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Exam 70-673 TS: Designing, Assessing, and Optimizing Software Asset Management (SAM)

Published: November 4, 2008
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2008
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.

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Assess software asset management (SAM) programs by using the SAM Optimization Model (18%)
Define the scope of a SAM program assessment
Identify infrastructure groups and locations, estimated quantity of hardware and software assets, functional descriptions for each group, and key points of contact
Assess SAM processes throughout an organization
Assess infrastructure groups for the existence of documented SAM procedures, roles, and responsibilities
Assign maturity levels according to the 10 components of the SAM Optimization Model
Assign one of four maturity levels to each component
Perform a gap analysis between the current maturity level and the desired maturity level
Review assigned maturity levels, compare assigned maturity levels with desired maturity levels

Preparation resources
Software Asset Management Assessment
Microsoft inventory and assessment tools
SAM Assessment report workbook

Perform software license reviews (21%)

Collect and manage complete hardware and software inventories
Review an organization’s hardware and software inventory collection processes and data to ensure completeness
Validate inventory accuracy
Normalize software inventories and reconcile them against other data sources to verify the accuracy of specified license metrics, such as user counts based on HR employee records
Collect, validate, and manage license entitlement records
Gather, store, normalize, and validate license entitlement records; provide reports as needed
Perform a periodic reconciliation of software inventories and license entitlements
Reconcile software inventory data against software license entitlements data to determine and report license compliance status

Preparation resources
SAM and licensing
Taking inventory
Software and hardware spreadsheet template

Coordinate data collection technologies (21%)
Manage data collection
Identify machine type, agent installation requirements, collection schedules, and discrepancies between inventories; define data schemas; identify data storage locations; normalize the collected data
Coordinate data collection between operations groups
Facilitate data transfer and synchronization between various IT groups, validate data between these groups, and ensure that overall SAM processes are being followed
Manage data interfaces between disparate data sources
Identify the process of matching common fields, cross-referencing, determine whether an individual record in one data source requires the updating of other data sources by using manual or automated techniques; manage the data transfer process
Manage reporting
Gather requirements for general user and executive reports, generate and maintain periodic reports, maintain the infrastructure necessary for ad-hoc reporting requests

Preparation resources
Managing your data-collection packages

Design and manage a SAM program (19%)
Secure executive sponsorship
Identify stakeholders, create proposal materials, and obtain explicit executive authorization
Secure funding
Estimate operational costs in both consulting hours and employee time, create a project plan and budget, and obtain from each infrastructure group funding for each task that is associated with managing a SAM program
Design a SAM program
Identify resources and objectives for a SAM program, align resources with customer requirements and schedules, and coordinate acquisition strategies that may include optimization methods, such as software as a service (SaaS) and application virtualization
Implement a SAM program
Create a SAM stakeholder group to oversee the project; assess and benchmark the current state of SAM; implement technologies to support asset discovery; enhance purchasing processes to include storage and retrieval of license entitlement information; perform an initial license reconciliation; create policies, processes, and procedures to support SAM efforts; secure support from all associated departments; educate employees
Maintain a SAM program
Monitor adherence to the policies, processes, and procedures of an organization’s SAM life cycle; standardize SAM processes across all domains and organizational units; perform periodic license reconciliation; and provide ongoing SAM awareness training
Create and manage a SAM program improvement plan
Incorporate SAM analytical data into strategic IT and business unit planning; create detailed metrics and reports to measure SAM adoption, maturity, and adherence to plan; report return on investment (ROI), cost avoidance, and end-user satisfaction to all stakeholders; evangelize SAM maturity benefits

Preparation resources
Creating policies and procedures
Microsoft Licensing suggestions table
Maintaining SAM

Manage the software asset life cycle (21%)
Manage the acquisition process
Identify and manage approved and unapproved purchasing processes within an organization, identify suppliers, and manage software approval and receiving processes
Manage the deployment process
Validate the availability of software and licenses, select the correct media, specify the software identification characteristics, and track the deployment of software
Maintain assets
Manage software and hardware during the install, move, add, change (IMAC) processes throughout the software asset life cycle
Manage the retirement process
Identify hardware for retirement, retire software, harvest software licenses, decommissioning or destruction of storage media

Preparation resources
SAM Optimization Model
Software acquisition policy
Software use policy


QUESTION 1
How many years of experience do you have designing, assessing, and optimizing Software Asset Management (SAM)?

A. I have not done this yet.
B. Less than 3 months
C. 3-6 months
D. More than 6 months but less than 1 year
E. 1-2 years
F. 2-3 years
G. 3 or more years

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
Rate your level of proficiency with assessing SAM programs by using the SAM Optimization Model, including defining scope, assessing SAM processes throughout an organization, assigning maturity levels according to the 10 components of the SAM Optimization Model, and performing gap analysis between current and desired maturity levels.

A. Very High
B. High
C. Moderate
D. Low
E. Very Low

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
Rate your level of proficiency with performing software license reviews, including conducting inventories, validating and managing license entitlement records, and reconciling software inventories and report license compliance status.

