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Wednesday 26 December 2012

Windows 8 Configuring - 70-687 Exam Results

Not only do certifications prove that you have at least the basic knowledge of what's going on where, but they also show your employer or potential employer that you have undertaken an important step in getting educated.

Windows 8 Configuring - 70-687 Exam Results

This is how I prepare myself for taking Microsoft certifications:

  • Exam Simulations (They are considered "cheat sheets" and are extremely helpful for the most important points)
  • Try to experience how to do by yourself of every question on exam simulations
  • Microsoft Press books (These books are awesome. They come with the test engine and my rule of thumb is, if you get an at least 100% passing score after taking the Test Exam four times in a row, then you can pretty much pass the test. As a matter of fact, you will see questions from the test exam on the certification exam itself so it's beneficial to you.

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SWIFTNet Link 7.0 Exam Results

IT Companies are looking at replacing all the "Experience only" people with well educated.

As SWIFT Consultant, certifications are extremely important and beneficial to you. Not only do certifications prove that you have at least the basic knowledge of what's going on where, but they also show your employer or potential employer that you have undertaken an important step in getting educated. There have been many times that all my certifications have saved my skin.

It’s a tough world out there. In this competitive environment of converging markets, stark competition and demanding employers, the need to be at the top of one’s game has become even more crucial so if you want to get ahead of the game and get the job you deserve at the PAY you deserve, getting certified is very important.

This is how I prepare myself for taking Microsoft certifications:

- SNL Documents (Read on daily routine at least 1 page a day)
- Get familiar with exam question with SNL Exam simulation.

Hope this helps and good luck on your test.

Don't listen to the folks who are negative when it comes to getting educated. Technology is moving at light speed and you need to be on top of things and ahead of the other non-educated.

Wednesday 19 December 2012

Exam preparation (70-687) - How to create Event forwarding source or collector initiated subscription

Event forwarding is when a Windows computer sends or forwards its events to another computer. This allows an administrator to collect the events from a number of different computers in one.

Forwarding or source computers: These are computers that have been configured to send their events to another computer to be stored.
Collector: This is a computer that has been configured to receive and store the events sent from other computers on the network. The collector can be a Windows 7/8 or Windows Server.
Subscription: A subscription determines the rules or configuration that is used to transfer events. They also determine which events will be transferred and where they will be stored.
Collector initiated subscription: This is when the collector is configured to poll the forwarding computers for new events.
Source initiated subscription: This is when the forwarding or source computer determines when to send events to the collector.

Setting up collector initiated subscription
This is recommended only when you have a few clients on the network. If you have a lot of clients that will be forwarding events, you should use source initiated subscription. 

On the collector computer the following command needs to be run:
wecutil quick-config.

On the forwarding computer the following command needs to be run:
winrm quickconfig.

The collector computer account will also need to be added to the local Event Log Readers groups so that it will have access to read the events on the forwarding computer.


Saturday 8 December 2012

Exam preparation (70-687) - Windows 8 Access Denied When Accessing C$ (Root of client local drive)

I recently ran testing in my windows 8 virtual machine, and got an "Access Denied" error message when I was trying to access C$ or D$ (administrative share) on a Windows 8-based computer from another Windows 8-based computer that was a member of a workgroup.

his issue usually occurs when you attempt to use one computer running either version of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 , Windows Server 2008 R2, windows 8 or windows 2012 to access a remote administrative share (C$, D$ etc.) that resides on another Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 machine, and both machines are part of a workgroup (and not an Active Directory domain!).

When attempting to use Windows Explorer (or the Run command) you receive the following error message:
Logon unsuccessful:
Windows is unable to log you on.
Make sure that your user name and password are correct.

I have one reference website on how to troubleshoot this error : (

Troubleshooting Checklist

Stuff you need to check before proceeding:
  • We're talking about any combination of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and/or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Both computers are members of a workgroup.
  • The workgroup's name is "Workgroup".
  • From one of the computers, you try to access an administrative share that is located on the other computer.
  • When you are prompted for your user credentials, you provide the user credentials of an administrative user account on the destination computer.
  • This also happens when you have the same exact user name and password combinations on both machines. For example, you use DPETRI as the user name on both machines, and the password is identical. Note that this is not a must, but then you will need to enter the correct user name and password as the connection credentials. When using the NET USE command, you must also provide the correct user name and password.
  • Although you can specify a remote domain name, since both machines are not members of any domain, you need to specify the remote machine's name as the domain. For example, if the machine's name is ZEUS and the username is DPETRI, you enter ZEUS\DPETRI as the credentials.
  • We assume that there are no connectivity issues between the computers (can you PING by computer name? Can you PING by IP address?)
  • We assume that the Windows Firewall is either disabled on both machines, or that an appropriate rule is used to open the relevant ports.
  • We assume that both computers' network settings are set to "Work" or "Home", and not "Public".

