I recently had a to take my MCSE renewal exam (70-980) and thought I’d give the Pearson Vue online proctored exam version a try rather than driving an hour each way to my nearest choice of low rate testing centres (think cheap nasty low cost slow white box computers, sometimes cramped cubicles, parking issues, date/time availability issues – yes I’ve had bad experiences of all of the above!). As an IT consultant time is nearly always in short supply and very limited testing centres offer testing on a Saturday. My reasons were numerous for trying the online delivery of the test:

  • Can book on the day for a start time up to 9PM
  • No travel time and cost
  • Luxury of taking it in my home study, set to a comfortable temperature and no other disruptions
  • Decent powered desktop computer
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    Using a self signed cert, if the CRL (Certificate revocation location) is not available the client cannot connect. This can be easily fixed with a registry key to disable checking of the certificate on the client:

    The fix – on the client, create a new registry key (DWORD) with value of 1:

    HKLM > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Services > SstpSvc > Parameters >

    Name: NoCertRevocationCheck
    Type: DWORD(32 Bit)
    Value: 1

    Error 0x80092013: The revocation function was unable to check revocation because the revocation server was offline

    I had to analyse a minidump file after a blues screen crash and using Windbg it kept complaining that the Windbg symbols were missing.  I read a few guides, but none contained the exact commands to run.  I didn’t want to download all the symbols – just use Microsoft’s proxy to pull down the relevant ones seemed like the best idea:

    !sym noisy
    !analyze -v

    The full error was: Either you specified an unqualified symbol, or your debugger *** *** doesn’t have full symbol information

    No version of SBS in the latest Server family range.  I guess with the push on Office365 this should have been obvious a while ago, but where does this leave small businesses who want to host an on premise email solution?

    If the customer has Software Assurance they will be granted 1 x Server 2012 Standard licence and 1 x Exchange 2010 Standard licence.

    So is this Microsoft dumping on the small customer? Perhaps, but also consider the IT landscape is changing.  Also of note is the inclusion of the ability to run 2 VMs included with the Standard edition.  There have been many times in the past when I have slated SBS, particularly when issues arise and you are dealing with products running against best practices, but I must admit the last revision SBS 2011 hasn’t been *too bad*.

    Some more reading: http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=13042

    Server 2012 Licensing