Archive for July, 2013:

Telecommuting from paradise

With the right boss and the right broadband, these tech workers relocated to paradise destinations

Nine years ago, Francie Tanner was working at a technology consulting company in Dallas when she received an email that began, “Dear Sir or Madam, I manage a bank in the country of Anguilla…”

She hit “delete.”

“I knew there was no such country as Anguilla,” she says.

Eventually, the mix-up was straightened out, and Tanner was on a plane to Anguilla – which turns out to be a British territory in the Caribbean – to spend 10 days in a “concrete bunker” helping the bank set up a small hosting center.

“There was no beach time, nothing,” she says. Well, there was one thing. When she arrived at the island, she had an overwhelming sensation of belonging, she says.

“Which made no sense,” she adds. “I had lived in Texas for 14 years by that time, with a house, four kids, and a job in Dallas.” And she was originally from Switzerland. There was nothing in her background to indicate an affinity for tropical islands.

“So I did what any sane human being would do,” she says. “Which is nothing. And I went back home.”

Four months later, she was sent back to Anguilla to help the bank set up a Blackberry server. And the feeling was still there.

Two months later, she sold her house, her car, packed up all her belongings, her kids and their stay-at-home dad, and moved to Anguilla.

Why the rush?

“If you actually think these things through, and look at the details, objectively, you’re going to talk yourself out of it,” she says. “There’s no way you’re going to do it.”

And there were a lot of details. She hadn’t seen the house where she was going to live. Didn’t know if there was a school for her kids. Didn’t know that there was no water system, half the roads weren’t paved, electricity was unreliable, and medical care was dicey. “But if human beings are put in a situation where they don’t have a choice, amazing things can happen,” she says.

Luckily, when it came to the Internet, Anguilla was a late adopter, so the infrastructure was new and very good. Tanner got 4Mbps download speed when she first moved to Anguilla, and the connectivity has continued to improve since then.

“If that wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t have been able to do this,” she says.

Her boss was supportive and, for the first nine months, she continued to telecommute to her old job. Then there was a change of management, and she became an independent consultant until she was hired by Panagenda four years ago. Austria-based Panagenda offers enterprise software that provides monitoring, upgrade and management capabilities for IBM Connections, Lotus Notes and Sametime.

Today, Tanner travels about once a month to speak at IBM conferences and the rest of the time works remotely.

“We at Panagenda are huge believers in telecommuting as it allows us to hire the highest quality people, without requiring relocation,” says Panagenda CEO Florian Vogler.

The company uses IBM Notes 9, IBM Connect, Jira, Skype and GoToMeeting as its main collaboration tools, he says. The company also holds twice yearly in-person meetings. “There are some challenges telecommunication presents, especially as we grow, but the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks,” he adds.

For Tanner, island life offers a particular set of challenges. Power goes out sometimes, though usually with no loss of cell phone coverage, she says. If it happens, she takes her laptop to a beach bar.

“Anguilla has free Wi-Fi all over,” she says. “And if I’m in the mood, I’ll call my teammates on a video call and rub it in.”

And there’s the weather. “We’re first in line for the hurricanes,” Tanner admits. But they usually haven’t reached their full growth yet when they hit Anguilla. Over the past eight years, there were only two major storms, which knocked out power for a week, she says. And tropical islands aren’t unique in having adverse weather events.

“Everybody deals with natural disasters in some way or another,” she says. “I just happen to be dealing with hurricanes. Right now [early June], my colleagues in Austria are dealing with horrible floods.”

Other downsides include the lack of chain stores, car dealerships, supermarkets – if it’s not for sale at one of the small island grocery stores, it has to be shipped in, which takes a lot of time, and money. As a result, Tanner buys multiples of everything she really needs.

Foreign countries – and this includes most of the islands in the Caribbean – love getting tourists and retirees, who just come to spend money. But they are more hesitant to accept working-age adults as permanent residents, since they might compete with the locals for jobs. It is usually easier for a telecommuter to create a brand new company that they own, and get a self-employment visa, than to get a work visa.

This is what Tanner did so she could work in Anguilla. “There’s legal paperwork that has to be done, and has to get renewed every year,” she says. “But it is doable.”

