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Exam 70-516 TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Published: September 17, 2012
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2012
Credit toward certification: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Model data (20%)
Map entities and relationships by using the Entity Data Model
Use the Visual Designer, build an Entity Data Model from an existing database, manage complex entity mappings in EDMX, edit EDM XML, map to stored procedures, create user-defined associations between entities, generate classes with inheritance and map them to tables
This objective does not include: using MetadataWorkspace
Map entities and relationships by using LINQ to SQL
Use the Visual Designer, build a LINQ to SQL model from an existing database, map to stored procedures
Create and customize entity objects
Configure changes to an Entity Framework entity, use the ADO.NET EntityObject Generator (T4), extending, self-tracking entities, snapshot change tracking, ObjectStateManager, partial classes, partial methods in the Entity Framework
Connect a POCO model to the Entity Framework
Implement the Entity Framework with persistence ignorance, user-created POCO entities
This objective does not include: use the POCO templates
Create the database from the Entity Framework model
Customize the Data Definition Language (DDL) (templates) generation process, generate scripts for a database, Entity Data Model tools
Create model-defined functions
Edit the Conceptual Schema Definition Language (CSDL), enable model-defined functions by using the EdmFunction attribute, complex types

Manage connections and context (18%)
Configure connection strings and providers
Manage connection strings, including Entity Framework connection strings; use the Configuration Manager; correctly address the Microsoft SQL Server instance; implement connection pooling; manage User Instance and AttachDBfilename; switch providers; implement multiple active result sets (MARS)
This objective does not include: use the ConnectionStringBuilder, Oracle data provider, create and use a custom provider, use third-party providers
Create and manage a data connection
Connect to a data source, close connections, maintain the life cycle of a connection
Secure a connection
Encrypt and decrypt connection strings, use Security Support Provider Interface (SSPI) or SQL Server authentication, read-only versus read/write connections
This objective does not include: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
Manage the DataContext and ObjectContext
Manage the life cycle of DataContext and ObjectContext, extend the DataContext and ObjectContext, support POCO
Implement eager loading
Configure loading strategy by using LazyLoadingEnabled, support lazy loading with POCO, explicitly loading entities
Cache data
DataContext and ObjectContext cache, including identity map; local data cache
This objective does not include: Velocity, SqlCacheDependency
Configure ADO.NET Data Services
Create access rules for entities, configure authorization and authentication, configure HTTP verbs

Query data (22%)
Execute a SQL query
DBCommand, DataReader, DataAdapters, DataSets, manage data retrieval by using stored procedures, use parameters, System.Data.Common namespace classes
Create a LINQ query
Syntax-based and method-based queries, join, filter, sort, group, aggregation, lambda expressions, paging, projection
This objective does not include: compile queries
Create an Entity SQL (ESQL) query
Join, filter, sort, group, aggregation, paging, use functions, query plan caching, return a reference to an entity instance, use parameters with ESQL, functionality related to EntityClient classes
Handle special data types
Query BLOBs, filestream, spatial and table-valued parameters
This objective does not include: implement data types for unstructured data, user-defined types, Common Language Runtime (CLR) types
Query XML
LINQ to XML, XmlReader, XmlDocuments, XPath
This objective does not include: XSLT, XmlWriter
Query data by using WCF.NET Data Services
Implement filtering and entitlement in WCF.NET Data Services, address resources, create a query expression, access payload formats, Data Services interceptors

Manipulate data (22%)
Create, update, or delete data by using SQL statements
Create/Update/Delete (CUD), use DataSets, call stored procedures, use parameters
Create, update, or delete data by using DataContext
CUD, call stored procedures, use parameters
This objective does not include: ObjectTrackingEnabled
Create, update, or delete data by using ObjectContext
CUD, calling stored procedures, using parameters, setting SaveOptions
Manage transactions
System.Transactions, DBTransaction, roll back a transaction, Lightweight Transaction Manager (LTM)
This objective does not include: distributed transactions, multiple updates within a transaction, multiple synchronization of data within an acidic transaction
Create disconnected objects
Create self-tracking entities in the Entity Framework, attach objects, DataSets, table adapters

Develop and deploy reliable applications (18%)
Monitor and collect performance data
Log generated SQL (ToTraceString), collect response times, implement performance counters, implement logging, implement instrumentation
Handle exceptions
Resolve data concurrency issues (handle OptimisticConcurrency exception, Refresh method), handle errors, transaction exceptions, connection exceptions, timeout exceptions, handle an exception from the Entity Framework disconnected object, security exceptions
Protect data
Encryption, digital signature, hashing, salting, least privilege
Synchronize data
Online/offline Entity Framework, synchronization services, save locally
Deploy ADO.NET components
Package and publish from Visual Studio, deploy an ADO.NET Services application, package and deploy Entity Framework metadata
This objective does not include: configure IIS, MSDeploy, MSBuild

QUESTION 1
You are developing a Microsoft .NET Framework 4 application.
You need to collect performance data to the event log after the application is deployed to the production environment.
Which two components should you include in the project? (Each correct answer presents part of the solution. Choose two.)

A. A trace listener
B. A debug listener
C. Debug.Asset() statements
D. Debug.WriteLine() statements
E. Trace.WriteLine() statements
Answer: B,C
Explanation: Tracing is a way for you to monitor the execution of your application while it is running.
Example:
For example, suppose you set up two listeners: a TextWriterTraceListener and an EventLogTraceListener. Each listener receives the same message. The TextWriterTraceListener would direct its output to a stream, and the EventLogTraceListener would direct its output to an event log.
The following example shows how to send output to the Listeners collection. C#VB
// Use this example when debugging. System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(“Error in Widget 42”);
// Use this example when tracing. System.Diagnostics.Trace.WriteLine(“Error in Widget 42”);


QUESTION 2
You use Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to create an
application. The application uses the ADO.NET Entity Framework to model entities.
You need to create a database from your model.
What should you do?

A. Run the edmgen.exe tool in FullGeneration mode.
B. Run the edmgen.exe tool in FromSSDLGeneration mode.
C. Use the Update Model Wizard in Visual Studio.
D. Use the Generate Database Wizard in Visual Studio. Run the resulting script against a Microsoft SQL Server database.
Answer: D
Explanation:
To update the database, right-click the Entity Framework designer surface and choose Generate Database From Model.
The Generate Database Wizard produces a SQL script file that you can edit and execute.


QUESTION 3
You use Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to develop an application that uses the Entity Framework. The application has an entity model that includes SalesTerritory and SalesPerson entities as shown in the following diagram.


You need to calculate the total bonus for all sales people in each sales territory.
Which code segment should you use?
A. from person in model.SalesPersons group person by person.SalesTerritory into territoriesByPerson
select new
{
SalesTerritory = territoriesByPerson.Key,
TotalBonus = territoriesByPerson.Sum(person => person.Bonus) };
B. from territory in model.SalesTerritories group territory by territory.SalesPersons into personByterritories
select new
{
SalesTerritory = personByterritories.Key,
TotalBonus = personByterritories.Key.Sum(person => person.Bonus) };
C. model.SalesPersons
.GroupBy(person => person.SalesTerritory)
.SelectMany(group => group.Key.SalesPersons)
.Sum(person => person.Bonus); D. model.SalesTerritories
.GroupBy(territory => territory.SalesPersons)
.SelectMany(group => group.Key)
.Sum(person => person.Bonus);
Answer: A


QUESTION 4
You use Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to create an application. The application connects to a Microsoft SQL Server database. The application uses DataContexts to query the database.
The application meets the following requirements:
Stores customer data offline.
Allows users to update customer records while they are disconnected from the server.
Enables offline changes to be submitted back to the SQL Server by using the DataContext object.
You need to ensure that the application can detect all conflicts that occur between the offline customer information submitted to the SQL Server and the server version.
You also need to ensure that you can roll back local changes.
What should you do?

