Thank you BillV, Don and g00d_4sh for your welcomes back.
I haven't done any certs since March 2006 and so I doubt I can help with any cert info. I also don't use VMware at work (even though I have BackTrack4 on VMware Player installed on my laptop) and so I doubt that I could add any new info to the tutorial I wrote here a few years ago. I still hope that I can continue to contribute here with any other knowledge I may have which people might need.
g00d_4sh please note that I didn't get the job based solely on the CEH cert. I learned a great deal while studying for that cert and I still use MANY of the tools I learned about on a day to day basis at work.
The CEH cert gave me a foot in the door. The VP of my department was looking through the resumes of all the candidates that had passed the HR and technical interviews and he saw the CEH logo which I'd placed as a footer to my resume. He said to me that he was so consumed with curiosity about it that he couldn't resist inviting me to be interviewed by him. He wanted to know how a hacker could be both certified and ethical and also who in the world would want to certify a hacker. Once I had my foot in the door it was my own personal and technical skills that actually got me the job. Please tell this to your protege.
CEH, CCSA NG/AI, NNCSS, MCP, MCSA 2003
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