The process varies by country, and can become time consuming – and expensive. Eventually, countries will probably figure out that telecommuters aren’t competing for local jobs, but are instead bringing in spending money, networking opportunities, and high-tech skills to the places where they settle. Instead of making it difficult to relocate, they should be actively trying to attract telecommuters, they way they now market to vacationers and retirees.
Virgin Islands: No passport needed

Until then, however, if your Caribbean destination is a U.S. territory – like Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands – then you can avoid all the paperwork.

“It’s part of the United States, so you don’t even need a passport to go there – you just need a driver’s license,” says Matt Bauer, co-founder and director of St. Croix-based ConnectSpace.vi and president of BetterWorld Telecom in Reston, Va. “It’s like moving to another state.”

Bauer, who splits his time between the island of St. Croix and California, says the cost of living on the island is a bit higher than, say, in a rural town in the midwest. But there are supermarkets, K-Mart, Office Depot, even an accredited university – the University of the Virgin Islands.

Best of all, St. Croix is one of the 10 most concentrated places for Internet traffic in the world, since two major Internet pipelines meet here. Local authorities are currently putting in about $300 million worth of new infrastructure to expand local connectivity to these pipelines, paid for with U.S. stimulus grants and private business investment.


MCTS Training, MCITP Trainnig

Best Microsoft MCTS Certification, Microsoft MCITP Training at certkingdom.com

 


Continue Reading

Microsoft expands bug info-sharing program to larger crowd

Microsoft expands bug info-sharing program to larger crowd
Acknowledges increased risk of leaks to hackers

Microsoft today announced an expansion of a program that shares information with select security firms that will give a new class of researchers access to threat data before the company patches its software.

The current Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) will be scrapped, said Mike Reavey, a senior director of the Microsoft Security Response Center, or MSRC, in an interview Friday. Taking its place will be a new two-pronged program.

MAPP for Security Vendors will take the place of the original MAPP, which debuted in October 2008. Like its predecessor, MAPP for Security Vendors will provide detailed data on vulnerabilities Microsoft intends to patch. Some of the vetted vendors, those with the longest time in MAPP, will receive vulnerability details from Microsoft earlier than before: Three business days prior to Patch Tuesday rather than the current one day.

What Reavey called “entry-level partners” will continue to get bug information just a day ahead of time.

In 2008, Microsoft cast MAPP as a way to give proven security developers time to write detection signatures so that they could protect customers as soon as patches shipped. Reavey said the motivation hadn’t changed.

“Vendors have told us that if they had a bit more time, they could create even higher-quality protection that would cover more scenarios and have less of a chance of generating false positives,” said Reavey.

Also new to MAPP for Security Vendors is an initiative that will rope some participants into helping Microsoft’s quality control work.

Dubbed MAPP Validation, the initiative will give a subset of the security vendors additional threat detection data — not of the vulnerabilities themselves, but how to spot attacks exploiting those vulnerabilities — up to a couple of weeks before patches go public.

Those companies, said Reavey, will be obligated to file bug reports and test the detections — he called those responsibilities a “tax” levied in return for the right to receive early information — in the hope that they will spot problems Microsoft overlooked.

“Not everyone will want to sign up for [MAPP Validation],” Reavey acknowledged.

Microsoft already has a similar program, called the Software Update Validation Program (SUVP), where large corporate customers test patches before they’re released to help Redmond find flaws that break workflows or cause crashes.

The completely new part of MAPP, called MAPP for Responders, may be the most controversial. Under that part of the program, Microsoft will share threat intelligence information, including malicious URLs, malware file hashes, incident data and detection guidance, with a broader audience.

Microsoft envisions that MAPP for Responders will include corporations, government-funded security response teams — called CERTs, like the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team — and private organizations.

Expanding MAPP to a wider audience increases the risk that bug and threat information may leak, leading to active attacks before patches reach customers.

Reavey admitted the danger, but said it is manageable. “This isn’t really vulnerability information, but instead general threat intelligence,” he said. “It’s less volatile. But it’s still a risk.”

MAPP has had one very public leak in the past: In March 2012, Microsoft confirmed that sample attack code, called a “proof-of-concept exploit,” posted on a Chinese hacker site had come from its sharing program. Several months later, Microsoft fingered Chinese security company Hangzhou DPTech Technologies for the leak and dropped the hammer, booting the firm from MAPP.