A. Add a try/catch statement around calls to the SubmitChanges method of the DataContext object and catch ChangeConflictExceptions.
B. Add a try/catch statement around calls to the SubmitChanges method of the DataContext object and catch SqlExceptions.
C. Override the Update operation of the DataContext object. Call the ExecuteDynamicUpdate method to generate the update SQL.
D. Call the SubmitChanges method of the DataContext object.
Pass System.Data.Linq.ConflictMode.ContinueOnConflict to the method.
Answer: D
Explanation:
FailOnFirstConflict Specifies that attempts to update the database should stop immediately when the first concurrency conflict error is detected.
ContinueOnConflict Specifies that all updates to the database should be tried, and that concurrency conflicts should be accumulated and returned at the end of the process. ExecuteDynamicUpdate() Method Called inside update override methods to redelegate to LINQ to SQL the task of generating and executing dynamic SQL for update operations. ConflictMode Enumeration
(http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb345922.aspx) DataContext.ExecuteDynamicUpdate Method (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.data.linq.datacontext.executedynamicupdate.aspx)


QUESTION 5
You use Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to create an
application. The application connects to a Microsoft SQL Server database. You use the ADO.NET Entity Framework to model entities.
You need to add a new type to your model that organizes scalar values within an entity.
You also need to map stored procedures for managing instances of the type.
What should you do?

A. Add the stored procedures in the SSDL file along with a Function attribute. Define a complex type in the CSDL file.
Map the stored procedure in the MSL file with a ModificationFunctionElement.
B. Add the stored procedures in the SSDL file along with a Function attribute. Define a complex type in the CSDL file.
Map the stored procedure in the MSL file with an AssociationEnd element.
C. Use the edmx designer to import the stored procedures.
Derive an entity class from the existing entity as a complex type.
Map the stored procedure in the MSL file with an AssociationEnd element. D. Add the stored procedures in the SSDL file along with a Function attribute. Derive an entity class from the existing entity as a complex type.
Map the stored procedure in the MSL file with a ModificationFunctionElement.
Answer: A
Explanation:
EndProperty Element (MSL) (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb399578.aspx) AssosiationEnd Attribute (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc716774.aspx)

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Exam 70-511 TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Published: July 2, 2010
Languages: English
Audiences: Developers
Technology: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
Credit toward certification: MCTS

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

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Building a user interface by using basic techniques (23%)
Choose the most appropriate control class
Evaluating design requirements and then selecting the most appropriate control based on those requirements; recognizing when none of the standard controls meet requirements; item controls, menu controls, content controls
This objective does not include: designing a custom control
Implement screen layout by using nested control hierarchies
Using panel-derived controls, attaching properties
This objective does not include: items controls, control customization
Create and apply styles and theming
Application-level styles, overriding styles, style inheritance, Generic.xaml, theming attributes
This objective does not include: data-grid view style sharing
Manage reusable resources
Fonts, styles, data sources, images, resource dictionaries, resource-only DLLs
Implement an animation in WPF
Creating a storyboard; controlling timelines; controlling the behavior when the animation completes; double, color, and point animations; starting an animation from code and from XAML
This objective does not include: direct rendering updates, implementing key frame animations

Preparation resources
Styling and templating
Layout system
Animation tips and tricks

Enhancing a user interface by using advanced techniques (21%)
Manage routed events in WPF
Tunneling vs. bubbling events, handling and cancelling events
This objective does not include: simple event handling; creating custom events
Configure WPF commanding
Defining WPF commands based on RoutedCommand; associating commands to controls; handling commands; command bindings; input gestures
This objective does not include: creating custom commands by implementing ICommand
Modify the visual interface at run time
Adding/removing controls at run time; manipulating the visual tree; control life cycle; generating a template dynamically
This objective does not include: instantiating forms and simple modification of control properties at runtime
Implement user-defined controls
Deciding whether to use a user/composite, extended, or custom control; creating a user/composite control; extending from an existing control
This objective does not include: creating a custom control by inheriting directly from the control class and writing code
Create and display graphics
Creating and displaying graphics by using geometric transformation; brushes; drawing shapes; clipping; double buffering; overriding render (WPF) and OnPaint (WinForms); differentiating between retained and non-retained graphics
This objective does not include: creating and displaying three-dimensional graphics; hit testing; creating images
Add multimedia content to an application in WPF
Media player vs. media element; adding a sound player; images
This objective does not include: buffering
Create and apply control templates in WPF
Template binding
This objective does not include: styling and theming; data templating
Create data, event, and property triggers in WPF

Preparation resources
Input and commands how-to topics
Control styles and templates

Managing data at the user interface layer (23%)
Implement data binding
Binding options, static and dynamic resources, element bindings, setting the correct binding mode and update mode; binding to nullable values
This objective does not include: binding to a specific data source
Implement value converters in WPF
Implementing custom value converters, implementing multivalue converters
Implement data validation
Handling validation and providing user feedback via the error provider (WinForms) or data templates (WPF), IDataErrorInfo, validation control, form validation and control validation
Implement and consume change notification interfaces
Implementing INotifyPropertyChanged; using INotifyCollectionChanged (ObservableCollection)
Prepare collections of data for display
Filtering, sorting, and grouping data; LINQ; CollectionView (WPF), BindingSource object (WinForms)
Bind to hierarchical data
TreeView; MenuControl
Implement data-bound controls
Using the DataGridView (WinForms) or DataGrid (WPF) control to display and update the data contained in a data source, implementing complex data binding to integrate data from multiple sources; ItemsControl-derived controls (WPF)
Create a data template in WPF
Implementing a data template selector; using templates with ItemsControl

Preparation resources
Data binding (WPF)
DataGrid

Enhancing the functionality and usability of a solution (17%)
Integrate WinForms and WPF within an application
Using ElementHosts within WinForms and ControlHosts within WPF; using the PropertyMap property
Implement asynchronous processes and threading
Implementing asynchronous programming patterns; marshalling between threads; freezing UI elements; using timers; task parallel library; parallel LINQ; using the dispatcher; BackgroundWorker component
Incorporate globalization and localization features
Loading resources by locale; marking localizable elements; using culture settings in validators and converters; using language properties and rendering direction properties; working with resource files for localization; determining installed locales; regional settings
Implement drag and drop operations within and across applications
This objective does not include: Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)
Implement security features of an application
Configuring Software Restriction Policy (SRP); full trust and partially trusted security; interoperability with legacy CAS policy; User Account Control (UAC)
Manage user and application settings
Creating application settings; creating user settings; loading and saving settings
This objective does not include: persisting to database
Implement dependency properties
Enabling data binding and animation, property metadata, property change callbacks

Preparation resources
WPF and Windows Forms interoperation
How to: Perform drag-and-drop operations between applications
Dependency properties overview

