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Jacob Whittle Expert Advice – Boson Written Exam Practice

November 14, 2018 at 10:08 pm
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A Free and Hands-On Approach to Learning Kubernetes

November 14, 2018 at 10:03 pm

Kubernetes

Containers running on a cluster (Kubernetes) has become the rage for application deployment. In the CBT Nuggets course I am working on right now (CCIE RS Evolving Technologies), I teach you all about containers and Kubernetes.

If you already know all about containers and want to get your hands on Kubernetes – there is an excellent (and free) interactive course here:

https://kubernetes.io/docs/tutorials/kubernetes-basics/

I did not have time to go through the whole thing – but I certainly liked what I did see.

Enjoy!

CCIE RS Written Simulation Quiz 5

November 13, 2018 at 6:19 pm
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Microsoft Exchange Server 2016: Mailbox Databases Arrives at CBT Nuggets!

November 11, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Microsoft Exchange

The first of several courses on Microsoft Exchange 2016 have arrived at CBT Nuggets. The first of these courses attacks one of the most important topics in the discipline – the mailboxes and databases that host them.

This course walks you through every step and every key decision point for these important mailbox databases. It even teaches you how to build a lab in Microsoft Azure to practice all of the actions you must take. The lab is scripted for you, so you can set it up in minutes.

You can find this new course here:

https://www.cbtnuggets.com/it-training/microsoft-exchange-2016-mailbox-databases

This intense course consists of the following Nuggets:

  1. Introducing Exchange 2016
  2. The Mailbox Database Section
  3. Azure Lab: Your Own Lab in the Cloud
  4. Azure Lab: Deploy the Virtual Network
  5. Azure Lab: Deploy the AD Domain Controller
  6. Azure Lab: Create the Exchange VM
  7. Azure Lab: Install Exchange 2016
  8. Azure Lab: Test Exchange 2016
  9. Azure Lab: Stopping and Starting Your VMs
  10. Planning for Mailbox Database Size
  11. Role Requirements Calculator
  12. Mailbox Database Capacity and Placement
  13. Archive Mailbox Capacity and Placement
  14. Public Folders in Exchange 2016
  15. Public Folder Capacity and Placement
  16. Planning the Storage Architecture
  17. Planning File System Requirements
  18. Planning for AutoReseed
  19. Planning for Virtualization Requirements
  20. Validating your Storage Design with Jetstress
  21. Exchange Deployment Assistant
  22. Creating and Configuring Mailbox Databases
  23. Managing Mailbox Databases
  24. Configuring Transaction Log Properties
  25. Planning for HA
  26. Identifying Failure Domains
  27. FSW for a DAG
  28. Azure Lab: Creating Another Mailbox Server
  29. Creating DAGs
  30. Creating Mailbox Database Copies
  31. DAG Networks
  32. Azure DAG Members
  33. Handling Server Maintenance and SLAs
  34. Site Resilient DAGs
  35. Planning the Cross-Site DAG
  36. Cross-Site DAG Quorum Options
  37. Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC) Mode
  38. Test Site Recovery
  39. Monitoring Mailbox DB Replication and Indexing
  40. Troubleshooting Mailbox DB Replication and Replay
  41. Troubleshooting Mailbox DB Copy Activation
  42. Troubleshooting Mailbox Database Performance
  43. Troubleshooting Database Failures
  44. Resolving Quorum Issues
  45. Planning Backups for RPO and RTO
  46. Recovering Exchange Server and Other Components
  47. Performing a Dial Tone Restore
  48. Deploying and Managing Lagged Mailbox DB Copies

When to Schedule that Next IT Certification Exam…

November 9, 2018 at 5:25 pm

cert exam

I am updating a whole host of my Data Center certifications and I just had to make some decisions on scheduling. As a result, I wanted to share my thoughts on this topic here, as it is a bit more important than people realize I think.

For this discussion, let’s make an assumption. That assumption is – you have a local testing center that is not over-booked. So this means that you can schedule your exam for whenever you like with just 24 hours notice.

With this assumption in place – what do you do regarding these two main approaches –

  1. Schedule for a date in the future that you want to be ready for.
  2. Schedule for the next day once you verify you are ready.

Here are observations about each approach:

Option 1

  • This can help those that tend to procrastinate and put off studying. Since the exam is scheduled and approaching – you better get studying!
  • This can lead to a pretty major issue. Here it is. You study as much as you can up to the test date. You are unable to study (and lab) several topics as well as you would have liked to and now you just go and take that test and try your best. You pass (barely). Now you move on to the next Cert topic on your list. But of course the issue is, you have some gaps in your knowledge and prep – and now they might NEVER get filled!

Option 2

  • This option is dangerous for those of us that like to put off our studying. Let’s face it – you do not have a firm test date and you might let the process drag on forever.
  • The great news on this approach is that you can be FULLY ready for that exam – ensuring you left no stone unturned.

I always prefer and follow option 2. I use tools to help me (like the Streaks app) to ensure I am prepping for the exam every day. I have had far too many challenges with option 1 – just skating by on exams and then worrying about knowledge gaps.

Whatever path you choose – enjoy the journey!