As part of the new MAPP, Microsoft will also kick off a cloud-based service, MAPP Scanner, where participants can submit suspicious Office documents, PDFs, and URLs. Microsoft’s own tools, developed in-house over the last several years, will power MAPP Scanner.

The documents, files and URLs will be opened in a cloud-based virtual machine to see if they are trying to exploit a vulnerability. The results will be shared with participants and fed into Microsoft’s own security process.

“We know how effective [those tools are] for us to speed up the process,” said Reavey, of detecting new threats and even uncovering “zero-day” vulnerabilities. “[Offering the tools to others] is a great opportunity to get detections in place as soon as possible.”

A pilot run of MAPP Scanner will launch almost immediately, said Reavey, but the other components will take time to roll out. He expected them to go live before the end of the year.

Reavey declined to outline the criteria Microsoft will use to vet security vendors and responders, saying that the company will over the next several months create guidelines after talking with current and potential participants.


MCTS Training, MCITP Trainnig

Best Microsoft MCTS Certification, Microsoft MCITP Training at certkingdom.com

 

 


Continue Reading

Bill Gates’s return may save Microsoft, but it’s not likely

Some talk has been going around about Bill Gates making a return to help Microsoft rebound from its recent mistakes, but don’t hold your breath.

Slow news days (a royal birth aside) can lead to bored reporters straying into speculation territory since they have no news on which to report.

The latest comes from International Business Times, which ran an article speculating that Bill Gates might have to mount up his white horse and save his faltering company from the bumbling hands of the man he picked to take over the firm more than a decade ago, Steve Ballmer.

The main impetus for the story is not rumor or leads from analysts, but because of what happened last Friday, when the company suffered the biggest one-day percentage sell-off in stock the last 13 years. After gaining a little ground in recent months, Microsoft backslid 11.4% in one day.

“As investors continued to show concerns about the standings of one of the most influential tech companies in the world, Microsoft might have no other option but to bring the man that guided the firm to greater heights. Yes, Bill Gates might actually return to his old post,” the article said.

That’s a bit of a leap there. Certainly, the stars are aligning against Ballmer. There were calls for his head more than once. Microsoft has made an awful mess of the PC industry with Windows 8 and its tablet strategy has failed. The recent reorg, as many people noticed, did nothing to put a successor in place.

Investors are losing their patience. Once again, the long knives are out at Seeking Alpha, with one blogger noting that the recent reorg puts 70% of the company’s profitable businesses under an executive with a track record of enormous loss. Another flat out says Ballmer has to go, noting a lack of technological innovation at the company under his leadership.

And Gates would have a good reason to return. His charitable foundation is built entirely on his Microsoft stock holdings. He can’t give away his billions if Microsoft stock keeps plummeting in value.

But the IBT article misses a key issue: Gates’s passion. It’s just not with technology, nor has it been for some time. His evangelical zeal is to save the world, or at least the Third World. He’s not interested in cloud computing; he’s interested in malaria treatment and clean drinking water. Look at his tweets. Do you see any interest in tech? Only tangentially.

To cure the ailing beast that is Microsoft will require someone with tunnel vision and determined enthusiasm, and I just don’t see it in Gates anymore. Yes, it’s his baby. Yes, it’s his fortune. But he has moved on. It needs to be someone else – someone not invested in Microsoft, the way Lou Gerstner was not invested in IBM when he took over, to make the tough, dispassionate decisions that must be made.


MCTS Training, MCITP Trainnig

Best Microsoft MCTS Certification, Microsoft MCITP Training at certkingdom.com

 

 


Continue Reading

Citrix edges VMware, Microsoft in VDI face-off

BYOD adds complexity to hosted VDI implementations

We compared hosted virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products from Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Oracle and Ericom and came to many conclusions, but the most important one is this: Setting up hosted desktop sessions in a BYOD world is a complex undertaking.

When a user grabs a device and wants to access a session, the first step is downloading an app for the device, which may or may not have additional configuration steps. Thankfully, most of the client-side apps we tested needed no more than an IP or DNS address name — and one (Oracle) could do an automated search by an address pre-seeded in the client.

If and where possible, we strongly recommend mandating a VPN connection before linking to a network, but this isn’t always possible or feasible. Once a user initiates a session, a connection broker takes the user’s request, and after an authentication step, the broker chooses an ad hoc or persistent session.

