I intend to take the AZ-400 Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions as my next exam, but first I’ll need to study – so below is my list of resources to help prepare me for the exam:

Yesterday I sat the AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate exam and passed 🙂 I took it via the online proctored method to save going to an exam centre, and have a mixed feeling over this experience compared to previous ones.

The Good

  • I didn’t have to travel to an exam centre, as my local ones are all 45 minutes – 1 hour each way and parking is usually an issue.
  • I didn’t have to sit in an exam centre – these are usually in pretty run down locations, with ageing PCs, 4:3 screens still (!) on very old Dell PCs, and the heating / cooling is nearly always wrong, or another exam candidate is making noises, rocking the row of tables, etc
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This came out of the blue – Microsoft are to stop the TechNet subscription.  Like plenty of other IT professionals I rely heavily on Technet for building test environments at home in my lab to enable me to test certain configurations and scenarios without me having to do it on a live environment.  This is a very valuable feature to me which enables me to strengthen my knowledge in areas where I am weak as well as providing a good environment for me to learn new versions of software, etc.  “But use the fully featured eval” is the answer…. More »

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


Here it is – a free ebook from Microsoft introducting SQL Server 2012.  I’ve not read it yet but it looks interesting.  http://blogs.technet.com/b/uktechnet/archive/2012/03/28/free-e-book-introducing-sql-server-2012.aspx