A. Very High
B. High
C. Moderate
D. Low
E. Very Low

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
Rate your level of proficiency with coordinating technologies, including managing data collection, data interfaces between disparate data sources, and reporting.

A. Very High
B. High
C. Moderate
D. Low
E. Very Low

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 5
Rate your level of proficiency with designing, implementing, and managing a SAM program, including securing executive sponsorship and funding.

A. Very High
B. High
C. Moderate
D. Low
E. Very Low

Answer: A

Explanation:

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Exam 70-642 Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

Published: March 6, 2008
Languages: English, German, Japanese
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2008
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSA, MCTS

Skills measured
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Configuring addressing and services (21%)
Configure IPv4 and IPv6 addressing
Configure IP address options; subnetting; supernetting; multi-homed; interoperability between IPv4 and IPv6
Configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
DHCP options; creating new options; PXE boot; default user profiles; DHCP relay agents; exclusions; authorize server in Active Directory; scopes; DHCPv6
Configure routing
Static routing; persistent routing; Routing Internet Protocol (RIP); metrics; choosing a default gateway; maintaining a routing table; demand-dial routing; IGMP proxy
Configure Windows Firewall with advanced security
Inbound and outbound rules; custom rules; authorized users; authorized computers; configure firewall by using Group Policy; network location profiles; service groups; import/export policies; isolation policy; IPsec group policies; Connection Security Rules

Preparation resources
Configuring TCP/IP networking
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
Windows firewall and IPsec policy deployment step-by-step guide

Configuring names resolution (22%)
Configure a Domain Name System (DNS) server
Conditional forwarding; external forwarders; root hints; cache-only; socket pooling; cache locking
Configure DNS zones
Zone scavenging; zone types; Active Directory integration; Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS); Secure DDNS; GlobalNames; zone delegation; DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC); reverse lookup zones
Configure DNS records
Record types; Time to live (TTL); weighting records; registering records; netmask ordering; DnsUpdateProxy group; round robin; DNS record security; auditing
Configure DNS replication
DNS secondary zones; DNS stub zones; Active Directory Integrated replication scopes; securing zone transfer; SOA refresh; auditing
Configure name resolution for client computers
Configuring HOSTS file; Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution (LLMNR); broadcasting; resolver cache; DNS server list; Suffix Search order; DNS devolution

Preparation resources
IPv4 name resolution
Configure a DNS server to use forwarders
Configuring zone properties

Configuring network access (18%)
Configure remote access
Dial-up; Remote Access Policy; Network Address Translation (NAT); VPN protocols, such as Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) and IKEv2; Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS); packet filters; Connection Manager; VPN reconnect; RAS authentication by using MS-CHAP, MS-CHAP v2, and EAP
Configure Network Access Protection (NAP)
Network layer protection; DHCP enforcement; VPN enforcement; RDS enforcement; configure NAP health policies; IPsec enforcement; 802.1x enforcement; flexible host isolation; multi-configuration System Health Validator (SHV)
Configure DirectAccess
IPv6; IPsec; server requirements; client requirements; perimeter network; name resolution policy table
Configure Network Policy Server (NPS)
IEEE 802.11 wireless; IEEE 802.3 wired; Group Policy for wireless; RADIUS accounting; Connection Request policies; RADIUS proxy; NPS templates

Preparation resources
Network access protection deployment guide
DirectAccess configuration, tips, tricks, and best practices
Administering NPS

Configuring file and print services (20%)
Configure a file server
File share publishing; Offline Files; share permissions; NTFS permissions; encrypting file system (EFS); BitLocker; Access-Based Enumeration (ABE); branch cache; Share and Storage Management console
Configure Distributed File System (DFS)
DFS namespace; DFS configuration and application; creating and configuring targets; DFS replication; read-only replicated folder; failover cluster support; health reporting
Configure backup and restore
Backup types; backup schedules; managing remotely; restoring data; shadow copy services; volume snapshot services (VSS); bare metal restore; backup to remote file share
Manage file server resources
FSRM; quota by volume or quota by user; quota entries; quota templates; file classification; Storage Manager for SANs; file management tasks; file screening
Configure and monitor print services
Printer share; publish printers to Active Directory; printer permissions; deploy printer connections; install printer drivers; export and import print queues and printer settings; add counters to Performance Monitor to monitor print servers; print pooling; print priority; print driver isolation; location-aware printing; print management delegation

Preparation resources
File services for Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 file services: Deep dive
Print and document services

Monitoring and managing a network infrastructure (20%)
Configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server settings
Update type selection; client settings; Group Policy object (GPO); client targeting; software updates; test and approval; disconnected networks
Configure performance monitoring
Data Collector Sets; Performance Monitor; Reliability Monitor; monitoring System Stability Index; page files; analyze performance data
Configure event logs
Custom views; application and services logs; subscriptions; attaching tasks to events find and filter
Gather network data
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP); Network Monitor; Connection Security Rules monitoring

Preparation resources
Managing Windows Server Update Services 3.0 servers
Performance and reliability monitoring getting started guide for Windows Server 2008
Monitoring and status tools


QUESTION 1
Your network contains 100 servers that run Windows Server 2008 R2.
A server named Server1 is deployed on the network. Server1 will be used to collect events from the Security event logs of the other servers on the network.
You need to define the Custom Event Delivery Optimization settings on Server1.
Which tool should you use?

