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Exam 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Written by admin
August 23rd, 2016

Published: February 26, 2015
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft Azure
Credit toward certification: MCP, Microsoft Specialist

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.

If you have concerns about specific questions on this exam, please submit an exam challenge.

If you have other questions or feedback about Microsoft Certification exams or about the certification program, registration, or promotions, please contact your Regional Service Center.

The Microsoft Azure environment is constantly evolving. To maximize relevance, this exam is regularly updated to reflect both deprecated and new technologies and processes. As of March 10, 2016, this exam reflects an update. To learn more about these changes and how they affect the skills measured, please download and review the Exam 70-534 changes document.

Note To ensure that they are aware of the latest updates, it is recommended that all individuals registering for this exam review this page several times before their scheduled exam.

Design Microsoft Azure infrastructure and networking (15–20%)
Describe how Azure uses Global Foundation Services (GFS) datacenters
Understand Azure datacenter architecture, regional availability, and high availability
Design Azure virtual networks, networking services, DNS, DHCP, and IP addressing configuration
Extend on-premises Active Directory, deploy Active Directory, define static IP reservations, understand ACLs and Network Security Groups, design resource groups
Design Azure Compute
Design Azure virtual machines (VMs) and VM architecture for IaaS and PaaS; understand availability sets, fault domains, and update domains in Azure; differentiate between machine classifications
Describe Azure virtual private network (VPN) and ExpressRoute architecture and design
Describe Azure point-to-site (P2S) and site-to-site (S2S) VPN, understand the architectural differences between Azure VPN and ExpressRoute
Describe Azure services
Understand, at a high level, Azure load balancing options, including Traffic Manager, Azure Media Services, CDN, Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Azure Cache, Multi-Factor Authentication, and Service Bus

Secure resources (15–20%)
Secure resources by using managed identities
Describe the differences between Active Directory on-premises and Azure AD, programmatically access Azure AD using Graph API, secure access to resources from Azure AD applications using OAuth and OpenID Connect
Secure resources by using hybrid identities
Use SAML claims to authenticate to on-premises resources, describe DirSync synchronization, implement federated identities using Azure Access Control service (ACS) and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
Secure resources by using identity providers
Provide access to resources using identity providers, such as Microsoft account, Facebook, Google, and Yahoo!; manage identity and access by using Azure Active Directory B2C
Identify an appropriate data security solution
Use the appropriate Access Control List (ACL), identify security requirements for data in transit and data at rest; identify, assess, and mitigate security risks by using Azure Operations Management Suite
Design a role-based access control strategy
Secure resource scopes, such as the ability to create VMs and Azure Web Apps

Design an application storage and data access strategy (15–20%)
Design data storage
Design storage options for data, including Table Storage, SQL Database, DocumentDB, Blob Storage, MongoDB, and MySQL; design security options for SQL Database or Azure Storage; identify the appropriate VM type and size for a solution
Design applications that use Mobile Apps
Create Azure Mobile Services, consume Mobile Apps from cross-platform clients, integrate offline sync capabilities into an application, extend Mobile Apps using custom code, implement Mobile Apps using Microsoft .NET or Node.js, secure Mobile Apps using Azure AD
Design applications that use notifications
Implement push notification services in Mobile Apps, send push notifications to all subscribers, specific subscribers, or a segment of subscribers
Design applications that use a web API
Implement a custom web API, scale using Azure Web Apps, offload long-running applications using WebJobs, secure a web API using Azure AD
Design a data access strategy for hybrid applications
Connect to on-premises data from Azure applications using Service Bus Relay, Hybrid Connections, or the VPN capability of Websites, identify constraints for connectivity with VPN, identify options for joining VMs to domains or cloud services
Design a media solution
Describe Media Services, understand key components of Media Services, including streaming capabilities, video on-demand capabilities, and monitoring services

Design an advanced application (15–20%)
Create compute-intensive applications
Design high-performance computing (HPC) and other compute-intensive applications using Azure Services
Create long-running applications
Implement worker roles for scalable processing, design stateless components to accommodate scale
Select the appropriate storage option
Use a queue-centric pattern for development, select the appropriate storage for performance, identify storage options for cloud services and hybrid scenarios with compute on-premises and storage on Azure, differentiate between cloud services and VMs interacting with storage service and SQL Database
Integrate Azure services in a solution
Identify the appropriate use of Azure Machine Learning, big data, Azure Media Services, and Azure Search services

Design Azure Web Apps (15–20%)
Design Azure Web Apps for scalability and performance
Globally scale Azure Web Apps, create Azure Web Apps using Visual Studio, debug Azure Web Apps, understand supported languages, differentiate between Azure Web Apps to VMs and cloud services
Deploy Azure Web Apps
Implement Azure Site Extensions, create packages, App service plans, deployment slots, resource groups, publishing options, Web Deploy, and FTP locations and settings
Design Azure Web Apps for business continuity
Scale up and scale out using Azure Web Apps and SQL Database, configure data replication patterns, update Azure Web Apps with minimal downtime, back up and restore data, design for disaster recovery, deploy Azure Web Apps to multiple regions for high availability, design the data tier

Design a management, monitoring, and business continuity strategy (15–20%)
Evaluate hybrid and Azure-hosted architectures for Microsoft System Center deployment
Understand, at an architectural level, which components are supported in Azure; describe design considerations for managing Azure resources with System Center; understand which scenarios would dictate a hybrid scenario
Design a monitoring strategy
Identify the Microsoft products and services for monitoring Azure solutions; understand the capabilities of System Center for monitoring an Azure solution; understand built-in Azure capabilities; identify third-party monitoring tools, including open source; describe use cases for Operations Manager, Global Service Monitor, and Application Insights; describe the use cases for Windows Software Update Services (WSUS), Configuration Manager, and custom solutions; describe the Azure architecture constructs, such as availability sets and update domains, and how they impact a patching strategy; analyze logs by using the Azure Operations Management Suite
Describe Azure business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) capabilities
Understand the architectural capabilities of BC/DR, describe Hyper-V Replica and Azure Site Recovery (ASR), describe use cases for Hyper-V Replica and ASR
Design a disaster recovery strategy
Design and deploy Azure Backup and other Microsoft backup solutions for Azure, understand use cases when StorSimple and System Center Data Protection Manager would be appropriate, design and deploy Azure Site recovery
Design Azure Automation and PowerShell workflows
Create a PowerShell script specific to Azure, automate tasks by using the Azure Operations Management Suite
Describe the use cases for Azure Automation configuration
Understand when to use Azure Automation, Chef, Puppet, PowerShell, or Desired State Configuration (DSC)z`

 


QUESTION 1
You are designing a plan to deploy a new application to Azure. The solution must provide a single sign-on experience for users.
You need to recommend an authentication type.
Which authentication type should you recommend?

A. SAML credential tokens
B. Azure managed access keys
C. Windows Authentication
D. MS-CHAP

Answer: A

Explanation: A Microsoft cloud service administrator who wants to provide their Azure Active Directory (AD) users with sign-on validation can use a SAML 2.0 compliant SP-Lite profile based Identity Provider as their preferred Security Token Service (STS) / identity provider. This is useful where the solution implementer already has a user directory and password store on-premises that can be accessed using SAML 2.0. This existing user directory can be used for sign-on to Office 365 and other Azure AD-secured resources.
Reference: Use a SAML 2.0 identity provider to implement single sign-on
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn641269.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-
2147217396


QUESTION 2
You need to design the system that alerts project managers to data changes in the contractor information app.
Which service should you use?

A. Azure Mobile Service
B. Azure Service Bus Message Queueing
C. Azure Queue Messaging
D. Azure Notification Hub

Answer: C

Explanation: * Scenario:
/ Mobile Apps: Event-triggered alerts must be pushed to mobile apps by using a custom Node.js script.
/ The service level agreement (SLA) for the solution requires an uptime of 99.9%
* If you are already using Azure Storage Blobs or Tables and you start using queues, you are guaranteed 99.9% availability. If you use Blobs or Tables with Service Bus queues, you will have lower availability.
Note: Microsoft Azure supports two types of queue mechanisms: Azure Queues and Service Bus Queues.
/ Azure Queues, which are part of the Azure storage infrastructure, feature a simple REST-based Get/Put/Peek interface, providing reliable, persistent messaging within and between services.
/ Service Bus queues are part of a broader Azure messaging infrastructure that supports queuing as well as publish/subscribe, Web service remoting, and integration patterns.
: Azure Queues and Service Bus Queues – Compared and Contrasted
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/hh767287.aspx


QUESTION 3
You need to recommend a solution that allows partners to authenticate.
Which solution should you recommend?

A. Configure the federation provider to trust social identity providers.
B. Configure the federation provider to use the Azure Access Control service.
C. Create a new directory in Azure Active Directory and create a user account for the partner.
D. Create an account on the VanArsdel domain for the partner and send an email message that contains the password to the partner.

Answer: B

Explanation: * Scenario: The partners all use Hotmail.com email addresses.
* In Microsoft Azure Active Directory Access Control (also known as Access Control Service or ACS), an identity provider is a service that authenticates user or client identities and issues security tokens that ACS consumes.
The ACS Management Portal provides built-in support for configuring Windows Live ID as an ACS Identity Provider.
Incorrect:
Not C, not D: Scenario: VanArsdel management does NOT want to create and manage user accounts for partners.
Reference: Identity Providers
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/gg185971.aspx

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Exam 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Written by admin
August 19th, 2016

Published: September 1, 2014
Languages: English, Japanese
Audiences: Developers
Technology: Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Azure
Credit toward certification: MCP, Microsoft Azure Developer Specialist

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.

If you have concerns about specific questions on this exam, please submit an exam challenge.

If you have other questions or feedback about Microsoft Certification exams or about the certification program, registration, or promotions, please contact your Regional Service Center.

The Microsoft Azure environment is constantly evolving. To maximize relevance, this exam is regularly updated to reflect both deprecated and new technologies and processes. As of March 10, 2016, this exam reflects an update. To learn more about these changes and how they affect the skills measured, please download and review the Exam 70-532 changes document.

Note To ensure that they are aware of the latest updates, it is recommended that all individuals registering for this exam review this page several times before their scheduled exam.

Design and implement Web Apps (15‒20%)
Deploy Web Apps
Define deployment slots; roll back deployments; implement pre and post deployment actions; create, configure and deploy a package; create App Service plans; migrate Web Apps between App Service plans; create a Web App within an App Service plan
Configure Web Apps
Define and use app settings, connection strings, handlers, and virtual directories; configure certificates and custom domains; configure SSL bindings and runtime configurations; manage Web Apps by using the API, Azure PowerShell, and Xplat-CLI
Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics
Retrieve diagnostics data, view streaming logs, configure endpoint monitoring, configure alerts, configure diagnostics, use remote debugging, monitor Web App resources
Implement web jobs
Write web jobs using the SDK, package and deploy web jobs, schedule web jobs
Configure Web Apps for scale and resilience
Configure auto-scale using built-in and custom schedules, configure by metric, change the size of an instance, configure Traffic Manager
Design and implement applications for scale and resilience
Select a pattern, implement transient fault handling for services, respond to throttling, disable Application Request Routing (ARR) affinity

Preparation resources
How to Deploy an Azure Web Site
Getting Started with the Azure WebJobs SDK
Cloud Design Patterns: Prescriptive Architecture Guidance for Cloud Applications

Create and manage virtual machines (20‒25%)
Deploy workloads on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs)
Identify workloads that can and cannot be deployed, run workloads including Microsoft and Linux, create VMs
Create and manage a VM image or virtual hard disk
Create specialized and reusable images, prepare images using SysPrep and Windows Agent (Linux), copy images between storage accounts and subscriptions, upload VMs
Perform configuration management
Automate configuration management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration and VM Agent (custom script extensions); configure VMs using a configuration management tool, such as Puppet or Chef; enable remote debugging
Configure VM networking
Configure reserved IP addresses, Network Security Groups (NSG), DNS at the virtual network level, load balancing endpoints, HTTP and TCP health probes, public IPs, firewall rules, direct server return, and keep-alive
Scale VMs
Scale up and scale down VM sizes, configure auto-scale and availability sets
Design and implement VM storage
Configure disk caching, plan for storage capacity, configure shared storage using Azure File service, configure geo-replication
Monitor VMs
Configure endpoint monitoring, configure alerts, configure diagnostic and monitoring storage location

Preparation resources
Copy Blob
Load Balancing for Azure Infrastructure Services
How to Monitor Cloud Services

Design and implement cloud services (20‒25%)
Design and develop a cloud service
Install SDKs, install emulators, develop a web role or worker role, design and implement resiliency including transient fault handling, develop startup tasks
Configure cloud services and roles
Configure HTTPS endpoint and upload an SSL certificate, and instance count and size; configure network access rules, local storage, multiple Web Apps, custom domains, and dedicated and co-located caching; scale up and scale down role sizes; configure auto-scale
Deploy a cloud service
Upgrade an automatic, manual, or simultaneous deployment; VIP swap a deployment; package a deployment; implement continuous deployment from Visual Studio Online (VSO); implement runtime configuration changes using the portal; configure regions and affinity groups
Monitor and debug a cloud service
Configure diagnostics using the SDK or configuration file, profile resource consumption, enable remote debugging, establish a connection using Remote Desktop CmdLets in Azure PowerShell, debug using IntelliTrace or the emulator

Preparation resources
Continuous delivery to Azure using Visual Studio Online
Configuring SSL for an application in Azure
Windows Azure SDK for .NET – 2.2

Design and implement a storage strategy (20‒25%)
Implement Azure Storage blobs and Azure files
Read data, change data, set metadata on a container, store data using block and page blobs, stream data using blobs, access blobs securely, implement async blob copy, configure Content Delivery Network (CDN), design blob hierarchies, configure custom domains, scale blob storage, implement Azure Premium storage
Implement Azure storage tables
Implement CRUD with and without transactions, design and manage partitions, query using OData; scale tables and partitions
Implement Azure storage queues
Add and process messages, retrieve a batch of messages, scale queues
Manage access
Generate shared access signatures, including client renewal and data validation; create stored access policies; regenerate storage account keys; configure and use Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)
Monitor storage
Set retention policies and logging levels, analyze logs
Implement SQL databases
Choose the appropriate database tier and performance level, configure and perform point in time recovery, enable geo-replication, import and export data and schema, scale SQL databases

Preparation resources
Azure Cloud Service Tutorial: ASP.NET MVC Web Role, Worker Role, and Azure Storage Tables, Queues, and Blobs – 1 of 5
Shared Access Signatures, Part 1: Understanding the SAS Model
How to Monitor a Storage Account

Manage application and network services (15‒20%)
Integrate an app with Azure Active Directory
Develop apps that use WS-federation, OAuth, and SAML-P endpoints; query the directory using graph API
Configure a virtual network
Deploy a VM into a virtual network, deploy a cloud service into a virtual network
Modify network configuration
Modify a subnet, import and export network configuration
Design and implement a communication strategy
Develop messaging solutions using service bus queues, topics, relays, and notification hubs; create service bus namespaces and choose a tier; scale service bus
Monitor communication
Monitor service bus queues, topics, relays, and notification hubs
Implement caching
Implement Redis caching, migrate solutions from Azure Cache Service to use Redis caching

Preparation resources

Azure AD Graph API
Notification Hubs Monitoring and Telemetry


QUESTION 1
You are deploying the web-based solution in the West Europe region.
You need to copy the repository of existing works that the plagiarism detection service uses. You must achieve this goal by using the least amount of time.
What should you do?