To Solve this issue :

1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). If you get the UAC prompt, acknowledge it.

2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


3. On the Edit menu, select New and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.

4. Type LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy to name the new entry, and then press Enter.

5. Right-click LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy, and then click Modify.

6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

7. Exit Registry Editor. There is no need to reboot the machine.

Note: To revert to the original setting, change the LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy value to 0 (zero).

Next, try to access the administrative share on the remote machine. This time you should succeed.

8. If it doesn't work, try to use builtin administrator to login to client computer.

9. Last option, contact swift consultant.

Case solved.

Sunday 2 December 2012

Exam preparation (70-687) - How to set wireless to metered Internet connection

When you are using internet broadband or wireless, sometime you want to ensure that the computer automatically downloads updates by using windows update only while connected to wired connection.

This tutorial will show you how to mark (set) any wireless network (ex: Wi-Fi and mobile broadband) as a metered or non-metered connection to help reduce data usage for that network connection for all users in Windows 8.

A metered Internet connection is when a service provider charges by the amount of data sent and received by your PC.

  • Windows Update will defer the background download of all updates, unless it's a critical security update, until you connect to a non-metered network, such as your home broadband connection or another wireless network not set as metered. You can always override the deferred download by launching Windows Update and manually checking to initiating the download of updates when you like.
  • Some Metro apps may behave differently on a metered connection to reduce data usage, such as allowing a low-definition vs. high-definition video stream, or a header-only vs. full-sync of email.
  • If metered internet connections is turned off, then device software will not be downloaded when connected to a metered connection.
  • Ethernet network connections can't be set to metered.

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Exam preparation (70-687) - Types of Dynamic volumes

Types of Dynamic Volumes

A dynamic volume is a volume that is created on a dynamic disk. Dynamic volume types include simple, spanned, and striped volumes. Windows Server 2003 also supports mirrored and RAID-5 volumes, which are fault tolerant. Fault tolerance is the ability of computer hardware or software to make sure that your data is still available, even if there is a hardware failure.

Simple Volumes

Simple volumes are the dynamic-disk equivalent of the primary partitions and logical drives found on basic disks. When creating simple volumes, keep these points in mind:
  • If you have only one dynamic disk, you can create only simple volumes.
  • You can increase the size of a simple volume to include unallocated space on the same disk or on a different disk. The volume must be unformatted or formatted by using NTFS. You can increase the size of a simple volume in two ways:

    • By extending the simple volume on the same disk. The volume remains a simple volume, and you can still mirror it.
    • By extending a simple volume to include unallocated space on other disks on the same computer. This creates a spanned volume.

      Note : If the simple volume is the system volume or the boot volume, you cannot extend it.

Spanned Volumes

Spanned volumes combine areas of unallocated space from multiple disks into one logical volume. The areas of unallocated space can be different sizes. Spanned volumes require two disks, and you can use up to 32 disks. When creating spanned volumes, keep these points in mind:
  • You can extend only NTFS volumes or unformatted volumes.
  • After you create or extend a spanned volume, you cannot delete any portion of it without deleting the entire spanned volume.
  • You cannot stripe or mirror spanned volumes. For more information about striped or mirrored volumes, see “Striped Volumes” or “Mirrored Volumes” later in this section.
  • Spanned volumes do not provide fault tolerance. If one of the disks containing a spanned volume fails, the entire volume fails, and all data on the spanned volume becomes inaccessible. The reliability for a spanned volume is less than the least reliable disk in the set.

Striped Volumes

Striped volumes improve disk input/output (I/O) performance by distributing I/O requests across disks. Striped volumes are composed of stripes of data of equal size written across each disk in the volume. They are created from equally sized, unallocated areas on two or more disks. In Windows Server 2003, the size of each stripe is 64 kilobytes (KB) and cannot be changed.
Striped volumes cannot be extended or mirrored and do not offer fault tolerance. If one of the disks containing a striped volume fails, the entire volume fails, and all data on the striped volume becomes inaccessible. The reliability for the striped volume is less than the least reliable disk in the set.

Mirrored Volumes

A mirrored volume is a fault-tolerant volume that provides a copy of a volume on another disk. Mirrored volumes provide data redundancy by duplicating the information contained on the volume. The two disks that make up a mirrored volume are known as mirrors. Each mirror is always located on a different disk. If one of the disks fails, the data on the failed disk becomes unavailable, but the system continues to operate by using the unaffected disk.
Mirrored volumes are available only on computers running the Windows 2000 Server family or Windows Server 2003.

RAID-5 Volumes

A RAID-5 volume is a fault-tolerant volume that stripes data and parity across three or more disks. Parity is a calculated value that is used to reconstruct data if one disk fails. When a disk fails, Windows Server 2003 continues to operate by recreating the data that was on the failed disk from the remaining data and parity. RAID-5 volumes are available only on computers running the Windows 2000 Server family or Windows Server 2003.

