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Road to MCSE:SharePoint – Tips on Passing 70-412 Exam Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

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If you’ve been following the previous posts, then I’m sure you get the picture by now. I’m about to give you some tips on passing the final MCSA exam for Windows Server 2012. And that means you’re one exam away from gaining the full MCSA cert that you’ve been coveting. If you’re following my journey for gaining SharePoint MCSE, then you’ve still got two more exams after this one. If not, consider yourself lucky! It’s all downhill from here. The 70-412 exam is the culmination of everything you’ve learned in the previous two with a more advanced leaning, hence the name Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services. Personally, I felt much better about this exam than I did with 70-411 due to my disdain for advanced networking. And although my score was lower on 70-412 than the previous two, I still felt better about my knowledge of the content than 70-411.

Study Resources: The updated exam objectives PDF linked above does a really great job of listing out the overall topics you should be studying. In my two previous posts I listed some of the topics that I felt warranted further review. This time around, I think it’s best to review that PDF and watch the Pluralsight videos. There’s no sense in reinventing the wheel here. I will say though that I spent a lot of time on High Availability/Failover Clustering, Dynamic Access Control, VM movement, and ADFS. I’ll be honest, I was concerned […]

By |February 11th, 2014|Categories: Certifications, Microsoft, Technology, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Road to MCSE:SharePoint – Tips on Passing 70-411 Exam Administering Windows Server 2012

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If you haven’t done so already, read my introductory post (above) to this series on passing the 70-410 exam, as I’ll reference much of the same content.

After a brief hiatus in my quest to get MCSE: SharePoint knocked out, I’ve finally taken and passed the next exam 70-411, Administering Windows Server 2012. Although there is no requirement from Microsoft to take these exams in a specific order, it practically makes sense as the content gets progressively more advanced after 70-410. Before getting to some of the details, I’d like to start by saying that this exam was pretty difficult for me to prepare for. This exam is very heavy on the networking side of things. I am admittedly not a networking guru, nor do I particularly care to be one. I do feel better about my overall knowledge of advanced networking capabilities in Windows Server 2012, as it had been a very long time since I’ve brushed up on the subject. Regardless of my disdain, if you can barely contain your excitement when thinking about remote RADIUS server groups, then this is the exam for you!

Study Resources:

The below list comprises some of the hot topics that are worth focusing on. Again, this exam is much more difficult than 70-410. It’s really important to get deep on these subjects, because many of the questions do just that. Conversely, there were some questions that I felt could have easily been […]

By |December 6th, 2013|Categories: Certifications, Microsoft, Technology, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Help Typhoon #Haiyan Victims and #SharePoint MVPs & Experts Will Help You #rescueph

Reblogged from @meetdux

On Nov 8, 2013 , the deadliest typhoon ever recorded in history devastated the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan was stronger than hurricanes Katrina and Sandy combined. Countless lives have been lost and a lot of help is needed. It is estimated at least 10,000 people have perished.

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Help Typhoon #Haiyan Victims and We’ll Help You!

Between now and December 31, 2013. Anyone who donates $99 USD or more to a charity of your choice that will benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan and emails me  a proof of your donation, can secure a FREE one hour remote SharePoint consulting session ($99 = 1 hour session, $198 = two 1 hour sessions, etc) with any  of these global SharePoint MVPs & leading experts:

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Great way to support a worthy cause with a SharePoint spin.

By |November 12th, 2013|Categories: General|Tags: , |0 Comments

Road to MCSE:SharePoint – Tips on Passing 70-410 Exam Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

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Before I jump into the good stuff, allow me to provide some background info on why you’re reading this. I decided last year that I would go for MCSE: SharePoint (2013), as I’ve been completely bypassing Microsoft certifications for many years. Most IT Pros have similar reasons for avoiding the MS certs as I did, so I won’t bore you with the details. In short, more credence has been placed on 3rd party product/technology certifications in my industry, therefore I haven’t even really seriously considered an MS cert since I was taking the ancient MCSA 2000 courses! I have two reasons for pursuing the cert at this time. One, I’d like to help my employer maintain a silver or gold competency. Two, I’ve been working with and evangelizing on Microsoft SharePoint technology for many years, so why not just pass the exams? After all, I know all this stuff! Or do I?

If you’re familiar with Microsoft certifications, the aforementioned MCSE moniker should be pretty familiar to you. What may not be familiar, is that there is an MCSE certification specifically for SharePoint. This new certification is part of a larger effort by Microsoft to create more focused certifications based on core competencies. The new MCSE certifications are also a bit more simplified to understand, as the prerequisite is essentially the relevant MCSA certification. Before I go any further, it’s important to note that MCSE is no longer called […]

By |May 30th, 2013|Categories: Certifications, Microsoft, Technology, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |43 Comments

SharePoint Conference 2009 Session Recaps

While attending  SPC09 in Las Vegas last month, I had the pleasure of writing several session recaps for CMSWire.com. There was so much information about SharePoint 2010 to be ingested that I could barely keep up! I’ve finally had time to settle down to start pouring through some of the sessions I missed, so I hope to update the blog frequently with new information. In the meantime, please check out the three sessions that were published already.

A new post on records management in SharePoint 2010 will be posted shortly, so stay tuned!

New Product Review: Metalogix Selective Restore Manager Pro

I recently had the pleasure of using and reviewing a great product by Metalogix called the Selective Restore Manager Pro for SharePoint. As you may or may not know yet, I am also an editor over at SharePointReviews.com, so I try to churn out at least one in-depth “expert” review per month. I say expert in quotations, because I’m not necessarily claiming to be an expert with a certain level of authority. We simply have a user review and an expert review available on each product. User reviews can be done by anyone (except the vendor themselves), and it is very simple to login and rate a product or service. Expert reviews are submitted by authors who have more extensive SharePoint experience. They also are required to spend more time with a product so that they can give an accurate and detailed review of their experience.

The Selective Restore Manager Pro for SharePoint by Metalogix is a utility for SharePoint content restoration and comparison. It has a very easy-to-use interface, and within minutes you can restore documents, lists, sites or any other content within your SharePoint site collection. The product is lightweight, and it does not use a lot of resources to accomplish its tasks. A full audit trail is performed during each process making copy/restore functions more accessible to SharePoint farms with multiple admins.

With that said, please check out my review of the Selective Restore Manager Pro, and let me know what you think.

By |October 9th, 2009|Categories: Reviews, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments