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3. Microsoft Exams’ Inner Mechanics

Posted by Val Bakh on Jul 28, 2015 1:32:00 PM

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

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Mar 26, 2013 10:29:00 AM

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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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, tips and tricks, Microsoft certification, AppLocker

How Important is a Practice Exam Guarantee?

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on May 24, 2012 9:26:00 AM

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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Tags: Cisco certification, money back guarantee, certification practice exams, Microsoft certification, practice exams, Kelson Lawrence

The New MCSE: Same as the Old MCSE?

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Apr 26, 2012 8:58:00 AM

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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Tags: MCSA, MCSE, new microsoft certifications, Michael Aldridge, Microsoft certification

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

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Mar 6, 2012 7:00:00 AM

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

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Nov 15, 2011 4:45:00 PM

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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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, Microsoft, tips and tricks, Microsoft certification, driver letters

Microsoft is Increasing Prices on Certification Exams

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Jun 23, 2011 4:25:00 PM

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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Tags: Microsoft, Announcements, Microsoft certification, practice exams, Amy Haigh

Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Activation Part 1

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Mar 28, 2011 12:33:00 PM

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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