A. Event Viewer
B. Task Scheduler
C. Wecutil
D. Wevtutil

Answer: C


QUESTION 2
Your network contains a server that runs Windows Server 2008 R2. You plan to create a custom script.
You need to ensure that each time the script runs, an entry is added to the Application event log.
Which tool should you use?

A. Eventcreate
B. Eventvwr
C. Wecutil
D. Wevtutil

Answer: A

Explanation:
You can create custom events in an event log by using the Eventcreate utility. This can be useful as a diagnostic tool in scripts when you record an error or event directly into the logs without using VBScript or another language to log the event.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324145


QUESTION 3
Your network contains a server that has the SNMP Service installed.
You need to configure the SNMP security settings on the server.
Which tool should you use?

A. Local Security Policy
B. Scw
C. Secedit
D. Services console

Answer: D


QUESTION 4
Your network contains a server named Server1 that runs Windows Server 2008 R2. Server1 has the SNMP Service installed.
You perform an SNMP query against Server1 and discover that the query returns the incorrect identification information.
You need to change the identification information returned by Server1.
What should you do?

A. From the properties of the SNMP Service, modify the Agent settings.
B. From the properties of the SNMP Service, modify the General settings.
C. From the properties of the SNMP Trap Service, modify the Logon settings.
D. From the properties of the SNMP Trap Service, modify the General settings.

Answer: A


QUESTION 5
You need to capture the HTTP traffic to and from a server every day between 09:00 and 10:00.
What should you do?

A. Create a scheduled task that runs the Netsh tool.
B. Create a scheduled task that runs the Nmcap tool.
C. From Network Monitor, configure the General options.
D. From Network Monitor, configure the Capture options.

Answer: B

Explanation:
nmcap /networks * /capture LDAP /file c:\file.cap If you want a timer add the following
/startwhen /timeafter x hours

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Exam 70-640 Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

Published: March 6, 2008
Languages: English, German, Japanese
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2008
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCTS, MCITP, MCSA

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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Configuring Domain Name System (DNS) for Active Directory (18%)
Configure zones
Dynamic DNS (DDNS), Non-dynamic DNS (NDDNS), and Secure Dynamic DNS (SDDNS); Time to Live (TTL); GlobalNames; Primary, Secondary, Active Directory Integrated, Stub; SOA; zone scavenging; forward lookup; reverse lookup
Configure DNS server settings
Forwarding; root hints; configure zone delegation; round robin; disable recursion; debug logging; server scavenging
Configure zone transfers and replication
Configure replication scope (forestDNSzone; domainDNSzone); incremental zone transfers; DNS Notify; secure zone transfers; configure name servers; application directory partitions

Preparation resources
Configuring zone properties
Configure a DNS server for use with Active Directory Domain Services
Modify zone transfer settings

Configuring the Active Directory infrastructure (17%)
Configure a forest or a domain
Remove a domain; perform an unattended installation; Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT); change forest and domain functional levels; interoperability with previous versions of Active Directory; multiple user principal name (UPN) suffixes; forestprep; domainprep
Configure trusts
Forest trust; selective authentication vs. forest-wide authentication; transitive trust; external trust; shortcut trust; SID filtering
Configure sites
Create Active Directory subnets; configure site links; configure site link costing; configure sites infrastructure
Configure Active Directory replication
DFSR; one-way replication; Bridgehead server; replication scheduling; configure replication protocols; force intersite replication
Configure the global catalog
Universal Group Membership Caching (UGMC); partial attribute set; promote to global catalog
Configure operations masters
Seize and transfer; backup operations master; operations master placement; Schema Master; extending the schema; time service

Preparation resources
Deploying a Windows Server 2008 forest root domain
Securing domain and forest trusts
Active Directory replication tools and settings

Configuring Active Directory roles and services (14%)
Configure Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (AD LDS)
Migration to AD LDS; configure data within AD LDS; configure an authentication server; Server Core installation
Configure Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS)
Certificate request and installation; self-enrollments; delegation; create RMS templates; RMS administrative roles; RM add-on for IE
Configure the read-only domain controller (RODC)
Replication; Administrator role separation; read-only DNS; BitLocker; credential caching; password replication; syskey; read-only SYSVOL; staged install
Configure Active Directory Federation Services (AD FSv2)
Install AD FS server role; exchange certificate with AD FS agents; configure trust policies; configure user and group claim mapping; import and export trust policies

Preparation resources
AD LDS getting started step-by-step guide
Read-only domain controllers step-by-step guide
AD FS step-by-step guide

