Studying successfully for a certification exam requires more than just attending a class or reading through a few books. You must also spend time with the software or hardware you’ll be tested on. Knowing where to find answers to questions is another big plus.

To address this need, the founders of MC MCSE have created TechTutorials, a vast collection of links to free IT resources that will help direct you to the answers you need when you need them. Wading through bad links in search of accurate, relevant, and helpful technical information has always been a source of frustration, but TechTutorials works to minimize dead links.

Better yet, the TechTutorials staff has created a number of its own tutorials that can help you prepare for IT certification exams. Take its Windows 2000 Server tutorial, for example. Available in HTML or print-friendly versions, the tutorial serves as an excellent cram guide that anyone preparing for the Win2K Server exam should review. It’s thorough, covering everything from system requirements and installation to optimization and tuning.

While TechTutorials directs readers to the MC MCSE Web site for news and tips specific to IT certification, a wide range of content on the TechTutorials site can help you prepare for and earn accreditation. Tutorials are available for a variety of topics, including:

  • Exchange Server
  • Hardware
  • Networking
  • Novell
  • Printing
  • Programming
  • Security
  • SQL Server
  • UNIX and Linux
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP

Each topic boasts numerous subcategories. For example, Windows XP includes 19 subcategories. Among them are:

  • Troubleshooting the Windows XP Professional Setup
  • Windows XP Remote Assistance
  • Domain Name System Overview

The site offers additional reference tools, such as a directory of file formats that defines even such obscure files as those with .KQP (Konica camera file) extensions, a collection of Web sites providing technical definitions, subscription-based technical support, and a jobs board powered by

The site’s graphic interface is straightforward and lacks flash, as can be seen when viewing the site’s highest-rated tutorials page, but it’s unlikely that TechTutorials’ visitors will complain. Finding accurate and helpful information is the goal of this directory-oriented Web site, and the design is effective. TechTutorials delivers where it counts with its custom tutorials. Links to resources and other sites are simply icing on the cake.

For those readers who don’t have time to visit the site regularly but who still want to keep current on new tutorials and certification news, TechTutorials offers two free newsletters. The first, published by TechTutorials, sends an e-mail announcing new tutorials or updates. The second, distributed by MC MCSE, supplies certification news and information.

Eckel’s take
Succeeding as an IT professional—and earning accreditation—is more easily achieved when you know how to find the answers you need. But figuring out where to look for answers to technical questions can prove maddening. Although Online forums and Web sites are two options, having a list of dependable sites that provide immediate answers is a tremendous advantage. TechTutorials has done a great job of creating a directory of live sites offering reliable IT information. But you may find that the most valuable resource TechTutorials has to offer is its own tutorials.