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Exam preparation (70-687) - Startup items on windows 8

Startup items are now on task manager
You no longer have to run the MSCONFIG program to change startup items. Startup items now show up in a tab on Task Manager. Simply hit Ctrl+Alt+Del and select Task Manager.

Click the "More details" tab at the bottom and find the Startup tab at the top.

Exam preparation (70-687) - Windows 8 Hot Keys

The hottest hotkeys i know:

Hold down the Windows key (normally located between Alt and Ctrl) when (Windows) is shown.

  • Press (Windows) to enter the tiled Start screen.
  • (Windows) + M minimises everything that's showing on the desktop.
  • (Windows) + E opens Explorer for quick access to folders.
  • On the Start screen, press (Windows) + D to instantly get to the desktop.
  • (Windows) + Tab opens a list of currently running programs.
  • (Windows) + Print Screen takes a screenshot and saves it in a Screenshots folder nested in your Pictures folder. 
  • To take a screenshot on a Windows 8 tablet, simultaneously press the Windows button and the volume-down button on the tablet chassis.
  • (Windows) + Q opens a global search menu. Type what you're looking for and where you would like to look.
  • (Windows) + W opens a search in your system settings to quickly locate and change system properties.
  • (Windows) + F opens a file and folder search.
  • (Windows) + Pause opens the system properties page to show you a quick rundown of your specs.
  • (Windows) + "," (that's the comma sign!) makes all current windows transparent, giving you a peek at the desktop as long as you hold down (Windows).
  • (Windows) + "." (the period) snaps a window to the right or left side (toggling each time you press ".").
  • (Windows) + R prompts the Run command—useful for quickly launching apps and other routines with a command prompt.
  • (Windows) + X opens the Quick Access Menu, exposing system functionality such as the Command Prompt, Disk Management, File Explorer, Run, and more. It's perfect for people who Start Menu. Alternately, you can right-click on the bottom right corner of the screen to spawn the Quick Access Menu.
  • (Windows) + I opens the settings menu, giving you quick access to the Control Panel, Personalisation, and your Power button, among other features.
  • (Windows) + O locks orientation on devices with an accelerometer.

Saturday 1 December 2012

Exam preparation (70-687) - Transfer your data and current settings from an old computer to a new computer with Windows 8.

If you bought a new Windows 8–based computer or device, you might be interested in moving your data and settings from your older computer. If you have used an earlier version of Windows on your previous computer, you can use one of many tools to do this job.

One of the best available tools is the free Windows Easy Transfer tool Microsoft has provided since Windows XP. You make a backup of your data and settings and then restore that backup on your new Windows 8–based computer or device.

Transferring your data to windows 8 with windows easy transfer

Windows Easy Transfer is a tool that was first introduced with Windows XP; it enables users to switch files and settings between Windows-based computers or devices. You can use this tool to migrate your files and settings to Windows 8 from previous versions of Windows or from other Windows 8 installations.

If you have upgraded to Windows 8 from an earlier version of Windows on the same computer or device, you don’t need to use this tool because your data and settings have been migrated.

If you purchased a new computer or device with Windows 8 and you want to transfer files and settings from your old computer to the new one, Windows Easy Transfer is the tool for the job.

The tool can transfer items by using an Easy Transfer cable (a USB-to-USB connection cable), a network connection, or an external hard disk drive or USB flash drive. The external hard disk drive is the most useful device for making such transfers. Not only are external hard disks affordable, but they also have plenty of space and can be used to migrate items between computers that are not in the same network or in the same physical location

First, back up your data by using Windows Easy Transfer on the old computer or device. This data is stored in a file with the .mig extension (for migration). The file is password protected to make sure unauthorized people cannot use it.

On the computer or device to which you want to transfer your data, select the same file and type the password you have set.

Before transferring your data to the new computer or device, you can customize the items that will be migrated. By default, Windows Easy Transfer will transfer all the data included in the migration file. If you click or tap Customize, you can select the type of items you want transferred. Clicking or tapping Advanced gives you even more precise control over the items to be transferred.

Clicking or tapping Advanced Options opens a new window, in which you can set how you want to map user accounts between computers or how you want to map drives.

At the end of the transfer, you can close the Windows Easy Transfer window, or you can access two reports.
▪ See What Was Transferred Shows a summary of the items that were transferred to the new computer or device.
▪ See A List Of Apps You Might Want To Install On Your New PC Shows a list of applications installed on the old computer that are not installed on the new computer or device. You can use this list as a guide for which apps to install on your new Windows 8–based computer or device.

Windows Easy Transfer can't transfer files from a 64-bit version of Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. If you're transferring from a 64-bit version of Windows Vista to a 32-bit version of Windows 7, you can move your files manually or use Backup and Restore in Windows Vista.

If you're transferring from a 64-bit version of Windows XP, you'll need to move your files manually. 

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