Creating and maintaining Active Directory objects (18%)
Automate creation of Active Directory accounts
Bulk import; configure the UPN; create computer, user, and group accounts (scripts, import, migration); template accounts; contacts; distribution lists; offline domain join
Maintain Active Directory accounts
Manage computer accounts; configure group membership; account resets; delegation; AGDLP/AGGUDLP; deny domain local group; local vs. domain; Protected Admin; disabling accounts vs. deleting accounts; deprovisioning; contacts; creating organizational units (OUs); delegation of control; protecting AD objects from deletion; managed service accounts
Create and apply Group Policy objects (GPOs)
Enforce, OU hierarchy, block inheritance, and enabling user objects; group policy processing priority; WMI; group policy filtering; group policy loopback; Group Policy Preferences (GPP)
Configure GPO templates
User rights; ADMX Central Store; administrative templates; security templates; restricted groups; security options; starter GPOs; shell access policies
Deploy and manage software by using GPOs
Publishing to users; assigning software to users; assigning to computers; software removal; software restriction policies; AppLocker
Configure account policies
Domain password policy; account lockout policy; fine-grain password policies
Configure audit policy by using GPOs
Audit logon events; audit account logon events; audit policy change; audit access privilege use; audit directory service access; audit object access; advanced audit policies; global object access auditing; “Reason for Access” reporting

Preparation resources
Active Directory how to…
Group policy planning and deployment guide
Account policies

Maintaining the Active Directory environment (18%)
Configure backup and recovery
Using Windows Server Backup; back up files and system state data to media; backup and restore by using removable media; perform an authoritative or non-authoritative restores; linked value replication; Directory Services Recovery Mode (DSRM); backup and restore GPOs; configure AD recycle bin
Perform offline maintenance
Offline defragmentation and compaction; Restartable Active Directory; Active Directory database mounting tool
Monitor Active Directory
Event viewer subscriptions; data collector sets; real-time monitoring; analyzing logs; WMI queries; PowerShell

Preparation resources
Windows Server backup step-by-step guide for Windows Server 2008
Compact the directory database file (offline defragmentation)
Restartable AD DS step-by-step guide

Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services (15%)

Install Active Directory Certificate Services
Certificate authority (CA) types, including standalone, enterprise, root, and subordinate; role services; prepare for multiple-forest deployments
Configure CA server settings
Key archival; certificate database backup and restore; assigning administration roles; high-volume CAs; auditing
Manage certificate templates
Certificate template types; securing template permissions; managing different certificate template versions; key recovery agent
Manage enrollments
Network device enrollment service (NDES); auto enrollment; Web enrollment; extranet enrollment; smart card enrollment; authentication mechanism assurance; creating enrollment agents; deploying multiple-forest certificates; x.509 certificate mapping
Manage certificate revocations
Configure Online Responders; Certificate Revocation List (CRL); CRL Distribution Point (CDP); Authority Information Access (AIA)

Preparation resources
Active Directory certificate services step-by-step guide
Setting up a certification authority
Administering certificate templates


QUESTION 1
Your company has a main office and three branch offices. Each office is configured as a separate Active Directory site that has its own domain controller.
You disable an account that has administrative rights.
You need to immediately replicate the disabled account information to all sites.
What are two possible ways to achieve this goal? (Each correct answer presents a complete solution. Choose two.)

A. From the Active Directory Sites and Services console, configure all domain controllers
as global catalog servers.
B. From the Active Directory Sites and Services console, select the existing connection objects and force replication.
C. Use Repadmin.exe to force replication between the site connection objects.
D. Use Dsmod.exe to configure all domain controllers as global catalog servers.

Answer: B,C

Explanation:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc835086%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
Repadmin /syncall Synchronizes a specified domain controller with all of its replication partners. http://ivan.dretvic.com/2012/01/how-to-force-replication-of-domain-controllers/
How to force replication of Domain Controllers From time to time its necessary to kick off AD replication to speed up a task you may be doing, or just a good too to check the status of replication between DC’s.
Below is a command to replicate from a specified DC to all other DC’s.
Repadmin /syncall DC_name /Aped By running a repadmin /syncall with the /A(ll partitions) P(ush) e(nterprise, cross sites) d(istinguished names) parameters, you have duplicated exactly what Replmon used to do in Windows 2003, except that you did it in one step, not many.And with the benefit of seeing immediate results on how the operations are proceeding.
If I am running it on the DC itself, I don’t even have to specify the server name. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc776188%28v=ws.10%29.aspx Force replication over a connection
To force replication over a connection
1. Open Active Directory Sites and Services.
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QUESTION 2
Your company has a branch office that is configured as a separate Active Directory site and has an Active Directory domain controller.
The Active Directory site requires a local Global Catalog server to support a new application.
You need to configure the domain controller as a Global Catalog server.
Which tool should you use?

