Microsoft 70-533 (2018 Edition) – How to Pass

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Microsoft 70-533, which is named Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions is a great all-around Azure exam or an intro to Azure exam. It requires decent Azure knowledge but is still broad enough that it doesn’t go deep on many different topics. The Microsoft 70-533 exam is frequently taken as part of the requirements to earn a Cloud MCSA/MCSE. I would recommend this exam to any traditional infrastructure admins who are looking to get started with Azure. However, you should keep in mind that this exam puts a lot of emphasis on CLI based commands and can quickly push a more traditional admin out of their comfort zone. Just remember, that’s why you’re here, to broaden your skills.

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Becoming a Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE)

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The Veeam Certified Engineer or, VMCE for short, is the entry level certification offered by Veeam. It covers the basics of the product and focuses primarily on capabilities and licensing specifics as opposed to architecting or best practices. Becoming a Veeam Certified Engineer requires that you participate in a 3-day Veeam class and pass a proctored exam at a Pearson Vue testing facility.

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Install Nutanix CE on ESXi

Info

Nutanix Community Edition or CE for short is available for free download from Nutanix and traditionally would be run on some decent hardware. However, for everyone out there with a home or internal lab it’s valuable to be able to nest Nutanix CE on ESXi. There are several guides out there but it seems that the more recent editions of Nutanix CE have introduced bugs when nesting on ESXi. This requires techies to go to several places to find all of the answers. My goal is to consolidate all of the information that is required to run Nutanix CE on ESXi 6.5 as of today.

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Earning Your AWS Solutions Architect – Associate Certification

AWS Solutions Architect – Associate Background

The Solutions Architect – Associate certification, or SA-Associate for short, seems to have been designed for System Administrators and System Engineers that are looking to transfer their skills to the AWS cloud. A lot of the certification and training focuses on concepts familiar to these people such as redundancy, failover and high availability. This certification is the closest thing AWS offers for a broad AWS certification. It’s been described as “a mile wide and an inch deep”. You will need to know the majority of the services that Amazon offers but for the majority of those services you will only need to know what they do and some basic configuration options. The exception to this are EC2, S3 and VCPs. These services are the cornerstone of AWS and coincidentally also the cornerstone of the Solutions Architect – Associate certification.

This exam is is challenging because of the breadth of content that it covers but I found the questions to be very fairly worded and easy to understand. The questions were also valuable questions that you would use in your actual job as opposed to memorizing specific metrics or minutia.

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Earning Your AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification

AWS Cloud Practitioner Background

Amazon introduced the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification to provide an entry, high-level certification in the AWS certification track. Specifically, the certification was released with the expectation that the entire AWS sales staff could pass it and would all benefit from a common foundation of knowledge. In addition to sales staff this certification is also targeted at middle to upper management. This will allow them to know the basic services and support that AWS offers so they can help guide their organizations towards the best choices for them.

Although this isn’t pointed directly at “in the trenches techies” I found that it was a great place to start my AWS training. I was tasked with earning my AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification and stumbled across the Cloud Practitioner certification while exploring study resources for my SA – Associate. My theory was that the Cloud Practitioner training and studying would lay the foundation for my SA – Associate. And, although there would be overlap between the two certifications I felt that repeating some content would help drive it home and make up for the lack of real-world hands on experience. So my next step was putting together a learning and studying plan.

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OMG, MSDTC Ran Out of Memory!

Symptom

I opened Component Services and browsed to Computers and My Computer. When I right-click My Computer and click the MSDTC tab I run into an out of memory error message.

Resolution

This is because the registry on your server is pointing to a default DTC that no longer exists. To resolve this problem you need to update the registry with the GUID of the new DTC. To do this follow these steps:

  • Open Services.msc and locate your DTC
  • Notice that when you open the services properties you will see the GUID of your DTC in the Path to Executable field
    • Document or copy this GUID

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  • Now open regedit
  • Browse to HKLM\Cluster\ResourceTypes\Distributed Transaction Coordinator
    • Backup this key
  • Edit the Cluster Default Resource property and paste in the GUID you copied from the previous step

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  • Now attempt to access the MSDTC tab and verify the out of memory error message disappears and that your DTC is now listed under Default DTC.