Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pass4sure 220-801 Question Answer

A customer has asked a technician to install a new USB printer that is supported by Windows 7. The PC is running Windows 7 Professional. Which of the following is the correct method to complete the installation?

A. Connect the new USB printer and power it on. Windows 7 will automatically detect and add the new printer.
B. Add the printer driver to the %SystemDir%\System32\Drivers folder, then connect and power on the printer.
C. Click Start >All Programs >Control Panel >Printers and Faxes >Right click on desired printer and select "install".
D. Configure the BIOS to boot from USB devices first. Connect and power on the printer. Boot the computer.

Answer: A

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 Training: Motherboards


Excerpt from: CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 LiveLessons (Video Training)

13+ Hours of Video Instruction

The brand-new CompTIA A+220-801 and 220-802 LiveLessons is the ultimate video training package for today's A+ candidate! Authors and instructors Beth Smith and Robin Graham offers more than 13 hours of expert, step-by-step video walkthroughs covering exam objectives for the CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 exams.

CompTIA A+220-801 and 220-802 LiveLessons is a perfect companion to classroom or book self-study preparation helping you to understand the concepts and better prepare for the newly introduced performance-based exam questions.

These LiveLessons cover CompTIA A+ topics such as firmware, hardware, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, printers, laptops, networking, security, and operational procedures in focused and concise videos so you can find specific topics and master them quickly.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

CompTIA Shares New CyberSecure Training Course With Premier Members Free Of Charge

Innovative Online Training Course Focuses on Cybersecurity Best Practices for Businesses CompTIA, the information technology (IT) industry association, announced recently that each of its premier members are eligible to receive 50 free seats for CompTIA CyberSecure, an innovative new training course on the cybersecurity best practices that are vital to protecting a business.

CompTIA CyberSecure is a self-paced, online course that builds cybersecurity awareness and knowledge throughout organizations– from the front desk receptionist to the company’s owner and top executives.
All CompTIA premier members are eligible to receive 50 free training seats for CompTIA CyberSecure as a benefit of their membership. Members can use the training for their own employees or share the course with current or prospective customers.

“Whether it’s keeping their customers safe or protecting their own data, devices and networks our members are on the front line of the cybersecurity battle,” says Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, industry relations, CompTIA.

“We’re equipping our Premier Members with the curriculum and training required to plug the biggest hole in an organization’s security readiness – employees’ behavior.”

Research from CompTIA and other sources consistently shows that employees are the biggest factor in workplace security breaches. This risk is only heightened as the workforce becomes more mobile, and more connected devices come into the workplace.

Yet according to a 2015 CompTIA-commissioned survey of 1,200 full-time U.S. workers 45 percent said they do not receive any form of cybersecurity training at work.

“The risks are too high and the threats too numerous for organizations to ignore the need for top to bottom security training,” says Kelly Ricker, senior vice president, events and education, CompTIA. “The lessons delivered with CompTIA CyberSecure are relevant to workers in any setting, whether it’s a small business, a mid-sized company or a large enterprise; in the public or private sector.”

Through video, animation and interactive scenarios CompTIA CyberSecure helps learners evaluate and reflect on their own security behaviors in real life situations. The training regimen educates them on the actions they should take to assure they are communicating and connecting securely in any setting.To learn more about CompTIA CyberSecure or to request a product demo, visit https://www.cybersecure.org/.

About CompTIA


The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners, 65,000-plus registered users and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit https://www.comptia.org/.

Monday, December 28, 2015

2016 Tech Forecast Cloudy With Cybersecurity And Shifting Business Models

Trade group CompTIA shares New Year’s insights from its IT distributor, partner and vendor advisory councils

Three major trends will define the technology environment of 2016, according to IT trade organization CompTIA: the expanding integration of cloud computing into business operations; a nationwide rise in cybersecurity standards; and a broad scale shake-out of the industry.

The predictions come from members of CompTIA’s three industry advisory councils, composed of executives and company officers from firms divided into distributor, partner and vendor categories.
On the whole, they say, the outlook is bright for businesses with strong cloud credentials, burly security and dynamic, adaptive approaches to company-client relationships. Those who have yet to embrace these shifts must do so quickly or else risk “becoming irrelevant.”