A. The Server Manager console
B. The Active Directory Sites and Services console
C. The Dcpromo.exe utility
D. The Computer Management console
E. The Active Directory Domains and Trusts console

Answer: B

Explanation:

Answer: The Active Directory Sites and Services console http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781329%28v=ws.10%29.aspx Configure a domain controller as a global catalog server
To configure a domain controller as a global catalog server 1. Open Active Directory Sites and Services.
Further information: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc728188%28v=ws.10%29.aspx What Is the Global Catalog?
The global catalog is a distributed data repository that contains a searchable, partial representation of every object in every domain in a multidomain Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) forest. The global catalog is stored on domain controllers that have been designated as global catalog servers and is distributed through multimaster replication. Searches that are directed to the global catalog are faster because they do not involve referrals to different domain controllers.
In addition to configuration and schema directory partition replicas, every domain controller in a forest stores a full, writable replica of a single domain directory partition. Therefore, a domain controller can locate only the objects in its domain. Locating an object in a different domain would require the user or application to provide the domain of the requested object. The global catalog provides the ability to locate objects from any domain without having to know the domain name. A global catalog server is a domain controller that, in addition to its
full, writable domain directory partition replica, also stores a partial, read-only replica of all other domain directory partitions in the forest. The additional domain directory partitions are partial because only a limited set of attributes is included for each object. By including only the attributes that are most used for searching, every object in every domain in even the largest forest can be represented in the database of a single global catalog server.
Note: A global catalog server can also store a full, writable replica of an application directory partition, but objects in application directory partitions are not replicated to the global catalog as partial, read-only directory partitions.
The global catalog is built and updated automatically by the AD DS replication system. The attributes that are replicated to the global catalog are identified in the schema as the partial attribute set (PAS) and are defined by default by Microsoft. However, to optimize searching, you can edit the schema by adding or removing attributes that are stored in the global catalog.
In Windows 2000 Server environments, any change to the PAS results in full synchronization (update of all attributes) of the global catalog. Later versions of Windows Server reduce the impact of updating the global catalog by replicating only the attributes that change.
In a single-domain forest, a global catalog server stores a full, writable replica of the domain and does not store any partial replica. A global catalog server in a single-domain forest functions in the same manner as a nonglobal-catalog server except for the processing of forest-wide searches.


QUESTION 3
Your company has an Active Directory domain. You have a two-tier PKI infrastructure that contains an offline root CA and an online issuing CA.
The Enterprise certification authority is running Windows Server 2008 R2.
You need to ensure users are able to enroll new certificates.
What should you do?

A. Renew the Certificate Revocation List (CRL) on the root CA. Copy the CRL to the CertEnroll folder on the issuing CA.
B. Renew the Certificate Revocation List (CRL) on the issuing CA, Copy the CRL to the SysternCertificates folder in the users’ profile.
C. Import the root CA certificate into the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store on all client workstations.
D. Import the issuing CA certificate into the Intermediate Certification Authorities store on all client workstations.

Answer: A

Explanation:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2900.offline-root-certification-authority-ca.aspx
Offline Root Certification Authority (CA)
A root certification authority (CA) is the top of a public key infrastructure (PKI) and generates a self-signed certificate. This means that the root CA is validating itself (self-validating). This root CA could then have subordinate CAs that effectively trust it. The subordinate CAs receive a certificate signed by the root CA, so the subordinate CAs can issue certificates that are validated by the root C
A. This establishes a CA hierarchy and trust path.
CA Compromise
If a root CA is in some way compromised (broken into, hacked, stolen, or accessed by an unauthorized or malicious person), then all of the certificates that were issued by that CA are also compromised. Since certificates are used for data protection, identification, and authorization, the compromise of a CA could compromise the security of an entire organizational network. For that reason, many organizations that run internal PKIs install their root CA offline. That is, the CA is never connected to the company network, which makes the root CA an offline root C
A. Make sure that you keep all CAs in secure areas with limited access.
To ensure the reliability of your CA infrastructure, specify that any root and non-issuing intermediate CAs must be offline. A non-issuing CA is one that is not expected to provide certificates to client computers, network devices, and so on. This minimizes the risk of the CA private keys becoming compromised, which would in turn compromise all the certificates that were issued by the CA.
How Do Offline CAs issue certificates?
Offline root CAs can issue certificates to removable media devices (e.g. floppy disk, USB drive, CD/DVD) and then physically transported to the subordinate CAs that need the certificate in order to perform their tasks. If the subordinate CA is a non-issuing intermediate that is offline, then it will also be used to generate a certificate and that certificate will be placed on removable media. Each CA receives its authorization to issue certificates from the CA directly above it in the CA hierarchy. However, you can have multiple CAs at the same level of the CA hierarchy. Issuing CAs are typically online and used to issue certificates to client computers, network
devices, mobile devices, and so on. Do not join offline CAs to an Active Directory Domain Services domain Since offline CAs should not be connected to a network, it does not make sense to join them to an Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain, even with the
Offline Domain Join [This link is external to TechNet Wiki. It will open in a new window.] option introduced with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Furthermore, installing an offline CA on a server that is a member of a domain can cause problems with a secure channel when you bring the CA back online after a long offline period. This is because the computer account password changes every 30 days. You can get around this by problem and better protect your CA by making it a member of a workgroup, instead of a domain. Since Enterprise CAs need to be joined to an AD DS domain, do not attempt to install an offline CA as a Windows Server Enterprise C
A. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc740209%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
Renewing a certification authority
A certification authority may need to be renewed for either of the following reasons: Change in the policy of certificates issued by the CA
Expiration of the CA’s issuing certificate


QUESTION 4
You have a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Root certification authority (CA).
You need to grant members of the Account Operators group the ability to only manage Basic EFS certificates.
You grant the Account Operators group the Issue and Manage Certificates permission on the CA.
Which three tasks should you perform next? (Each correct answer presents part of the solution.
Choose three.)

