTI...

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Posted on June 9th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Inside the MCSE: SharePoint Certification 

Microsoft’s SharePoint product made its debut just after the turn of the millennium, when the initial version was launched as Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2001. SharePoint is a web application platform primarily used to create intranet portals—internal corporate websites that contain one or more specialized team sites. Inside SharePoint, each corporate department can have its own team site where employees can share and exchange information relevant to their job function. SharePoint also has document management tools built in, and can be used to process document creation from inception to final approval. SharePoint can also be used to cr...

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Posted on April 9th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

How will Windows 10 change Microsoft desktop certs? 

There has been a lot of splashy news and previews of Microsoft’s Windows 10, the next generation of its desktop operating system. The early commentary has been remarkably positive so far. The Microsoft Insider program, in which millions of interested users are downloading the Windows 10 work-in-progress version and offering feedback on the builds as they are made available, has resulted in the redesign or complete removal of many of the poorly received features of Windows 8. (See you later, Charms bar!) Microsoft has also provided a glimpse at the future of Windows versions. At last month’s big consumer-oriented Windows 10 event, Microsoft an...

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Posted on February 9th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Which IT Certifications will be hot in 2015? 

What are the hottest IT certifications in 2015 going to be? To answer this question, you need to take a look at which fields of information technology are expected to experience significant growth next year. As it happens, industry website Computerworld recently released its forecast for the top in-demand IT skills for 2015. This forecast is based on Computerworld’s annual survey of IT hiring decision makers. Using the top picks from this forecast as a guideline, we’ve come up with some predictions for which IT certifications could be the most desirable...

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Posted on December 30th, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Tick-Tock: Microsoft Exam Retirements for 2015 

It happens to all certification exams. They are bright and shiny when they first come off the assembly line, ready to challenge all-comers on a relatively new product or technology. But, the fickle sands of time pass by, and soon those exams are looking more than a little rusty. Before you know it, the vendor is handing these exams a gold watch and a walker, and sending them off into the sunset. Microsoft Learning regularly reviews its certification exams, and when an exam is reaching the end of its relevance, they pull the trigger and place the exam on the “to be retired” list. This list is updated by Microsoft throughout the year, giving candi...

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Posted on December 16th, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Inside the CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certification 

CompTIA has recently rebranded its most basic entry-level certification as the CompTIA IT Fundamentals designation. Formerly known as CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals, this rebranding is likely due to a change in CompTIA’s professional relationship with Certiport, the certification solutions provider that CompTIA partnered with to create the original designation. CompTIA has been working towards doing all of its content development in-house as of late, so the release of the newly revised IT Fundamentals exam is not a huge surprise.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals Description

The IT Fundamentals certification is meant for a relatively unskilled au...

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Posted on November 20th, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)