Stabilizing and releasing a solution (16%)
Implement a WPF test strategy
Automation peer, UI automation, IntelliTrace
Debug XAML by using the WPF visualizer
Accessing the visualizer, drilling down into the visual tree, viewing and changing properties
This objective does not include: setting a breakpoint and stepping through code
Debug WPF issues by using PresentationTraceSources
Animation, data binding, dependency properties
Configure a ClickOnce deployment
Configuring the installation of a WinForms, WPF, or XBAP application by using ClickOnce technology; choosing appropriate settings to manage upgrades
Create and configure a Windows installer project
Configuring a setup project to add icons during setup, setting deployment project properties, configuring conditional installation based on operating system versions, setting appropriate launch conditions based on the .NET framework version, adding custom actions to a setup project, adding error-handling code to a setup project
Configure deployment security settings
Configuring and integrating UAC by using ClickOnce deployments; setting appropriate security permissions to deploy the application

Preparation resources
Debugging WPF – WPF Tree Visualizer and helper class
PresentationTraceSources class
How to: Use ClickOnce to deploy applications that can run on multiple versions of the .NET Framework


QUESTION 1
You use Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to create a Windows Forms application.
You add a new class named Customer to the application. You select the Customer class to create a new object data source.
You add the following components to a Windows Form:
? A BindingSource component named customerBindingSource that is data-bound to the Customer object data source.
? A set of TextBox controls to display and edit the Customer object properties. Each TextBox control is data-bound to a property of the customerBindingSource component.
? An ErrorProvider component named errorProvider that validates the input values for each TextBox control.
You need to ensure that the input data for each TextBox control is automatically validated by using the ErrorProvider component.
Which two actions should you perform? (Each correct answer presents part of the solution. Choose two.)

A. Implement the validation rules inside the Validating event handler of each TextBox control by throwing an exception when the value is invalid.
B. Implement the validation rules inside the TextChanged event handler of each TextBox control by throwing an exception when the value is invalid.
C. Implement the validation rules inside the setter of each property of the Customer class by throwing an exception when the value is invalid.
D. Add the following code segment to the InitializeComponent method of the Windows Form.
this.errorProvider.DataSource = this.customerBindingSource;
E. Add the following code segment to the InitializeComponent method of the Windows Form.
this.errorProvider.DataSource = this.customerBindingSource.DataSource; this. errorProvider. DataMember = this. customerBindingSource. DataMember;

Answer: C,D


QUESTION 2
You use Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to create a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application.
The application contains a ListBox control named IbxItems that is data-bound to a collection of objects. Each object has a DisplayValue property.
You add a Button control to the application.
You need to ensure that the Content property of the Button control is data-bound to the DisplayValue property of the selected item of IbxItems.
Which binding expression should you use?

A. {Binding ElementName= IbxItems, Source=SelectedItem, Path=DisplayValue}
B. {Binding Source=lbxItems, ElementName=SelectedItem, Path=DisplayValue}
C. {Binding ElementName=lbxItems, Path=SelectedItem.DisplayValue}
D. {Binding Source=lbxItems, Path=SelectedItem.DisplayValue}

Answer: C


QUESTION 3
You use Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to create a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application.
You write the following code fragment.
< TextBox Text=”{Binding Path=StringMember} ” / >
You need to ensure that the StringMember property of the data-bound object is updated immediately when the user types in the TextBox control.
Which binding expression should you use?

A. { Binding Path=StringMember, Mode=TwoWay }
B. { Binding Path=StringMember, NotifyOnSourceUpdated=True }
C. { Binding Path-StringMember, NotifyOnTargetUpdated=True }
D. { Binding Path=StringMember, UpdateSourceTrigger=PropertyChanged }

Answer: D


QUESTION 4
You use Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to create a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application.
You add a ListBox control to the application. The ListBox control is data-bound to an instance of a custom collection class of the Product objects named ProductList.
The number of items of the data-bound collection is fixed. However, users can modify the properties of each of the Product objects in the collection.
You need to ensure that changes made on the Product objects are automatically reflected in the ListBox control.
What should you do?

A. Implement the INotifyPropertyChanged interface in the Product class.
B. Implement the INotifyCollectionChanged interface in the ProductList class.
C. Set the Mode property of the Binding object of the ListBox control to TwoWay.
D. Set the UpdateSourceTrigger property of the Binding object of the ListBox control to PropertyChanged.

Answer: A

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Exam 70-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

Published: April 7, 2014
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSE

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

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As of April 2014, this exam includes content covering Windows Server 2012 R2.

Manage and maintain a server infrastructure (25–30%)
Design an administrative model
Design considerations, including user rights and built-in groups; design a delegation of administration structure for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2; design self-service portals by using System Center Service Manager; delegate rights for managing private cloud by using AppController and System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Design a monitoring strategy
Design considerations including monitoring servers using Audit Collection Services (ACS) and System Center Global Service Monitor, performance monitoring, application monitoring, centralized monitoring, and centralized reporting; implement and optimize System Center 2012 – Operations Manager management packs; plan for monitoring Active Directory
Plan and implement automated remediation
Create an Update Baseline in Virtual Machine Manager; implement a Desired Configuration Management (DCM) Baseline; implement Virtual Machine Manager integration with Operations Manager; configure Virtual Machine Manager to move a VM dynamically based on policy; integrate System Center 2012 for automatic remediation into your existing enterprise infrastructure; design and implement a Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) solution

Preparation resources
Design considerations for delegation of administration in Active Directory
Update management in Windows Server 2012: Revealing cluster-aware updating and the new generation of WSUS

Plan and implement a highly available enterprise infrastructure (25–30%)
Plan and implement failover clustering
Plan for and implement multi-node and multi-site clustering including the use of networking storage, name resolution, and Global Update Manager (GUM); design considerations including redundant networks, network priority settings, resource failover and failback, heartbeat and DNS settings, Quorum configuration, storage placement and replication, and cluster aware updates
Plan and implement highly available network services
Plan for and configure Network Load Balancing (NLB); design considerations including fault-tolerant networking, multicast vs. unicast configuration, state management, and automated deployment of NLB using Virtual Machine Manager service templates
Plan and implement highly available storage solutions
Plan for and configure storage spaces and storage pools; design highly available, multi-replica DFS namespaces; plan for and configure multi-path I/O (MPIO); configure highly available iSCSI Target and iSNS Server; plan for and implement storage using RDMA and SMB multi-channel
Plan and implement highly available roles
Plan for a highly available Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server, Hyper-V clustering, Continuously Available File Shares, and a DFS Namespace Server; plan for and implement highly available applications, services, and scripts using Generic Application, Generic Script, and Generic Service clustering roles
Plan and implement a business continuity and disaster recovery solution
Plan a backup and recovery strategy; planning considerations including Active Directory domain and forest recovery, Hyper-V replica including using Microsoft Azure Site Recovery, domain controller restore and cloning, and Active Directory object and container restore using authoritative restore and Recycle Bin; plan for and implement backup and recovery by using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM)

Preparation resources
Failover cluster design guide
Network load balancing overview
Storage spaces overview

Plan and implement a server virtualization infrastructure (25–30%)
Plan and implement virtualization hosts
Plan for and implement delegation of virtualization environment (hosts, services, and VMs), including self-service capabilities; plan and implement multi-host libraries including equivalent objects; plan for and implement host resource optimization; integrate third-party virtualization platforms; deploying Hyper-V hosts to bare metal
Plan and implement virtual machines
Plan for and implement highly available VMs; plan for and implement guest resource optimization including shared VHDx; configure placement rules; create Virtual Machine Manager templates
Plan and implement virtualization networking
Plan for and configure Virtual Machine Manager logical networks, including virtual switch extensions and logical switches; plan for and configure IP address and MAC address settings across multiple Hyper-V hosts, including network virtualization; plan for and configure virtual network optimization; plan and implement Windows Server Gateway; plan and implement VLANs and pVLANs; plan and implement virtual machine (VM) networks; plan and implement converged networks
Plan and implement virtualization storage
Plan for and configure Hyper-V host clustered storage; plan for and configure Hyper-V virtual machine storage including virtual Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and shared VHDx; plan for storage optimization; plan and implement storage using SMB 3.0 file shares
Plan and implement virtual machine movement
Plan for and configure live and storage migration between Hyper-V hosts; plan for and manage P2V and V2V; plan and implement virtual machine migration between clouds
Manage and maintain a server virtualization infrastructure
Manage dynamic optimization and resource optimization; integrate Operations Manager with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and System Center Service Manager; update virtual machine images in libraries; plan for and implement backup and recovery of virtualization infrastructure by using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM)

Preparation resources
Installing and opening the VMM self-service portal
How to create a virtual machine from a template
Configuring networking in VMM overview

Design and implement identity and access solutions (20–25%)
Design a Certificate Services infrastructure
Design a multi-tier Certificate Authority (CA) hierarchy with offline root CA; plan for multi-forest CA deployment; plan for Certificate Enrollment Web Services and Certificate Enrollment Policy Web Services; plan for Network Device Enrollment Services (NDES); plan for certificate validation and revocation; plan for disaster recovery; plan for trust between organizations including Certificate Trust Lists (CTL), cross certifications, and bridge CAs
Implement and manage a Certificate Services infrastructure
Configure and manage offline root CA; configure and manage Certificate Enrollment Web Services and Certificate Enrollment Policy Web Services; configure and manage Network Device Enrollment Services; configure Online Certificates Status Protocol (OCSP) responders; migrate CA; implement administrator role separation; implement and manage trust between organizations including Certificate Trust Lists (CTL), cross certifications, and bridge CAs; monitor CA health
Implement and manage certificates
Manage certificate templates; implement and manage certificate deployment, validation, renewal, revocation, and publishing including Internet-based clients, CAs, and network devices; configure and manage key archival and recovery
Design and implement a federated identity solution
Plan for and implement claims-based authentication including planning and implementing Relying Party Trusts; plan for and configure Claims Provider and Relying Party Trust claim rules; plan for and configure attribute stores including Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS); plan for and manage Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) certificates; plan for and implement Identity Integration with cloud services; integrate Web Application Proxy with AD FS
Design and implement Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS
Plan for highly available AD RMS deployment; plan for AD RMS client deployment; manage Trusted User Domains; manage Trusted Publishing Domains; manage Federated Identity support; upgrade or migrate AD RMS; decommission AD RMS

Preparation resources
Active Directory Certificate Services overview


QUESTION 1
You need to create a virtual machine template for the web servers used by the CRM
application.
The solution must meet the virtualization requirements.
What should you use?

A. An .iso image
B. A virtual machine
C. A Windows PowerShell script
D. A virtual hard disk (VHD)

Answer: D
Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740838.aspx


QUESTION 2
You are planning the deployment of System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).
You need to identify which additional System Center 2012 product is required to meet the virtualization requirements.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. App Controller
B. Operations Manager
C. Configuration Manager
D. Service Manager

Answer: B


QUESTION 3
You need to recommend a solution that resolves the current file server issue. The solution must meet the business requirements.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. BranchCache in hosted cache mode
B. BranchCache in distributed cache mode
C. A storage pool
D. Distributed File System (DFS)

Answer: D


QUESTION 4
You need to recommend a solution for managing updates. The solution must meet the technical requirements.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. A System Center 2012 Configuration Manager management point in the main office and a WSUS downstream server in each office
B. A System Center 2012 Configuration Manager software update point in the main office and a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager distribution point in each office
C. A System Center 2012 Configuration Manager management point in the main office and a System Center 2012 Configuration Manager distribution point in each office
D. A WSUS upstream server in the main office and a WSUS downstream server in each office

Answer: B

 

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Certification Generation – Learn More About Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Exam

Now a day’s Microsoft certifications play an important role in carrier making. This certification program allows professionals to enhanced and show up their area of professional and technical proficiency.

Why Microsoft Certification?

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification is an addition to Microsoft certification programs, its recognition and projected value is no doubt an assurance of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist’s certification necessity in current and upcoming generation. The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification helps the individual to meet the requirements of jobs in the fields of the database administrator and developer, network administrator, server system administrator, windows server administrator and monitoring operator.

How to Become a MCTS Certified?
The base line of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification is actually an amalgamation of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist which will give a golden opportunity to expand technical skills and knowledge. This is quite difficult to start with as there are numerous Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist’s categories. Now you have to decide that what to do rather you would like to go to system administrators, enterprise messaging administrator, database developer etc and most importantly you must aware of the reasons behind your selection are. The selection depends on professionals and students’ current status of MCSE. If one has an older MCSE certification that is pre 2003.In that case one will have to start from the initial stage. One should be very clear about these things.

How to study?
To achieve the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification few simple steps should be kept in mind. Look for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist training courses at several training programs are accessible for the certification, but it’s extremely suggested to choose one that is referred by a certified instructor. To save your money and precious time thinks about to select online training courses offered by a boot camp or university. The boot camp will facilitate you with a sound, smooth, glowing understanding and practice in the groundwork and training for the exams. Don’t become a victim of examination fever. Stays relax and calm. Time management for study is a key factor. It’s up to you to study consistently for hours or study in intervals by taking mental and physical rest. Always try to take proper advantage of Microsoft‘s promotions. Like once Microsoft launched a promotion known as “Second Shot”. 2nd Shot provides a blissful chance to take Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist examination free of cost if you are not successful in your first attempt of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam.

Certification Policy
To identify the value of Microsoft’s fresh generation certifications, it is highly advised that continuous Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist training should be in practice, even after your carrier targets achieved. According to Microsoft’s certification policy the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification requires a refurbishment of credential after every three years.


 

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The Big Question Rises How To Become Microsoft, Cisco, ComTIA Certified

The big question rises how to become the Microsoft certified , All Microsoft certifications are acquired by simply taking a series of exams. If you can self-study for said exams, and then pass them, then you can acquire the certification for the mere cost of the exam (and maybe whatever self-study materials you purchase).

You’ll also need, at minimum (in addition to the MCTS), the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certs; as well as the Cisco CCNA cert.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) – This is the basic entry point of Microsoft Certifications. You only need to pass a single certification test to be considered an MCTS and there are numerous different courses and certifications that would grant you this after passing one. If you are shooting for some of the higher certifications that will be discussed below, then you’ll get this on your way there.

Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) – This certification was Microsoft’s previous “Developer Certification” meaning that this was the highest certification that was offered that consisted strictly of development-related material. Receiving it involved passing four exams within specific areas (based on the focus of your certification). You can find the complete list of courses and paths required for the MCPD here.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) – This is Microsoft’s most recent “Developer Certification” which will replace the MCPD Certification (which is being deprecated / retired in July of 2013). The MCSD focuses within three major areas of very recent Microsoft development technologies and would likely be the best to persue if you wanted to focus on current and emerging skills that will be relevant in the coming years. You can find the complete list of courses and paths required for the MCSD here.