Here’s where things get thick. The session is a live instance running as a virtual machine on the network, therefore, the session must wake up and be a fully functioning member on that network so as to reach its resources and deliver some of the characteristics of the session to the user’s remote device. No matter what device they’re on or where they are, users want a beautiful analog of what they might see on their desktop at the office.

The user must also be authenticated, often through a local user database, LDAP or Microsoft’s Active Directory. Printing resources must be defined. By user or group attribute, an administrator must determine sharing of information in concepts like: do you allow the user to store data away from the host session? Can a user launch a web session on the virtualized and remotely connected session? Is there just one or a handful of apps to use, or is the session wide-open? Does the user get to own the session for the next reuse, thus burning a license?

Indeed licensing issues, and how Microsoft treats Windows licenses, cause VDI makers considerable grief, because of the many licensing plans Microsoft offers, and how VDI sessions might use up available licenses. Careful consideration is required as in some cases, 100 non-persistent sessions could decrement the entire 100-license pool quickly and permanently until the problem is found and resolved.

Then there are session customizations, so that users land with the correct session customizations. The sessions must work well, perhaps in ugly circumstances such as over-subscribed Wi-Fi access points in remote locations.

Uncontrollable events can occur, such as logon storms, when many people must suddenly meet for online meetings using VDI, or other event storms that can task building ad hoc sessions. It’s a lot of work. We know because we did it. And there were items we had to gloss, like multi-monitor capabilities (Horizon View has it), constraining video characteristics (shared by most all), super-multimedia (too many device differences), and strict adherence to policies (Active Directory or session-managed).


MCTS Training, MCITP Trainnig

Best Microsoft MCTS Certification, Microsoft MCITP Training at certkingdom.com

 

 


Continue Reading

With reorg, Microsoft bets big on home-grown hardware

New group dedicated to devices means a head-to-head battle with OEMs, analysts argue

Microsoft’s reorganization is the biggest shot yet fired against the company’s core partners, the computer makers who have made the software developer a technology giant, analysts said today.

“There were clear lines of demarcation where Microsoft’s efforts ended and OEMs’ started, but this could challenge OEMs down the road,” said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, in an interview Thursday.

Moorhead was referring to the corporate reshuffling announced earlier today by CEO Steve Ballmer — specifically the creation of a hardware group within the company.

The Devices and Studios Engineering Group will be led by Julie Larson-Green, who will oversee all hardware development, from the Xbox and Surface to mice and keyboards. In his memo to employees today, Ballmer said that she would also assume responsibility for the “supply chain, from the smallest to the largest devices we build.”

Larson-Green, a former lieutenant to Steven Sinofsky, who until he was ousted last fall ran the Windows division, was most recently head of Windows engineering, and shared responsibilities for desktop and tablet OS team with Tami Reller, former Windows CFO.

Because Devices and Studio Engineering will be one of just four engineering groups — the others focus on operating systems, applications and services, and cloud and enterprise — and because Microsoft has never had a unit at that level dedicated to devices, Moorhead interpreted the reorg results as a major change in direction for Redmond.

“This is the first time they have ever had a division called ‘Devices,'” said Moorhead. “To me, that means Microsoft is very, very serious about hardware, as serious as Apple is about tablets.”

Unless Larson-Green’s fiefdom ends up smaller than the weight the new structure seems to assign it, and unless Ballmer’s mantra of “devices and services” is a smokescreen, the company must expand its hardware offerings.

Moorhead certainly expects that to happen. “One of the first things they’ll do is a Surface notebook,” Moorhead predicted. “Second, they’ll do a smart watch or some kind of wearable [computer].”

And because turning a profit on hardware, PCs included, requires a large-scale commitment — necessary to purchase components at reasonable prices — Microsoft will, in effect, become a direct competitor with its OEM (original equipment manufacturing) partners, the Dells, the HPs, the Lenovos of the world.

“PCs require scale, and are just not suitable to niches,” said Moorhead, a former executive with AMD, the chip-making rival to Intel. “They were acting this way before [with the Surface tablets] but this is whole new level. This is such a big change that I’d argue it’s a reinvention of Microsoft.”

