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MCSE: Server Infrastructure

piątek, Lipiec 26th, 2013

I have finally taken time to pass 70-413 and 70-414 and I obtained MCSE: Server Infrastructure for Windows Server 2012. The exam 70-414 was really tricky so be sure to prepare well before taking it.

Too bad Exam Ref 70-414 book by Microsoft Press has been again posponed, this time for October 2013. Some time ago it was September, even earlier April, etc. Moreover, say good bye to old-style classic Training Kits from Microsoft Press. Now to learn new skills you  can use two types of paper resources: Exam Refs and Training Guide. The difference is, as explained on MS blog: „Exam Refs are designed to give experienced professionals an exam objective-by-exam objective tour of the certification exam.” while „The new Training Guide series is a wonderful orientation to the job role for a less prepared candidate.” Which is good – if you’re more familiar with the subject you can buy a shorter (and cheaper) Exam Ref and do your research with Technet. Which I did for MCSE as Exam Ref is rather a condensed compendium of topic you need to learn to take (and pass) the exam.


iSCSI target on Windows Server 2012? Why not!

poniedziałek, Listopad 26th, 2012

I have recently described how to install, configure and use iSCSI target on FreeNAS virtual server. This time let’s have a look how to present an iSCSI target on Windows Server 2012.

iSCSI target is a service role of File and Storage Services. Go to Add Roles and Features and expand File and Storage Services > File and iSCSI Services and select iSCSI Target Server.

Click Next and finish the role installation. No configuration is needed during the installation.

When installed open Server manager’s dashboard, click on File and Storage Services on the left and select iSCSI. On the right, click on Tasks menu and select New iSCSI Virtual Disk…

Create a new LUN... ekhm... virtual disk

Create a new LUN... ekhm... virtual disk

Select a location for your new virtual disk (a disk that will be presented under iSCSI target, you can call it a LUN if you want, Microsoft preferes to call it a virtual disk). Give it a meaningful name and choose a size.

Now we’ll create a new target:

Creating a new target

Creating a new target

Give it a name and add a server:

Click on Add...

Click on Add...

Select the method to identify the initiator. You can use IQN and a wildcard * as a value to allow all of them.

On the next screen you can enable CHAP if you want.

That’s it. You can now use the LUN presented by Windows Server 2012 as a datastore on your ESX server :-)

New book: Exam Ref 70-417 from Microsoft Press and O’Reilly discount code

czwartek, Listopad 1st, 2012

As a part of upgrading by MS certifications to windows Server 2012, I’ve just bought Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server® 2012 book by J.C. Mackin. The book costs 35.99$ but with the discount code MSINT you can get the book as cheap as 17.99$! AFAIK the code applies to all Microsoft Press books :-) Really cool!