After passing the AZ-300 exam and being not too happy about the new exam experience, I liked this exam much better. Let me explain why.
This morning I passed the AZ-300 exam. To be honest, I was confident that I failed the exam. Especially because I ran out of time with only 80 – 90 %. In this blog post, I will explain you the good and the bad of this exam and the exam experience.
This year already started great for me by passing the AZ-102: Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition exam! This transition exam is based on content from the AZ-100 and AZ-101 exams. In this blog post, I will share some tips that really helped me passing the exam.
With Windows Servicing, Microsoft is forcing consumers and businesses to upgrade to a Windows 10 Build twice a year. Theoretically you could go for one build per year, but that forces you to upgrade to a new build within 6 months. Otherwise you will end up without support for the old build.
This introduces quite some issues within both SMBs and large organizations. Recently a friend asked me about a recent printer that stopped working. The printer was 2 months old and from a large vendor. I directly checked the build of the machine and yes, it was recently upgraded to the Fall Creators Update. The printer was identified as an “Unknown USB Device”. Updating the driver of the printer didn’t help. Luckily the Technical Support was responding quickly to help, but this means manual processing of orders for the next couple of weeks. Yes I can revert the machine back to the old build, but will that fix the issue or create more issues? And because it’s not a Windows 10 Enterprise machine, Microsoft will try to update the machine later on.
Frequent visitors of my blog may have noticed that the domain name of the blog has changed from jvrtech.net to jvr.cloud. You can still reach my blog on jvrtech.net, but within a couple of years, that redirect may disappear.
Most of my short nicknames or my full name aren’t available anymore on the TLDs like .com, .net or .org. When the .cloud TLD was introduced, I saw an opportunity to buy this very short domain name. Tech in a domain name tells people that it has something to do with technology which I like, but Cloud will hopefully do that too.
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Today I met Jeffrey Snover and had a lot of conversations with new IT Pro’s. That’s what I like about Ignite: connecting with Microsoft Experts and other IT Pro’s! Tonight is the Attendee Celebration at the Olympic Park. Tomorrow is the last day at Ignite and the conference will end at 14:00.
Below are the sessions I can recommend and followed today:
- Understand Credential Security by Paula Januszkiewicz
- If you can attend a session of Paula, always do it because she has interesting sessions about security.
- She will demo how cached credentials work and will show you how to get the users credentials with Classic Data Protection API.
- Paula will demo how to decrypt KeePass if you use Windows User Authentication with the Data Protection API.
- Paula will show you how to extract credentials from a Windows service. You need access to the registry for this hack.
- She will show you how you get access to the password in a SID-protected PFX certificate file and how to access Windows with smart card authentication turned on, without a smart card.
- ProTip from the session: know and limit your domain admins! Domain admins can also do tricks as other users from the domain.
- Conduct a successful pilot deployment of Microsoft Intune
- You’ll learn how to start a successful pilot and get tips from the field.
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Yes, a new day at the Microsoft Ignite conference! All the sessions are spread across 3 buildings (A, B, C) and I must say that this keeps you fit during the conference. On Monday, my iPhone showed me the following stats for the day:
18.8 kilometers is around 11.6 miles!
Today I really enjoyed the session with Jeffrey Snover and Don Jones about PowerShell. I don’t know if it was recorded and will be available later, but I can highly recommend it. In the afternoon I met Jason Helmick, which is a really great guy who learned me (with Jeffrey Snover) what PowerShell is and how it can be used. One of the greatest courses you can find on the internet today, is an MVA course with Jeffrey and Jason.