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Boot Camp Advice

This Sunday I'm off to the MountainView MCITP EA boot camp in Fort Colins Colorado.  Looking for advice, suggestions difficulty level of such a boot camp.  Got a few nerves tingling away and I'm a little nervous.  

Anything?
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GoatCreekCommented:
Read the sybex books, find yourself some testkings, eat and sleep well!
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strungCommented:
The forum you are posting this in is for an Apple software product called "Bootcamp". I think you will want to ask a moderator to move this to a more appropriate forum.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
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As a backup plan.....

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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
oops!  you're right!  Yikes!
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nickg5Commented:
strung said this:
The forum you are posting this in, is

for an Apple software product called "Bootcamp".

I think you will want to ask a moderator to move this to a more appropriate forum.

------------------------------------------------
......implying it was not an Apple software question.......(?)

if not, then my error, I apologize to the asker.
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Mike KlineCommented:
We have sent folks to the MCITP boot camp and the CISSP boot camps. Those that passed literally dedicated their entire one/two weeks to the camp/learning.

Meaning when they got out of class they want to their rooms and started studying practice questions the teacher game them and just studied/studied and as you guess it studied.

They were fried after the week but they passed.  I'd recommend taking a day off when you get back just to recharge.

Don't get discouraged if you fail one test just study and take it again.  

Did they send you any books or material already.  I'd start reading now if I were you.  

By the way those that went back after class and BS'd and went to dinner and didn't take it seriously...most of them did not make it.

Good Luck...it will be tough but when you are done you will join the MCITP EA ranks :)

Thanks
Mike
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:
I just had a quick look at your profile, and you do seem to have a fair amount of experience.

The MCITP course you've chosen will, initially, cover some mid-range areas, from AD installation / configuration, DNS, PKI, to Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Services, Application services (IIS).

The "Professional" part, the bit that extends beyond installation and basic design will take you into more of the design fundamentals for much of that.

I guess you've reviewed the course documentation in quite a lot of detail before committing to it?

There's a lot to go through, much of it will be new unless you've had experience in some pretty large companies (seeing things like PKI is rare in small businesses). How long does the training last? Boot camps are traditionally fast, not that I've been on one, I wouldn't be surprised if you found you had to study most nights after any training sessions.

Chris
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KCTSCommented:
I can't speak for the particular book camp in question, but many of the so called 'boot camps' have a rather dubious reputation. Some of these have been known to do little more than coach you in questions ripped from the MS exams an get you to memorize the answers with very little attention being paid to actually understanding what is going on.

The results of this type of approach has been shown to be the production of people who can pass the exam, but who are seriously lacking in the skills required in a real world environment.

Sorry to be negative, I hope you find your particular provider has a better approach.
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Mike KlineCommented:
agree with Chris,  when I talked about the teacher giving the guys "practice" exams that most times was brain dumps.

My advice is go and get the exam but don't let that be it.  Keep studying every day.

I have the MCTIP, AD MVP, etc....I still have to work hard every day. Learning never ends.

Chris will be getting his MVP tomorrow :)
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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
Experience wise, I owned an it consulting company for 25 years, but if I wasn't paid to know it, I don't know it. PKI? Never heard of it.

I have a CBT nuggets subscription and after going thru 70-640, I knew I needed more. Of course I know some of it but there was a lot I didn't know too.
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Mike KlineCommented:
Let us know how it went in a few weeks when you are done...good luck
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:
Good luck :)

Chris
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KarndeanCommented:
Hello,

Were you able to complete the EA? What were your thoughts on the program @ mntview?
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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
I did complete my MCITP-EA and more recently my EMA.  Mountain View is awesome!  They are a top rated organization and their boot camp was first class.  I'm already planning on a return trip.  Anything else I can help you with?
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KarndeanCommented:
No that covers it, thank you for responding. I am heading there this Sunday. A bit nervous of course but I feel that I will be okay.
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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
you're going for the EA class?
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KarndeanCommented:
I am going for the MCITP: SA, for my first intense type training course I figured the EA might be a little too much for me.

Taking these tests on my own in the past usually required about 2 months studying per test.
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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
Hhhmmm...well, not much diff in the EA and SA but that's just my opinion.  I'm sure there are plenty who will disagree.   It's pretty intense.  Class is about 8 to 12 hours per day with the lab being open 24 hrs.  More often than not, we had lunch brought to us in class and we worked through lunch.  James is a superb instructor and can spew information non-stop all day.  Be prepared to focus on nothing but class.  Don't allow for distractions.  Don't expect to pass everything.  I didn't.  Out of five tests, I failed four while there and then passed them all when I got back because Mountain View offers vouchers until you pass.

Anyway, it's fun.  Good luck
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KarndeanCommented:
Hello,

I just got back from the SA course and was able to pass all 3 of the tests while there. 2 failed, 2 including me passed.

I was right on target with not wanting to go the extra 6 days. I feel I 'could' have done it, but I did not want to put myself through that additional pressure.

Thanks again for the comments.
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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
Glad to hear it and congrats!
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Mike KlineCommented:
Nice job!!  Take a few days to recover now :)
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