CBT Nuggets https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:00:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 32757567 Tips from an IT Guy: 4 Ways to Get Quicker Support https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/tips-from-an-it-guy-4-ways-to-get-quicker-support/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/tips-from-an-it-guy-4-ways-to-get-quicker-support/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:00:43 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8918

You will inevitably have to write a ticket. In fact, I insist that you write a ticket. If you do not write a ticket, then you will not get done what you need to get done. However, the same goes for an improperly written ticket. Here’s what you need to know to write the perfect ticket. Thanks for contacting IT support.

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6 Types of Support Tickets You’ll See on the Help Desk https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/6-types-of-support-tickets-youll-see-on-the-help-desk/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/6-types-of-support-tickets-youll-see-on-the-help-desk/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:00:44 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8917

If you regularly use a ticketing system, you know that not all tickets are created equal. Some are long. Others are short. A few leave you scratching your head. And every so often “the Unicorn” appears in your queue: The perfect ticket.

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This Week: Home Lab Challenge Week https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/this-week-home-lab-challenge-week/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/this-week-home-lab-challenge-week/#respond Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:00:03 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8881

This week, we explored the home labs you need to get the (virtual or physical) hands-on experience you need to truly elevate your training and IT career. We provided tips and tricks and even guided you through a little home shopping, IT pro style.

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Your Guide to Buying the Best Home Lab Gear https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/your-guide-to-buying-the-best-home-lab-gear/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/your-guide-to-buying-the-best-home-lab-gear/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:00:35 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8880

We may not have rotating stages filled with items priced to sell, but we do offer some guidance on where you can buy the gear you want and need to build a home lab all your buddies in IT will drool over. Knowing is half the battle. So, get in the know!

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Designing Your Microsoft Home Lab https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07https://blog.cbtnuggets.com/designing-your-microsoft-home-lab/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07https://blog.cbtnuggets.com/designing-your-microsoft-home-lab/#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:00:54 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8879

Master Microsoft products and technologies in your very own home lab! Delve into the tips, tricks, and gear you need to design a Microsoft home lab that will help you hone your skills and advance your IT career.

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Constructing Your VMware Home Lab https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/constructing-your-vmware-home-lab/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/constructing-your-vmware-home-lab/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:00:27 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8878

Ah, the world of virtualization. It’s a fun place to dabble, but be sure you’re not dabbling in your live production environment! This is your chance to get some tips for putting together a VMware home lab that will help you develop the skills you need to move your IT career forward.

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What’s Better: Home Labs or Virtual Labs? https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/whats-better-home-lab-or-virtual-lab/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/whats-better-home-lab-or-virtual-lab/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:00:19 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8877

What’s better: A home lab or a virtual lab? We dig into the pros and cons of the home labs and virtual labs IT pros use to enhance their skills, practice what they learn, and prepare for certification exams. Weigh in on the debate about this valuable IT experience!

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7 Benefits of Finding an IT Career Coach https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/7-benefits-of-finding-an-it-career-coach/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/7-benefits-of-finding-an-it-career-coach/#comments Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:00:16 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8876

Figuring out what’s next in your IT career can seem daunting. But there are always plenty of people around you who can help you work through the pros and cons of career options, preparations, and experiences you need to move forward. Finding a career mentor or coach is a brilliant strategy to take a step in the right direction. Explore the seven benefits of tapping into others’ experience and expertise to help you grow.

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Building Your Cisco Home Lab https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/building-your-cisco-home-lab/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/building-your-cisco-home-lab/#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:00:36 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8875

There’s no substitute for hands-on experience in the world of IT. As you’re looking to advance your IT career, it’s always a good idea to have a home lab where you can practice your skills, break things (and figure out how to fix them!), and even prepare for your certification success along the way. Explore these step-by-step instructions for building your Cisco home lab.

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The Westeros World of IT Vendors https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/the-westeros-world-of-it-vendors/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/the-westeros-world-of-it-vendors/#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:00:01 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8885

Take a closer look at the heralds of a handful of companies who have fought for your business. These technological kingdoms have veritable armies behind them, marching their way into your infrastructure. And you are both their masters and their thralls. Here’s how we envision the IT vendors if they were Game of Thrones Westeros Houses.

