I am starting on some Win 7 training: http://www.trainsignal.com/Windows-7-Administration-Training.aspx
I like TrainSignal. Are there resources you recommend?
Trainsignal is among the best. Another place you might want to check is the Petri IT Forums. Dan Petri does an excellent job of running a forum for those in IT and seeking various certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco and others.
Avoid the braindumps and TestKingz. I used to administer tests for IT personnel at a PC manufacturer in Cleveland, OH and we found that we could tell those who used braindumps and such pretty quickly. They couldn't put a PC together or set up a simple network.
If you have any leads on somewhere in Albuquerque for someone with a bit of MS/SystemBuilding/Tech experience might be able to get their foot in the door let me know. The wife are planning on moving up after tax season but are willing to do so earlier if a decent opportunity pops up.
Sadly, I would say jobs here are few and far between.
Well, I can still work for my current employer from Albuquerque. It would just be a work-from-home situation.
Everybody I know who lives in Abq comfortably works for an out of state employer. That is actually ideal. If you'd like to start a local "work from home IT support group" I already have a list of people to start
Petri IT is the single best website for answers. It was the only resource for me when I was struggling with a "Ghost Domain" many years ago.
Recently I have enjoyed RunAs Radio, good podcast.
I have been with my employer 7 1/2 years and my skillset is drifting away from IT. I still am quite good at the network and active directory configuration, but if I keep drifting too much longer those skills will fade.
Considering that the latest family of OS'es still utilizes much the same underpinnings as Vista/7 I'm going to go for a Windows 8 ticket and see what Trainsignal has in the way of upcoming training.
I like the "Work From Home IT Support Group" idea.
Win 8 sounds like a great plan. I have all their 2008 server videos so I am focusing there. One day I'd like to do an Exchange environment.
Many local jobs are on Base and IT positions are with contractors like Lockheed. Otherwise it would be government and hospitals. Lacking corporate headquarters big business is less of a factor. I hear Denver has a huge IT market.
Well, since MS says no Win 8 tests until September, it's Windows 7.
Many local businesses are talking about moving from WXP to W7. Many are on W7. It will be a long time before W8 will be useful in ABQ.
So I guess, Win 7 it is.
BTW, any opinions on CBT Nuggets?
Lil pricey for me - if they had a monthly like Lynda I would try it.
My friend the Exchange master swears by the MS online training.
I tried their Exchange collection and was actually most impressed.
They have a monthly now. It's like $99/month.
The move is on. The wife and I will be settled in Albuquerque before the first of April.
I'll have Server+ out of the way and yes, working on Win7. Where are you at in your Win 7 studies?