A. Enable the Restrict Enrollment Agents option on the CA.
B. Enable the Restrict Certificate Managers option on the CA.
C. Add the Basic EFS certificate template for the Account Operators group.
D. Grant the Account Operators group the Manage CA permission on the CA.
E. Remove all unnecessary certificate templates that are assigned to the Account Operators group.

Answer: B,C,E


QUESTION 5
Your company has an Active Directory domain.
You log on to the domain controller. The Active Directory Schema snap-in is not available in the Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
You need to access the Active Directory Schema snap-in.
What should you do?

A. Add the Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) role to the domain controller by using Server Manager.
B. Log off and log on again by using an account that is a member of the Schema Administrators group.
C. Use the Ntdsutil.exe command to connect to the Schema Master operations master and open the schema for writing.
D. Register Schmmgmt.dll.

Answer: D

Explanation:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732110.aspx Install the Active Directory Schema Snap-In
You can use this procedure to first register the dynamic-link library (DLL) that is required for the Active Directory Schema snap-in. You can then add the snap-in to Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
To install the Active Directory Schema snap-in
1. To open an elevated command prompt, click Start, type command prompt and then right-click Command
Prompt when it appears in the Start menu. Next, click Run as administrator and then click OK.
To open an elevated command prompt in Windows Server 2012, click Start, type cmd, right click cmd and then click Run as administrator.
2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll
3. Click Start, click Run, type mmc and then click OK.
4. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.
5. Under Available snap-ins, click Active Directory Schema, click Add and then click OK.
6. To save this console, on the File menu, click Save.
7. In the Save As dialog box, do one of the following:
* To place the snap-in in the Administrative Tools folder, in File name, type a name for the snap-in, and then click Save.
* To save the snap-in to a location other than the Administrative Tools folder, in Save in
navigate to a location for the snap-in. In File name, type a name for the snap-in, and then
click Save


QUESTION 6
You have an Active Directory domain that runs Windows Server 2008 R2.
You need to implement a certification authority (CA) server that meets the following requirements:
Allows the certification authority to automatically issue certificates
Integrates with Active Directory Domain Services
What should you do?

A. Install and configure the Active Directory Certificate Services server role as a Standalone Root CA.
B. Install and configure the Active Directory Certificate Services server role as an Enterprise Root CA.
C. Purchase a certificate from a third-party certification authority, Install and configure the Active Directory
Certificate Services server role as a Standalone Subordinate CA.
D. Purchase a certificate from a third-party certification authority, Import the certificate into the computer store of the schema master.

Answer: B

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Exam 70-573 TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development

Published: July 12, 2010
Languages: English
Audiences: Developers
Technology: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
Credit toward certification: MCTS, MCPD

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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Working with the SharePoint user interface (19%)
Manage SPSite and SPWeb programmatically by using Visual Studio 2010
Creating sub webs, referencing SPFiles, manipulating property bag, when to call Update, referencing SPContext, SPSite, SPWeb, SPSite.OpenWeb, SPWeb.Webs, feature activation and deactivation
This objective does not include: trivial cases such as setting title and other loose properties of the objects
Implement a dialog by using the dialog framework
Create dialogs from JavaScript or from server side, display dialogs
Create a custom ribbon object
Adding custom actions to the ribbon, customizing groups, customizing tabs, customizing the existing ribbon
Customize navigation programmatically
TopNav bar, quick launch, custom actions
This objective does not include: custom menu controls, custom site map providers
Create and apply branding to a SharePoint site
Applying custom master pages to content pages and application pages, placeholders, page layouts, programmatically working with themes, deploying CSS, CSSlink, ScriptLink
This objective does not include: graphic design, creating a CSS

Preparation resources
User interface customization resource center | SharePoint 2010
SharePoint 2010 UI customization
Customizing and extending the SharePoint 2010 Server ribbon

Developing web parts and controls (21%)
Create web parts
Including properties, controls using render vs. CreateChildControl, life cycle, visual, standard web parts
This objective does not include: trivial case where developer uses visual web part project template
Create connectable web parts
Implement consumer/provider interfaces
Debug web parts
ULS log, and event log, debug.log tracing, developer dashboard
Create and implement delegate controls
Overriding existing controls with lower sequence, developing and using .ascx files

Preparation resources
Walkthrough: Creating a basic web part
SharePoint 2010: Developing connected web parts
How to: Customize a delegate control

