The summer break is over, no sleep ‘til Christmas!

August 19, 2013

Autumn is approaching even if i try my hardest to resist the colder weather. I probably will use shorts until the first frost

I kick off with delivery of two Microsoft Private Cloud classes at Cornerstone in Stockholm.


I start with the Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 and then continue the following week with Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

The corresponding exams 70-246 and 70-247 adds to the MCSA on Windows Server to the MCSE Private Cloud.

It’s going to be great fun, so if you are interested hurry up and get your seat.


My Road to Certification

May 16, 2013

I have worked with Microsoft products for a long time and am kind of a late starter when it comes to Microsoft certifications. I’ve had Citrix and VMware certifications in my back pocket for some time but in 2010 I had the opportunity to attend a Microsoft Hyper-V class and I was on my way to retrieve my first Microsoft certification.

Read the article about my road to certification on the Microsoft Learning website Born To Learn.

Why not start studying for that exam you been thinking about.

Interesting times ahead.

January 25, 2013

There are a few conferences that are on my “which to attend list”. MMS in Las Vegas, TechEd North America in New Orleans, and TechEd Europe in Amsterdam if this information is correct.

Mr Bender has a new challenge in the makings and the Surface reaches the Scandinavian peninsula.

All this and it’s –19 C (-2 F) outside, Gotta love winter in Sweden.

Microsoft Management Summit



Microsoft TechEd North America



According to the stats provided by Scott Ladewig @Ladewig in his article TechEd Registration: Not Open, but Not Late the registration should open any day now 🙂
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Microsoft TechEd Europe

still no update on where and when but I guess there will be information available soon. Make sure to check the website for information and Join the Tech·Ed Europe mailing list to get information.

New adventure ahead

Last night I read a tweet by Michael Bender and there’s a new challenge coming up. 90 days to MCSA – Windows Server 2012

Make sure to follow @MichaelBender and the hash tag #90Days2MCSA so you dont miss out on the fun stuff to come.

In the meantime make sure to tune in on last years challange #60days2MCSE

Windows Surface RT available in Sweden starting February 14


Create a MCSA Windows Server 2012 study guide.

October 18, 2012


You can create your own study guide to help you prepare for an exam quite easy.

I will use the Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012, 70-417 exam as an example but it can easily be changed to any other exam or topic.

A nice feature of TechNet is the ability to Print Multiple Topics.


You can create a collection of articles in the TechNet Library and print them or save them as HTML or PDF files which comes in handy when studying.

Collect your information

Lets start with the first part of the Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012, Skills Measured.


Broken down and some search of the topics on TechNet the section could look like this:
Exam 70-410
Install and Configure Servers (25%)

Install Servers.

Creating the guide

Now lets use that information and create the first part of the MCSA Windows Server 2012 study guide.

The first topic is Plan for a server installation. Click the link above and a new window starts. In the upper right corner you’ll find teh icons for Preferences and Print/Export


Click the printer icon to get the option to select Print This Topic and Print Multiple Topics, select Print Multiple Topics.


The link redirects you to the Print/Export Multiple Topics – Help page where you get information on the feature.

Click Start to continue.


Click Add This Topic


Continue with the other 5 topics and the first collection is complete.

click Collection


In this view you can re-arrange and rename the content of the collection.

The result could look something like this.


In the the Export Your Collection field you can choose to export your collection as HTML or PDF


Now you can continue to add the topics into a larger one…

I’m currently in the middle of reading mine.

Hey wait a minute, got another great resouce to in cas you missed is. The Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs in case you need some time away from the theory.

See you around in binary space. 😉

MCSA Windows Server 2012

June 5, 2012

The release candidate for Windows Server 2012 became available 31:st of May and the learning path for MCSA Windows Server 2012 wasn’t far behind.
I found this really exciting news at the Born2Learn Blog in an article written by Veronica Sopher

Gear Up for Windows Server 2012 Training + Certification

And I’m really excited, there is a upgrade path for MCITP Virtualization Administrators.

There are two paths to achieve this new MCSA certification, upgrade your existing MCSA/MCITP or pass three exams.


MCSA Windows Server 2012 exams:
70-410 –
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
70-411 – Administering Windows Server 2012
70-412 – Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

The upgradeable certifications are:
MCSA: Windows Server 2008
MCITP: Virtualization Administrator
MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator
MCITP: Lync Server Administrator
MCITP: SharePoint Administrator
MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator

The additional exam 70-417 – Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 grants you the MCSA Windows Server 2012 and are a prerequisite for the MCSE Server Infrastructure and MCSE Desktop Infrastructure

What resources are available for us now?

Free e-book
A few days ago a free e-book was released
Introducing Windows Server 2012 which is based on the beta release of Windows Server 2012. 

Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform
There is a lot of information found regarding the new platform at the
Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform that will be useful in preparation for the exams.

Download the release candidate and start building your environment.
Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC)

Windows Server 2012 Jump Start
Leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach, Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Microsoft Partner Corey Hynes will walk you through their personal favorite feature sets while answering why and how each one will have a positive impact on improving your day-to-day IT environment. These accelerated, engaging and demo-heavy sessions are guaranteed to get you excited and ready to try them yourself.
Windows Server 2012: Preparing for the Datacenter Evolution



Now I really look forward to see the announcement for the new MCSE Private Cloud based on MCSA Windows Server 2012

My guess is something like this:

MCSA_AchievedStep + PrivCloudStep2 + PrivCloudStep3



Open your books and start preparing,
you know I do…

Microsoft Virtual Academy resources

May 21, 2012

Last night I decided to have a go at the resources found at the MVA, Microsoft Virtual Academy.


Currently there are a lot of resources there that helps you get started learning about Microsoft technologies. There are a lot of topics found there: Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Server System Center 2012, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Office 365, Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Hyper-V, VMware, VDI, Virtualization, Business Intelligence, Clustering, Security, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server “8”, Windows Client, SQL, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Phone

Why not start out with the Configuring and deploying Microsoft’s Private Cloud specialization course.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, do it now…

You know I do Ler

Exam Crams – Recorded Sessions

May 7, 2012

Veronica Sopher has added a tip for some some excellent content on the 60Days2MCSE study group page in the MCSE Private Cloud forum.

The post is about the Microsoft Certified Career Conference (MCCC) which they have held for three years now. In the post Veronica specifies how you can get access to the recordings and it is a lot of useful stuff. 

So if you are going for the MCSE or just want to prepare for another exam/exams this is a great source of preparation material.

Register and take advantage of the resources, you know I do!

MCSA Windows Server

Exam 70-640 Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
Exam 70-642 Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
Exam 70-646 Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

MCITP: Enterprise Administrator

Exam 70-680 Windows 7, Configuring
Exam 70-647 Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator


Note: MCTS on SQL Server 2008 can add 70-457 and 70-458 and be rewarded with MCSA SQL Server 2012 

Exam 70-432 Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
Exam 70-448 Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

MCPD on Microsoft SharePoint 2010

Exam 70-573 Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
Exam 70-576 Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7

Exam 70-680 Windows 7, Configuring
Exam 70-686 Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator

MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7

Exam 70-680 Windows 7, Configuring
Exam 70-685 Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator on Exchange 2010

Exam 70-662 Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
Exam 70 663 Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Part of the MCPD Web Developer

TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Exam 70-515 

Part of the MCITP Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2

TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
Exam 70-659

Part of the MCITP SharePoint Administrator 2010

PRO: SharePoint Administrator 2010
Exam 70-668 Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator