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With the start of a new year, it is that time again to support the System Management Community, with that in mind I have made my yearly donation of $250 USD to MyITForum (MIF).
Why do I do it? Well as a past User Group leader for www.OWSUG.ca, I know how much it cost to host a small user group community. OWSUG is small in comparison to MIF! Our network traffic is nothing compared to what the MIF site gets. I’m will to bet that the network traffic to the MIF site in less than 12 hours, is the equivalent of what the www.OWSUG.ca gets in one year! I will also tell you that it cost more that $350 as year (USD) to host the www.OWSUG.ca site. Yes that is about $1 a day for a small user group site! I hate to see what MIF spends each month!
So, have you made a donation to your community yet? http://www.myitforum.com/donations/myITpaypal.asp
CTE Solutions, (Yes, the same training center that helps out with both the User & Study Groups) will donate $300,000 worth of training to recently laid off tech workers in Ottawa, equating to around 150 participants to be instructed over the coming summer months.
CTE Solutions was founded seven years ago during the depths of the last tech wreck, after its founders (yes, Kim was one of them! and so was Mia & Gerry, et al) were themselves laid off from a bankrupt firm – said late Monday that it will offer courses in various Microsoft and Java applications, among other areas, meant to increase the marketability of tech workers affected by the economic downturn.
Each class will hold up to 14 participants and will be held weekly throughout the summer, CTE said. Potential participants will need to show proof of previous full-time tech employment and are asked to apply online at http://www.makememarketable.ca/.
Examples of some of the course they are donating are:
- Microsoft SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007 (5 days)
- Configuring, Managing, and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 (5 days)
- Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Programming (5 days)
- Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database (5 days)
- Business Analysis Boot Camp (4 days)
- ITIL V3 Foundation Training and Certification (3.5 days)
- Java Programming Language (5 days)
And don’t forget to join the user group too!
This week I was introduced to a new drinking game.
In this game you take a drink each time you see Susan Ibach (from our friend at CTE Solutions) within this Video.
I Love Learning
Ok it is not really a drink game but it is a cool video. If you ever meet Susan ask her to tell you the story behind this video and how her boss (Mia) first saw it!
BTW I counted 9 times! How many times did you see her?
With the start of a new year, it is that time again to support the System Management Community, with that in mind I have made my yearly donation to MyITForum (MIF).
Why do I do it? Well as a User Group leader for www.OWSUG.ca, I know how much it cost to host a small user group community. OWSUG is extremely small compared to MIF! Our network traffic is nothing compared to what the MIF site gets. I’m will to bet that the network traffic to the MIF site in less than 12 hours, is the equivalent of what the www.OWSUG.ca gets in one year! I will also tell you that it cost more that $100 as year (USD) to host the www.OWSUG.ca site.
So, have you made a donation to your community yet? http://www.myitforum.com/donations/myITpaypal.asp
I was talking to another senior ConfigMgr guy today, who is thinking of updating his certification. We talked about what certification he should get to meet his goals. Anyway after reviewing my blog post about System Center Configuration Manager Enterprise Administrator, he said “Wow that is a lot of certs!”. I thought about and following the idea of MCSE and MCSA. Here is was I think that you need for a MCSA version and I think it should be called System Center Configuration Manager Administrator.
If a ConfigMgr Admin does not know about workstations then what are they doing working with ConfigMgr.
70-620 or CHAMP
In this day and age, OS Deployment is an important part of ConfigMgr as an Administrator you must know this.
70-635, 70-624 or 70-622
Just like workstations, ConfigMgr administrator must know about IIS, PKI, Networks, DHPC, DNS, etc.
one of 70-640, 70-642, 70-643
ConfigMgr exam of course
These gives a good base for a ConfigMgr administrator and will give you a good start on becoming an ConfigMgr Enterprise Administrator. So for this I would middle level certification, I have passed all of the requirements for this already.
OpsMgr Enterprise Admin
I still need 70-400. I am slowly working on it but holidays and work are getting in the way of me completing this exam. It is not going to help that I have just booked myself into a personal interest course for the next 7 weeks either! So I’m not sure when I will get this done.
ConfigMgr Enterprise Admin
I still need the Packaging exam and the Licensing exam to complete this high level title.
Does OpsMgr Enterprise Administrator also require an MCSA equivalent? If so what should the requirements be?
Do you meet the requirements for any of these certifications as I have laid them out? If so send me an email with your transcript sharing information.
Well today is 1st anniversary of me taking steps to upgrade my certifications to Windows 2003 / Windows 2008. As many of you know I have blog about my experiences with all the exams. So this blog post is designed to talk about a few things.
- Which exam I write and pass?
- Which certifications did I achieve?
- What exam tips can I give you?
Which exams did I write.
With the exception of one exam, I have passed all the exams below. The only one I have not passed yet is the 70-403 exam which is still in Beta and the results have not been released yet. (crossing finger)
- 70-647 MCITP: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator 07-Nov-08
- 70-403 MCTS: MS System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring 21-Oct-08
- 70-646 MCITP: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator 10-Oct-08
- 70-652 MCTS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring 24-Sep-08
- 70-649 MCTS: Upgrading MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 24-Sep-08
- 70-640 MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
- 70-642 MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
- 70-643 TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
- 70-298 Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network 01-Aug-08
- 70-624 MCTS: Deploying & Maintaining Vista & Client Office System 07 Desktop 06-Jun-08
- 70-294 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure 30-May-08
- 70-293 Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure 30-May-08
- 70-291 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure 04-Apr-08
- 70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment 08-Feb-08
- 70-431 SQL Server 2005 Implementation & Maintenance 22-Jan-08
- 70-622 Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians 03-Jan-08
- 70-620 Configuring Windows Vista Client 17-Dec-07
- 70-401 Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring 11-Dec-07
Yes that is 14 exams and one upgrade exam which counts are 3 exams. (17 exams)
Which certifications did I achieve?
- Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator Microsoft Windows Server 2003
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional Enterprise Administrator
- Microsoft Certified IT Server Administrator
- Microsoft Certified IT Enterprise Support Technician
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Windows Server Virtualization, Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Windows Server 2008 Active Directory: Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure: Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure: Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Business Desktop Deployment
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist SQL Server 2005
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Microsoft Windows Vista: Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Microsoft Windows Server 2003
- Microsoft Certified Trainer
Yes that is 14 different certifications!
What exam tips can I give you?
- Find a local User Group
- Find a Study Group or create one
- Buy your books online vs at a book store
- Book the exam in advance, this is a great motivator!
- There are NO trick questions on the exams! I could write entire blog post on this subject!
- Write a review of the exam. Like I did for 70-298
- Be proud of the exams you passed!
- Don’t use brain dumps, this only hurt you!
The last question that might be asked is what is next for me.
Well, I still plan to finish the exams outlined in my blog posts System Center Configuration Manager Enterprise Administrator and System Center Operation Manager Enterprise Administrator. Which are 70-400, 70-122 and a packaging exam. I’m starting to regret adding that one to the list, mostly because it is hard to find CBTs for that one. On top of those, I might pick up 70-432 (SQL 2008) and 70-635 (MDT). Yes, it is a never ending battle.
Why did I do this? The biggest reason was to put my money where my mouth was! I was preaching to other User Group members about you should get certified but I was not doing it myself! Plus I always feel that I learn something new while studying for each exam!
So what are you doing about becoming certified?
Make sure that you stop by the OWSUG Job forums. There have been 10 new posting within the last month with more that half of them for Microsoft!
Since I am really busy and can't write a study guide, I want to try something new for this exam, I created a WIKI page on MyITForum to help everyone review for this exam.
So let see what the community can do to prepare everyone for this exam.
· I have started by posting the Microsoft Preparation guide,
· Each topic item need to be expanded to provide details (with screenshots)
· New sub-topic need to be added to list locations of:
o VHD – to create test labs
o Virtual Server Software
o Review software – NO BRAIN DUMPS!!!! (Measure up and Transender)
o List of any KB or other MS links.
· Post the Beta exam code when it is available.
Get ready for a new Exam
About this Exam
This exam validates the skills necessary for IT professionals to create and maintain deployment infrastructures and images for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Office 2007
Candidates for this exam should have one year of on-the-job experience deploying Windows operating system or application images. Including creating and maintaining deployment infrastructures and images for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Office 2007. Candidates should have a minimum of one year of experience deploying Windows operating systems and applications and troubleshooting day-to-day issues that involve deployments and their related tools.
