How to get a Windows 10 exam for free!

Holly Dickson (of MS Learning) just posted a nice blog where you can read how to attend the upcoming Windows 10 exam for free! The only prerequisite is that you have earned the MCSA Windows 8 certification.

Earn your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification in Windows 8 between February 15, 2015, and May 31, 2015, and you’ll be eligible to take a Windows 10 exam (Exam 697) for free when it’s published later this year! The Windows 8 MCSA covers Windows 8.1, so you’ll be current and ready to move to Windows 10.

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Prove what you know. Earn your MCSA: Windows 8 certification by choosing one of the paths below:

Step 2: When the Windows 10 Exam 70-697 is available (expected in the second half of 2015), sign in to https://www.microsoft.com/learning and register for the exam for free.

 

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Look who’s back again….it’s the Second Shot!

It has been a while, but it’s back. If you’re attending (or planning to attend) an MCP exam between January 5th and May 31th, Microsoft is offering you a Second Shot…for free (if you happen to fail your first attempt).

With the full transition to Pearson VUE as Microsoft’s sole exam delivery provider this year, there’s a slight difference in the Second Shot process. Please note:

  • You must complete a Microsoft certification exam between January 5, 2015 and May 31, 2015. Simply go to the Microsoft Learning website, log in, and schedule your exam.
  • After your exam, log in to check your personal dashboard at the Microsoft Learning website to verify testing results. Please allow up to 24 hours for results to show up on the dashboard.
  • If you need a Second Shot, select “retake” for your exam within 30 days from your first take.
  • Please review the Pearson VUE testing center availability for your specific exam and then schedule your retake.
  • For complete terms and conditions of this offer, visit the Second Shot page on our website.

Good luck preparing for your next Microsoft Certification! When you pass an exam, don’t forget to add it to your LinkedIN Profile and add it to your CV. Ohw…and if you are on Xbox One, just like me, dress up and get the MCP shirt for your avatar.

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How to become a Microsoft Certified Azure Specialist

A few weeks ago Microsoft Learning announced a new exam with which you can show the world your knowledge of Microsoft Azure solutions.

At Microsoft Learning  you can find an overview of the technical knowledge which will be tested during the exam. In the (near) future a 5-day training will become available, which you can attend via a Learning Partner.

My co-worker, Bert Wolters, was looking for some more specific information and created a nice blogpost in Dutch on our corporate (Dutch) team blog. Together we collected the information for almost all of the exam subjects. If you’re looking for even more information or study material, please visit the Azure section on the Microsoft Virtual Academy.
In the exam there are six different parts:

  • Implementing Websites
  • Implementing Virtual Machines
  • Implementing Cloud Services
  • Implementing Storage
  • Implementing Azure Active Directory
  • Implementing Virtual Networks

Next you can read the six different subject with the appropriate links, we didn’t only use links to Microsoft resources….

image  Implement Websites

Deploy websites

  • Define Deployment Slots (Study material: link)
  • Roll Back Deployments (Study material: link)
  • Configure and Deploy Packages (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Deploy Web Jobs (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Schedule Web Jobs (Study material : link)

Configure websites

  • Configure App Settings (Study material : link1, link2)
  • Connection Strings (Study material : link1, link2)
  • Handlers (Studie materiaal : link)
  • Virtual Directories (Study material : link)
  • Configure Certificates (Study material : link1, link2, link3)
  • Custom Domains (Study material : link)
  • Traffic Manager (Study material : link1, link2, link3)
  • Configure SSL Bindings and Rutime Configurations (Study material : link)
  • Manage Websites by using Windows PowerShell and Xplat-CLI (Study material : link1, link2)

Configure Diagnostics, Monitoring and Analytics

  • Retrieve Diagnostics Data (Study material : link)
  • View Streaming Logs (Study material : link1, link2)
  • Configure Endpoint Monitoring (Study material : link1, link2)
  • Alerts (Study material : link)
  • Diagnostics (Study material : link)
  • Monitor Website Resources (Study material : link1, link2)

