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…

We got a place of our own, come join us!

April 22, 2012


It’s a challenge. It’s a study group. It’s a bunch of IT professionals who are set on adding Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert to their credentials, and they’ll do it in 60 days!

Veronica Sopher (Microsoft Learning) wrote this about us:

Q: What is this group “60 Days to MCSE” all about?
A: This is a completely community powered group. Its members are IT professionals who have pledged to achieve the MCSE title in ~60 days. Microsoft Learning is providing this space in response to the community’s needs and request.

Q: Who started this group and why?
A: It’s all Michael Bender’s fault. Read this blog post on B2L and this post on his blogfor the story.

Q: Who else is in this group?
A: In additionl to IT professionals who participate in the challenge, Microsoft Learning (MSL) Community Manager Veronica Sopheris here to provide support and moderation. We will also invite Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) for advice and feedback.

Q: Can I join?
A: Yes, everyone who has set a goal to attain MCSE is welcome to join. The challenge is issued by the community, and its members will expect to see your plan and results, so be prepared to act and participate.

Q: How do I join?
A: It’s easy! (1) If you don’t have an account on Born to Learn (B2L) yet, use a Live ID to create one. (If you’re an MCP, use the same Live ID.). (2) Send a request to join this group. (3) Use and follow the hashtag #60days2MCSE on Twitter.

Q: What do I have to do?
A: Again, what you’re signing up for is a community challenge and a study group. Start by introducing yourself in this thread. Everyone will be setting a goal, committing to a timeline, mapping out a study plan and presenting it to the group, finding and sharing preparation materials, taking exams, providing encouragement and support to each other, and celebrating everyone’s certification achievements.

Q: Is it just for Private Cloud certification?
A: Not at all. This group began organically around MCSE for Private Cloud. Due to community interest, we’ve added Business Intelligence and Data Platform as well for the SQL Server 2012 portfolio. More titles will become available as new technologies and certifications are announced.

It’s a community challenge.
Up for it? Click to join!


April 16, 2012


60 Days to Microsoft Private Cloud Certification

This initiative to this challenge was made by my friend in the US Michael Bender, who I got to know via The Krewe. You can read more about The Krewe here and there and everywhere 😉
Follow @MichaelBender on twitter or on his blog I.T.’s all Geek to Mike!!!

If you want to follow his posts on this challange he also has got an article series going on on the Born 2 Learn blog , this is his first post, The 60-Day Private Cloud Certification Challenge…. The twitter hash tag for the challenge is #60days2MCSE if you want to follow the rest of us.

Recently Microsoft reinvented MCSE and made changes to the Certification program. As I am an IT-pro focusing on Cloud Technology I’m going to focus on that part.

MCSE Private Cloud consist of 5 exams.
First we have the 3 exams that builds the MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)
Windows Server 2008 :
  1. 70-640 – Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  2. 70-642 – Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  3. 70-646 – Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

Then you’ll need to add the two new System Center 2012 Exams, 70-246 and 70-247*

  1. 70-246 – Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  2. 70-247 – Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

* Until January 31, 2013, Exam 70-659 may be taken in place of 70-247 to count towards the Private Cloud certification

MCITP Server Administrator and Enterprise Administrators will be awarded the MCSA at the end of April and I know that some already has received the title. You might already be MCSA, check your transcript at the MCP site.
Enough said about the background now back to business

How I prepare for an exam

My study plan includes almost all of the exams and this will be a huge challenge since it’s been a while since I worked with some parts. I already have MCITP Virtualization Administrator so I can use 70-659 in place of 70-247. That leaves me with 70-640, 70-642, 70-646 and the new 70-246.

When I study for an exam I always use the skills measured tab on the Microsoft Learning site for the exam, that helps me to focus on the parts that are important for the test.  I think it’s important to narrow down the topics because the products are huge and they cover so many aspects. The goal is to pass the exam not to know every little bit and byte of the product. (There are other exams for that MCSM for instance). Here you can find Exam 70-640 Skills measured.
I copy the list to OneNote, and then add information covering that specific topic. At first there might be internet links, document cut outs or references to chapters in a book so that it looks something like this.


Bear in mind that this document will evolve during your study sessions so this is just an example of how it looked like a few days ago when I started.


Last year at Microsoft TechEd North America I won a 1000$ gift card from TrainSignal wich I used to get me the Windows Server 2008 MCITP Enterprise Administrator Training Package which includes Trancender Practice Exams and Trancender Virtual Labs. I will use the material for the 70-640 and 70-642 studies.

Now it’s time to get cracking, I got an exam study to complete.

C ya soon