A. Copy the files from the source file share to a local hard disk. Ship the hard disk to the West Europe data center by using the Azure Import/Export service.
B. Create an Azure virtual network to connect to the West Europe region. Then use Robocopy to copy the files from the current region to the West Europe region.
C. Provide access to the blobs by using the Microsoft Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN). Modify the plagiarism detection service so that the files from the repository are loaded from the CDN.
D. Use the Asynchronous Blob Copy API to copy the blobs from the source storage account to a storage account in the West Europe region.

Answer: D

Explanation:
Ref: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2012/06/12/introducing-asynchronous-cross-account-copy-blob.aspx


QUESTION 2
You update the portion of the website that contains biographical information about students.
You need to provide data for testing the updates to the website.
Which approach should you use?

A. Use SQL Server data synchronization.
B. Use the Active Geo-Replication feature of Azure SQL Database.
C. Use SQL Replication.
D. Use the Geo-Replication feature of Azure Storage.

Answer: A


QUESTION 3
The website does not receive alerts quickly enough.
You need to resolve the issue.
What should you do?

A. Enable automatic scaling for the website.
B. Manually Increase the instance count for the worker role.
C. Increase the amount of swap memory for the VM instance.
D. Set the monitoring level to Verbose for the worker role.
E. Enable automatic scaling for the worker role.

Answer: B

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Published: September 4, 2014
Languages: English, Japanese
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft Azure
Credit toward certification: MCP, Microsoft Specialist

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.

If you have concerns about specific questions on this exam, please submit an exam challenge.

If you have other questions or feedback about Microsoft Certification exams or about the certification program, registration, or promotions, please contact your Regional Service Center.

The Microsoft Azure environment is constantly evolving. To maximize relevance, this exam is regularly updated to reflect both deprecated and new technologies and processes. As of March 10, 2016, this exam reflects an update. To learn more about these changes and how they affect the skills measured, please download and review the Exam 70-533 changes document.

Note To ensure that they are aware of the latest updates, it is recommended that all individuals registering for this exam review this page several times before their scheduled exam.

Implement Web Apps (15–20%)
Deploy Web Apps
Define deployment slots; roll back deployments, configure and deploy packages, deploy web jobs, schedule web jobs
Configure Web Apps
Configure app settings, connection strings, handlers, and virtual directories; configure certificates, custom domains, and traffic manager; configure SSL bindings and runtime configurations; manage Web Apps by using Azure PowerShell and Xplat-CLI
Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics
Retrieve diagnostics data; view streaming logs; configure endpoint monitoring, alerts, and diagnostics; monitor website resources
Configure scale and resilience
Configure auto-scale using built-in and custom schedules; configure by metric; change the size of an instance
Manage App Services plans
Create App Service plans; migrate Web Apps between App Service plans; create a Web App within an App Service plan

Implement virtual machines (15–20%)
Deploy workloads on Azure virtual machines (VMs)
Identify supported Microsoft workloads; deploy and connect to a Linux VM; create VMs
Implement images and disks
Create specialized and generalized images for Windows and Linux; copy images between storage accounts and subscriptions; upload VHDs
Perform configuration management
Automate configuration management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration and custom script extensions; enable puppet and chef extensions
Configure VM networking
Settings include reserved IP addresses, access control list (ACL), internal name resolution, DNS at the virtual network level, load balancing endpoints, HTTP and TCP health probes, public IPs, firewall rules, direct server return, and Keep Alive
Configure VM resiliency
Scale up and scale down VM sizes; auto-scale; configure availability sets
Design and implement VM storage
Configure disk caching; plan storage capacity; configure operating system disk redundancy; configure shared storage using Azure File service; configure geo-replication; encrypt disks
Monitor VMs
Configure endpoint monitoring, alerts, and diagnostics

Implement cloud services (15–20%)
Configure cloud services and roles
Configure instance count and size, operating system version and family, upgrade and fault domains, implement Network Security Groups (NSG) and reserved IPs and network access rules; configure local storage; configure dedicated and co-located caching, local and cloud configurations, and local disks; configure multiple Web Apps; configure custom domains
Deploy and manage cloud services
Upgrade a deployment; VIP swap a deployment; package a deployment; modify configuration files; perform in-place updates; perform runtime configuration changes using the portal; scale a cloud service; create service bus namespaces and choose a tier; apply scalability targets
Monitor cloud services
Monitor service bus queues, topics, relays, and notification hubs; configure diagnostics

Implement storage (15–20%)
Implement blobs and Azure files
Read data; change data; set metadata on a container; use encryption (SSL); perform an async blob copy; configure a Content Delivery Network (CDN); implement storage for backup and disaster recovery; configure Azure Backup; define blob hierarchies; configure custom domains; configure the Import and Export Service; implement Premium storage
Manage access
Create and manage shared access signatures; use stored access policies; regenerate keys
Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics
Configure retention policies and logging levels; analyze logs
Implement SQL databases
Choose the appropriate database tier and performance level; configure point in time recovery and geo-replication; import and export data and schema; design a scaling strategy
Implement recovery services
Create a backup vault; deploy a backup agent; back up and restore data

Implement an Azure Active Directory (15–20%)
Integrate an Azure AD with existing directories
Implement Azure AD Connect, Office 365 integration, and single sign-on with on-premises Windows Server 2012 R2; add custom domains; monitor Azure AD
Configure the Application Access Panel
Configure single sign-on with SaaS applications using federation and password based; add users and groups to applications; revoke access to SaaS applications; configure access; federation with Facebook and Google ID
Integrate an app with Azure AD
Web applications (WS-federation); desktop apps (OAuth); graph API

Implement virtual networks (15–20%)
Configure a virtual network
Deploy a VM into a virtual network; deploy a cloud service into a virtual network; configure static IPs; configure internal load balancing; design subnets
Modify a network configuration
Modify a subnet; import and export a network configuration
Design and implement a multi-site or hybrid network
Choose the appropriate solution between ExpressRoute, site-to-site, and point-to-site; choose the appropriate gateway; identify supported devices and software VPN solutions; identify networking prerequisites; configure regional virtual networks and multi-site virtual networks

QUESTION 1
You administer a Microsoft Azure SQL Database database in the US Central region named contosodb. Contosodb runs on a Standard tier within the SI performance level.
You have multiple business-critical applications that use contosodb.
You need to ensure that you can bring contosodb back online in the event of a natural disaster in the US Central region. You want to achieve this goal with the least amount of downtime.
Which two actions should you perform? Each correct answer presents part of the solution.

A. Upgrade to S2 performance level.
B. Use active geo-replication.
C. Use automated Export.
D. Upgrade to Premium tier.
E. Use point in time restore.
F. Downgrade to Basic tier.

Answer: B,D


QUESTION 2
You manage two datacenters in different geographic regions and one branch office.
You plan to implement a geo-redundant backup solution.
You need to ensure that each datacenter is a cold site for the other.
You create a recovery vault. What should you do next?

A. Install the provider.
B. Upload a certificate to the vault.
C. Generate a vault key.
D. Set all virtual machines to DHCP.
E. Prepare System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) servers.
F. Create mappings between the virtual machine (VM) networks.

Answer: C


QUESTION 3
You manage a cloud service that has a web application named WebRole1. WebRole1 writes error messages to the Windows Event Log.
Users report receiving an error page with the following message: “Event 26 has occurred. Contact your system administrator.”
You need to access the WebRole1 event log.
Which three actions should you perform? Each correct answer presents part of the solution.

A. Enable verbose monitoring.
B. Update the WebRole1 web.config file.
C. Update the cloud service definition file and the service configuration file.
D. Run the Set-AzureVMDiagnosticsExtension PowerShell cmdlet.
E. Run the Enable-AzureWebsiteApplicationDiagnostic PowerShell cmdlet.
F. Create a storage account.

