Podcast Alert! The New Security+ Exam is Here!

October 29, 2017 at 3:03 pm


PODCAST ALERT! There is a new CompTIA Security+ exam in town!


Get details in this podcast! #CyberSecurity #comptia

Ports and Protocols for Network+ N10-007

October 22, 2017 at 5:23 pm

As you know, in the Network+ exam (N10-007), you will need to demonstrate your knowledge of important protocols at use in the network. You should also be aware of the Transport layer protocols in use by these network services, as well as the specific port number used. This handle table will help you. And check out this blog for great practice questions in this area. Be sure to click the READ MORE link – this list does not end with IMAP 🙂

  • DHCP
    Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol: Dynamically assigns IP address information (for example, IP address, subnet mask, DNS server’s IP address, and default gateway’s IP address) to a network device
    UDP 67, 68
  • DNS
    Domain Name System: Resolves domain names to corresponding IP addresses
    TCP 53
    UDP 53
  • FTP
    File Transfer Protocol: Transfers files with a remote host (typically requires authentication of user credentials)
    TCP 20 and 21
  • H.323
    A signaling protocol that provides multimedia communications over a network
    TCP 1720
  • HTTP
    Hypertext Transfer Protocol: Retrieves content from a web server
    TCP 80
    Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure: Used to securely retrieve content from a web server
    TCP 443
  • IMAP
    Internet Message Access Protocol: Retrieves email from an email server
    TCP 143

An Introduction to S3 in AWS

October 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm


Most consider the “main” storage facility of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to be S3 (the Simple Storage Service). This is very flexible object-based storage in the cloud. Companies can use this for a wide variety of purposes and only pay for that amount of storage that they truly need.

S3 marks one of the original AWS services, so it is no surprise that it can integrate with almost any other service in the public cloud.

The use cases for S3 are almost endless and could include:

  • Static web site hosting
  • Backups
  • Archives
  • Media distribution
  • Disaster recovery
  • Cloud application storage

S3 supports storage classes to better serve the wide variety of use cases that might arise. Lifecycle management policies exist to help automate the migration of data between storage classes. The S3 storage classes include:

  • Amazon S3 Standard – a class for frequently accessed data; because it delivers low latency and high throughput, Standard is targeted for a wide variety of use cases including cloud applications, dynamic websites, content distribution, mobile and gaming applications, and big data analytics
  • Amazon S3 Standard – Infrequent Access – a class for data that is accessed less frequently, but requires rapid access when needed; Standard – IA offers the high durability, throughput, and low latency of Amazon S3 Standard, with a low per GB storage price and per GB retrieval fee; this combination of low cost and high performance make Standard – IA targeted for long-term storage, backups, and as a data store for disaster recovery
  • Glacier – Archive – this class is designed for the archiving of data

To keep data secure, AWS supports a rich set of permissions, encryption, and access control mechanisms.
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The New Cloud Essentials Course at CBT Nuggets!

October 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Cloud Essentials

I have uploaded the last Nuggets and Quizzes for CompTIA’s Cloud Essentials course at cbtnuggets.com, and we will publish it to our site shortly for our learners. This course is a specialty Certification from CompTIA and prepares learners to understand Cloud fundamentals and describe potential risks and rewards associated with Cloud technology adoption. This video collection is a perfect first course for those interested in learning one of the hottest topics in modern IT. The course consists of 22 Nuggets and even provides learners with the ability to practice Cloud virtualization in a Hands-on Lab! Should you have any questions at all let me know in the comments area below this blog post.

The course is complete and can be found here! 

Here are the 22 Nuggets of goodness that make up this new course:

  1. Introducing Cloud Essentials
  2. Cloud Computing Defined
  3. Virtualization and the Cloud
  4. Hands-on Lab: Microsoft Hyper-V
  5. Early Examples of Cloud
  6. Is the Cloud for your Company?
  7. “As A Service” Models (XaaS)
  8. Could vs. Outsourcing
  9. Business Characteristics of Cloud
  10. Private vs. Public Cloud
  11. Deploying the Cloud
  12. Challenges and Risks
  13. The Cloud and Applications
  14. Successful Deployment Steps
  15. Cloud Vendors
  16. Organizational Requirements
  17. Migrating Applications
  18. Impact to IT
  19. ITIL and the Cloud
  20. Compliance
  21. Direct Costs and Costs Allocations
  22. Maintaining Strategic Flexibility

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What’s New and What’s Coming from CBT Nuggets

October 3, 2017 at 10:53 pm

CBT Nuggets

We are always creating new content for you here at CBT Nuggets. Here is your October News Flash with the details! In an act of shameless self-promotion, I listed my courses in BOLD. What would you like to see from CBT Nuggets? Let me know in the comments area below this post.


  • Ansible Essentials
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate
  • CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501)
  • Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 (Exam 70-740)
  • IT Expertise: Building and Configuring a Business Switch Network
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Salesforce Admin – Classic Interface
  • Soft Skills for ScrumMasters
  • VMware vSphere 6.5 (VCP6.5-DCV)
  • Windows 10 End User Essentials


  • End User Security Awareness
  • Designing and Operating Defensible Network Architectures
  • Agile Essentials
  • IT Expertise: Building and Configuring a Business Wireless Network
  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials (CLO-001)
  • Microsoft MCSA SQL Server 2016 70-761
  • Everything Linux
  • Microsoft Azure 70-533 with ARM Updates