Another analyst agreed.
“Microsoft doesn’t have an incredible track record on hardware,” said Bob O’Donnell of IDC. “Surface isn’t exactly tearing up the charts. For [hardware] to become a core focus, I just don’t know, it seems odd to me. But they will expand their hardware. I expect a Surface phone, more Surface tablets, including a smaller tablet, and more.

“Microsoft has taken shots at OEMs before,” O’Donnell added, referring to the surprise debut a year ago of the Surface tablet line. “But the [Devices and Studio Engineering] group reinforces that. This is another shot at the OEMs, no question.”

But two other analysts rejected that line of reasoning, believing that, corporate revamping aside, Microsoft is not about to alienate its OEMs, which produce the overwhelming bulk of all PCs, tablets and smartphones, and those device categories’ countless accessories and peripherals.

“The fact that Microsoft has a ‘devices’ group says nothing about its relationships with OEMs, whether [Microsoft] will be more competitive with OEMs,” said Rob Helm, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, a research firm that focuses exclusively on tracking its target’s every move.

David Cearley, Gartner’s lead Microsoft analyst, echoed Helm, but in even stronger terms. “They’ve been very clear that they’re committed to targeting specific areas, high-value niches only, that can demonstrate the capabilities of their operating systems,” said Cearley, essentially repeating the positioning Microsoft took last year when it raised a ruckus among OEMs by moving into hardware.

“But Microsoft competing head-to-head with OEMs? No,” Cearley said. “They’ll expand Surface with different screen sizes and smaller tablets, but the market for those devices will still be targeted.

“Microsoft still needs to work with a broad set of OEMs” to have scores, or even hundreds, of different device designs on the market, Cearley continued. That breadth of choice has been a decades-long selling point Microsoft has relied on to tout its software, and it’s not about to walk away from that philosophy.

But the recasting of the company — the recounting, over and over, that Microsoft is now “devices” as well as “services” — was too dramatic for Moorhead to believe it wouldn’t change Microsoft and how it interacts with OEM partners.

“They’re going after an end-to-end experience,” said Moorhead. “They started off and spent most of their lives in a time where OS was king. But when OSes are free, as it relates to mobile, for example, things have to change.”

O’Donnell concurred with Moorhead that the new Devices and Studios group would be much more aggressive in competing with OEMs. But he questioned whether Microsoft would, in effect, pull off an “Apple” by mimicking its Cupertino, Calif. rival, which controls much more of its ecosystem, building all its own hardware as well as crafting its own operating systems.

“Is Microsoft trying to become Apple?” O’Donnell asked. “One can certainly presume that, in fact, some of these moves are an attempt to turn them into an Apple-like company. But the key differentiator is that Microsoft has nowhere near the hardware position of Apple.”


MCTS Training, MCITP Trainnig

Best Microsoft MCTS Certification, Microsoft MCITP Training at certkingdom.com

 

 


Continue Reading

70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance


QUESTION 1
You work as a database administrator at ABC.com. You have just installed Microsoft SQL Server
Management Studio on one of ABC.com’s workstations and the Microsoft Business Intelligence
Development Studio. You have been requested to design a 12 table transactional package to be
stored on an offsite server’s msdb data store.
You decide that BIDS in this scenario is an overkill and you decide to uninstall it. What utility
should you run to create the requested package?

A. Use the bulk copy program.
B. Use the DTS Designer.
C. Use the Microsoft SQL Server Import and Export Wizard.
D. Use Process Control Tool.
E. Use the Package Migration Wizard.
F. Use the Process Control Tool
G. Use the ISIS.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You work as a database administrator at ABC.com. ABC.com is using a SQL Server 2008
instance that contains a database named ABC_DB1. As part of your backup method of ABC_DB1,
you do a Full backup every Sunday at 01:00, you do a differential backup weekdays at 22:00, and
you do transactional log backup weekdays at 08:00; 12:00 and 16:00.
You have received notification that the user database data files have failed on Thursday at 15:00.
You need to ensure that ABC_DB1 are retrieve as quickly as possible with as small as possible
amount of data loss.
What steps should you take? Use only steps that apply.

Answer:


QUESTION 3
You work as a database administrator at ABC.com. ABC.com is using a SQL Server 2008
instance that contains a database named ABC_Prod. During the night a daily full backup of
ABC_Prod is started at 03:15, a differential backup is performed every 90 days minutes and a
transaction log backup is performed every 20 minutes.
This particular day your CEO has requested that you make an extra full backup during the lunch
break starting at 11.30. How can you meet her request while keeping the database backup files in
order for future backups and restores?

