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Part 3 of 4: MD-100 Windows 10 is Available

March 19, 2019 at 7:25 pm

MD-100

Overview

That’s right – another part of this fun MD-100 series is available. This part has some super-cool Hands-On Labs that allow you to practice and experiment with multiple Windows 10 machines in our own safe and sandboxed Cloud-based lab environment. No more getting yelled at for breaking a company workstation trying some new Windows 10 features!

Course Details

Here are the Nugget titles for you in this skills-based training:

Microsoft Windows 10: Connecting Devices

  1. Configure Client IP Settings
  2. Configure Mobile Networking
  3. Configuring the VPN Client
  4. Troubleshooting Networking
  5. Configuring WiFi Profiles 
  6. Configuring Remote Assistance and Quick Assist
  7. Configure Remote Desktop Access
  8. Enable PowerShell Remoting 

Hands-On Labs for MD-100

6 of your 8 Nuggets contain accompanying Hands-On Lab exercises. These permit you to watch me make configurations and then try these for yourself on real Windows 10 systems. After performing the skills demonstrated in the Nugget, you can re-launch your lab environment and experiment with your own variations of the technology configurations! Remember, you cannot break anything, so be sure to have fun!

For the two Nuggets without Hands-On Labs, you will watch Anthony Sequeira perform detailed demonstrations of the following:

  • Configure Mobile Networking – watch as Anthony configures the Cellular Networking feature of a new Windows 10 Galaxy Book 2. This nifty little Microsoft Surface Go competitor is a slick little machine.
  • Configuring WiFi Profiles – watch your instructor configure key parameters of Windows 10 to ensure that WiFi connectivity works just the way you want it to.

The MD-100 Exam

As I write this post, the exam has left BETA from Microsoft! Woohooo! Here is the official page for the exam:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-md-100.aspx

If you are interested in seeing the topics of both the MD-100 and MD-101 exams in an easy to view fashion, check out the post on my blog here. As usual, the GOLD exam topics did not change from the BETA:

Finally! New Windows 10 Exams in Beta!

2.1.b [i] CDP, LLDP

March 17, 2019 at 12:16 am
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CCNA Data Center – Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) Terms

March 15, 2019 at 12:30 am

Overlay Transport Virtualization

Remember, we love OTV because it has the ability to connect Data Centers and make it appear as if they are connected Layer 2 domains. While there are other technologies that can do this, OTV is appealing for many reasons including its flexibility and simplicity of configuration and operation.

In order to understand the further study of OTV, you really need to be able to speak its language, and that means learning some terms that are commonly used to describe it. Here they are:

  • OTV Edge Device – this device takes the Layer 2 frames and encapsulates them in Layer 3 packets; in a “classic” implementation, the OTV device is a VDC of a Nexus 7K
  • OTV Internal Interface – a layer 2 interface on an edge device that connects to the VLANs that are to be encapsulated
  • OTV Join Interface – a Layer 3 interface that is used to join the two domains and discover the remote OTV device
  • Transport Network – the network connecting the OTV sites
  • Overlay Network – the logical network that connects the two OTV devices
  • Site VLAN – a VLAN that carries hellos between edge devices that might exist at the same site; it is best to use a dedicated VLAN for this role; this VLAN is not extended across the overlay
  • AED – the Authoritative Edge Device is elected for a site and is the designated forwarding edge device; devices maintain adjacency with each edge device in a site (site adjacency); they use the Site VLAN for this purpose; they also maintain the overlay adjacency using the join interface to a remote site

Webinar Recording – A Sample Config Section

March 13, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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CompTIA Cloud Essentials – Cloud vs Outsourcing

March 13, 2019 at 9:24 pm

Cloud Essentials

One area that students tend to have a little trouble with in Cloud Essentials is the subtle (and not so subtle) differences we are expected to know between the use of public cloud and outsourcing. After all, at first glance, the use of public cloud really seems to be pretty identical to outsourcing your IT.

Here are the ways in which the two are very similar. Memorize these if you are getting ready for your exam:

  • Your IT department lacks some skills that are required in order for you to get some project or goal achieved; this is why you might do public cloud or outsourcing
  • You lack the physical assets you need to get the job done so you outsource or use public cloud
  • You might get a “vendor lock-in” situation in either case, where you are pretty much stuck with that vendor for a longer time period than you might want

Here are ways in which the two differ – again – you should memorize these if the exam is in your future:

  • Public cloud is very specific to IT, where outsourcing can encompass many non-IT aspects of your business
  • Outsourcing tends to feature much longer contract lengths and more involved contract terms; with cloud computing, we do not have to be locked into long or complex contracts
  • Outsourcing tends to offer much more granular options than with public cloud; for example, you might outsource front line support for a single application and the outsourcing company will provide the staff that are very knowledgable in that application

Be on the lookout for more posts that will challenge you in the tougher areas of Cloud Essentials! Thanks for reading!