The Microsoft Certifications that you listed are basically all of the major ones within the realm of development. I’ll cover each of the major ones and what they are :

Most people, however, take some kind of course. Some colleges — especially career and some community colleges — offer such courses (though usually they’re non-credit). Other providers of such courses are private… some of them Microsoft Certified vendors of one type or another, who offer the courses in such settings as sitting around a conference table in their offices. Still others specialize in Microsoft certification training, and so have nice classrooms set up in their offices.

There are also some online (and other forms of distance learning) courses to help prepare for the exams.

The cost of taking classes to prepare can vary wildly. Some are actually free (or very nearly so), while others can cost hundreds of dollars. It all just depends on the provider.

And here’s a Google search of MCTS training resources (which can be mind-numbing in their sheer numbers and types, so be careful what you choose):

There are some pretty good, yet relatively inexpensive, ways to get vendor certificate training. Be careful not to sign-up for something expensive and involved when something cheaper — like subscribing to an “all the certificates you care to study for one flat rate” web site — would, in addition to purchasing a study guide or two at a bookstore, likely be better.

If you want a career in IT, then you need to have both an accredited degree in same (preferably a bachelors over an associates), and also a variety of IT certifications. The MCTS is but one that you will need.

You should probably also get the Microsoft MCSE and/or MCSA. The ICS CISSP. And the ITIL.

There are others, but if you have those, you’ll be evidencing a broad range of IT expertise that will be useful, generally. Then, in addition, if the particular IT job in which you end-up requires additional specialist certification, then you can get that, too (hopefully at the expense of your employer who requires it of you).

Then, whenever (if ever) you’re interested in a masters in IT, here’s something really cool of which you should be aware…

There’s a big (and fully-accredited, fully-legitimate) university in Australia which has partnered with Microsoft and several other vendors to structure distance learning degrees which include various certifications; and in which degrees, considerable amounts of credit may be earned simply by acquiring said certifications. It’s WAY cool.

One can, for example, get up to half of the credit toward a Masters degree in information technology by simply getting an MCSE (though the exams which make it up must be certain ones which correspond with the university’s courses). I’ve always said that if one were going to get an MCSE, first consult the web site of this university and make sure that one takes the specific MCSE exams that this school requires so that if ever one later decided to enter said school’s masters program, one will have already earned up to half its degree’s credits by simply having the MCSE under his/her belt. Is that cool, or what?

I wouldn’t rely on them over experience (which is far and away the most valuable asset out there) but they are worth pursuing especially if you don’t feel like you have enough experience and need to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills to land a position as a developer.

If you are going to pursue a certification, I would recommend going after the MCSD (Web Applications Track) as it is a very recent certification that focuses on several emerging technologies that will still be very relevant (if not more-so) in the coming years. You’ll pick up the MCTS along the way and then you’ll have both of those under your belt. MCPD would be very difficult to achieve based on the short time constraints (passing four quite difficult tests within just a few months is feasible, but I don’t believe that it is worth it since it will be “retired” soon after).

No job experience at all is necessary for any of the Microsoft Certifications, you can take them at any time as long as you feel confident enough with the materials of the specific exam you should be fine. The tests are quite difficult by most standards and typically cover large amounts of material, but with what it sounds like a good bit of time to study and prepare you should be fine.

Certifications, in addition to degrees, are so important in the IT field, now, that one may almost no longer get a job in that field without both. The certifications, though, are so important that one who has a little IT experience can get a pretty good job even without a degree as long as he has all the right certs. But don’t do that. Definitely get the degree… and not merely an associates. Get the bachelors in IT; and make sure it’s from a “regionally” accredited school.

Then get the certs I mentioned (being mindful, if you think you’ll ever get an IT masters, to take the specific exams that that Strut masters program requires so that you’ll have already earned up to half the credit just from the certs).

If you already have two years of experience in working in the .NET environment, a certification isn’t going to guarantee that you will get employed, a salary increase or any other bonuses for achieving the honor. However, it can help supplement your resume by indicating that you are familiar with specific technologies enough to apply them in real-world applications to solve problems.

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Best Top-Paying and most in demand for Certifications 2014 – 2015

Best Top-Paying and most in demand for Certifications 2014 – 2015

Introduction
It’s always a good idea to take stock of your skills, your pay, and your certifications. To that end, following is a review of 15 of the top-paying certifications for 2014. With each certification, you’ll find the average (mean) salary and a brief description.

Based on the 2014 IT Skills and Salary Survey conducted by Global Knowledge and Penton and completed in October 2013, the rankings below are derived from certifications that received the minimum number of responses to be statistically relevant. Certain certifications pay more but are not represented due to their exclusive nature. Examples include Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) and VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX). This was a nationwide survey, and variations exist based on where you work, years of experience, and company type (government, non profit, etc.).

1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) – $118,253
The non-profit group ISACA offers CRISC certification, much in the way that CompTIA manages the A+ and Network+ certifications. Formerly, “ISACA” stood for Information Systems Audit and Control Association, but now they’ve gone acronym only.

The CRISC certification is designed for IT professionals, project managers, and others whose job it is to identify and manage risks through appropriate Information Systems (IS) controls, covering the entire lifecycle, from design to implementation to ongoing maintenance. It measures two primary areas: risk and IS controls. Similar to the IS control lifecycle, the risk area spans the gamut from identification and assessment of the scope and likelihood of a particular risk to monitoring for it and responding to it if/when it occurs.

Since CRISC’s introduction in 2010, more than 17,000 people worldwide have earned this credential, The demand for people with these skills and the relatively small supply of those who have them result in this being the highest salary for any certification on our list this year.

To obtain CRISC certification, you must have at least three years of experience in at least three of the five areas that the certification covers, and you must pass the exam, which is only offered twice a year. This is not a case where you can just take a class and get certified. Achieving CRISC certification requires effort and years of planning.

2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) – $114,844

ISACA also created CISM certification. It’s aimed at management more than the IT professional and focuses on security strategy and assessing the systems and policies in place more than it focuses on the person who actually implements those policies using a particular vendor’s platform.

More than 23,000 people have been certified since its introduction in 2002, making it a highly sought after area with a relatively small supply of certified individuals. In addition, the exam is only offered three times a year in one of approximately 240 locations, making taking the exam more of a challenge than many other certification exams. It also requires at least five years of experience in IS, with at least three of those as a security manager. As with CRISC, requirements for CISM certification demand effort and years of planning.

3. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) – $112,040
The third highest-paying certification is also from ISACA; this one is for IS auditors. CISA certification is ISACA’s oldest, dating back to 1978, with more than 106,000 people certified since its inception. CISA certification requires at least five years of experience in IS auditing, control, or security in addition to passing an exam that is only offered three times per year.

The CISA certification is usually obtained by those whose job responsibilities include auditing, monitoring, controlling, and/or assessing IT and/or business systems. It is designed to test the candidate’s ability to manage vulnerabilities, ensure compliance with standards, and propose controls, processes, and updates to a company’s policies to ensure compliance with accepted IT and business standards.

4. Six Sigma Green Belt – $109,165
Six Sigma is a process of analyzing defects (anything outside a customer’s specifications) in a production (manufacturing) process, with a goal of no more than 3.4 defects per million “opportunities” or chances for a defect to occur. The basic idea is to measure defects, analyze why they occurred, and then fix the issue and repeat. There is a process for improving existing processes and a slightly modified version for new processes or major changes. Motorola pioneered the concept in the mid-1980s, and many companies have since followed their examples to improve quality.

This certification is different from the others in this list, as it is not IT specific. Instead, it is primarily focused on manufacturing and producing better quality products.