Configure Scale and Resilience

  • Configure Auto-Scale using built-in and Custom Schedules (Study material : link1, link2)
  • Configure by Metric (Study material : link)
  • Change the Size of an Instance (Study material : link1, link2, link3)

Manage Hosting Plans

  • Create Hosting Plans (Study material : link1, link2, link3)
  • Migrate Websites between Hosting Plans (Study material : link)
  • Create a Website within a Hosting Plan (Study material : link)

 

image Implement Virtual Machines

Deploy Workloads on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs)

  • Identify Supported Microsoft Workloads (Study material : link1, link2)
  • Deploy and Connect to a Linux VM (Study material : link)
  • Create VMs (Study material : link)

Implement Images and Disks

  • Create Specialized and Generalized Images for Windows and Linux (Study material : link)
  • Copy images between Storage Accounts and Subscriptions (Study material : link)
  • Upload VHDs (Study material : link1, link2, link3)

Perform Configuration Management

  • Automate Configuration Management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration and Custom Script Extensions (Study material : link1, link2, link3)
  • Enable Puppet and Chef Extensions (Study material : link)

Configure VM Networking

  • Settings Include Reserved IP Addresses (Study material : link1, link2)
  • Access Control List (ACL) (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Internal Name Resolution (Study material: link)
  • DNS at the cloud service level (Study material: link)
  • Load Balancing Endpoints (Study material: link1, link2)
  • HTTP and TCP health probes (Study material: link)
  • Public IP’s (Study material: link)
  • Firewall rules(Study material: link1, link2)
  • Direct Server Return (Study material: link1, link2

Configure VM resiliency

  • Scale up and scale down VM sizes (Nog geen Study material gevonden)
  • Auto-Scale (Study material: link1, link2, link3)

Design and implement VM storage

  • Configure disk caching (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Plan Storage Capacity  (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Configure operating system disk redundancy  (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Configure shared storage using Azure File service (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Replication (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Encrypt disks (Study material: link1, link2)

Monitor VMs

  • Configure endpoint monitoring (Study material: link)
  • alerts, No input
  • and diagnostics (Study material: link)

 

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What are Cloud Services (Study material: link)

Configure cloud services and roles

  • Configure instance count and size (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Operating system version and family (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Upgrade and fault domains (Study material: link1, link2)
  • ACLs (Study material: link)
  • Reserved IPs (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Network access rules (Study material: Niet gevonden)
  • Configure local storage (Study material: link)
  • Configure dedicated and co-located caching (Study material: link)
  • Local and cloud configurations (Study material: link)
  • Local disks (Study material: link)
  • Configure multiple websites (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Configure custom domains (Study material: link)

Deploy and manage cloud services

  • Upgrade a deployment (Study material: link)
  • VIP swap a deployment (Study material: link)
  • package a deployment (Study material: link)
  • modify configuration files (Study material: link1, link2)
  • perform in-place updates (Study material: link)
  • perform runtime configuration changes using the portal (Study material: Niet gevonden)
  • Scale a cloud service (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Create service bus namespaces and choose a tier (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Apply scalability targets (Study material: link)

Monitor cloud services

  • Monitor service bus queues, topics, relays, and notification hubs; configure diagnostics (Study material: link)

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  • Implement blobs and Azure files (Study material: link)
  • Read data (Study material: Niet gevonden)
  • Change data (Study material: Niet gevonden)
  • Set metadata on a container (Study material: Niet gevonden)
  • Use encryption (SSL) (Study material: Niet gevonden)
  • Perform an async blob copy (Study material: link)
  • Configure a Content Delivery Network (CDN) (Study material: link)
  • Implement storage for backup and disaster recovery (Study material: link)
  • Configure Azure Backup (Study material: link)
  • Define blob hierarchies; (Study material: Niet gevonden)
  • Configure custom domains (Study material: link)
  • Configure the Import and Export Service (Study material: link)

Manage access

  • Create and manage shared access signatures (Study material: link)
  • Use stored access policies (Study material: link);
  • Regenerate keys (Study material: link)

Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics

  • Configure retention policies and logging levels (Study material: Niet gevonden)

Implement SQL databases

  • Choose the appropriate database tier and performance level (Study material: link)
  • Configure point in time recovery and geo-replication (Study material: link)
  • Import and export data and schema (Study material: link)
  • Design a scaling strategy (Study material: Niet gevonden)

Implement recovery services

  • Create a backup vault (Study material: link)
  • Deploy a backup agent (Study material: Niet gevonden)
  • Back up and restore data (Study material: link)

 

 image Implement Microsoft Azure Active Directory

  • What is Azure Active Directory (Study material: link1, link2)

Integrate an Azure AD with existing directories

  • Implement DirSync (Study material: link)
  •  O365 integration (Study material: link)
  • Single sign-on with on-premises Windows Server 2012 R2 (Study material: link)
  • Add custom domains (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Monitor Azure AD (Study material: Niet gevonden)

Configure the Application Access Panel

  • Configure single sign-on with SaaS applications using federation and password based (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Add users and groups to applications (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Revoke access to SaaS applications (Study material: link1, link2);
  • Configure access (Study material: link1, link2)
  • Federation with Facebook and Google ID (Study material: link1, link2)

Integrate an app with Azure AD

  • Web apps (WS-federation) (Study material: link)
  • Desktop apps (OAuth) (Study material: link)
  • Graph API (Study material: link)

 

image Implement Virtual Networks

Configure a virtual network

  • Deploy a VM into a virtual network (Study material: link)
  • Deploy a cloud service into a virtual network (Study material: link)
  • Configure static IP’s (Study material: link)
  • Configure internal load balancing (Study material: link)
  • Design subnets (Study material: link)

Modify a network configuration

  • Modify a subnet (Study material: link)
  • Import and export a network configuration (Study material: link1, link2)

Design and implement a multi-site or hybrid network

  • Choose the appropriate solution between ExpressRoute, site-to-site, and point-to-site (Study material: link1, link2, link3)
  • Choose the appropriate gateway (Study material: link)
  • Identify supported devices and software VPN solutions (Study material: link1, link2, link3)
  • Identify networking prerequisites (Study material: link)
  • Configure regional virtual networks and multi-site virtual networks (Study material: link)

 

Disclaimer:

The services Microsoft offers with the Azure platform are changing and growing so rapidly, that we’re not sure that the information collected within this blog post will give you enough knowledge to pass the exam. We do think that this information will help you getting ready. If you combine that with a demo Azure subscription, so you can click around yourself, you should really be able to pass the exam.

Good luck.

When can we expect the results of the 70-688 exam?

UPDATE (January 17th) : The results have arrived!

Since it has been a while since I attended the Managing and Maintaining Windows 8 (71-688) exam, I was wondering when the results should become available. I tweeted @PrometricIT_Edu asking them when we could expect the results.

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Too bad their answer wasn’t the one I expected. The strange thing is that the exam period ran from October 17th – October 31th. 71-688 exam period If I add 8 weeks to the last date we could expect the results before (or around) December 26th. Prometric is talking about the end of Janury 2013, so that’s a month later results normally become available. When I check the exam details page at Microsoft.com, the exam will be published on January 18th, 2013. So when can we really expect the results? I’m not sure, but I will certainly ask my MS Learning contacts for a reaction. When I have the response, I will update this blog post.

It’s October 19th…..so where are the results?

Update (Oct. 22nd) : Spoke to Prometric Netherlands this morning. They told me we should not expect the results anywhere near the first half of November. When I asked how they came up with that information, they told me the beta exam ran until September 24/25. The results will be available 6-8 weeks after that date. I will contact MS Learning as soon as they are online and available. I spoke to my MS Learning contact later in the evening and she told me (that the results should be updated in the upcoming night).

Update (Oct. 23nd) : This morning I checked the Prometric website and the results were there. For what I hear that’s not the case for everybody, so please leave a comment if you don’s see the entire results yet (some see one or more exam still saying Tested).

