Thursday, October 13, 2011

I passed Exam 70-668

Yesterday i passed the exam 70-668 PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator and other than i thought it is easier for me than the 70-668.

This exam was easier for me cause it's more oriented towards business requirements. Server farms, Authentication and so on. The exam is divided by testlets and every testlet has 1 or max 4 question to answer, depending on the amount of question you have to answer you get a certain amount of time that you have to be able to answer all questions! If you go to the next question you cant review the testlet question anymore. I had 16 testlet question and 10 normal questions. The testlet explain a business need or scenario and you have to propose a solution (your answer). Although the possible answers still try to trick you if you read the question really good you should be able by exclusion to give the right answer. You have to carefully read the question and most of the time they ask for:

  • minimum amount of administrative effort
  • minimize the number of Web applications and site collections
  • minimize downtime
  • must minimize costs

So just pay attention to those small things, cause this can make a answer change.

This exam i tried to learn with MeasureUp, but other than get used to the multiple choice i don't think its a good tool to prepare for Exam. The only good thing i like about MeasureUp is that the answers are well explained with links to online topics.

I have two more Exams to go:

For the Developer Certification you need two exams
Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
Exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications

I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Windows PowerShell command builder

yeahhhhhh..... this tool is for SharePoint Admins like me that are lacy to write the syntax by hand, instead you can use Click-Klack-Kodac and there it is, you can copy the command to the command line.

Start here Windows PowerShell Command Builder

Windows PowerShell is a command-line scripting tool that provides an administrator full access to applicable application programming interfaces (APIs).
Administrators can use Windows PowerShell to interact directly with SharePoint-based web applications, site collections, sites, lists, and much more.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Chrome Remote Desktop

Now this is something very useful for me! Remote Desktop over the Web browser.

"Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is the first installment on a capability allowing users to remotely access another computer through the Chrome browser or a Chromebook. The goal of this beta release is to demonstrate the core Chrome Remoting technology and get feedback from users. This version enables users to share with or get access to another computer by providing a one-time authentication code. Access is given only to the specific person the user identifies for one time only, and the sharing session is fully secured. One potential use of this version is the remote IT helpdesk case. The helpdesk can use the Chrome Remote Desktop BETA to help another user, while conversely a user can receive help by setting up a sharing session without leaving their desk. Additional use cases such as being able to access your own computer remotely are coming soon. Chrome Remote Desktop BETA is fully cross-platform, so you can connect any two computers that have a Chrome browser, including Windows, Linux, Mac and Chromebooks."

Download here

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I passed Exam 70-667

Yesterday I passed the exam TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring with 950/1000. Even i know a lot and i learned a lot with MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-667) the questions are somehow not really fair. The questions try to trick you by giving you answer options that you would not apply in real world. I guess what i want to say is: The book prepares you technically to go to the exam but you still need to deal with question that are not straight and you need to guess the best answer.

I am scheduled for the 70-668 next week, we will see what happens there, cause this will probably be even worse, cause there you will have to read the exhibits first before you can answer questions!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lenovo - You can have only one copy of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Lenovo notebooks come with Factory Recovery Disks creation software. This allows you to create recovery disk in case you want to re install the notebook other than from the local hard disk. You can create the recovery discs on CD/DVD, memory disk or USB hard disk.

Attention: The USB hard disk will be formatted and you loose all the data!

It takes a long time to prepare the creation of the recovery media. Everything is copied into c:\swshare before then it gets copied to the external source you selected.

You can do this only one time! If you want to create the recovery disks more than once, you get a message:

You can have only one copy of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The Product Recovery Media Creator will exit now.

This is the workaround for this problem:

All you need it in the Lenovo_Recovery disk. In my case its drive letter Q:\
If i click on this drive in the explorer it show you nothing cause the content is hidden!

1. Open the Explorer and then click Organize -> Folder and search options
2. In window Folder Options click tab View
3. Now enable Show hidden files, folders, and drives and then click OK
4. Click on the Lenovo_Recovery drive, in my case drive Q:\
5. Here is every thing needed to create the recovery disks!
6. Edit the file FactoryRecovery\service_done.ini
7. Change the string DONE=1 to DONE=0 and exit the editor saving the changes
8. You can now recreate the Factory Recovery Disks

Have fun, always backup data before restoring any disks!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Google+ open for Public

I cant believe it, Google+ is open for public now .... hurry, open up your Google+ account and of course add me to your circle ;-)

use this link and you get in immediately!

2010 Information Worker VM now with SP1

The 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine now has SP1.

This download contains a three Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V Virtual Machine set for evaluating and demonstrating Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Project Server 2010.

Virtual machine “a” contains the following pre-configured software:
  1. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard Evaluation Edition, running as an Active Directory Domain Controller for the “CONTOSO.COM” domain with DNS and WINS
  2. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition with Analysis, Notification, and Reporting Services
  3. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  4. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 SP1 Enterprise Edition
  5. Microsoft Office Web Applications SP1
  6. Microsoft FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 SP1
  7. Microsoft Project Server 2010 SP1
  8. Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 SP1
  9. Microsoft Visio 2010 SP1
  10. Microsoft Project 2010 SP1
  11. Microsoft Lync 2010

Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - 2010 IW Demo VM (SP1):

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

RDC with Network Level Authentication

Hi folks!

Today i wanted to connect to Windows Server 2008 via Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe) and i failed cause my RDP Client (mstsc.exe) has no Network Level Authentication.

You get this About window by starting mstsc.exe from [Start] - [Run] and typing mstsc.exe.
And then in the RDP Client click on [About].

To activate Network Level Authentication you need to have at least Version 6.0 otherwise this method doesn't work. If you still have Windows XP like me then you need SP3.