Answer: A,C,F


QUESTION 4

You manage a web application published to Azure Cloud Services.
Your service level agreement (SLA) requires that you are notified in the event of poor
performance from customer locations in the US, Asia, and Europe.
You need to configure the Azure Management Portal to notify you when the SLA performance targets are not met.
What should you do?

A. Create an alert rule to monitor web endpoints.
B. Create a Notification Hub alert with response time metrics.
C. Add an endpoint monitor and alert rule to the Notification Hub.
D. Configure the performance counter on the cloud service.

Answer: A

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Exam 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Written by admin
August 15th, 2016

Published: September 1, 2014
Languages: English, Japanese
Audiences: Developers
Technology: Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Azure
Credit toward certification: MCP, Microsoft Azure Developer Specialist

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.

If you have concerns about specific questions on this exam, please submit an exam challenge.

If you have other questions or feedback about Microsoft Certification exams or about the certification program, registration, or promotions, please contact your Regional Service Center.

The Microsoft Azure environment is constantly evolving. To maximize relevance, this exam is regularly updated to reflect both deprecated and new technologies and processes. As of March 10, 2016, this exam reflects an update. To learn more about these changes and how they affect the skills measured, please download and review the Exam 70-532 changes document.

Note To ensure that they are aware of the latest updates, it is recommended that all individuals registering for this exam review this page several times before their scheduled exam.

Design and implement Web Apps (15‒20%)
Deploy Web Apps
Define deployment slots; roll back deployments; implement pre and post deployment actions; create, configure and deploy a package; create App Service plans; migrate Web Apps between App Service plans; create a Web App within an App Service plan
Configure Web Apps
Define and use app settings, connection strings, handlers, and virtual directories; configure certificates and custom domains; configure SSL bindings and runtime configurations; manage Web Apps by using the API, Azure PowerShell, and Xplat-CLI
Configure diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics
Retrieve diagnostics data, view streaming logs, configure endpoint monitoring, configure alerts, configure diagnostics, use remote debugging, monitor Web App resources
Implement web jobs
Write web jobs using the SDK, package and deploy web jobs, schedule web jobs
Configure Web Apps for scale and resilience
Configure auto-scale using built-in and custom schedules, configure by metric, change the size of an instance, configure Traffic Manager
Design and implement applications for scale and resilience
Select a pattern, implement transient fault handling for services, respond to throttling, disable Application Request Routing (ARR) affinity

Preparation resources
How to Deploy an Azure Web Site
Getting Started with the Azure WebJobs SDK
Cloud Design Patterns: Prescriptive Architecture Guidance for Cloud Applications

Create and manage virtual machines (20‒25%)
Deploy workloads on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs)
Identify workloads that can and cannot be deployed, run workloads including Microsoft and Linux, create VMs
Create and manage a VM image or virtual hard disk
Create specialized and reusable images, prepare images using SysPrep and Windows Agent (Linux), copy images between storage accounts and subscriptions, upload VMs
Perform configuration management
Automate configuration management by using PowerShell Desired State Configuration and VM Agent (custom script extensions); configure VMs using a configuration management tool, such as Puppet or Chef; enable remote debugging
Configure VM networking
Configure reserved IP addresses, Network Security Groups (NSG), DNS at the virtual network level, load balancing endpoints, HTTP and TCP health probes, public IPs, firewall rules, direct server return, and keep-alive
Scale VMs
Scale up and scale down VM sizes, configure auto-scale and availability sets
Design and implement VM storage
Configure disk caching, plan for storage capacity, configure shared storage using Azure File service, configure geo-replication
Monitor VMs
Configure endpoint monitoring, configure alerts, configure diagnostic and monitoring storage location

Preparation resources
Copy Blob
Load Balancing for Azure Infrastructure Services
How to Monitor Cloud Services

Design and implement cloud services (20‒25%)
Design and develop a cloud service
Install SDKs, install emulators, develop a web role or worker role, design and implement resiliency including transient fault handling, develop startup tasks
Configure cloud services and roles
Configure HTTPS endpoint and upload an SSL certificate, and instance count and size; configure network access rules, local storage, multiple Web Apps, custom domains, and dedicated and co-located caching; scale up and scale down role sizes; configure auto-scale
Deploy a cloud service
Upgrade an automatic, manual, or simultaneous deployment; VIP swap a deployment; package a deployment; implement continuous deployment from Visual Studio Online (VSO); implement runtime configuration changes using the portal; configure regions and affinity groups
Monitor and debug a cloud service
Configure diagnostics using the SDK or configuration file, profile resource consumption, enable remote debugging, establish a connection using Remote Desktop CmdLets in Azure PowerShell, debug using IntelliTrace or the emulator

Preparation resources
Continuous delivery to Azure using Visual Studio Online
Configuring SSL for an application in Azure
Windows Azure SDK for .NET – 2.2

Design and implement a storage strategy (20‒25%)
Implement Azure Storage blobs and Azure files
Read data, change data, set metadata on a container, store data using block and page blobs, stream data using blobs, access blobs securely, implement async blob copy, configure Content Delivery Network (CDN), design blob hierarchies, configure custom domains, scale blob storage, implement Azure Premium storage
Implement Azure storage tables
Implement CRUD with and without transactions, design and manage partitions, query using OData; scale tables and partitions
Implement Azure storage queues
Add and process messages, retrieve a batch of messages, scale queues
Manage access
Generate shared access signatures, including client renewal and data validation; create stored access policies; regenerate storage account keys; configure and use Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)
Monitor storage
Set retention policies and logging levels, analyze logs
Implement SQL databases
Choose the appropriate database tier and performance level, configure and perform point in time recovery, enable geo-replication, import and export data and schema, scale SQL databases

Preparation resources
Azure Cloud Service Tutorial: ASP.NET MVC Web Role, Worker Role, and Azure Storage Tables, Queues, and Blobs – 1 of 5
Shared Access Signatures, Part 1: Understanding the SAS Model
How to Monitor a Storage Account

Manage application and network services (15‒20%)
Integrate an app with Azure Active Directory
Develop apps that use WS-federation, OAuth, and SAML-P endpoints; query the directory using graph API
Configure a virtual network
Deploy a VM into a virtual network, deploy a cloud service into a virtual network
Modify network configuration
Modify a subnet, import and export network configuration
Design and implement a communication strategy
Develop messaging solutions using service bus queues, topics, relays, and notification hubs; create service bus namespaces and choose a tier; scale service bus
Monitor communication
Monitor service bus queues, topics, relays, and notification hubs
Implement caching
Implement Redis caching, migrate solutions from Azure Cache Service to use Redis caching

Preparation resources

Azure AD Graph API
Notification Hubs Monitoring and Telemetry


QUESTION 1
You are deploying the web-based solution in the West Europe region.
You need to copy the repository of existing works that the plagiarism detection service uses. You must achieve this goal by using the least amount of time.
What should you do?

A. Copy the files from the source file share to a local hard disk. Ship the hard disk to the West Europe data center by using the Azure Import/Export service.
B. Create an Azure virtual network to connect to the West Europe region. Then use Robocopy to copy the files from the current region to the West Europe region.
C. Provide access to the blobs by using the Microsoft Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN). Modify the plagiarism detection service so that the files from the repository are loaded from the CDN.
D. Use the Asynchronous Blob Copy API to copy the blobs from the source storage account to a storage account in the West Europe region.

Answer: D

Explanation:
Ref: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazurestorage/archive/2012/06/12/introducing-asynchronous-cross-account-copy-blob.aspx


QUESTION 2
You update the portion of the website that contains biographical information about students.
You need to provide data for testing the updates to the website.
Which approach should you use?

A. Use SQL Server data synchronization.
B. Use the Active Geo-Replication feature of Azure SQL Database.
C. Use SQL Replication.
D. Use the Geo-Replication feature of Azure Storage.

Answer: A


QUESTION 3
You need to implement data storage for patient information.
What should you do?

