Security Update Guide

From the Windows Server Update Services, Microsoft Security Bulletins, and Patch Tuesdays, Microsoft has had a long history in being a leader with security updates. In an effort to modernize the process of informing organizations with needed information, Microsoft is introducing the new Security Update Guide, which is a searchable database that you can use to find updates and filter them based on what you’re interested in. Once you find what you’re interested in, you can then download the list of updates and associated data as an Excel spreadsheet.

SQL Skills Online Training

Obviously, the first place I would recommend for SQL Server training is to take one of my classes at New Horizons Learning Center. But, I also know that isn’t always possible. However, I do want to share a very great resource for SQL Training and that is the good people over at SQL Skills or more specifically, the videos they publish to PluralSight (Which is also a competitor that I highly recommend.)

Currently Reading #7

 I first read this book when it was realeased in 2012 on the 20th anniversary of the greatest sports team ever assembled. It was exciting to revist the players from the golden era of basketball when they were at their peak or near peak. This is the team that won games by an average of 44 points on the way to the 1992 Olympic Gold medal. It was the perfect time and place for this team to be created and would not or could not happen today.

MBA – Third Month

Passed my “Managing Human Capital” exam and have finished the first term objectives for my MBA three months early. Which means I can start working on my second term earlier. I will have two Marketing courses and an Accounting course. I am sure to find those more interesting.

Currently Reading #6

 Every year when they announce the new inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame I will get caught up in the debate on who should or should not be honored with an entry into Cooperstown. Well, apparently, I am not the only one. Matthew Wood has created his own rankings of all the Hall of Fame players in an Excel spreadsheet. I’m an old school baseball fan and would probably cut 30 players out of the Hall of Fame, especially all those voted in on the Veterans Committee’s of the 1970’s. But, Mr. Wood is much kinder and just suggests that some players are more deserving than others. This is an excellent book to take a journey through the history of professinal baseball and its players.

Passed Project Management

Two months and several long papers later, I finally finished that IT Project Management course. One more class to finish the first term of my MBA. (Exam scheduled for next Saturday.) One thing I have learned is I do not want to be a Project Manager when I grow up. If anyone reading this is taking the IT Project Management (MGT2) course, here are my papers for all three tasks to give you an idea of what needs to be accomplished.

PowerShell for Exchange 2016

download Some older links on working with PowerShell and Exchange. I really liked this quick reference sheet from Exchangepedia.com that describes the most commonly used Exchange 2007 shell cmdlets and is still relevant today. And then over at MSExchange.org I always liked this 5 part series on PowerShell 101 for the Messaging Administrator.  As always, the free sample PowerShell scripts for Exchange over at ExchangeServerPro.com is a must have link in any Messaging Administrators toolbox. Finally, we cannot forget TechNet which has a list of all the Exchange 2016 PowerShell cmdlets.

MCSE: Productivity 2017

Passed the Exchange 2016 exam today with a very high score.What is humorous is that I thought it was tomorrow and had not really studied that much. I would say I took it cold, but I did just teach the Exchange 2013 class two weeks ago. One thing I was surprised about was that I thought I would only earn the Specialist certification for passing the 70-345 exam. However, since I already have the qualifying MCSA certifications, this exam re-earned my MCSE: Productivity for 2017. Not sure what I am going to do for next year. I might have to learn Sharepoint.

Passed 742 exam

So the first exam of the year is 70-742 – Identity with Windows Server 2016. A very good exam on Active Directory and Group Policy. I am taking the Window Server 2016 MCSA exams out of order, only because that seems easier for me. I am actually going to take an Exchange 2016 exam next and then come back to the other two Windows Server exams. I am so glad I have finally found some time to get to these exams. From what I can tell so far, they are not as difficult as the Server 2012 exams and are a fair test of knowledge.

The Math of Machine Learning

 If you know much about me, you know I struggle with mathematics. I am more of a history and science person. However, I do try to work on my math skills when I am able, especially when it comes to Machine Learning. So I was excited to find this blog post on the math behind machine learning algorithms and some links on learning those algorithms. The author lists what he believes is the minimum math knowledge needed for Machine Learning. And again, if you know me, learning the minimum amount of math sounds good.

Currently Reading #5

This is the story behind the case that gave power to the Supreme Court and making it an equal part of the government beside both the Legislative and Executive branches. Marbury v. Madison set the precedent of “judicial review”, but also established the United States as a nation of laws. I completely enjoyed reading this book when it was published in 2009. I felt it was time to re-visit this book of history that could find a home in the political thriller section of your local library.