Candidates should be proficient with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008 or Microsoft Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 and have a basic understanding of a Windows-based network. In addition candidates should be familiar with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2008, DNS, DHCP, file sharing, and share security. Candidates should will have a basic understanding of the technologies underlying operating systems and applications being deployed, for example, Unattended Windows setup process, Windows Pre-Installation Environment (Windows PE), User State Migration Tool [USMT], System Center Configuration Manager [ConfigMgr 2007], and Application Compatibility Toolkit [ACT]).
Credit Toward Certification
When you pass Exam 70-635: TS: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008, Desktop Deployment, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):MCTS: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008, Desktop Deployment
Skills Being Measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.
Preparing a Deployment Infrastructure (20 percent)
- Prepare a deployment environment to meet the recommended system requirements.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: preparing the infrastructure servers to ensure that hardware requirements are met, ensuring that the network environment is functional
- Install and configure servers, roles, and products.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: installing and configuring Windows Server 2008, AD DS, DHCP Server, IIS 7.0, and ConfigMgr 2007
- Install and configure MDT.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: installing the Microsoft Development Toolkit, enabling Configuration Manager Console integration, configuring the Network Access Account, updating live data in Information Center
- Install and configure additional tools.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK), USMT, ACT, Windows Deployment Services (Windows DS)
Configuring Images, Applications, and Scripts (22 percent)
- Populate distribution shares.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: importing source files for operating systems, applications, service packs, language packs, drivers, and security updates
- Create driver groups.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: create an inventory of hardware and peripherals and their corresponding drivers, distinguish between in-box and out-of-box drivers
- Configure task sequences.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring Zero Touch Installation (ZTI) task sequences, configuring Lite Touch Installation (LTI) task sequences, adding server roles, distinguishing among task sequence templates
- Create and configure deployment points.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: creating and configuring lab deployment points, media deployment points, network deployment points, and Windows PE; configuring application lists, image captures, network shares, and product keys; editing rules, for example, customsettings.ini and bootstrap.ini; adding tools to a deployment point, for example, USMT
- Select an activation method.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: selecting Key Management Services (KMS) or Multiple Activation Key (MAK) as the most appropriate activation method
- Configure Office settings and components.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: placing the custom.xml file in a source directory, detecting file issues by using Office Migration and Planning Manager (OMPM), adding language packs, configuring Office applications in multiple language environments, configuring the Local Installation Source (LIS)
Building Custom Images (19 percent)
- Customize operating system images.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: customize Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista by using Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM) and processes, distinguish between online and offline customization tools and processes
- Install and configure Office 2007.
- This objective includes but is not limited to: create a network installation point, create application packages for Office 2007, configure Office applications to install automatically
- Install and configure other applications.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: installing Microsoft or third-party applications such as anti-virus software, VPN software, and backup software
- Capture images.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: capturing images by using SysPrep, ImageX, and Windows PE
- Localize images.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: importing language packs, changing regional settings, changing time zones
- Import custom images.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: importing custom images to Windows DS, importing custom images to MDT
- Conduct build verification tests (BVTs).
- This objective may include but is not limited to: testing deployment of operating systems packages or images, testing deployment of applications, testing installation of drivers, patches, anti-virus software, security updates, and service packs
Deploying to Production (21 percent)
- Select an MDT deployment method.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: selecting an appropriate deployment method (LTI or ZTI with System Center Configuration Manager)
- Select a deployment medium.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: selecting an appropriate deployment medium, for example, Windows DS, DVD, USB, and CD
- Deploy images by using the Using ZTI deployment method.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: creating packages, importing and advertising task sequences in ConfigMgr 2007
- Deploy Office 2007 with ConfigMgr 2007.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: creating an Office package and program for deployment, adding the package to a task sequence
Monitoring and Troubleshooting Deployments (18 percent)
- Locate and analyze logs.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: locating and analyzing BDD.log, SMSTS.log, and Panther logs
- Monitor deployment status by using the MDT Management Pack (MP) for System Center Operations Manager 2007.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: installing, configuring, and using the MP to monitor deployment success or failure
- Report deployment status by using System Center Configuration Manager Reporting.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: using reporting to create status reports on deployments
- Troubleshoot security configurations.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: troubleshooting the configuration of shares, accounts, permissions, security groups, and database connectivity