"Companies of all sizes will require expert resources that can help them develop and implement effective cloud solutions with flexible transaction models to overcome rising data center costs," said Sergio Farache, vice president, solutions and strategy, Avnet Technology Solutions. "The most successful players in the channel will adapt to this shift.”

Dina Moskowitz, CEO of SaaSMAX and member of the CompTIA Vendor Advisory Council, took her cloud observations a level deeper.

"Based on the momentum we're experiencing, I predict that a growing percentage of the VAR, MSP and agent channels will be adding more software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to their line card, including at least one security-related SaaS application," she said. "I also predict that more and more SaaS development companies, both IT and line of business focused, will be launching and embracing channel partner programs.”
As cloud-based assets proliferate, and in the wake of what has been deemed “The Year of Breaches,” by many observers, an enhanced focus on securing networks and protecting data will come as a shock to no one.

"The year 2016 will be the year of a lot more firing of CIOs and CSOs,” said Paul Cronin, senior vice president, Atrion and member of the CompTIA Partner Advisory Council. “This will be fueled by more cybersecurity attacks on business and negative headlines calling out companies for their inability to protect their data, employees and customers.”

Cronin suggested that more and more industries will move from internal security teams to external ones, outsourcing their asset protection to third parties.

"Consultants, integrators and vendors who can help the CIO design an all-encompassing security business strategy that addresses the concerns of corporate executives and engages the business units will find themselves in the right place at the right time," he said.

This shift will be only one of numerous changes that the advisory board members say will change the nature of IT business models and necessitate major transformation, particularly for channel companies.

“The days of being a 'trusted advisor' are fast fading away," said Lester Keizer, CEO, Business Continuity Technologies and member, CompTIA Partner Advisory Council. "Our clients today are demanding that we become 'business partners' to help them gain the competitive edge in the fast-changing digital world. Our technicians are becoming business analysts; our sales people are moving away from solution selling to insightful selling.”

Overall, said Jay McBain, co-founder, ChannelEyes and member, CompTIA Vendor Advisory Council, “fewer companies will fit the traditional reseller or solution provider label, as many have transformed (or born into) a recurring revenue business model around managed services, cloud, SaaS integrations, line-of-business and vertical specialists.”

"I predict that upwards of 80 percent of technology decisions will come from outside of the IT department and channel partners (and vendors) that understand the line of business software stack and have the integration skills will be big winners.”

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Pass4sure 220-801 Question Answer

A customer states their inkjet printer is not printing as clearly as it once did. The technician should FIRST perform which of the following functions to rectify this?


A. Replace ink packs
B. Calibrate the printer
C. Use a different type of paper
D. Replace the USB cable

Answer: B



A supervisor has asked a technician to share the multifunction device that is directly connected to a PC. The PC is running Windows XP Professional. Which of the following steps are valid options to allow the technician to complete this task?


A. Type "appwiz.cpl" at the run line and install the printer as a shared device.

B. Start >All Programs >Control Panel >Network Connections >Right click on desired printer and go to "Sharing". Select the option to share the printer and give it a share name.

C. Start >All Programs >Control Panel >Scanners and Cameras >Right click on desired device and go to "Sharing". Select the option to share the device and give it a share name.

D. Start >All Programs >Control Panel >Printers and Faxes >Right click on desired printer and go to "Sharing". Select the option to share the printer and give it a share name.

Answer: D

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CompTIA A+ Certification Video Course


Cloud Computing, Security and Business Makeovers will Dominate the IT Industry in 2016, CompTIA Advisory Council Members Predict

The year 2016 will see cloud computing rise to new heights, security readiness remain front and center and daunting choices for technology solution providers to alter their business or risk becoming irrelevant, according to members of industry advisory councils at CompTIA, the information technology (IT) industry trade association.

CompTIA asked members of its Distributor, Partner and Vendor advisory councils to share their insights about what's in store for the IT industry and IT channel in 2016. Cloud computing, security and business transformation among channel partners and solution providers dominate their 2016 expectations.

