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OSWP Progress

I will "attempt" to update this thread regularly, regarding my progress. We all may have our own definition of regularly. But, like I mentioned previously I really have a lot going on.

First day, Friday I received all of the links regarding downloading the necessary course materials. As stated in the SANS forum previously, I bought every single recommended device they suggested on the website. The wireless card for example gave me the most issues. It took me over a day attempting to find the drivers for my MacBook. Being that I am running the Sierra OS, no drivers existed. The latest drivers were for like 2 updates ago for the MacBook. This is in fact with me searching the manufactures website. I went against my golden rule of downloading non-trusted drivers from iffy sites and every workaround stated online...unsuccessfully. I went to websites I knew were totally bogus, just because I was gun-hoe on this OSWP training. I usually get a new OS installed at the Apple store twice a year, just because. I think it's about time to pay the apple store a little visit, plus it's free! I've tested various "anti-virus" solutions and I know for a fact I had anything you can think of "malicious" on a cd/thumb-drive and some caught some things and some things weren't caught (at all). Either way, a good clean installation never hurt anyone.

After sitting down on the couch I realized it was user error. Once I plugged in the wireless card and clicked on VM instead of my MacBook OS the device started to flash green lights. Silly me Silly me. It's alive!! I am going through the slides and doing every single command, not just reading them and moving on. I am also taking notes, every single command. So this may be the slowest OSWP training someone has ever done in the history of Offensive Security. Being that the Offensive Security Forum is a ghost town and it's really not that many replies/if any to any questions, I am not going to give many suggestions, if any. They seem to be frowned upon, so forgive me if I don't say anything beneficial. All I see is an AVI, certificaitons, and a name. You OS moderators aren't going to social engineer me into getting my (soon to be) cert revoked :cool:

I am more than half way through the document, I should be done considering I am taking my sweet time within the next 48hrs. I have not been through the videos but if the videos are the same exact commands as the docs I am skipping the videos. I am not a fan of doing the same thing two different ways. It's like you writing me a note to take out the trash and then tell me to take out the trash. You only have to tell me to do something one time, in one way. I haven't looked at the videos as said, but I'll just assume we are going over something new

I tried to study an hour before work and I didn't get very far. I moved an entire two pages...I guess I am a perfectionist. When I have to read I fly through the material. When I have to do commands I take my time, open up terminals, see what's going on in Wireshark and actually understand the material. Although the material isn't hard or not hard at all. Someone said it wasn't a walk in the park.....I am not saying it isn't a walk in the park, but it isn't far from it. I would not classify it as being hard. So far, I would suggest this material to anyone looking to gain some "security" knowledge. I wouldn't say it's going to get you into the Information Security Field though. It may just compliment something else on your resume.

My PM said he should know if I am approved for the 560 course next week. I think I have one more GIAC cert left and OSWP and I am going to take a break from certifications. I am going to shift to learning how to code. I don't need 500000 certs to get a job :lol:

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