Tomorrow night, I will be speaking at the Indianapolis SQL Server User Group on “How to get Microsoft Certified”. The meeting starts at 6:00pm at Apparatus HQ 1401 North Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202. More details at http://indiana.pass.org
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.
I can’t believe I have not been to a SQL Saturday in almost two months. I missed Cleveland last month so I could catch up on some of my college workload. But this weekend I will be attending SQL Saturday – Chicago delivering a presentation on how to get SQL Server Certified.
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.)
Join Microsoft Virtual Academy on March 7 and 8, beginning at 11am EST, for an exciting, two-day virtual event announcing the release of Visual Studio 2017 and celebrating 20 years of Visual Studio!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am surprised I have not posted this before, but here it is… The Exchange Server 2016 Quick Start Guide from Paul Cunningham. And if you are planning on taking the 70-345 exam, I highly recommend both his book and videos for preparation resources.
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.
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.
The newly designed PASS website is now live! Come meet us: http://www.pass.org/ PASS is your invitation to a global community of over 250,000 like-minded data professionals who leverage the Microsoft Data Platform. Becoming a member unlocks incredible year-round learning and professional development opportunities, virtual webinars, and in-person networking.
I am happy to announce that I will be delivering not one but two exam prep sessions at the MCT Summit in March. The prep sessions will be for exams 70-473: Cloud Data Platform and 70-475: Big Data and Analytics Solutions. Don’t miss these and many more awesome sessions, register now: www.namctsummit.com
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.
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.
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.
So Kendra Little is starting a SQL Workbooks website where she will be helping people learn SQL Server by solving problems. I have always enjoyed her presentations and hope she is very successful in this new adventure.Visit her website and check out the courses.
I’m kind of upset by this, because I actually paid for three of these books already. But that means there are 47 more I can read. It seems the selection leans towards Machine Learning. Click here for the entire list.