A. Use the Update Entity operation of the Table Service REST API.
B. Use the Put Blob operation of the Blob Service REST API.
C. Use the Put Message operation of the Create Queue REST API.
D. Use the Set Share Metadata operation of the File Service REST API.

Answer: A


QUESTION 4
Users report that after periods of inactivity the website is slow to render pages and to process sign-in attempts.
You need to ensure that the website is always responsive.
What should you do?

A. Add the following markup at line WC14: <sessionState timeout-“86400″ />
B. Add the following markup at line WC08: <add key=”timeout” value=”null” />
C. Add the following markup at line WC14: <sessionState timeout=”fl” />
D. In the Azure management portal, enable Always On support for the website.
E. In the Azure management portal, disable Always On support for the website.

Answer: A

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Published: October 27, 2015
Languages: English
Audiences: IT Professionals
Technology: Microsoft Azure
Credit toward certification: Specialist

Skills measured
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Design big data batch processing and interactive solutions (20-25%)
Ingest data for batch and interactive processing, design and provision compute clusters, design for data security, design for batch processing, design interactive queries for big data

Design big data real-time processing solutions (25-30%)
Ingest data for real-time processing, design and provision compute resources, design for lambda architecture, design for real-time processing

Design machine-learning solutions (25-30%)
Create and manage experiments, determine when to pre-process or train inside Machine Learning Studio, select input/output types, apply custom processing steps with R and Python, publish web services

Operationalize end-to-end cloud analytics solutions (25-30%)
Create a data factory, orchestrate data processing activities in a data-driven workflow, monitor and manage the data factory, move, transform, and analyze data

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Published: October 27, 2015
Languages: English
Audiences: IT Professionals
Technology: Microsoft Azure
Credit toward certification: Specialist

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Design and implement database solutions for Microsoft SQL Server and SQL Database (20–25%)
Design a hybrid SQL Server solution
Design Geo/DR topology, design a data storage architecture, design a security architecture, design a data load strategy
Implement SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs)
Provision SQL Server in an Azure VM, configure firewall rules, configure and optimize storage, migrate an on-premises database to Microsoft Azure, configure and optimize VM sizes by workload
Design a SQL Database solution
Design a solution architecture, design Geo/DR topology, design a security architecture, design a data load strategy, determine the appropriate service tier
Implement SQL Database
Provision SQL Database, configure firewall rules, configure active geo-replication, migrate an on-premises database to SQL Database, configure for scale and performance
Design and implement data warehousing on Azure
Design a data warehousing solution on Azure, design a data load strategy and topology, configure SQL Data Warehouse, migrate an on-premises database to SQL Data Warehouse

Manage database management systems (DBMS) security (25–30%)
Design and implement SQL Server Database security
Configure firewalls; manage logins, users, and roles; assign permissions; configure auditing; configure transparent database encryption
Implement Azure SQL Database security
Configure firewalls; manage logins, users, and roles; assign permissions; configure auditing; configure row-level security; configure data encryption; configure data masking; configure Always Encrypted

Design for high availability, disaster recovery, and scalability (25–30%)
Design and implement high availability solutions
Design a high availability solution topology, implement high availability solutions between on-premises and Azure, design cloud-based backup solutions, implement backup and recovery strategies
Design and implement scalable solutions
Design a scale-out solution, implement multi-master scenarios with database replication, implement elastic scale for SQL Database
Design and implement SQL Database data recovery
Design a backup solution for SQL Database, implement self-service restore, copy and export databases

Monitor and manage database implementations on Azure (25–30%)
Monitor and troubleshoot SQL Server VMs on Azure
Monitor database and instance activity, monitor using dynamic management views (DMVs) and dynamic management functions (DMFs), monitor performance and scalability
Monitor and troubleshoot SQL Database
Monitor and troubleshoot SQL Database, monitor database activity, monitor using DMVs and DMFs, monitor performance and scalability
Automate and manage database implementations on Azure
Manage SQL Server in Azure VMs with PowerShell, manage Azure SQL Database with PowerShell, configure Automation and Runbooks

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Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-398—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of planning and designing cloud and hybrid identities and supporting identity infrastructure for managing devices. Designed for experienced IT pros ready to advance their status, this Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the Microsoft Specialist level.

Focus on the skills measured on the exam:
• Design for cloud/hybrid identity
• Design for device access and protection
• Design for data access and protection
• Design for remote access
• Plan for apps
• Plan updates and recovery

This Microsoft Exam Ref:
• Organizes its coverage by skill measured on the exam
• Features Thought Experiments to help you assess your readiness for the exam
• Assumes you have experience with desktop and device administration, Windows networking technologies, Active Directory, and Microsoft Intune

About This Course
This course is intended to be a quick-paced introduction to the key concepts and components that make up the management of Windows 10 devices using Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) which includes Microsoft Azure AD Premium, Azure Rights Management Services (or RMS), and Microsoft Intune. The majority of your time will be spent working directly with the products inside a preconfigured lab environment. And, although we have provided overview information for each of the technologies and pointers to additional resources should you want to know more, we believe you will gain a better understanding of the workings of device management through seeing and doing… hands on.

You will work your way through the online labs to become familiar with:

Implementing Hybrid Identity
Managing an Active Directory Hybrid Environment
Managing Inventory
Preparing the Microsoft Intune Service for Device Enrollment
Data access and protection using Azure RMS

Each lab includes the following:
Procedures for the individual lab tasks for each exercise
Access to a Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller for performing “hands-on” lab exercises
Short “how-to” videos for viewing each and every task should you get stuck and need to see how it’s done, and get moving again

The point is… you can try the labs on your own, at your own pace, but we recommend you view the individual demo videos for those times when you might need a little bit of help, for example entering a command string, or navigating across the Azure and Intune UI. What’s probably not a bad idea is to do a quick scan of the demos to familiarize yourself with the lab content prior to working hands-on… it’s your call, whatever works for you.

To give you an idea of how these labs work let’s look at one of the first labs entitled Automatic Microsoft Intune Enrollment of Azure AD Joined Windows 10 Systems… in that lab you get started using a Windows 10 virtual machine to setup and enable Azure AD and Enterprise Mobility Suite and then do some client join activities to Azure AD. So, once you’ve completed the lab, you’ll be able to:

Create an Azure AD instance
Activate an Enterprise Mobility Suite trial
Configure automatic Microsoft Intune enrollment during Azure AD join
Configure device join options in Azure AD
Configure Microsoft Intune subscription as the Mobile Device Management Authority
Join a Windows 10 client computer to Azure AD
Verify that a Windows 10 client is managed by Microsoft Intune

Prerequisites
This course is intended for IT professionals who administer and support Windows 7, 8.x, and 10 PCs, devices, users and associated network and security resources. The networks with which these professionals typically work are configured as a Windows Server domain-based environment with managed access to the Internet and cloud services. They are also skilled in working with iOS and Android devices.