On August 20th I blogged about the date that we should expect the results of the 70-413, 70-414, 70-415 and 70-416 (Windows Server 2012) exams. October 16th was the date the exams went ‘Live’, but sadly enough (not for the first time) the beta results are not available again on this date. That’s why I had contact with one of my contacts at MS Learning several times, during the last few days.

What I didn’t really understand that, in the past we always received the results of the beta exams before the exam went ‘Live’. For what I understand is that something Microsoft Learning is discussing internally, let’s hope when the next series of beta exams arrive the issues are solved and the beta results are available way before the exams go ‘Live’.

I also contacted Prometric via Twitter several times. On October 12th they  told me to expect the results somewhere mid-this week.

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Because it’s already October 19th in the entire world (in just two more hours the 19th is almost over everywhere except for the United States). They assured that the results would still become available on October 19th. Since their headquarter is located on the American East Coast, we can expect the results somewhere between now and October 20th 6:00 GMT…

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I agreed with my contact at MS Learning to let her know if the results were not available by Monday morning (October 22nd), so she can contact Prometric HQ and to make sure the results will be available ehh…FAST.

Please let me know if you received the results (or if it’s still saying ‘Tested’), so I know what to tell MS Learning on Monday morning.

Update : The 2nd Windows 8 exam (71-688) is not available anymore

Update (Oct 17th) : Around 14:00 (CET) today I read on Tweakers that all the beta-slots are filled up. I’m curious if, just like with the Windows 7 beta’s, MS Learning will open up some more slots for the peers who were sleeping at the time the mail was received.

I know…some of you (including me) are still waiting for the final results of the Windows Server 2012 exams, but MS Learning just sent out an invite for a new (Windows 8) beta exam : the 70-688 : Managing and maintaining Windows 8. Too bad the exam information page is not yet available, but they told me it will be online soon.

Note : To be clear…I do not share the promotional code with you. If you want to be invited, just create a SME (Subject Matter Expert) profile here.

I received the message below earlier today. So if you normally would get the invites and didn’t already receive it, check your spam folder!

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When you pass both the 687 and the 688 you’ll receive the MCSA Windows 8 Certification!

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Update : Are you MCSE Server/Desktop Infrastructure yet?

Update (Oct 12th) : It looks like the Prometric Candidate History pages are having some troubles showing anything, so no results today.
Update #2 (Oct 12th) : It looks like it is fixed, but not if you live in the Netherlands and the ISP ‘Ziggo’ (like me).
Update #3 (Oct 16th) : My contact at MSL told me we should expect the results somewhere before (or around) October 19th
Update #4 (Oct 19th) : Check my new blog post about the results of the four Windows Server 2012 exams!

We just have to wait a few more days before we know the answer to the question. Somewhere around October 16th the results of the four remaining Windows Server 2012 Beta’s should be available, at least if my sources were right. I think they the results could even be there a bit faster.

Earlier today I received a question from my good friend (and MVP) Elias Mereb, asking me if I already received any news about the results of the 70-413, 70-414, 70-415 and the 70-416. He received ‘proof’ that the results are starting to show on Prometric.com!

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I checked my status immediately, but (as always) they were al four still saying ‘Tested’. I certainly will start asking my contacts later today if the results should pop-up any moment, so we can start F5-ing on Prometric.com.

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Even if I pass all four of them, I still have to pass the 70-412, which I failed (sadly enough). I probably will attend the 412 somewhere later this (or next) month.

What about you? Do you see the results of (any of) the four exams yet? Please let me know in the comments!

Update (Oct 12th) : It looks like the Prometric Candidate History pages are having some troubles showing anything, so no results today.
Update #2 (Oct 12th) : It looks like it is fixed, but not if you live in the Netherlands and the ISP ‘Ziggo’ (like me).

We just have to wait a few more days before we know the answer to the question. Somewhere around October 16th the results of the four remaining Windows Server 2012 Beta’s should be available, at least if my sources were right. I think they the results could even be there a bit faster.

