A+, Network+, Security+ Certified for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I emphasized studying any and all resources for the exam, since I lacked the hands on experience.
Professor Messer videos from A+ & Network+ courses that centered upon security topics were helpful, and I took notes on them.
Darril Gibson's book was to the point and helpful. His book rocks.
If you can afford it, my experience has been good with Train Signal video programs. I think it costs $300. I appreciate the easy ability to put Train Signal videos on an iPhone or iPod touch for learning anywhere.
I perused the other books on the market.
I recommend making flash cards- better reinforcement for me than to rely on pre-made ones.
For example, OSI model is ideal topic for flash cards.
I use the phrase "Please Do Not Throw Stan's Presentation Away". Can you tell which word stands for the Presentation layer? Make cards that indicate which layer certain hardware matches up with, such as routers. Make cards that indicate which layer certain protocols match up with, such as SSL. Of course, if you did this adequately for A+ or Network+, no need to revisit this.
Professor Messer, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your helping myself and countless others to improve our lives with such amazingly wonderful videos. I knew two things prior to watching your A+ and Network+ videos: diddley, and sqat.
What is next for me? I've got plenty of intro level certs identified, as well as stepping stone certs.
I think I might like to broaden my technical knowledge more before I decide on a concentration. CCENT makes sense to me since I've passed the Network+, so I may eventually concentrate on that area.
I feel broadening my base of familiarity will greatly benefit me before I pick a specialty. Other areas I might pursue:
Adobe certifications look interesting, since I have a little experience in that area already.
So, I think 2011 will be where I finish shoring up my broad beginner's knowledge of IT concepts.
Anyone have any insights into CompTIA's Server+? Is it worthwhile, or would it be better to go straight into Microsoft certs? I'm leaning in that direction, particularly with Professor Messer offering up videos to help with that. Let's face it; if the Professor taught basketweaving, I'd likely become a weaver.
I hope this rambling post helps somebody somehow.
Good luck to everyone, and thanks Professor!
If this scatterbrain can pass these exams, I bet you can, too!