Developing business logic (19%)
Implement a custom workflow in Visual Studio 2010
Work with initiation data or association data to create a SharePoint task, extend a workflow imported from SharePoint Designer 2010, use a HandleExternalEvent and CallExternalMethod to interact with a custom local service, work with initiation data or association data in a site workflow, correlation token
This objective does not include: trivial cases such as workflows with no custom actions, initiation data, association data
Create a custom workflow action
Create a custom SPD action, create and add a custom activity to a Visual Studio workflow, define an action.xml file
Create and implement event receivers
Accessing event properties, list, item, site, email, avoiding recursion, cancelling events, choosing synchronization state
Customize Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
Creating a content type that inherit from appropriate parent, creating and implementing a custom publishing field control that is page mode aware, activating a master page programmatically including token usage
This objective does not include: page layouts, formatting
Create, implement and debug a timer job
Configuration, programmatic scheduling, queuing, attaching debugger to the timer service
Create and modify Business Connectivity Service model in Visual Studio 2010
Create a BDC model in Visual Studio 2010, define insert, update and delete methods, create and read items, make data searchable
Manage users, groups, permissions
SPGroups, SPUser, permission inheritance, all securable objects, SPRoleDefinition, SPRole, SPRoleAssignment

Preparation resources
Workflow development in Visual Studio
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) development in SharePoint Server 2010
Using the SharePoint Business Data Connectivity designer in VS 2010

Working with SharePoint data (22%)
Access list data by using the Server object model
SPQuery, LINQ, SPList, SPSiteDataQuery, schema management, working with a query governor, create LINQ query that includes a join statement, SPQuery vs. SPSiteDataQuery
Access SharePoint data by using WCF data services
WCF ListData.svc, RESTFUL URLs conventions, create and use a client service reference
Access (CRUD) data by using the client object model
Javascript, .NET, Silverlight, build Silverlight user interface for SharePoint using client object model, query data by using CAML over the client object model in Silverlight, non-data API (site, web, list, access)
Work with documents programmatically
SPFile, SPFolder, SPVersion, upload document and set meta data
Work with the meta data
Access data from user profiles, taxonomy, folksonomy
Extending SharePoint search
Creating a custom query using full text query or keyword query, customize the look and feel of the search result using XSLT
Implement and debug code that executes in an alternative security context
Create code that uses the RunWithElevatedPrivileges delegate (including debugging), create code that uses the system account, create code that impersonate a different user
Create and modify a custom content type
Declaratively and programmatically creating and upgrading content type using Visual Studio 2010, modifying an existing content type, site columns

Preparation resources
Using the client object model
Accessing SharePoint 2010 lists by using WCF data services
Extending search

Stabilizing and deploying SharePoint components (19%)
Manage a solution in Visual Studio 2010
Modify the contained features in the solution, add an assembly that is not included in the visual studio solution, manage mapped folders for localization, sandbox and farm solutions, customize manifest.xml
Manage a feature by using Visual Studio 2010
Upgrading, localizing, versioning, developing features, feature receivers (activating and installing) that interact with their parent object, customizing feature.xml
This objective does not include: features without elements
Store and retrieve configuration data
App config, web config, persisted object, list, xml, file system, cookies, property bag
Create a site definition by using Visual Studio 2010
Feature activation, site provisioning, localization
This objective does not include: list definitions and modules defined in ONET.xml, SharePoint Designer
Manage SharePoint object life cycle by using the dispose API
SPWeb, SPContext, IDisposable, Try…Catch…Finally, using blocks
Develop, debug, and deploy sandboxed solutions
APIs that are allowed or not allowed in sandbox, use a full trust proxy

Preparation resources
SharePoint development in Visual Studio
Creating SharePoint 2010 site definitions in Visual Studio 2010
Developing, deploying, and monitoring sandboxed solutions in SharePoint 2010


QUESTION 1
You create a Web Part by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. You need to execute SPDisposeCheck.exe before the Web Part is deployed. What should you do?

A. Configure a pre-deployment command line.
B. Configure SPDisposeCheck.exe as an external tool.
C. Change the configuration from Active (Debug) to Release.
D. Change the active deployment configuration to No Activation.

Answer: A

Explanation:
MNEMONIC RULE: “before deployed = pre-deployment”
How to: Set SharePoint Deployment Commands
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee231534.aspx


QUESTION 2
You have a SharePoint site collection. The root Web of the site collection has the URL http://intranet.
You plan to create a sandboxed solution that will contain a Web Part. The Web Part will display the title of the root Web.
You write the following code segment for the Web Part. (Line numbers are included for reference only.)
01 SPSite currentSite = new SPSite(“http://intranet”);
02
03 Label currentTitle = new Label();
04 currentTitle.Text = currentSite.RootWeb.Title;
You add the Web Part to a page in the root Web and receive the following error message: “Web Part Error: Unhandled exception was thrown by the sandboxed code wrapper’s Execute method in the partial trust app domain: An unexpected error has occurred.”
You need to prevent the error from occurring.
What should you do?