Earlier today I received a question from my good friend (and MVP) Elias Mereb, asking me if I already received any news about the results of the 70-413, 70-414, 70-415 and the 70-416. He received ‘proof’ that the results are starting to show on Prometric.com!

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I checked my status immediately, but (as always) they were al four still saying ‘Tested’. I certainly will start asking my contacts later today if the results should pop-up any moment, so we can start F5-ing on Prometric.com.

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Even if I pass all four of them, I still have to pass the 70-412, which I failed (sadly enough). I probably will attend the 412 somewhere later this (or next) month.

What about you? Do you see the results of (any of) the four exams yet? Please let me know in the comments!

We just have to wait a few more days before we know the answer to the question. Somewhere around October 16th the results of the four remaining Windows Server 2012 Beta’s should be available, at least if my sources were right. I think they the results could even be there a bit faster.

Earlier today I received a question from my good friend (and MVP) Elias Mereb, asking me if I already received any news about the results of the 70-413, 70-414, 70-415 and the 70-416. He received ‘proof’ that the results are starting to show on Prometric.com!

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I checked my status immediately, but (as always) they were al four still saying ‘Tested’. I certainly will start asking my contacts later today if the results should pop-up any moment, so we can start F5-ing on Prometric.com.

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Even if I pass all four of them, I still have to pass the 70-412, which I failed (sadly enough). I probably will attend the 412 somewhere later this (or next) month.

What about you? Do you see the results of (any of) the four exams yet? Please let me know in the comments!

UPDATE : The first Windows Server 2012 (and Windows 8) results appear on Prometric!

It has been some time since you could attend the Configuring Windows 8 (70-687), Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (70-410), Administering Windows Server 2012 (70-411) and the Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412), but the results are finally there. Although not all the results are yet visible at Prometric.

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I’ve seen Erik Bakker and Martijn Brant tweeting they passed the 70-410! The strange thing is, I already know I passed the 410 (and the 687), but the results are still not visible for me at the Prometric website. I did fail the 414, but I already rescheduled it for this Friday…so I could earn the MCSA Windows Server 2012 just before the weekend starts.

Just talked to my contact at MSLearning and she told me that all the results should be available in the next few hours (if everything goes the way it should, that’s one thing you never know for sure if Prometric is involved if you ask me).

So if you are still seeing Tested at one of the exams named above, please leave a comment! The results of the 70-413, 70-414, 70-415 and 70-416 are still about a month away, for know the schedule I blogged about earlier seems to be precise!

UPDATE (Sept 24th, 2012) : I finally received my score of the 687 and 410. This afternoon they were both still showing ‘Tested’, but just a few moments ago (when I checked it again after my MS Learning contact told me it should say ‘Passed’) it did indeed say ‘Passed’.

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Windows 8 & first three Windows Server 2012 Available at Prometric

Earlier today Guido tweeted about the availability of the Windows 8 and the (first three) Windows Server 2012. I checked…and indeed they are available, so start preparing for the exams so you’re able to pass the exams!

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This also means that we can start F5-ing on the Prometric website next monday, since the beta results should be available just after the general availability of exams. My contact at Microsoft Learning told me earlier that we should expect the results on September 17th. Please leave a comment if you don’t have the results by the end of next week (September 21st), so I could forward them to my friends over at Microsoft Learning.

MCSA Windows 7….getting ready for MCSA Windows 8 / Server 2012?

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Earlier today I received an e-mail from Microsoft telling me that I earned a new certification.

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Just like the MCSA Windows Server 2008 Certification it’s an another name for an ‘old’ certification, one of the two ‘MCITP Enterprise Desktop’ Windows 7 exams. With the MCSA Windows 7 Certification, I just can’t wait to add the two other MCSA certifications to my list : MCSA Windows 8 and MCSA Windows Server 2012, from which the results are expected next week! Or should we expect the Windows 8 and (first) Windows Server 2012 results somewhere this week…?

What do you think? Please leave your response in the comments…