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Our recruitment process for a fresher include two parts: aptitude tests and personal interviews. Users have to log on to our testing platform -Zoho Challange. Zoho Challange was hosted on a Windows server. The candidates were all seated and going through the regular test preparation brief. Everything was supposed to go as planned. Boom, the server crashed and our teaching application went down with it. After all the pep talk about the productivity and efficiency, it was a real embarassment to go back and say that the server crashed and everyone had to wait till we resolved the situation.
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For some reason they have given a name to the platform; it is Zoho Challenge.
For some reason they have given a name to the Server; it is Boom.

I am not comfortable with the following sentence of the above.
The candidates were all seated and going through the regular test preparation brief.
Is it correct to write 'preparation brief''?
You can have a brief preparation. For me, to say test brief preparation brief sounds odd.

You could say 'brief test preparation'.
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Hi,

The writer means the noun 'briefing'.

See here. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/briefing

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The candidates were all seated and going through the regular test preparation briefing.

Clive
Thanks Clive

The writer has not written the word 'briefing'.

I know the word briefing very well.

For example, students receive briefing from teachers before exams.
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The following sentences are from the same article which I am reading for an examination. It is about so-called ITIL.

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Baseline configuration is a snapshot of CMDB. In every IT environment there are so many systems with different configurations, software, memory, processors and what not. When you have so many variables, you have to make sure that any change you make supports all versions. Otherwise, it is simply inviting trouble. IT managers have to plan and reduce the number of variables so that you have them under control.

You could standardize on a stable operating system and version of browser, and ensure that everyone is on the optimum configuration baseline.

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What is the meaning of 'what not' in the first sentence of the above?

For me, it is pure nonsense.

[CMDB]Configuration Management Database
a, b, c, d, e, and what not.
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a, b, c, d, e, and more things of that nature.
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a, b, c, d, e, and other things like these.
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a, b, c, d, e, and you name it -- that sort of thing.
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a, b, c, d, e, and who knows what else.
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a, b, c, d, e, and I don't know what else.
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a, b, c, d, e, and stuff like that.

CJ
Thanks CalifJim
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Hi,
RotterNot in dictionaies!
Whatnot . Emotion: wink
Thanks Tanit

It is whatnot. Not what not.

I looked at the words 'what not'.
I didn't even know that the preferred version was written as one word. Emotion: smile

CJ
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