The Full Metal Administrator: IT exam help


You’re not alone, I promise.
Most IT vendors these days have a range of certifications from the “operator” level exams all the way through to the “expert” level exams. Achieving certifications of various levels should have a direct impact on your employment opportunities and your pay packet.
Thankfully, most vendors’ exams are focussed more around the technical knowledge of a product rather than the intricate details of the product’s function. The good news? You get to build a test lab! This will help massively to prepare for the exam and hone your familiarity with the operations of the product to a razor sharp edge! That’s where I come in.
I am the #FullMetalAdministrator and as an experienced IT trainer and administrator, I have sat more exams than you’ve had hot dinners. The advantage to you? I know how to pass exams. The following is a pretty exhaustive list of all the certifications I’ve earned in my seventeen year career in IT.

  • ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management
  • VMware Certified Instructor
  • VMware Certified Professional 3
  • VMware Certified Professional 4
  • VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5
  • Vmware Sales Professional (VSP vSphere)
  • Vmware Technical Sales Professional (VTSP 4)
  • MCSA 2000
  • MCSE 2000
  • MCSA 2003
  • MCSE 2003
  • Microsoft® Certified Solutions Associate
  • Microsoft® Certified Technology Specialist
    • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    • Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
    • Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer
  • A+ Certified, Security+ Certified
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Do the math; THAT is a lot of exams.

    I love training and I am a massive evangelist for virtualisation and, in more recent times, Microsoft’s System Center suite. Some choose to use the word “fanboy”; I like evangelist. I especially enjoy the feeling I get knowing that I have helped someone further their career by getting skilled up. I am extremely fortunate to have found my niche and been given the chance to excel at it.
    Over the years I have compiled a number of tutorials on this blog and am also working on some super-secret-up-to-date-cutting-edge-so-new-the-paint-is-still-wet stuff.

    In the meantime, please have a look at the three part tutorial “Building a Windows 2008 testing environment”
    [TUTORIAL] Windows 2008 testing environment using Vmware Player part 1
    [TUTORIAL] Windows 2008 testing environment using Vmware Player part 2
    [TUTORIAL] Windows 2008 testing environment using Vmware Player part 3

    While you’re waiting, or looking around, I encourage you to sign-up to our handy, dandy mailing list so that I can let you know as soon as there’s something new to check out!

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    Bio: Adam is a System Center and virtualisation evangelist who works as a Technical Trainer at Dimension Data Learning Solutions ( He spends his time training system administrators and contemplating the cloud. He has been rained on more than once doing this. Opinions on this blog do not reflect the Corportate Opinions of any of Adam’s employers. He uses email and can be contacted via [email protected]