Achieved Microsoft MCSA: Windows 10 certification

Today I passed Pass Exam 697: Configuring Windows Devices which completes my MCSA: Windows 10 certification. I had already passed Pass Exam 698: Installing and Configuring Windows 10 through béta examination which is also a requirement for this cert.

Earners of the MCSA: Windows 10 certification have demonstrated the skills required to configure, manage, and maintain a Windows 10 enterprise system. They are qualified for a position as computer support specialist.

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Achieved VCP 6 – Data Center Virtualization

Today I achieved VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization by passing Delta t exam 2V0-621D.

 

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I’ve been an VMware VCP (3) since December 6th 2006 and work with VMware ESX (2.5) since 2005. Still the greatest hypervisor solution on the planet. Glimlach

 

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(1Y0-A36) Citrix Networking for Data Center Specialist Practicum – Passed

Passed the (1Y0-A36) Citrix Networking for Data Center Specialist Practicum exam which is needed for maintaining Citrix Partner Gold Status with the Citrix NetScaler for Datacenter specialization.

My experience from this practicum is already a lot better then the previous one I took (1Y0-A34), well organized and prepared by Citrix Education and Skytap. I would say this practicum is technically a little more challenging then the 1Y0-A34 is, but that could be a matter of opinion, depending on your field/level of expertise or experience.

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(1Y0-A34) Citrix Networking for Apps & Mobile Security Specialist Practicum – Passed

Passed the (1Y0-A34) Citrix Networking for Apps & Mobile Security Specialist Practicum exam which is needed for maintaining Citrix Partner Gold Status with the Citrix NetScaler for Networking for Apps & Mobile Security specialization.

Although taking the practicum was a little trial and error on it’s own (difficulties within the test lab, confusement on the time to start and how much you actually have for taking the practicum) I like the idea of the flexibility and creativeness of different ways a solution can be created within a Citrix NetScaler solution. I can imagine it can be challenging for the Citrix practicum evaluators to interpret the different approaches that can be taken when configuring Citrix NetScaler.

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Contributing to Citrix Education

Last week I was off to Citrix Systems, Santa Clara for attending the next Citrix NetScaler-based CCA exams IDW (Item Development Workshop). An IDW is a workshop that lasts about a week in which you and others will create exam questions (or items) that will appear on the next (or revised) Citrix exam(s). In this particular IDW we are concentrating on the follow-up exams of the old Citrix NetScaler 1Y0-A11 and Citrix Access Gateway Enterprise 1Y0-A13 which are based on the Citrix NetScaler 9 software version.

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Unfortunately we forgot to take a picture of all the participants together, so to name a few: from left to right: Lourdes Soler (Citrix), Henny Louwers, Stuart Souter, Alejandra Garcia (Citrix), Craig Pickford and Robert Zehnder.

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“Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart” (Installing Windows Server 2012 on VMware ESXi 5.0)

Preparing somewhat for the upcoming Microsoft Beta Exams (071-413, 071-414, 071-415 and 071-416) thinking I would go ahead and install Microsoft Windows Server 2012 into my testing environment which is VMWare ESXi (at the moment). I created a custom VM, removed the Floppy drive (because that seemed to be the issue not getting Windows 8 working within VMware Workstation 8). I did do some other standard stuff like selecting Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) instead of Windows Server 2008 R2 (That seemed part of the solution on Workstation). All this to no avail on VMWare ESXi 5.0.

The resolution for me was to patch the VMware ESXi 5.0 server to Build 768111 which is up to 5.0.0 Patch 7.

I like the new fun error message though … Hope it will last beyond RC level, Microsoft should do more fun stuff like this, and I don’t mean more error messages Winking smile.

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CCIA (Citrix Certified Integration Architect) for Virtualization

So I cleared the 1Y0-A16 today completing my path to CCIA for Virtualization. I am a happy camper Smile.

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Passed PRINCE2 Foundation Exam

Passed PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) Foundation exam today, was not a very difficult exam. I used the book Projectmanagement op basis van PRINCE2 Editie 2009 (Dutch, ISBN 978-90-8753-4950), read it cover to cover and went for it. So other then read the book I had not really prepared for this exam. I do have a share amount of experience working in projects.

The exam consisted of 75 questions which you had an hour to complete, so basically less then a minute per question. The question are fairly short and to the point.

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Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer for Virtualization

It’s official, I am a Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer for Virtualization. Next stop, Citrix Certified Integration Architect for Virtualization.

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Exam 1Y0-A15 Engineering a Citrix Virtualization Solution

Yesterday I cleared exam “1Y0-A15 Engineering a Citrix Virtualization Solution”, I only used the day before to prepare, using the 1Y0-A15 prep guide from the Citrix Training website. I had my mind set on reading the XenDesktop materials such as the Administrator guides on the Citrix eDocs site, I use all the other products extensively almost daily except for XenDesktop. So my focus for this exam was on XenDesktop.

I love the fact that ‘almost’ everything you need to know for a Citrix exam can be found in the Citrix Product Guides, I just don’t like reading from the eDocs site, it’s just not pleasant. You can’t bookmark anything. Can we just get the Citrix Administrator Guide back in PDF format? I know you can create PDF’s from the eDocs site but it creates a horrible PDF format.

So, I ditched the eDocs site 🙂 and start setting up my own XenDesktop environment on my Citrix XenServer @ Home. That is way more fun learning offcourse! Citrix PVS, coffee, DDC’s, coffee, WI’s, coffee, Windows XP VM’s, coffee, etc. I went all out.

About the exam.

I love the simulation part, except for the fact that you really can’t go wrong on these. It’s kind a like a one way street because items that you do’nt need to succesfully complete the simulation are disabled, for instance certain buttons are dead so you can’t actually go there. That means that you can only choose certain items that you know are correct. Citrix should enable all buttons in a simulation to create a full simulation.

After 7 simulation items there was a second part that consisted of 54 traditional questions (multiple-choice/drag and drop tasks/etc).

So, on more exam (1Y0-A16) to go to become Citrix CCIA for Virtualization. Very curious about exam 1Y0-A16.