There is no organization that owns Six Sigma certification per se, so the specific skills and number of levels of mastery vary depending on which organization or certifying company is used. Still, the entry level is typically Green Belt and the progression is to Black Belt and Master Black Belt. Champions are responsible for Six Sigma projects across the entire organization and report to senior management.

5. Project Management Professional (PMP) – $108,525
The PMP certification was created and is administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), and it is the most recognized project management certification available. There are more than half a million active PMPs in 193 countries worldwide.

The PMP certification exam tests five areas relating to the lifecycle of a project: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. PMP certification is for running any kind of project, and it is not specialized into sub types, such as manufacturing, construction, or IT.

To become certified, individuals must have 35 hours of PMP-related training along with 7,500 hours of project management experience (if they have less than a bachelor’s degree) or 4,500 hours of project management experience with a bachelor’s or higher. PMP certification is another that requires years of planning and effort.

6. Certified Scrum Master – $107,396
Another project management-related certification, Certified Scrum Master is focused on software (application) development.

Scrum is a rugby term; it’s a means for restarting a game after a minor rules violation or after the ball is no longer in play (for example, when it goes out of bounds). In software development, Scrum is a project management process that is designed to act in a similar manner for software (application development) projects in which a customer often changes his or her mind during the development process.

In traditional project management, the request to change something impacts the entire project and must be renegotiated-a time-consuming and potentially expensive way to get the changes incorporated. There is also a single project manager.

In Scrum, however, there is not a single project manager. Instead, the team works together to reach the stated goal. The team should be co-located so members may interact frequently, and it should include representatives from all necessary disciplines (developers, product owners, experts in various areas required by the application, etc.).

Where PMP tries to identify everything up front and plan for a way to get the project completed, Scrum takes the approach that the requirements will change during the project lifecycle and that unexpected issues will arise. Rather than holding up the process, Scrum takes the approach that the problem the application is trying to solve will never be completely defined and understood, so team members must do the best they can with the time and budget available and by quickly adapting to change.

So where does the Scrum Master fit in? Also known as a servant-leader, the Scrum Master has two main duties: to protect the team from outside influences that would impede the project (the servant) and to chair the meetings and encourage the team to continually improve (the leader).

Certified Scrum Master certification was created and is managed by the Scrum Alliance and requires the individual to attend a class taught by a certified Scrum trainer and to pass the associated exam.

7. Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE) – $104,240
The CCEE certification is a legacy certification from Citrix that proves expertise in XenApp 6, XenDesktop 5, and XenServer 6 via the Citrix Certified Administrator (CCS) exams for each, the Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator (CCAA) for XenApp 6, and an engineering (advanced implementation-type) exam around implementing, securing, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting a complete virtualization solution using Citrix products.

Those certified in this area are encouraged to upgrade their certification to the App and Desktop track instead, which focuses on just XenDesktop, taking one exam to become a Citrix Certified Professional – Apps and Desktops (CCP-AD). At this point though, the CCEE is available as long as the exams are available for the older versions of the products listed.

8. Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix NetScaler – $103,904
The CCA for NetScaler certification has been discontinued for NetScaler 9, and those with a current certification are encouraged to upgrade to the new Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N). In any case, those with this certification have the ability to implement, manage, and optimize NetScaler networking performance and optimization, including the ability to support app and desktop solutions. As the Citrix certification program is being overhauled, refer to http://training.citrix.com/cms/index.php/certification/ to view the certifications available, upgrade paths, etc.

9. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) – $103,822
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) created and manages CEH certification. It is designed to test the candidate’s abilities to prod for holes, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities in a company’s network defenses using techniques and methods that hackers employ. The difference between a hacker and a CEH is that a hacker wants to cause damage, steal information, etc., while the CEH wants to fix the deficiencies found. Given the many attacks, the great volume of personal data at risk, and the legal liabilities possible, the need for CEHs is quite high, hence the salaries offered.

10. ITIL v3 Foundation – $97,682
IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) was created by England’s government in the 1980s to standardize IT management. It is a set of best practices for aligning the services IT provides with the needs of the organization. It is broad based, covering everything from availability and capacity management to change and incident management, in addition to application and IT operations management.

It is known as a library because it is composed of a set of books. Over the last 30 years, it has become the most widely used framework for IT management in the world. ITIL standards are owned by AXELOS, a joint venture company created by the Cabinet Office on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom and Capita plc, but they have authorized partners who provide education, training, and certification. The governing body defined the certification tiers, but they leave it to the accredited partners to develop the training and certification around that framework.

The Foundation certification is the entry-level one and provides a broad-based understanding of the IT lifecycle and the concepts and terminology surrounding it. Anyone wishing for higher-level certifications must have this level first, thus people may have higher certifications and still list this certification in the survey, which may skew the salary somewhat.

For information on ITIL in general, please refer to http://www.itil-officialsite.com/. Exams for certification are run by ITIL-certified examination institutes as previously mentioned; for a list of them, please refer to http://www.itil-officialsite.com/ExaminationInstitutes/ExamInstitutes.aspx.

11. Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix XenServer – $97,578
The CCA for XenServer certification is available for version 6 and is listed as a legacy certification, but Citrix has yet to announce an upgrade path to their new certification structure. Those with a CCA for Citrix XenServer have the ability to install, configure, administer, maintain, and troubleshoot a XenServer deployment, including Provisioning Services. As the Citrix certification program is being overhauled, refer to http://training.citrix.com/cms/index.php/certification/ to view the certifications available, upgrade paths, etc.

12. ITIL Expert Certification – $96,194
The ITIL Expert certification builds on ITIL Foundation certification (see number 10 above). It is interesting that ITIL Expert pays less on average than ITIL Foundation certification. Again, I suspect the salary results may be somewhat skewed depending on the certifications actually held and the fact that everyone who is ITIL certified must be at least ITIL Foundation certified.

To become an ITIL Expert, you must pass the ITIL Foundation exam as well as the capstone exam, Managing Across the Lifecycle. Along the way, you will earn intermediate certifications of your choosing in any combination of the Lifecycle and Capability tracks. You must earn at least 22 credits, of which Foundation accounts for two and the Managing Across the Lifecycle exam counts for five. The other exams count for three each (in the Intermediate Lifecycle track) or four each (in the Intermediate Capability track) and can be earned in any order and combination, though the official guide suggests six recommended options. The guide is available at http://www.itil-officialsite.com/Qualifications/ITILQualificationScheme.aspx by clicking on the English – ITIL Qualification Scheme Brochure link.

13. Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) – $95,602
Cisco’s certification levels are Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert, and Architect. Those who obtain this Associate-level certification are typically network design engineers, technicians, or support technicians. They are expected to design basic campus-type networks and be familiar with routing and switching, security, voice and video, wireless connectivity, and IP (both v4 and v6). They often work as part of a team with those who have higher-level Cisco certifications.

To achieve CCDA certification, you must have earned one of the following: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), the lowest-level certification and the foundation for a career in networking); Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching (CCNA R&S); or any Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), the highest level of certification at Cisco.
You must also pass a single exam.

14. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) – $95,276
This certification ranked number 14 with an average salary of $95,505 for those who didn’t list an associated Windows version and $94,922 for those who listed MCSE on Windows 2003, for the weighted average of $95,276 listed above.

The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer is an old certification and is no longer attainable. It has been replaced by the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (yes, also MCSE). The Engineer certification was valid for Windows NT 3.51 – 2003, and the new Expert certification is for Windows 2012. There is an upgrade path if you are currently an MCSA or MCITP on Windows 2008. There is no direct upgrade path from the old MCSE to the new MCSE.

15. Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix XenDesktop – $95,094
The CCA for XenDesktop certification is available for versions 4 (in Chinese and Japanese only) and 5 (in many languages including English). Those with a current certification are encouraged to upgrade to the new Citrix Certified Associate – Apps and Desktops (CCA-AD). In any case, those with this certification have the ability to install, administer, and troubleshoot a XenDesktop deployment, including Provisioning Services and the Desktop Delivery Controller as well as XenServer and XenApp. As the Citrix certification program is being overhauled, refer to http://training.citrix.com/cms/index.php/certification/ to view the certifications available, upgrade paths, etc.

Rounding Out the Top 25

A few popular certifications just missed the Top 15 cut due to a low total number of responses or an average (mean) pay just outside the threshold. Due to their popularity, I have included them for informational purposes.

Certification Average Pay
CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional $114,287

MCSE: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer 2003 $94,922

RHCSA: Red Hat Certified System Administrator $94,802

VCP-DCV: VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization $94,515

JNCIA: Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate $94,492

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration $91,948

MCITP: Enterprise Administrator $91,280

CCNP: Cisco Certified Network Professional $90,833

WCNA: Wireshark Certified Network Analyst $88,716

CCNA R&S: Cisco Certified Network Associ te Routing and Switching $81,308


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Microsoft Certifications 2014 can you a JOB

With the new technologies coming in the market every other day, life has become advanced these days. In this modern era, you have to be on your toes all the time especially if your career in related to the field of IT: one has to stay updated with all the latest programs and their features in order to stay ahead of his peers. For instance, there was a time when Gramophone was the invention of the century but then it was replaced with mobile phones. Similarly, the invention of television and radio created quite a heap in the early 20th century but later on, the thunder was stolen by computers in the late 20th century.

In this day and age, computers and internet have become the center of attention. Consequently, IT has become the most popular field. IT experts are quite in demand these days; but with the emergence of new programs every other day, they have to keep up with the latest technology in order to stay ahead in the race. One way of staying ahead is the certification courses. These courses ensure that the candidate has attained all the latest knowledge and is ready to roll in the world of technology.

This article will discuss some of the most popular certification courses offered by Microsoft.

Microsoft Technology Associate

This is a certification course designed for the starters: people who want to start their line of business in the field of technology. Accordingly, it tests the fundamentals of IT and validates that the candidates have a basic understanding of the essentials. This course has been divided into three tracks and the candidates can choose any one of the tracks, depending on their preference. The tracks are: IT infrastructure, Database Design and Developer.

Microsoft MCSA- Windows Server 2008
This exam is designed for the IT personnel and it validates their skills in Server Networking management. IT professionals and System Administrators are suggested to take MCSA- Windows Server 2008 exam especially if they are looking forward to earning their MCSE certification.

Microsoft MCSA- Windows Server 2012
This certification exam is an advanced level exam which validates that the candidates have sufficient knowledge of Windows Server 2012 for its proper installation, configuration and working. MCSA- Windows Server 2012 certified can easily get the position of Network Administrator, Computer Systems Administrator or Computer Network Analyst.

Microsoft MCSE- Server Infrastructure
This certification course is designed for IT experts and it will get you the title of ‘Solutions Expert’. It tests individual’s skills in effectively and efficiently running a modern data center with some experience in virtualization storage and networking, identity management and systems management.

Microsoft MCSE- Desktop Infrastructure
This course validates that the individuals can manage desktops and devices, while maintaining their security and integrity, from anywhere around the globe. It also tests individuals’ expertise in application and desktop virtualization together with remote desktop services. With this certification in hand, you can easily qualify for a job of Data and Application Manager or Desktop and Device Support Manager.

Microsoft MCSE- Messaging
This certification is an expert level certification and it validates that the applicant has relevant skills in order to increase user productivity and flexibility. It also validates that the person has sufficient knowledge as to how to improve data security and reduce data loss. After passing this certification exam, candidates can easily qualify for the position of Network and Computer System Administrator.

Microsoft  MCSE- Communication
This certification validates candidates’ expertise in using Lync Server to create an effective communication path that can be accessed from all around the globe. This certification is also an expert level certification and you can easily qualify for the position of Network and Computer System Administrator with it.

Microsoft  MCSE- SharePoint

This Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert certification course verifies that the candidates have the necessary expertise to share, synchronize and organize the data across the organization. SharePoint 2013 is the updated version of Microsoft Office, and passing this certification can get you a job of Systems or Network Analyst.

Microsoft MCSD- SharePoint Application

This Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer certification course is another of expert level certification courses which validates individuals’ expertise in web programming. It also requires the individuals to design and develop applications with Microsoft SharePoint. With this certification, you can easily secure the position of Software Developer or Web Developer.

Microsoft Private Cloud

MCSE- Private Cloud certification course tests candidates’ expertise to manage Private Cloud computer technologies. It also verifies that the candidate can implement these technologies in a way to optimize service delivery. You can easily get the position of Server Administrator and Network Manager with this certification on your resume.

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
Microsoft System Center Certification focuses on the skills to manage computer and clients. The candidates should be able to configure, administer and deploy System Center 2012 in order to pass this exam. You can earn the title of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist through this certification.

Microsoft Server Virtualization
This certification verifies that the candidate is familiar with Server Virtualization, both on Windows Server and System Center. This course expands individual’s expertise and skills in order for him to meet the rapidly modernizing technological business needs, and it can get him the title of Microsoft Specialist in no time.

Microsoft Office Certifications
Microsoft offers many certifications that verify candidates’ skills in handling and using Microsoft Office Applications. These certifications start from beginners level and go up to the master level. Microsoft Office Specialist is a beginner level certification whereas Microsoft Office Specialist Expert is an advanced level certification. Last but not the least; Microsoft Office Specialist Master is a master level certification.

Microsoft MCSA- Office 365
This course focuses on individual’s skills in handling Office 365 together with productivity tools and cloud-based collaboration. This certification can easily get you the position of Cloud Application Administrator or SaaS Administrator.

Microsoft Dynamics

This Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification confirms an individual’s expertise in Microsoft dynamics: a specific module can be chosen for this certification. However, this certification will be withdrawn from the market, at the end of this year, and replaced with the new ones.


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70-643: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring


QUESTION 1
You work as the network administrator at ABC.com. The ABC.com network has a domain named
ABC.com. All servers on the ABC.com network run Windows Server 2008 and all client computers
run Windows Vista.
ABC.com recently entered into partnership with Weyland Industries.
You create user accounts in the ABC.com domain for some employees of Weyland Industries.
You place the user accounts into a global security group named WeySecure.
You want to provide members of the WeySecure group access to parts of the ABC.com network
via a Terminal Services Gateway server named ABC-TS01.
What do you need to do to ensure that the WeySecure group is able to access ABC-TS01?

A. You need to configure a Remote Access Policy.
B. You need to create and configure a Connection Authorization Policy.
C. You need to configure Device redirection.
D. You need to configure a Network Access Protection Policy.

