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About Exam AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator

Jul 25, 2019 3:30:35 PM / by Val Bakh posted in Microsoft, Microsoft certification, AZ103, Microsoft Azure Administrator, Azure, Microsoft Azure

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Part 1: The Exam

Intro

This is the first article in a three-part series about Microsoft exam AZ-103. In this post, we’ll briefly go over the history of this exam, take a quick look at its requirements, and then go over the exam’s structure.

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3. Microsoft Exams’ Inner Mechanics

Jul 28, 2015 1:32:00 PM / by Val Bakh posted in practice tests, Microsoft certification, passing certification exam

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How to Become a Microsoft Certified Professional

3.5. How to Pass a Microsoft Exam – Part 1

This is Part 1 of the final blog post in this series, where everything we’ve discussed in the previous blog posts should come together. In Part 1, we’ll go over the exam-taking process and try to make sure that the time and effort you’ve spent preparing for the exam are put to good use.

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MS Windows Tips and Tricks | 2.7.2 Miscellaneous Windows 7 Features

Mar 26, 2013 10:29:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in Windows 7, tips and tricks, Microsoft certification, AppLocker

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2.7.2 AppLocker (part 2)

By Val Bakh

In last month’s blog post about AppLocker, we covered the basics of using AppLocker. Now let’s consider a few examples of AppLocker use that might help you avoid unexpected and sometimes unpleasant situations.

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How Important is a Practice Exam Guarantee?

May 24, 2012 9:26:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in Cisco certification, money back guarantee, certification practice exams, Microsoft certification, practice exams

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How much are you shelling out for your next certification exam? $200? $350? These Cisco certification exams and Microsoft certification exams aren’t cheap. The CISSP certification exam currently costs around $500; if you fail, you're out some serious cash. How much money are you willing to gamble with?

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The New MCSE: Same as the Old MCSE?

Apr 26, 2012 8:58:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in MCSA, MCSE, Microsoft certification

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By Michael Aldridge

When I got my first "real" IT job back in 1998, I set my sights on the most prestigious certification that existed back then: the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification. Sure, the first step was to become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). But what did the MCP title really mean? After all, passing any Microsoft exam would enable you to become an MCP. So a developer, a database administrator, and a server administrator might all have the same generic MCP certification. This lack of specificity caused many techs – and many HR managers – to yawn at the MCP credential. Instead, techs set their sights on a certification that indicated to employers exactly what skills they possessed. For server administrators, the MCSE was that certification.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Drive Letters (Part 2)

Mar 6, 2012 7:00:00 AM / by Kelly Mansfield posted in Windows 7, Microsoft, tips and tricks, Microsoft certification, driver letters

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By Val Bakh

2.4.2 Drive Letters (part 2)

In the first part of this article, we discussed the drive letter assignment basics and the changes that Windows Vista and Windows 7 have brought in this area. Now let’s try a few tricks.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Drive Letters

Nov 15, 2011 4:45:00 PM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in Windows 7, Microsoft, tips and tricks, Microsoft certification, driver letters

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By Val Bakh

2.4.1 Drive Letters (part 1)

Disk drives are referred to by using alphabet letters. Drives A and B were commonly used for floppy disk drives, which are now ancient history; virtually no new computers have them anymore. Now drive C is usually the first drive on almost any computer. But what exactly is drive C?

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Microsoft is Increasing Prices on Certification Exams

Jun 23, 2011 4:25:00 PM / by Kelly Mansfield posted in Microsoft, Announcements, Microsoft certification, practice exams

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By Amy Haigh

If you are planning to take a Microsoft certification exam in the near future, you may want to book your exam, or at least purchase an exam voucher, before the end of June. On July 1, 2011, the prices for many of Microsoft’s most popular certification exams will increase for the first time in nine years. Certifications to be affected include MCTS, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, and MCDBA, and Boson offers ExSim-Max Practice Exams for each of these certifications. In the United States, the price for most exams will increase from $125 to $150 for regular examinees. For high school and college students, the price for most exams will increase from $60 to $83. Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) will receive a 50% discount on all exams. For Microsoft’s announcement and a FAQ about the new pricing structure, see the New Prices for Microsoft Certifications Exams Web page.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Activation Part 1

Mar 28, 2011 12:33:00 PM / by Kelly Mansfield posted in Windows 7, Microsoft, practice exam, Microsoft certification

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By Val Bakh

2.2 Activation

2.2.1 Volume Activation

Each installation of Windows 7 must be activated. It is a legal requirement for ensuring that an instance of the operating system is legitimate. There is a 30-day initial grace period, during which you can make up your mind. If you are using Windows 7 for evaluation, testing, or software development and you need to frequently reinstall it and start afresh, you can extend the grace period up to three times by running the following command:

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