A. Add the following line of code at line 02: currentSite.OpenWeb();
B. Add the following line of code at line 02: currentSite.OpenWeb(“http://intranet”);
C. Change line 01 to the following code segment: SPSite currentSite = SPContext.Current.Site;
D. Change line 04 to the following code segment: currentTitle.Text = currentSite.OpenWeb().Title;

Answer: C

Explanation:
MNEMONIC RULE: “sandboxed = SPContext”
OpenWeb() method returns SPWeb object, so answers A and B are incorrect, since they assume OpenWeb()method doesn’t return an object.
Answer D is incorrect for the same reason.
This constructor is allowed in sandboxed solutions. in that case, the value of the requestUrl parameter mustresolve to the parent site collection in which the sandboxed solution is deployed. If the value of the requestUrl parameter resolves to the URL of any other site collection, the constructor throwsan exception because a sandboxed solution is not allowed to access any SharePoint objects outside its hostingsite collection.
SPSite Constructor (String) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms466911.aspx


QUESTION 3
You are creating a Web Part that will be deployed as a sandboxed solution. You need to ensure that the Web Part can write debugging information to the SharePoint trace logs. Which class should the logging component inherit?

A. SPDelegate
B. SPLog
C. SPPersistedObject
D. SPProxyOperation

Answer: D

Explanation:
MNEMONIC RULE: “sandboxed solution needs SPProxyOperation”
You can implement your full-trust functionality in classes that derive from the SPProxyOperation abstract classand deploy the assembly to the global assembly cache. These classes expose a full-trust proxy that you cancall from within the sandbox environment.
Full-trust proxies can provide a useful way to expose logging and configuration functionality to sandboxedapplications.
Hybrid Approaches http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff798433.aspx


QUESTION 4
You need to create a Web Part that will store and retrieve information for the current subsite. Which object should you use?

A. SPContext.Current.Site.RootWeb.AllProperties
B. SPContext.Current.Site.RootWeb.Configuration
C. SPContext.Current.Web.Configuration
D. SPContext.Current.Web.Properties

Answer: D

Explanation:
MNEMONIC RULE: “information is in Web.Properties” SPContext.Current.Web is SPWeb object.
Properties is the SPPropertyBag object with the metadata for the website. SPWeb.Properties Property http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.sharepoint.spweb.properties.aspx


QUESTION 5
You create a SharePoint solution. You deploy the SharePoint solution by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. You need to prevent the Feature that is contained in the solution from being automatically activated when you deploy the solution. What should you configure in Visual Studio 2010?

A. the active deployment configuration
B. the build configuration
C. the pre-deployment command line
D. the startup item

Answer: A

Explanation:
MNEMONIC RULE: “deploy the solution = active deployment configuration” How to: Edit a SharePoint Deployment Configuration http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee231587.aspx
Walkthrough: Creating a Custom Deployment Step for SharePoint Projects http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee256698.aspx

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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
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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
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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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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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Microsoft Exam 70-668, PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator – See more at:

Microsoft MCTS 70-668
PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator

Examination Details:
This certificate examination is all about Administrating Microsoft SharePoint. This certification was originated on July 12, 2010 and designed in different languages such as English, Japanese, Portuguese, German and French. It’s developed mainly for IT professionals who want to develop their career.

Audience Profile
Candidates for this exam are required to design and deploy SharePoint Online and on-premise SharePoint. The candidates can be senior administrators who act as the technical hear over a group of administrators. Applicants with minimum of two of experience of deployment, managing, administering, upgrading, designing and migrating are ideal.

Candidates are mainly required to plan, design, and maintain:
Infrastructure capacity
Disaster recovery and availability
Physical topologies and services architecture
Migration, coexistence, and upgrade
Farm performance and availability
Information architecture
Security and compliance requirements
Information search strategy integration
Deployment of Client application services

Applicants should have a deep understanding of:
Windows Power-Shell scripting
Performance concepts and Server availability
Authentication methods and Security concepts
Windows Server 2008
Active Directory administration
Networking infrastructure services (DNS and IIS)

Skills to be measured:
The applicants will be tested on the following topics. However, this is not an exhaustive list of topics and they might change and questions other than these areas can also be asked to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge.

Designing SharePoint’s Farm Topology (27 percent)
Designing a physical architecture.
Designing SharePoint integration with network infrastructure.
Designing logical taxonomy.
Planning for sandbox solutions.
Planning for farm deployment.
Planning for availability.

Planning SharePoint’s Deployment (26 percent)
Planning service applications.
Planning a SharePoint component strategy.
Planning an upgrade strategy.
Designing a migration strategy.
Designing security architecture.
Planning and deploying authentication methods.

Defining SharePoint’s Business Continuity and Operations Strategy (25 percent)
Designing a maintenance strategy.
Recommending provisioning strategies.
Establishing enterprise monitoring plan.
Planning SharePoint backup and restore.

Planning for Business Solutions (22 percent)
Defining search requirements.
Planning search topology.
Planning an enterprise search strategy.
Planning enterprise content management.
Planning for social computing and collaboration.
Planning for a business intelligence strategy

Preparation:
Microsoft offers an array of training resources. From classroom training to online sessions, they have it all. You can join forums, newsgroups and chats to take peers advice and talk to certified Microsoft professionals if you have any doubts regarding the course. Take up practice test to analyze where you stand and determine your weak areas. Microsoft recommends that you purchase the study material for clearing the exam with a high score. You will not be disappointed after purchasing the material which comes with money back guarantee.

 


 

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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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