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Top 10 IT Skills and Certifications for 2017 

This time last year, we observed that IT pros and career starters who had added the previous year’s in-demand IT skills and credentials to their personal portfolios would be rewarded in 2016, as the new year was going to reflect the IT staffing trends seen in 2015. At the risk of being overly brief: ditto. The same IT disciplines we identified as the most popular in 2015 and 2016 are going to be just as hot in 2017. The industry has not been rocked by radical new technologies requiring new categories of IT professionals. While some of the technologies found in the most popular IT specialties have evolved, the specialties themselves—and their...

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Posted on January 17th, 2017 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments Off

Using Storage Spaces in Windows 10 

Relevant exam – Microsoft Exam 70-698: Installing and Configuring Windows 10 Normally when we talk about storage spaces, we’re referring to cupboards, closets, and that dark, dust bunny warren under the bed. In Windows 10, Storage Spaces is a feature used to organize where your data is stored, and to protect data in the event of a hard disk crash. To create a storage space in Windows 10, you need at least two extra hard drives in addition to the drive that has Windows installed on it. You can use several hard drives in a storage space, but two is the minimum requirement. You might be saying, “Is this RAID? It sounds like...

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Posted on December 16th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments Off

Exam Spotlight: Understanding DNS Records 

Relevant Exam: CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Candidates preparing to take CompTIA’s Network+ exam (N10-006) must have a strong understanding of the Domain Name Service (DNS) network service. This topic is covered as part of the Network+ exam’s “Network Architecture” knowledge domain. While many people are somewhat familiar with DNS from their use of the Internet, IT professionals need to expand this knowledge to include the different types of DNS records. DNS is the network service used to assign fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) to IP addresses. DNS enables websites to have easy-to-remember names like examforce.com, rather than re...

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Posted on November 2nd, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments Off

Exam Spotlight: a look at Display Connectors 

Relevant Exam – CompTIA A+ 220-901 Back in the day, computers were plugged into these beige TV boxes with glass screens and cathode ray tubes, commonly referred to as monitors. Computer monitors varied in size and resolution, and all of them had the relative weight of a dying star. Monitors often developed a high-frequency whine that could send dogs into a howling frenzy. They sometimes ran hotter than the PCs they were hooked up to. And, if you tried to service a monitor yourself, you risked electrocution even if it wasn’t plugged into a wall socket (see: capacitors). Modern computer displays are thin, light, and power efficient. Th...

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Posted on September 29th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments Off

Exam Spotlight: Controlling Microsoft Accounts & the Windows Store 

Relevant Exam: 70-697 – Configuring Windows Devices With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft encouraged users to create a Microsoft Account and use it as their Windows 8 log in. Doing so allows users to sync several Windows configuration settings to the cloud, and have them automatically pulled down to any Windows device the user logs into with their Microsoft Account. Microsoft Accounts are also necessary to use the Windows Store, which was launched along with Windows 8. Again, using a Microsoft Account to log into Windows lets users download apps on multiple devices (up to 10) and sync app settings as well. Microsoft Accounts and...

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Posted on August 9th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments Off

Meet the New Boss: Top IT Skills and Certifications for 2016 

There is some good news for IT pros and career starters who are looking ahead at the in-demand IT specializations for 2016: this year is very much a reflection of the last. This development will reward anyone who added in-demand knowledge and skills from last year, as their experience will continue to give them an edge in 2016. Let’s take a look at these hot IT skills, and review a few of the training and certification programs related to them. INFORMATION SECURITY IS STILL KING InfoSec is still the field with the most in-demand IT skill sets in the industry. Even someone who only pays a millisecond of attention to tech news...

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Posted on February 1st, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments Off

The MCSA Strikes Back – on Windows 10 

A couple of months ago, we told you about some upcoming changes to Microsoft’s certification program, including the news that there wasn’t going to be a new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certification for Windows 10. Based on this and other information (hit the link above for the info I’m referring to) I speculated that the training and certification folks at Redmond were getting ready to retire the MCSA altogether. We now have new information from Microsoft, and they have confirmed that there IS going to be an MCSA certification for W...

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Posted on January 7th, 2016 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments Off

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 Off

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 Off

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 Off