Cloud Ascending


New and expanded use of cloud computing will once again drive much of the business for channel companies next year.

"The year 2016 will be another big year in the 'main adoption phase' of cloud services, particularly cloud telecom and managed firewalls," says Cassandra Anderson, director, channel sales, Crexendo and member of the CompTIA Vendor Advisory Council.

That's good news for IT companies with strong cloud credentials, according to Sergio Farache, vice president, solutions and strategy, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas.

"Companies of all sizes will require expert resources that can help them develop and implement effective cloud solutions with flexible transaction models to overcome rising data center costs," Farache says. "The most successful players in the channel will adapt to this shift."

Dina Moskowitz, CEO, SaaSMAX and member of the CompTIA Examcollection 220-801  Vendor Advisory Council, also sees more channel engagement ahead.

"Based on the momentum we're experiencing, I predict that a growing percentage of the VAR, MSP and agent channels will be adding more software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications to their line card, including at least one security-related SaaS application," she says. "I also predict that more and more SaaS development companies, both IT and line of business focused, will be launching and embracing channel partner programs."

Security above All


Heightened emphasis on security considerations is also on the horizon for the New Year."The year 2016 will be the year of a lot more firing of CIOs and CSOs. This will be fueled by more cybersecurity attacks on business and negative headlines calling out companies for their inability to protect their data, employees and customers," predicts Paul Cronin, senior vice president, Atrion and member of the CompTIA Partner Advisory Council

The security challenges companies face should generate business opportunities for qualified channel companies, Cronin adds.

"Consultants, integrators and vendors who can help the CIO design an all-encompassing security business strategy that addresses the concerns of corporate executives and engages the business units will find themselves in the right place at the right time," he says.The small and medium size business market will also offer opportunities to help customers with their security readiness.

"Data security has become an overwhelming concern for business," Crexendo's Anderson says. "Even small businesses are feeling the pressure to become more security conscious, realizing they are actually a prime target."

"Small business need to leverage the security expertise of their providers," says Jon Whitlock, vice president, B2B and channel marketing, North America, Kaspersky Lab and member, CompTIA Vendor Advisory Council.

"We'll see more of the SMB market moving the management of security to a managed security service provider (MSSP)," Whitlock adds. "These MSSPs will be able to maintain sophisticated workflows and leverage many SMB customers to retain the talent necessary."

Getting Down to Business


Also high on the 2016 agenda will be the need for channel companies to re-evaluate and re-engineer their business models.

"The days of being a 'trusted advisor' are fast fading away," says Lester Keizer, CEO, Business Continuity Technologies and member, CompTIA Partner Advisory Council.

"Our clients today are demanding that we become 'business partners' to help them gain the competitive edge in the fast-changing digital world," Keizer continues. "Our technicians are becoming business analysts; our sales people are moving away from solution selling to insightful selling."

"Fewer companies will fit the traditional reseller or solution provider label, as many have transformed (or born into) a recurring revenue business model around managed services, cloud, SaaS integrations, line-of-business and vertical specialists," adds Jay McBain, co-founder, ChannelEyes and member, CompTIA Vendor Advisory Council.

"I predict that upwards of 80 percent of technology decisions will come from outside of the IT department and channel partners (and vendors) that understand the line of business software stack and have the integration skills will be big winners," McBain adds.

Jeff Ponts, executive vice president, CloudMSP, and member, CompTIA Distributor Advisory Council, also sees changes ahead for channel companies.

"I believe Integration-as-a-Service will grow significantly, because integrated multi-vendor solutions will be bundled as solution sets," Ponts says. "Examples would be hosted VOIP vendors integrating with Office 365, Wi-Fi with marketing analytics, POS vendors with accounting platforms, and simplified business intelligence wrapped into many front-line solutions like CRM/PRM/ERP.  I believe we will finally see vendor collaboration and integration, with the charge led by distribution."

CompTIA Advisory Councils provide strategic, near-term insight and thought leadership to CompTIA's administrative staff, 10 member communities, the Board of Directors and the IT industry as a whole. These strategic councils identify, discuss, debate and prioritize guidance on industry issues and challenges affecting specific channel players across the IT and telecom industries.