Answer: B

Explanation: To provide a security group access to ABC-TS02, you need to create and configure
a Connection Authorization Policy.
A connection authorization policy (CAP) allows you to control who can connect to the Terminal
Server through the Terminal Services Gateway. You can configure what groups can access the
Terminal Server through the TS Gateway.
Reference: Configuring the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Gateway (Part 2) / Create a
Terminal Services Gateway CAP
http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Configuring-Windows-Server-2008-Terminal-Services-
Gateway-Part2.html


QUESTION 2
You work as a network administrator for ABC.com. The ABC.com network consists of a domain
named ABC.com. All servers on the ABC.com network either run Windows Server 2008 or
Windows Server 2003.
The ABC.com network contains a Windows Server 2003 server named ABC-SR05 and a Windows
Server 2008 server named ABC-SR06. ABC-SR05 has Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft
Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 2.0 installed.
You receive instruction to uABCrade Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 2.0 to Windows
SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 and have it run on ABC-SR06. You need to have Windows
SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 retain the content and settings from Windows SharePoint Services
(WSS) 2.0.
Which of the following steps would be the best way to accomplish this task? (Choose multiple
answers).

A. You should back up the SharePoint configuration as well as the content from ABC-SR05.
B. You should back up the SQL Server 2005 configuration as well as the Microsoft Windows
SharePoint Services (WSS) databases from ABC-SR05.
C. You should uABCrade ABC-SR05 to Windows Server 2008.
D. You should install Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 on ABC-SR06.
E. You should install Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 2.0 on ABC-SR06.
F. You should restore the backup from ABC-SR05 to ABC-SR06.
G. You should uABCrade Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 2.0 to Windows SharePoint
Services (WSS) 3.0 on ABC-SR06.

Answer: A,E,F,G

Explanation: In order to migrate to SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 from ABC-SR05 to ABC-SR06
with all the configuration and content, you need to install WSS 2.0 on ABC-SR06. You need to
back up the WSS 2.0 configuration and content from ABC-SR05. Then the backup can be restored
from ABC-SR05 to ABC-SR06. Lastly an in-place uABCrade of WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0 can be
executed on ABC-SR06.
When you run an in-place uABCrade, all content and configuration data is uABCraded in-place, at
one time. When you start the in-place uABCrade process, the Web server and Web sites remain
offline until the uABCrade has been installed. In-place uABCrades are best for a stand-alone
server and small installations as in this case
Reference: Install and configure Office SharePoint Server for an in-place uABCrade
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263212(TechNet.10).aspx
Determine uABCrade approach (Office SharePoint Server)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263447(TechNet.10).aspx


QUESTION 3
You work as the network administrator at ABC.com. The ABC.com network consists of a domain
named ABC.com. ABC.com has headquarters in London and branch office in Paris. All servers on
the ABC.com network run Windows Server 2008 and all client computers run Windows Vista.
The ABC.com network contains a member server named ABC-SR01. ABC-SR01 is configured as
the Key Management Service (KMS) server.
You are planning to roll out 20 new Windows Server 2008 computers on the network.
After installing Windows Server 2008 on three of the computers you discover that the servers are
unable to activate using ABC-SR01.
How can you ensure that the new computers are able to activate using ABC-SR01?

A. You should ensure that the new servers have a connection to the internet.
B. You should install the Key Management Service (KMS) on a dedicated Windows Server 2008
computer.
C. You should phone Microsoft Licensing House to Activate the servers by telephone.
D. You should install Windows Server 2008 on at least 7 of the remaining computers.

Answer: D

Explanation: To activate the new server through KMS server, you should complete the installation
of at least 10 servers. The Key Management Service is a Windows service. KMS is a trusted
mechanism that, once the KMS host is activated, allows volume client computers within the
enterprise to activate themselves without any interactions with Microsoft. KMS activation of
Windows Server 2008 follows a hierarchical structure. Each successive product group can activate
all the groups below it, and the KMS can be hosted on any edition that it can activate.


QUESTION 4
You are the network administrator at ABC.com. The ABC.com network consists of a domain
named ABC.com. All servers on the ABC.com network run Windows Server 2008 and all client
computers run Windows XP Professional. ABC.com currently makes use of two computers named
ABC-TS01 and ABC-TS02 which runs the Terminal Server Session Broker role.
ABC.com recently entered into partnership with Weyland Industries who make use of two
computers named WEYLAND-TS01 and WEYLAND-TS02. During the course of the day you
receive instruction from ABC.com and Weyland Industries to configure their Terminal servers for
load balancing whilst ensuring ABC-TS02 is configured as the preferred server.
What program would you use to configure the load balancing?

A. You should use the Terminal Services Resource Authorization policy (RAP).
B. You should use the Terminal Services Configuration utility.
C. You should use the Terminal Services Connection Authorization policy (CAP).
D. You should use the Group Policy Manager utility.

Answer: B

Explanation: In order to configure load balancing for the four terminal servers you need to make
use of the Terminal Services Configuration utility. This will also make ABC-TS02 the preferred
server for TS sessions. Using NLB with Terminal Services provide increased availability,
scalability, and load-balancing performance, as well as the ability to distribute a large number of
Terminal Services clients over a group of terminal servers.


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70-630 – TS:Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring

QUESTION 1
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at ABC.com. You have just the completed the
insertion of new content in the root site. However, later that day the users complained that the new
content is not added in the search results when they run searches on the root site. You need to
make sure that the relevent content is included in query results.
What actions should you take to perform this task?

A. The best option is to set the Complete Through constraint.
B. The best option is to reset the crawled content and start a full crawl.
C. The best option is to set the Resource Center view.
D. The best option is to edit the CSS style sheet to include the new content.

Answer: B

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at ABC.com. One of ABC.com branch offices
consists of a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domain. You have received instructions from
the CIO to extend SharePoint user profiles to include the userID property from the users’ domain
accounts.
What actions should you take to perform this task?

A. The best option is to add a Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) server.
B. The best option is to create a custom Microsoft Management Console that can access the
branch office.
C. The best option is to create a new user profile property that is configured with import mapping.
D. The best option is to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at ABC.com. The ABC.com network contains a
SharePoint Portal Server 2003 server named ABC-SR44. ABC-SR44 hosts a SharePoint portal
that is accessed through a hyperlink on the users’ client computers. The hyperlink points to
http://www.ABC.com/ms/certifications.
You want to migrate ABC-SR44 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. You need to
ensure that the SharePoint portal will be accessible after the migration.
What actions should you take to perform this task?

A. By running the stsadm command with the osearch operator.
B. By editing the hyperlink so it will point to the new URL of the migrated content.
C. By running the stsadm command with the enumsites operator.
D. By enabling the Shared Services Provider Synchronizing job.

Answer: B

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at ABC.com. ABC.com contains a Microsoft
Content Management Server 2002 computer named ABC-SR11. You have received instructions
from the CIO to uABCrade ABC-SR11 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007.
What actions should you take to perform this task?

A. The best option is to run the stsadm command with the addwppack operator.
B. The best option is to run the stsadm command with the installfeature operator.
C. The best option is to run the CMS Assessment utility on ABC-SR11.
D. The best option is to run the Optimize HTML command in SharePoint Designer.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 5
You work as a SharePoint Server administrator at ABC.com. ABC.com has a Development
department with a database server named ABC-DB02. ABC-DB02 hosts a database named
CkdProducts. ABC.com has implemented a Web application in the SharePoint site that must
access data in CkdProducts.
What actions should you take?

A. The best option is to obtain and install an application definition file from the Development
department.
B. The best option is to enable the Save for Sharing option, then save CkdProducts in the
Development department.
C. The best option is to save CkdProducts as a Microsoft Excel 2007 worksheet.
D. The best option is to create a custom group in the Site Settings page to the trusted file locations
list.

Answer: A

Explanation:


 

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