Skills measured
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Design for cloud/hybrid identity (15–20%)
Plan for Azure Active Directory (AD) identities
Design Azure AD identities; Active Directory integration; Azure Multi-Factor Authentication; user self-service from the Azure Access Panel; Azure AD reporting; company branding; design Azure AD Premium features, such as Cloud App discovery, group-based application access, self-service group management, advanced security reporting, and password reset with write-back
Design for Active Directory synchronization with Azure AD Connect
Design single sign-on, Active Directory Integration scenarios, and Active Directory synchronization tools; plan for Azure AD Synchronization Services; design for Connect Health

Design for device access and protection (15–20%)
Plan for device enrollment
Design device inventory, mobile device management authority, device management prerequisites, and device enrollment profiles
Plan for the Company Portal
Customize the Company Portal and company terms and conditions; design configuration policies, compliance policies, conditional access policies, Exchange ActiveSync policies, and policy conflicts
Plan protection for data on devices
Design for protection of data in email and SharePoint when accessing them from mobile devices, design for protection of data of applications by using encryption, design for full and selective wipes

Design for data access and protection (15–20%)
Plan shared resources
Design for file and disk encryption and BitLocker encryption; design for the Network Unlock feature; configure BitLocker policies; design for the Encrypting File System (EFS) recovery agent; manage EFS and BitLocker certificates, including backup and restore
Plan advanced audit policies
Design for auditing using Group Policy and AuditPol.exe, create expression-based audit policies, design for removable device audit policies
Plan for file and folder access
Design for Windows Server Dynamic Access Control, Web Application Proxy, and Azure Rights Management service (RMS)

Design for remote access (15–20%)

Plan for remote connectivity
Design remote authentication, configure Remote Desktop settings, design VPN connections and authentication, enable VPN reconnect, configure broadband tethering
Plan for mobility options
Design for offline file policies, power policies, Windows to Go, sync options, and Wi-Fi direct

Plan for apps (15–20%)
Manage RemoteApp
Design RemoteApp and Desktop Connections settings, configure Group Policy Objects (GPOs) for signed packages, subscribe to the Azure RemoteApp and Desktop Connections feeds, export and import Azure RemoteApp configurations, support iOS and Android, configure Remote Desktop Web Access for Azure RemoteApp distribution
Plan app support and compatibility
Design for desktop app compatibility using Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), including shims and compatibility database; design desktop application co-existence using Hyper-V, Azure RemoteApp, and App-V; install and configure User Experience Virtualization (UE-V); plan for desktop apps using Microsoft Intune

Plan updates and recovery (15–20%)

Plan for system recovery
Design for the recovery drive, system restore, refresh or recycle, driver rollback, and restore points
Plan file recovery
Design for previous versions of files and folders, design File History, recover files from OneDrive
Plan device updates
Design update settings and Windows Update policies, manage update history, roll back updates, design for Windows Store apps updates

 

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Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows 10
Credit toward certification: Specialist

Skills measured
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Design for cloud/hybrid identity (15–20%)
Plan for Azure Active Directory (AD) identities
Design Azure AD identities; Active Directory integration; Azure Multi-Factor Authentication; user self-service from the Azure Access Panel; Azure AD reporting; company branding; design Azure AD Premium features, such as Cloud App discovery, group-based application access, self-service group management, advanced security reporting, and password reset with write-back
Design for Active Directory synchronization with Azure AD Connect
Design single sign-on, Active Directory Integration scenarios, and Active Directory synchronization tools; plan for Azure AD Synchronization Services; design for Connect Health

Design for device access and protection (15–20%)
Plan for device enrollment
Design device inventory, mobile device management authority, device management prerequisites, and device enrollment profiles
Plan for the Company Portal
Customize the Company Portal and company terms and conditions; design configuration policies, compliance policies, conditional access policies, Exchange ActiveSync policies, and policy conflicts
Plan protection for data on devices
Design for protection of data in email and SharePoint when accessing them from mobile devices, design for protection of data of applications by using encryption, design for full and selective wipes

Design for data access and protection (15–20%)
Plan shared resources
Design for file and disk encryption and BitLocker encryption; design for the Network Unlock feature; configure BitLocker policies; design for the Encrypting File System (EFS) recovery agent; manage EFS and BitLocker certificates, including backup and restore
Plan advanced audit policies
Design for auditing using Group Policy and AuditPol.exe, create expression-based audit policies, design for removable device audit policies
Plan for file and folder access
Design for Windows Server Dynamic Access Control, Web Application Proxy, and Azure Rights Management service (RMS)

Design for remote access (15–20%)
Plan for remote connectivity
Design remote authentication, configure Remote Desktop settings, design VPN connections and authentication, enable VPN reconnect, configure broadband tethering
Plan for mobility options
Design for offline file policies, power policies, Windows to Go, sync options, and Wi-Fi direct

Plan for apps (15–20%)
Manage RemoteApp
Design RemoteApp and Desktop Connections settings, configure Group Policy Objects (GPOs) for signed packages, subscribe to the Azure RemoteApp and Desktop Connections feeds, export and import Azure RemoteApp configurations, support iOS and Android, configure Remote Desktop Web Access for Azure RemoteApp distribution
Plan app support and compatibility
Design for desktop app compatibility using Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), including shims and compatibility database; design desktop application co-existence using Hyper-V, Azure RemoteApp, and App-V; install and configure User Experience Virtualization (UE-V); plan for desktop apps using Microsoft Intune

Plan updates and recovery (15–20%)
Plan for system recovery
Design for the recovery drive, system restore, refresh or recycle, driver rollback, and restore points
Plan file recovery
Design for previous versions of files and folders, design File History, recover files from OneDrive
Plan device updates
Design update settings and Windows Update policies, manage update history, roll back updates, design for Windows Store apps updates

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Published: 7 January 2016
Languages: English, German, Japanese
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Lync Server 2013
Credit towards certification: MCP, MCSE

Skills measured
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Plan and Design a Lync topology
Plan Lync site topology
Evaluate user distribution for central and branch site design; analyse business requirements for Persistent Chat ethical boundaries or room design; associate workloads to business requirements; analyse business requirements and plan Lync physical architecture; analyse capacity requirements and plan Lync physical architecture; analyse and design Lync SIP domains
Plan Lync servers
Define collocation of server roles; analyse hardware requirements; determine storage requirements for archiving and monitoring; determine OS version requirements; determine OS dependencies
Design a Lync Server HA/DR solution
Design strategy for branch office scenarios; design for resiliency; design SQL mirroring; design central site failover; design strategy for persistent chat; design strategy for voice applications

Plan and design Lync features
Plan for Lync user experience
Plan for contact list management; plan for client version control; plan for privacy; plan for common area phone hotdesking; plan for Music on Hold; plan for Address Book Web search/download
Plan for clients and devices
Design Lync mobility; plan for Phone Edition or 3PIP devices; define client authentication options; plan for Analog devices; plan for Lync users for VDI

Deploy and configure Lync
Configure and publish topology
Configure mediation server collocation; configure trunks and gateways; configure Lync roles; configure multiple media gateway support; add or remove server features; deploy Edge server
Deploy and configure clients and devices
Configure Lync client features; configure client policies; configure client security options; configure analog or Phone Edition/3PIP policies; configure mobile device policies; configure Lync users for VDI
Configure HA/DR
Configure pool failover; configure site failover; configure SQL mirroring; configure voice resiliency; map user experience to failover scenario

Manage operations and data resiliency for Lync
Troubleshoot the Lync environment
Enable and collect logs; recover from failed server build; analyse event viewer; enable OCSlogger tracing; enable Best Practice Analyzer; verify name resolution
Mitigate data loss
Backup and restore application service data; backup and restore filestore data; backup and restore Contacts; maintain and recover Lync 15 topology; maintain and recover LIS and RTC; recover CMS

Design Enterprise Voice
Design Enterprise Voice topology
Design mediation server collocation or placement; design for gateways; design trunks; design voice resiliency; design mediation server dependencies
Design voice applications
Design call park; design response group delegation mode; design response group workflows; determine correct usage of private line; design vacant number announcements
Design call routing
Design dial plans; design routes; design normalisation; design voice policies; define PSTN usages; design for basic emergency dialling and notification

Design and configure network services
Design for network optimisation
Assess network requirements; plan for optimal conferencing traffic; plan for capacity; plan for Edge placement; plan for QOS support; estimate network usage
Plan network services for Lync
Plan Location Information Services (LIS); plan Call Admission Control (CAC) for voice; plan Call Admission Control (CAC) for video; define port requirements for internal service; define port requirements for external services; plan for Media Bypass
Configure network services for Lync
Configure Location Information Services (LIS); configure Call Admission Control (CAC) for voice; configure Call Admission Control (CAC) for video; configure DHCP for Phone Edition; configure QOS; configure Media Bypass

Configure Enterprise Voice
Configure voice applications
Configure call park; configure Response Group workflows; configure Response Group queues; configure private line; configure vacant number announcements
Configure call routing
Configure dial plans; configure routes; configure trunks; configure and apply voice policies; configure PSTN Usages; configure emergency dialling

 

QUESTION 1
You need to recommend a solution to resolve the audio issues for the users in the Boston office.
Which three possible recommendations should you include in the solution? (Each correct answer presents a
complete solution. Choose three.)