Answer:


QUESTION 4
You work as a database administrator at ABC.com. ABC.com is using a SQL Server 2008
instance. The SQL Server 2008 instance hosts quite a few applications. ABC also has a server
named ABC-SR43 that is used to store log files.
You have to set up a new job that stores log files on ABC-SR43. You create a new account
ABC\Log_Account. You set it up to be run by the SQL Server Agent Services.
However, your job fails to store any log files on ABC-SR43. After some investigation you notice
that the job does not have permissions to store files on ABC-SR43.
How should you remedy the situation? Select the best option.

A. You should set up ABC\Log_Accoun as a Remote Service account.
B. You should set up ABC\Log_Accoun as a Domain service account.
C. You should set up ABC\Log_Accoun as a Local Service account.
D. You should set up ABC\Log_Accoun as a Local System account.
E. You should set up ABC\Log_Accoun as a Network Service account.
F. You should set up ABC\Log_Account as a Domain account.

Answer: F

Explanation:
The service startup account defines the Microsoft Windows account in which SQL Server Agent
runs and its network permissions. SQL Server Agent runs as a specified user account. For
compatibility with earlier versions of SQL Server, SQL Server Agent can also run as the Local
System account.
In this scenario you should select a Domain account, which allows sufficient permissions and
improved security.


QUESTION 5
You work as a database administrator at ABC.com. ABC.com is using a SQL Server 2008
instance that has a table named ABC_Training. ABC_ Training contains a column named
ABC_Distance. A new ABC.com training policy states that the training (ie. The ABC_Distance
column in the ABC_Training table) cannot be increased or decreased by more than 3%.
How should you implement the ABC Training Policy?

A. You should consider developing a view which rolls back non-compliant ABC.com policy
changes to ABC_Distance.
B. You should consider developing a stored procedure which rolls back non-compliant ABC.com
policy compliant changes to the ABC_Distance column.
C. You should consider developing a primary key constraint to the ABC_training table which only
contains valid values on ABC_Distance.
D. You should consider developing a create trigger which rolls back non-compliant ABC.com
policy changes to the ABC_Distance column.
E. You should consider developing an update trigger which rolls back non-compliant ABC.com
policy changes to the ABC_Distance column.
F. You should consider developing a delete trigger which rolls back non-compliant ABC.com policy
changes to the ABC_Distance column.

Answer: E

Explanation:


MCTS Training, MCITP Trainnig

Best Microsoft MCTS Certification, Microsoft MCITP Training at certkingdom.com

 


Continue Reading

70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

QUESTION 1
You need to enable the deployment of domain controllers using virtual machine cloning.
Which of the following would need to be done first?

A. The domain controller running the Schema Master role needs to be upgraded to Windows Server 2012.
B. The domain controller running the Domain Naming Master role needs to be upgraded to Windows Server 2012.
C. All domain controllers running the Infrastructure Master role need to be upgraded to Windows Server 2012.
D. The functional level of the forest needs to be raised to Windows Server 2012.
E. All domain controllers running the PDC Emulator role need to be upgraded to Windows Server 2012.

Answer: E

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You need to enable Active Directory Recycle Bin in the domains.
Which of the following would need to be done first?

A. The functional level of the forest needs to be raised to Windows Server 2008 R2 or later.
B. The domain controller running the Schema Master role needs to be upgraded to Windows Server 2012.
C. All domain controllers need to be upgraded to Windows Server 2012.
D. All domain controllers running the Infrastructure Master role need to be upgraded to Windows Server 2012.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
Which of the following technologies should you implement to meet the technical requirement of
distributing virtual machines between Hyper-V hosts automatically according to server load?

A. Windows Network Load Balancing.
B. Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).
C. Microsoft System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM).
D. Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)

Answer: B

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
You have created a Windows Server 2012 virtual machine configured as a domain controller.
You want to clone the virtual domain controller to create another virtual domain controller.
Which two of the following steps should you perform first? (Choose two).