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Programming Languages: ‘Game of Thrones’-Style https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/programming-languages-game-of-thrones-style/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/programming-languages-game-of-thrones-style/#respond Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:00:58 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8882

We here at CBT Nuggets are excited for the newest and final season premiere of Game of Thrones on July 16. Winter is coming, and we could not be any more ready for it. We sat down with CBT Nuggets trainer Ben Finkel and asked him how GoT connects to the world of programming.

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This Week: How to Make Your IT Resume Stand Out in the Pile https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/this-week-how-to-make-your-it-resume-stand-out-in-the-pile/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/this-week-how-to-make-your-it-resume-stand-out-in-the-pile/#respond Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:00:10 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8842

This week, we took at look at how people in several common and in-demand IT roles can boost their resumes, from learning new skills, to earning certification, to adopting new approaches. Oh, and we also reexamined everybody’s favorite IT debate. We like to keep things edgy around here.

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Who Gets Hired: IT Generalists or IT Specialists? https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/who-gets-hired-it-generalists-or-it-specialists/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/who-gets-hired-it-generalists-or-it-specialists/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:00:38 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8841

It’s one of the timeless debates in IT circles: Should you learn as many skills as you can? Or should you hone in on and specialize in one area? With the help of our trainers, we wade into the debate and determine which approach is more likely to get you hired!

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How IT Managers Should Play Up Leadership Skills on Their Resumes https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/how-it-managers-should-play-up-leadership-skills-on-their-resumes/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/how-it-managers-should-play-up-leadership-skills-on-their-resumes/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:00:02 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8840

What defines a good manager? There are a lot of things, but the most important one is leadership skills. It’s easy to list certifications and technologies you’ve earned or mastered on a resume. But how do you illustrate your leadership abilities? Explore ways to play up those skills on paper.

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Strong to Stellar: 3 Ways To Strengthen a SysAdmin Resume https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/strong-to-stellar-3-ways-to-strengthen-a-sysadmin-resume/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/strong-to-stellar-3-ways-to-strengthen-a-sysadmin-resume/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:00:29 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8838

You’re a great SysAdmin. Everybody from the CEO to members of the sales team appreciates what you do, which often overlaps with other IT roles and responsibilities. So, how can you best highlight your primary skills? Learn three tips for boosting your SysAdmin resume.

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Enhance Your IT Security Resume in 7 Steps https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/enhance-your-it-security-resume-in-7-steps/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/enhance-your-it-security-resume-in-7-steps/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:00:46 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8837

There has never been a better time to be an IT security pro. Your skills are needed by essentially any organization. But how do you stand out in a field that’s likely to be pretty crowded? We share seven ways you can make your IT security resume even more stellar.

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5 Ways to Boost Your IT Networking Resume https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/5-ways-to-boost-your-it-networking-resume/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/5-ways-to-boost-your-it-networking-resume/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:00:10 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8836

You’ve done everything to plan so far. You learned the skills, earned the certs, and landed the jobs you need to establish yourself as a bonafide IT networking pro. But where do you go from here? We share several tips to help you keep your skill set growing and your resume sharp!

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This Week: Civil Service: The Good, the Bad, and the Unbelievable https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/this-week-civil-service-the-good-the-bad-and-the-unbelievable/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/this-week-civil-service-the-good-the-bad-and-the-unbelievable/#respond Sat, 08 Jul 2017 11:00:46 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8812

This week, we wrote in depth about the relationship between civil service and IT (that is, government jobs). In addition to discussing tips for applying to federal jobs, we also dispelled common myths about the role of IT in government and shared advice about transitioning from military service to civilian IT roles.

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6 Greatest Wins in Government IT https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/6-greatest-wins-in-government-it/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/6-greatest-wins-in-government-it/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:00:50 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8811

The U.S. government has supported the fundamental research that brought us such technological leaps as the internet itself — thank you, DARPA. They’ve had some failures along the way, but no one tends to notice when you’re keeping the lights on every day. Take a journey with us through the dazzling peaks U.S. government IT.

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Green to Grey: Guide to Your First Civilian Job https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/green-to-grey-guide-to-your-first-civilian-job/ https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/07/green-to-grey-guide-to-your-first-civilian-job/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:00:44 +0000 https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/?p=8810

About to make a move from the military to the civilian world of IT? We share five tips to help you prepare for a successful transition, many of which allow you to fall back on your military training and experience!

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