A. user services
B. Quality of Service (QoS)
C. Call Admission Control (CAC)
D. a location policy
E. a conferencing policy

Answer: B,C,E


QUESTION 2
Which two tasks should be performed to meet the administrative requirements for Tech1? (Each correct answer
presents part of the solution. Choose two.)

A. Modify the permissions of the RTCUniversalServerAdmins group.
B. Run the New-CsAdminRole cmdlet.
C. Run the Update-CsAdminRole cmdlet.
D. Create a new universal security group and add Tech1 to the group.
E. Create a new global security group and add Tech1 to the group.

Answer: B,D

Explanation:
“To create a new role, you must first create a universal security group in Active Directory Domain Services that
shares a name with the role;”
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398271.aspx


QUESTION 3
You are evaluating the implementation the second Front End Server. You need to recommend which common
name must be used for the certificate that will be installed on Lync2.
Which name should you recommend using?

A. *.contoso.com
B. lync2.contoso.com
C. lyncdiscover.contoso.com
D. pool1.contoso.com
Answer: D
Explanation: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-
US/ocscertificates/thread/bc2b0383-17cd-4707-8c2f-19db8dd340f0/
The common name or SN of any Front End Server Certificate is the Pool Name.

 

 

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Exam MB2-706 Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Deployment

Written by admin
February 18th, 2016

Published: January 22, 2015
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), Japanese
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Credit toward certification: Specialist

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Administer Microsoft Dynamics CRM (20–25%)
Identify deployment considerations
Describe the hardware and software requirements for Microsoft Dynamics CRM; explain the role of supporting technologies, including Active Directory, Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, and the Secure Token Service; identify supported browsers
Plan an implementation
Identify the required Active Directory groups, identify the Microsoft Dynamics CRM licensing model and license types, explain product key types and access mode types, plan multiple organizations, plan how to access Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Configure Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Install sample data, install and configure language packs, install the email router, configure server synchronization, configure SharePoint integration

Administer Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online (15–20%)
Plan a deployment
Identify options for accessing CRM data; describe licensing plans; identify requirements; customize Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online; create user accounts; manage subscriptions, licenses, and user accounts; assign users to security roles
Deploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Create a deployment plan, identify objects that you can customize, implement customizations, grant users access to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, compare Microsoft Online services administrative roles and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online security roles, provision users and assign licenses
Manage Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online instances
Compare multiple instances versus multiple tenants, describe reasons to implement multiple instances, add instances to a subscription, configure instances, copy instances, identify features and constraints of a multi-tenant deployment, create a sandbox organization, copy an organization
Manage Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Prepare for updates; import solutions; manage email notifications; configure Microsoft Dynamics CRM to use Exchange Online, Lync, SharePoint Online, and Yammer; add storage; free storage space

Upgrade a Microsoft Dynamics CRM edition and redeploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM (15–20%)
Select an upgrade strategy
Describe upgrade paths, processes, and supported upgrade editions; identify upgrade considerations
Upgrade Microsoft Dynamics CRM and other components
Upgrade the Email Router, upgrade Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Outlook, import and update organization

Configure and manage email (10–15%)
Configure email and message processing
Identify email process options; explain the advantages and disadvantages of email processing options; track email, appointments, tasks, and contacts; configure automatic email tracking; configure correlation; monitor individual mailboxes; identify available synchronization methods; manage synchronization filters
Install and configure the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Email Router
Identify supported email systems and Windows operating systems; install the Email Router; install the Rule Deployment Wizard; create incoming and outgoing email profiles, deploy Inbox rules and forwarding rules; create and monitor a forward mailbox; migrate Email Router settings
Configure server-side synchronization
Describe the features of and identify supported configurations; enable and configure server-side synchronization; configure Exchange Online; synchronize appointments, contacts, and tasks

Install and deploy other client tools for Microsoft Dynamics CRM (15–20%)
Identify hardware and software requirements for the Microsoft Outlook client
Identify minimum hardware requirements, identify supported operating systems, identify supported Outlook versions, identify supported Internet browsers
Install and upgrade the Microsoft Outlook client
Identify deployment methods, install the client, prepare a configuration file and install the client by using the command prompt
Configure the Microsoft Outlook client
Use the Configuration Wizard for on-premises or hosted organizations, work online and offline, configure multiple organizations, configure user email settings, create and modify data synchronization filters
Install and configure the client for tablets and phones
Identify supported mobile platforms, install the app, configure security permissions required to use the app, troubleshoot the app, capture trace logs

Manage and troubleshoot a Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployment (15–20%)

Manage system jobs
Describe system job types, view and delete system jobs, limit the number of asynchronous jobs, delete records, use the Bulk Deletion Wizard
Monitor and troubleshoot Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Configure tracing for Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Outlook, discuss the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace
Manage data encryption
Describe data encryption, identify attributes that support encryption, identify required privileges to manage encryption

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Exam 70-354

Published: October 5, 2015
Languages: English
Audiences: Developers
Technology Windows 10
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSD

Skills measured
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Create the design specification for a mobile line-of-business (LOB) app
Specify the app development and business requirements
Specify the tools and technologies that will be required during the development of the app, specify the method of source control that will be used during the development of the app, specify the quality attributes of the app that must be achieved, specify cross-cutting concerns that exist within the project space (related apps and data ecosystems), specify the deployment scenarios for the release of the app, specify the code maintenance requirements (post-release) for the app, specify the globalization and localization requirements for the app
Specify the architecture of the app based on environment, infrastructure, business, and usage criteria
Specify the layers of the app, specify the data sources for the app, specify the external services that the app will access, specify the cross-cutting concerns within the app, specify the components of the app
Design the app in association with user-experience (UX) criteria
Design and evaluate the app with respect to Windows 10 design principles (keep it simple, think universal, design as one, make it personal, create delight); design and evaluate the app with respect to personality and branding, including composition, typography, color, and motion; design and evaluate the app with respect to UX patterns and platforms, including user interface (UI) controls, navigation, commanding, and presentation; design and evaluate the app with respect to cross-platform support, including app and platform types
Develop quality and testing requirements Evaluate where cross-cutting concerns exist for the given app, and ensure that the design encompasses appropriate cross-cutting opportunities (or explain why not)
Establish performance requirements, establish security requirements, establish concurrency requirements, establish globalization and localization requirements, establish testing requirements, establish use cases

Implement application lifecycle management processes

Implement version control
Implement version control using Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC), implement version control using Git
Implement team collaboration
Work with a development team to complete app development sprints, implement storyboarding, implement code reviews, implement (peer review) feedback, implement backlog management, implement automated team builds
Implement automated testing and progress tracking
Implement automated tests, implement exploratory tests, track progress against milestones

Develop an LOB app that supports windowing, adaptive layout, and in-app navigation
Create a layout for use within an app UI
Select the appropriate XAML control based on the UI requirement, including control categories: basic, text, scenario, and presentation; implement a XAML control within a layout; create a fixed layout; create an adaptive layout
Develop the code required to implement data binding within the app UI
Implement data binding; implement data templates
Develop code to support scaling and windowing
Develop code to support various screen sizes and resolutions, including window size, screen dpi, and window shape; develop code to support changing window size, including adaptive layout and content flow; use emulators to evaluate windowing implementations
Implement styles and themes
Implement a style as a resource for the app, implement a theme for an app, implement resource templates, implement resource dictionaries
Implement UI animations, transitions, and transformations
Implement animations within an app; implement transitions and transformations within an app
Create reusable controls and components
Create custom controls, create Windows runtime components
Implement app navigation patterns
Implement on-page navigation; implement panning, implement semantic zoom; single-page navigation (Frame.Navigate); implement an appropriate navigation structure; implement system-level navigation
Implement globalization and localization of presented UI content
Implement app resources, localize text resources, localize graphical resources

