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Get Microsoft exam 417 for free along with free training and second shot January 23, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in Microsoft Training, Windows 2012.
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As a MCSA in Windows  2008 the next step for myself is to upgrade first to the MCSA 2012 and then onto my MCSE in Server Infrastructure and also MCSE Desktop Infrastructure and also the MCSE in Private Cloud.

This means a lot of exams and they all start with the following.

Exam 417 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

Microsoft is doing an offer where we can get exam 417 for free along with free second shots as well. The offer works like this.

In order to get for example the MCSE Private Cloud, we have to sit exam 417,246 and 247. We pay for the 246 and 247, and the 417 is free.

For more details visit Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Upgrade Certifications

New VCP5-DV blueprint available now v2.2 January 22, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in VMware blogs, VMware Training.
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Being a VCI one of the things I always look out for is amendments and new versions of the exam blueprints.

With the advent of VMware vSphere 5.1, I always get asked the following question.

“Which version of the VMware ESXi operating system is the exam based?”

The answer is.

“Questions where the answer between v5.0 and v5.1 may be different have been replaced or modified so that they are version agnostic or in English, they will be version neutral.”

As always however, the first port of call should always be the exam blueprint when considering starting your studies

UK Northeast England VMUG Meeting 7th Feb 2013 January 15, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in VMware blogs, VMware Training.
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Are you a member of the VMware User Group (VMUG)?

The VMware User Group (VMUG) is an independent, global, customer-led organization, created to maximize members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.

If not then join at The VMware User Group Website

The next question.

Do you live in the Northeast of England and by this I mean Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland etc?

The UK NorthEast England VMware User Group are hosting a meeting on the 7th Feb 2013 12:30-17:00


Simpson Room, The Castle Gate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2JQ

For more information follow the link to the meeting flyer



My VMware VCAP5-DCA exam experience January 11, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in VCAP5-DCA, VMware Training.

I sat and passed my VMware VCAP5-DCA exam before Christmas.

I thought I’d write about my exam experience. I won’t be hinting at any questions however.

To start with the exam lasts 3 hours and 30 minutes, in my case I got 26 scenarios/tasks that I had to complete.

The exam itself is completely hands on, I was given a task and I had to use whatever method, whether that is the vSphere Client, vMA or PowerGUI to complete that task.

Now the task will contain multiple steps.

To help, you are provided with VMware documentation, I found this useful as I can’t remember command line off the top of my head.

My biggest problem was the time, I managed to finish the exam with 1 minute to go, however I was warned at the five minute interval.

I could go backwards and forwards through the task descriptions, just make sure that on the last task, you are completely sure that you have finished, because once you click finish, the exam is finished.

So how will you prepare? As a VMware VCI, I used the VMware recommended documentation.

I read the Exam Blueprint available from VMware’s certification website; this is probably the most important resource.

I then used the VMware Install, configure and Manage course and also the VMware Optimise and Scale course.

I also ensured I knew which document contained which information, and also that I had mountains of hands on experience.

Not to sound big headed or cocky, but I found that because I had prepared, that this is possibly the easiest VMware exam I’ve sat, I think that’s because I had to know what I was doing and know the product, but to be fair as a VCI I do these tasks weekly in both classroom and also real world.

Good luck to anyone sitting the exam.


2nd Shot exams from Microsoft January 11, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in Microsoft Training.
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I will be taking quite a few Microsoft exams in the next twelve months.

The upside will be lots of new qualifications; the downside is time and money to sit these exams.

The big worry is if I fail, I have to repay to re-sit my exam, or do I.

Microsoft have put a link on their website about 2nd Shot

Retake an exam for free and save 15% on certification packs

Prove that you have the knowledge and skills in the most current and specialized technologies and solutions by earning a Microsoft Certification. Passing the exams needed to demonstrate those skills can be tough, but for a limited time, you’ll get a free second chance to succeed.

For more information visit Microsoft’s website

Obviously we all want to pass first time, but it’s nice to know if it’s really required, then we can sit the exam again.

I have passed some exams January 11, 2013

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Over the last week, I have managed to sit and pass my VMware Certified Advanced Professional v5 (VCAP5-DCA) and also my Microsoft Technology Associate in Networking Fundamentals.

However this year will be quite busy, so watch this space.

Windows Server 2012 web based Hands on labs January 11, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in Microsoft Training, Windows 2012.
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At QA we run Windows Server 2012 courses

The advantage of sitting on one of our courses is that you have a machine available with labs that allow you to put the theory into practice. But once you leave the course then the lab environment is unavailable.

However, Microsoft do provide a free web based lab environment to allow you to continue your practical work and allow you to gain that valuable hands on that will help you to work towards your Windows 2012 certification.

Just visit Microsoft Technet Virtual Labs


Microsoft MTA certification January 4, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in Microsoft Training.
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Just before Christmas I received an email from Prometric and Microsoft inviting me to sit an exam.

These exams are based on Microsoft’s MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate)

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is a recommended entry point into IT certification and job preparation. Pass just one exam and you’ll earn a certification, taking your first step toward a career in technology. If you are just starting your IT career path or are looking to enhance your understanding of IT fundamentals, MTA will validate your core knowledge. MTA is an optional industry-recognized certification for those pursuing a career path in IT infrastructure, database design, or software development using Microsoft technologies.

In total there are twelve certifications. The link gives the exam numbers.

For more information about Microsoft MTA visit their certification website.



VMware Security Solutions Fundamentals January 4, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in VMware Training.
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Security is becoming more and more important and I regularly get asked questions about security guidelines for virtualisation.

Thankfully those wonderful people from VMware have produced a nice little 1 hour long supplemental course on security.



This free eLearning course provides the background information needed to work with the products included in the VMware Security Solution. The course begins with a review of basic security methodologies and how virtualization affects security.


References for follow-on reading are provided for students less familiar with these concepts.


Next, the course discusses the VMware security strategy.


Each product in the VMware Security Solution is introduced by discussing the limitations of traditional security controls and describing how the products in the solution address these limitations.


The course concludes with a list of relevant security and compliance online resources.


Visit VMware’s education website to register

VCAP5-DCD time to start revising January 4, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in VCAP5-DCD.
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Here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

I’m about to start revising for my VCAP5-DCD certification, and as a VCI I am going to use a variety of learning resources.

In this post however, I’m just going to cover the recommended courses from VMware.

To start with the DCD stands for Data Center Design. The VMware web page for this certification has a lot of useful information, which includes the most important bit of information, THE EXAM BLUEPRINT.

The certification outline is available from VMware

The requirement for this exam is to be already qualified as a VCP5-DV, once that has been achieved you will need to be authorised by VMware to book the VCAP5-DCD exam.

Recommended Courses

The first recommended course is the VMware vSphere: Design Workshop, this 3 day course is a classroom based course looking at design guidelines for vSphere.

The second recommended course is the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Design, this course is a self paced online course from VMware.

Once all revision is done, sit and hopefully pass exam.