1. Start regedit.exe
2. In the navigation to registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
3. Right-click Security Packages, and then click Modify.
4. In the Value data box, add tspkg. Leave any data that's already there and then click OK.
5. In the navigation to registry subkey:
6. Right-click SecurityProviders, and then click Modify.
7. In the Value data box, add credssp.dll. Leave any data that's already there and then click OK.
8. Exit Registry Editor.

You need to restart your computer in order the changes to take effect.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DisableLoopbackCheck for SharePoint

Hi guys!

Yesterday is mentioned the 3 installation guide for SharePoint Development server. The guys from Critical Path Training recommend to disable DisableLoopbackCheck. After a research i found out that you definitely want to do this if you plan to develop locally on the server image, meaning you install Visual Studio on the server and then connect with Remote Desktop Connection to develop within the SharePoint Image.

Check Microsoft KB# 896861 for further information's. If you develop on the SharePoint Server and you get this error message in the internet browser:

When you use the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or a custom host header to browse a local Web site that is hosted on a computer that is running Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.1 or a later version, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:

HTTP 401.1 - Unauthorized: Logon Failed

then this KB solves the problem. I am going to disable this in my registry as I am going to develop on my Server.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Install my Hyper-V SharePoint Image

Today i was in the office installing my SharePoint Study and Development environment. I did a lot of research the last past day's on how to setup my installation.

I know that i mentioned in a earlier blog about the Virtual Image from Microsoft to learn SharePoint, I just could use this image instead of loosing time to install from scratch, but i figured that installing everything from scratch I might learn something! Cause finally i want to take the SharePoint Exams's.

I was surprised how VirtualBox came along the last two years! You can use VirtualBox on 32Bit host's and install 64Bit software on it. I am going definitely to work around this virtualization software.

For now i am going to use Hyper-V. I found 3 very good installation guide out there that I reviewed and used for my SharePoint installation Her is the list:

I like the one from Andreas Glaser (e gruess in d'schwizz), he is a Swiss Guy just like me, i live in the US since 3 years :-) . This guide is very clear commented except the network IP settings, he mentions it at the beginning in the Introduction, but doesn't mention it during installation. What i don't like is that he uses two servers.

Critical Path Learning guide uses only one Server installation, which i like a lot.

Architecting Connected Systems uses two server and it looks to me that the server is build exactly the same as Microsoft uses for their MOC trainings. I will build this image just for the fun of it and of course to get more prctise, Can't hurt , Right?

I added this tools to my installation too:

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Microsoft SharePoint Certifications

If you aim for the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 certifications there are two certifications you can get. One is for administrators and one is for developers.


For the Administrator Certification you need two exams:
Exam 70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring
Exam 70-668: PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator

This two exams are going to give you the MCITP SharePoint Administrator 2010 certification.

For the Developer Certification you need two exams:
Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
Exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications

This two exams are going to give you the MCPD SharePoint Developer 2010 certification.
Here is a certifications path from Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Certification Paths


Online Training Resources i found very helpful
Get Started Developing on SharePoint 2010
SharePoint 2010 Developer Training Course
SharePoint 2010 Advanced IT Professional Training

I love the TechEd videos, they are full of  helpful information, but not really related to the exams.
TechEd Sessions


Virtual Image to learn SharePoint 2010
This download contains a two Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Virtual Machine set for evaluating and demonstrating Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Project Server 2010.

SharePoint 2010: Getting Started with Development on SharePoint 2010 Hands-on Labs
Use these 10 hands-on lab manuals for SharePoint 2010 to get started learning SharePoint 2010 development.


And Last but not least, visit the Official SharePoint 2010 Website from Microsoft.
Official SharePoint 2010 Website

Free Microsoft Hyper-V eBook

Hi guys

After having small issue with Hyper-V and doing some research on that i found a free eBook  from Microsoft which i found very helpful.

Download eBook for free

Hyper-V with Intel® Core™ i7-2600K Processor

Today Saturday i found some time to continue to install my Learning Server with Windows Server 2008 R2. After i installed Windows Sever 2008 R2 i added the Hyper-V role.

I have a Intel-Core-i7-2600K-Processor in my ASUS board. After turning on the Virtualization Technology in the BOIS i started the Server and wanted to start a Virtual Machine i got a error message

An error occurred while attempting to start the selected virtual machine(s).
<virtual machine name> could not initialize

Also, an Event 3040 is logged in the Hyper-V-Worker node under Applications and Services Logs that contains an error message that resembles the following:

<virtual machine name> Failed to set/change partition property

The problem is that the new Intel Processor introduces support for the AVX feature in the Sandy Bridge processor family.

The solution is to upgrade to SP1

Source for solution Microsoft Solution Center
Use Hotfix if you dont want to upgarde to SP1

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SharePoint Re-Certification

So here I am with 2 new task’s in my business life. First, I finally started my own blog and second, I want to recertify in SharePoint Administrator and Developer.

Last week I attend a SharePoint Administrator Camp Live classroom. Before I signed up and paid for this course I did due diligence, I even asked for the CV of the instructor. It was clearly stated on the website of this company that the course was to take the exam of SharePoint. I pretty soon recognized that they are far away to prepare the students from taking the exam. I specifically mentioned right at the beginning that my primary goal is to take the exams! This was a pretty bad course as far as for preparing for the exams. After a couple of phone calls and emails they finally paid me 50% back of my money. Of course I cancelled the SharePoint Developer Camp. What a loss of money and specially time.

I am signing up for a new live class room MCITP: SharePoint 2010 Administrator & MCDP: SharePoint 2010 Developer with a other institute, 14 days of training, I am excited. I will let you know how this class was!