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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Source : BorntoLearn

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)

 

image Implement Cloud Services

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)

image Implement Storage

  • 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.

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!

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.

Microsoft Certification Renamed….again?

The last time Microsoft has changed the names of their certifications paths has been quite some time ago, but the MCITP and MCTS weren’t Cloudy enough. This is the reason Microsoft has announced some new certification paths : MCSA, MCSE and MCSM.

I see some of the more ‘senior’ IT Pro’s think….we already have those! That’s right…..back in the old days we could certify as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer! Where do the new abbreviations stand for?

At the moment the following ‘new’ certifications are available :

MCSA

MCSE

MCSM

The MCSM certification will be available for the next versions of Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, Active Directory, and SQL Server. The first two MCSM certifications will be for SQL Server 2012 tracks.

Compare the old and the new certifications…

 

20th Anniversary of Microsoft Certification20 jaar Microsoft Certificeringen

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This year it has been 20 years ago since the first Microsoft Certification became available. To celebrate this exiting achievement Microsoft has launched a special page on their Learning website on which you can help the next generation of Microsoft Certified Peers.

When you register for one of the seven qualifying exams Microsoft will donate an exam voucher to students around the world, giving them an opportunity at a better career and a better life.

So when you want to attend one of the following exams, receive a voucher code via this page. Use that voucher code to register your exam at Prometric (you still have to pay for your exam) to help an IT Pro/Developer/Student around the world :

 

Source : Microsoft Certification 20th Anniversary Homepageimage

Dit jaar is het 20 jaar geleden sinds het eerste Microsoft Certificerings examen beschikbaar kwam. Om dit heuglijke feit te vieren heeft Microsoft een speciale pagina gelanceerd op z’n Learning website waar je de Microsoft Certified generatie van de toekomst een handje kunt helpen.

Als je je registreert voor een van de zeven onderstaande examens doneert Microsoft een examen voucher aan een student ergens ter wereld zodat zij gratis de mogelijkheid krijgen om een Microsoft examen te halen.

Dus als je een van onderstaande examens gaat doen, haal dan eerst een voucher op via deze pagina. Het voucher wat je dan ontvangt (per e-mail) kun je gebruiken om je examen te boeken via Prometric (jij moet wel gewoon betalen voor je examen), zodat je een  IT Pro/Developer/Student ergens ter wereld aan een gratis examen helpt :

 

Bron : Microsoft Certification 20th Anniversary Homepage

71-669 : Win2k8 R2 Desktop Virtualization Beta Exam available on March 1st

A few days ago I already blogged that MS Learning would announce the last out of three new Virtualization exams. Next week, on Monday March 1st, the registration for the (beta) exam will open!

Registration old school
Until now the first possibility to register for an exam was at 12:00 am EST (6:00am CET), because the last time Prometric made a beta exam available there were ‘a few’ things that didn’t go that well! The beta exam code leaked to the internet several times which allowed everybody to register for the beta’s, instead of the people that were originally invited!

During the last beta exam, the 71-693, everybody in Europe was awake very early (the exam became available around 6am in Europe), but we were unable to register for the exam. Later that day MS Learning fixed the issues and the Europeans were able to register for the 71-693.

Registration 2010
This time everything is different. A couple of hours ago I received a ‘beta-exam’ notification which told me registration for the beta exam will open on March 1st (Next Monday that is!) at 9:00am EST (What time is this in my region?). The beta code will be e-mailed on March 1st at 9:00am EST, so let’s hope the e-mail system does what it has to do and everybody will receive the beta code in time!

Will this be the solution?
I think something has to change to give, at least the SME’s, a fair change to be the first to register for the exam. So if the new procedure works the way it should, this could be a proper solution to prevent the code to be posted on the web before the beta registration opens. And if something goes wrong the Prometric office at the Eastern part of the USA will be opened up so MS Learning peeps can contact them to fix the issues that may appear.

So, when is the registration for the 71-669 is available?

What : 71-669 : TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization
Time : 9:00am EST (What time is this in my region?)

At the moment it’s not known when you can attend the exam, but this will probably be part of the e-mail of March 1st!

UPDATE : Passed the first Windows 7 MCITP exam!

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When logging into the Prometric Candidate History pages I noticed that I passed the first Windows 7 MCITP exam. I’m not sure if passing this exam gives me a new credential. According to this page in the Microsoft Learning Catalog it should give me a new credential : Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7. But for now, it’s not showing (yet) on my transcript.  For now you still need pass the HDI exam to earn the MCITP Desktop Support Technician 7 credential, but according to this blogpost at the MSLearning blog things can change :-).

UPDATE : Just received an update from one of my sources over at Microsoft Learning. The results of the 71-686 are already at Prometric. Prometric is processing the results as-we-speak and they should pop up on your Prometric Candidate History within 2 weeks from now!

Windows 7 Learning Portal is live!

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Tjeerd Veninga (Microsoft) blogged about it on the Born to Learn blog. The Windows 7 Learning Portal is live…so let’s get prepared for the upcoming Windows 7 Exams!

Built on the foundation of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, Windows 7 is the desktop operating system you need as an IT professional to enhance your organization’s desktop environment. Windows 7 provides greater security and manageability for remote and local PCs, and improves the fundamentals of performance and reliability.

Become the Windows 7 expert in your company. Discover the wide variety of Microsoft training, books, and certifications that are available to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed

 

Did I already tell you that from tomorrow (April 27th) you can register for the 71-680 – TS Windows 7, Configuring?

MCTS : Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Beta

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I already receive a comment about it, but Trika posted the promotion code on her blog today. So everybody can schedule the 71-654 – TS: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring today.

About EBS: “Windows Essential Business Server 2008 combines software for management, messaging, and security features into one integrated server solution that will help customers increase the manageability and reliability of their IT systems, and boost businesses productivity and growth.”

This credential is designed for information technology (IT) professionals working in or consulting with medium sized businesses that use Windows Essentials Server 2008. A candidate for this exam should have at least one year of experience deploying, configuring, and managing network solutions in an environment with the following characteristics:

  • 75+ company network connections
  • Company networks with Internet connectivity
  • Individual users or user groups that connect to the company network from remote locations
  • Messaging (Internet, and Exchange)
  • Anti-spam

The promo code is “EBS08

The beta is initially scheduled from 7/22  to 8/12.

No prep guide yet.