Posts by Tao Yang:
Yesterday, I completed the last exam: 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012. With all the previous exams that I took over last few months, I’m now a MCSE: Private Cloud.
Being technical in I.T industry means I always have to keep myself up to date with the latest technologies and certifications. 2012 in particular has been very busy for me. Firstly, I became a dad in June, 2012. Secondly, we can all recall how many products that Microsoft has released in 2012! I started studying and preparing for exams around March, April 2012 during my spare time. Now, just a little bit over 1 year, I have completed the following exams during this period:
70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
With these exams, I’ve earned 3 certification:
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration manager
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Windows Server 2012
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Private Cloud
In terms of taking exams, it should be done and dusted for me for a while (unless Microsoft releases other System Center related certificates in the near future).
There are few books that I really want to have a good read, i.e. SCOM 2012 unleashed book and the upcoming Orchestrator Unleashed book. I’m also planning to start working on updating the OpsMgr Self Maintenance management pack very shortly. And with the System Center 2012 upgrade project at work, I will definitely still be very busy.
I was planning to continue on my 70-247 exam preparation tonight, but I couldn’t launch VMM 2012 console from any computers in my lab. So things didn’t turn out as planned. Lucky I’ve figured out the issue now after 4 hours troubleshooting. It’s just passed midnight, still one hour until my bed time, so I [...]
I’m not having any luck with computers lately. This is why all my recent posts are related to my troubleshooting experience. Yesterday morning, there were some tradies working in my house fixing a leakage in my shower. I was just about to get in the car leaving home for the MS 70-246 exam, they connected [...]
In the last few days, I’ve been going through the labs from Microsoft’s course 10750A: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012. As part of the lab, I installed the System Center 2012 SP1 version of the Cloud Service Process Pack (CSPP). Last night, I created a Cloud Resources Subscription Request, and [...]
I was thinking about how I can make my study room quieter and cooler as I had 4 desktop machines under my desks. The VMM server in my lab was running on a very old PC. Couple of weeks ago I bought a HP Proliant N54L Microserver and rebuilt the VMM server on it. I [...]
Last week, I’ve posted a solution for OpsMgr alerts push notification to Android devices, which was inspired by Stefan Stranger’s post for push notification for Windows Phone devices. Few iPhone lovers at work asked me, “what about iphones?” My response was, “Do I really care?? Why would I spend my time polishing a turd?” But [...]
Duplicate OpsMgr Alert Notifications Caused by Service Manager’s OpsMgr Alert Connector And Ways Around It.
Background Few days ago, I posted an article: OpsMgr Alerts Push Notification to Android Devices. In my lab, I have created a subscription to notify me all new critical alerts using this channel: In the first few days, I wasn’t paying too much attention when every time I get spammed by these push notifications on [...]
Update 07 April 2013: I’ve updated this script again to support iOS devices and removed the requirements for PowerShell version 3. The updated script can be found here here. Background Stefan Stranger has written a 2-part blog post on how to use Windows Phone push notification for OpsMgr alerts. Stefan’s posts can be found here: [...]
Today I needed to change some parameters in a linked performance report in one of the OpsMgr 2007 R2 management groups at work. When I opened the report property, the Data Aggregation field somehow became blank and greyed out: As the result, when I tried to run the report, I get this error: I found [...]