A. Run the Install-ADDSDomainController PowerShell cmdlet.
B. Run the New-ADDCCloneConfigFile PowerShell cmdlet.
C. Run sysprep.exe /oobe.
D. Run dcpromo.exe /adv.
E. Place a DCCloneConfig.xml file in the %Systemroot%\NTDS folder.
F. Place an Unattend.xml file in the %Systemroot%\SYSVOL folder.

Answer: B,E

Explanation:


MCTS Training, MCITP Trainnig

Best Microsoft MCTS Certification, Microsoft MCITP Training at certkingdom.com


Continue Reading

70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

 


QUESTION 1
You need to enable the deployment of domain controllers using virtual machine cloning.
Which of the following would need to be done first?

A. The domain controller running the Schema Master role needs to be upgraded to Windows
Server 2012.
B. The domain controller running the Domain Naming Master role needs to be upgraded to
Windows Server 2012.
C. All domain controllers running the Infrastructure Master role need to be upgraded to Windows
Server 2012.
D. The functional level of the forest needs to be raised to Windows Server 2012.
E. All domain controllers running the PDC Emulator role need to be upgraded to Windows Server
2012.

Answer: E

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You need to enable Active Directory Recycle Bin in the domains.
Which of the following would need to be done first?

A. The functional level of the forest needs to be raised to Windows Server 2008 R2 or later.
B. The domain controller running the Schema Master role needs to be upgraded to Windows
Server 2012.
C. All domain controllers need to be upgraded to Windows Server 2012.
D. All domain controllers running the Infrastructure Master role need to be upgraded to Windows
Server 2012.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
Which of the following technologies should you implement to meet the technical requirement of
distributing virtual machines between Hyper-V hosts automatically according to server load?

A. Windows Network Load Balancing.
B. Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).
C. Microsoft System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM).
D. Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)

Answer: B

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
You have created a Windows Server 2012 virtual machine configured as a domain controller.
You want to clone the virtual domain controller to create another virtual domain controller.
Which two of the following steps should you perform first? (Choose two).

A. Run the Install-ADDSDomainController PowerShell cmdlet.
B. Run the New-ADDCCloneConfigFile PowerShell cmdlet.
C. Run sysprep.exe /oobe.
D. Run dcpromo.exe /adv.
E. Place a DCCloneConfig.xml file in the %Systemroot%\NTDS folder.
F. Place an Unattend.xml file in the %Systemroot%\SYSVOL folder.

Answer: B,E

Explanation:


MCTS Training, MCITP Trainnig

Best Microsoft MCTS Certification, Microsoft MCITP Training at certkingdom.com


Continue Reading

Microsoft shutters TechNet subscriptions

IT professionals are urged to get their evaluation copies through MSDN and the TechNet Evaluation Center instead

Citing a change in the way IT professionals consume information, Microsoft has closed down its long-running TechNet subscription service.

“In recent years, we have seen a usage shift from paid to free evaluation experiences and resources,” read the announcement explaining the discontinuation.

Potential users of the service will have until Aug. 31 to purchase a new one-year subscription and until Sept. 30 to activate it.

For over a decade, Microsoft has run the TechNet site and service to provide forums, tutorials, evaluation copies of software, news and other helpful aids for IT professionals who need to become more knowledgeable about Microsoft software. The subscription service component of TechNet allowed subscribers to install and run full-featured copies of Microsoft’s latest software for limited periods of time and offered prioritized telephone support.

Microsoft will continue to run TechNet site itself, but offer evaluation copies of its new software at no cost through the TechNet Evaluation Center instead. Users have also been able to access evaluation copies of the latest software through the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscription service.

Although TechNet subscriptions provided an illicit though relatively easy source of software licensing keys for pirates, Microsoft downplayed that this issue led to the discontinuation, emphasizing instead how IT professionals prefer to no longer pay for downloads and helpful aids, and seek answers from the Web instead.

“Although the TechNet Subscriptions service has experienced piracy and license misuse in the past, there was no single factor in the decision to retire the TechNet Subscriptions service,” the announcement read.

Microsoft offers the TechNet Standard edition for US$199, though retailers such as Office Depot and CDW usually further discount the package.


MCTS Training, MCITP Trainnig

Best Microsoft MCTS Certification, Microsoft MCITP Training at certkingdom.com

 

 


Continue Reading

Follow Us

Bookmark and Share


Popular Posts