Develop an LOB app that supports user input and user interactions
Develop code to implement traditional input devices
Support touch input (for example, custom gestures); support mouse input (for example, specialized handling of the input device events, such as mouse wheel); support keyboard and virtual keyboard input; (for example, specialized handling of the input device events, such as keyup and keydown)
Develop code to implement speech and voice commands
Support speech synthesis; support speech recognition; support Cortana integration; support voice commands, including control of apps and devices
Develop code to implement natural user interface input (user input)
Implement support for touch gestures, implement support for digital pen input (inking), implement support for gaze tracking, implement support for facial expressions recognition
Develop code to implement command bars, flyouts, and dialogs
Implement standard app or command bars; implement command buttons; implement context menus; implement content dialogs; implement pickers, including file and contact
Implement localization of user input

Test and deploy an LOB app
Implement general diagnostics and testing code
Perform testing versus defined use cases, perform testing for cross-platform support, perform end-user testing
Implement profiling
Memory profiling, performance profiling, Windows Performance Toolkit
Integrate monetization techniques
Implementing in-app purchases and freemium models, implementing the Advertising SDK, implementing free trials
Prepare package for publication
Preparing the app manifest, packaging the app, completing the submission process
 

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10 key moments in the history of Apple and Microsoft

Written by admin
October 21st, 2015

Apple and Microsoft recently renewed their alliance with the goal of tackling the enterprise market, but the latest partnership is just the most recent turning point in the two companies’ intertwined histories. Here are the defining moments that led up to the new pact.

Apple and Microsoft’s history of highs and lows
Apple and Microsoft share a common history and bond in the evolution of personal computing. Relations between the two technology pioneers were generally cordial when they were founded in the 1970s, but that sense of mutual respect quickly turned to discord. The founders of both companies were at loggerheads often in the past. Today their new leaders appear determined to bury the hatchet and partner for greater opportunities in the enterprise.

Youthful innocence of the early ’80s
Microsoft was a critical Apple ally during the first Macintosh’s development. At an Apple event in 1983, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates told attendees Microsoft expected to earn half of its revenues selling Macintosh software the following year. He called the Macintosh, “something that’s really new and really captures people’s attention.”

Jobs ousted from Apple, forms NeXT
In 1985, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was ousted from the company he cofounded nine years earlier. He immediately sold all but one share in Apple to fund the launch of NeXT, where he would spend the next 12 years building computer workstations for higher education and business.

Jobs says Microsoft has ‘no taste’
“The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste,” Jobs said in the 1996 “Triumph of the Nerds” TV documentary. “They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.”

Jobs returns to Apple, partners with Microsoft
When Apple acquired NeXT in 1997 and brought Steve Jobs back into the fold, the company was in disarray amid growing uncertainty about the future of Microsoft Office for Mac. During his keynote address at the Macworld Expo that year, Jobs extolled the virtues of partnering with industry leaders and spoke of the need to improve Apple’s partner relations.

Gates addresses the Apple faithful in 1997
“Microsoft is going to be part of the game with us as we restore this company back to health,” Jobs said at Macworld, before asking Gates to address the crowd via satellite.

“We think Apple makes a huge contribution to the computer industry,” Gates said. “We think it’s going to be a lot of fun helping out.”

Gates and Jobs take the stage together in 2007
A seminal moment occurred between the leaders of both companies when Gates and Jobs jointly took the stage for an interview at the D5 conference. Both men praised each other in their own ways. Jobs commended Gates for building the first software company in the world, but Gates was more flattering. “What Steve’s done is quite phenomenal,” he said.

‘Memories longer than the road ahead’
When Jobs was asked to describe the greatest misunderstanding of his relationship with Gates, he said: “I think of most things in life as either a Bob Dylan or a Beatles song, but there’s that one line in that one Beatles song — ‘You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead’ — and that’s clearly very true here.”

Apple invites Microsoft exec on stage for iPad demo
A new era of partnership buoyed by opportunities in the enterprise began to blossom in the early-2010s. At Apple’s September 2015 new product event in San Francisco, the company invited Kirk Koenigsbauer, vice president of Microsoft Office, on stage to demonstrate Office 365 apps working in split-screen mode on an iPad Pro.

Microsoft CEO uses iPhone at Dreamforce
At Salesforce’s 2015 Dreamforce conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoed the company’s iOS apps on an iPhone. When Nadella did the once unthinkable, using an iPhone on stage, he acknowledged it as such but also made clear that it wasn’t his phone. “It is a pretty unique iPhone,” he said. “I like to call it the iPhone Pro because it has all the Microsoft software and applications on it … It’s pretty amazing.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t hold a grudge
During a keynote at cloud-storage company Box’s BoxWorks conference in September 2015, when asked about the company’s renewed relationship with Microsoft, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn’t believe in holding grudges. “If you think back in time, Apple and IBM were foes. Apple and Microsoft were foes,” Cook said. “Apple and Microsoft still compete today, but frankly Apple and Microsoft can partner on more things than we could compete on, and that’s what the customer wants.”

 

 

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QUESTION 1
You have been informed of upcoming maintenance on the internet connection in ABC.com’s New
York office. You have been instructed to make sure that, for the duration of the maintenance,
outgoing e-mails are forwarded via the Los Angeles office.
Which of the following actions should you take?

A. You should consider configuring the centralized mail transport option.
B. You should consider installing a send connector in the Los Angeles office, and configuring it to
make use of ABCSMTPA as a smart host.
C. You should consider configuring the ABCNYSMTP send connector to make use of ABCSMTPB
as its smart host.
D. You should consider running a non-owner mailbox access report.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You have been instructed to devise a strategy for handling the Human Resources voice mail
messages in such a way that it satisfies the prerequisites.
You start by generating and linking a UM mailbox policy to ABCUM.
Which of the following is the action you should take NEXT?

A. You should consider creating an auto attendant.
B. You should consider assigning the UM mailbox policy to all ABC.com mailboxes.
C. You should consider assigning the UM mailbox policy to the Human Resources mailbox.
D. You should consider configuring the voice mail protection settings of the UM mailbox policy.

Answer: D

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
You have been given the task of making sure that users are unable to forward e-mails from
ABC.com’s Legal Department.
You have already configured a new Outlook protection rule to filter the rule using the
FromDepartment property. The new rule also has the Apply the Do Not Forward protection
template configured.
Which of the following is the setting that should set to False?

A. The SentTo property.
B. The UserCanOverride property.
C. The Priority property.
D. The SentToScope property.

Answer: B

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
You have been instructed configure an archiving policy in keeping with the prerequisites.
You are, therefore, generating two retention tags.
Which of the following is the type of retention tags you should generate?

A. Two retention tags set to All.
B. Two retention tags set to Inbox.
C. Two retention tags set to Personal.
D. One retention tag set to All, and another set to Inbox.
E. One retention tag set to All, and another set to Personal.

Answer: D

Explanation:


QUESTION 5
You are required to make sure that the prerequisites with regards to the ABCHumanResources
group are suitably met.
Which of the following actions should you take?

A. You should consider making the ABCHumanResources group a member of the Organization
Management Microsoft Exchange Security Group.
B. You should consider making the ABCHumanResources group a member of the Compliance
Management Microsoft Exchange Security Group.
C. You should consider making the ABCHumanResources group a member of the Discovery
Management Microsoft Exchange Security Group.
D. You should consider making the ABCHumanResources group a member of the Recipient
Management Microsoft Exchange Security Group.

Answer: C

Explanation:

 

 

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QUESTION 1
You are preparing to write code that configures a CredentialPicker object. The code should allow
for platinum members to save their user credentials according to business authentication
prerequisites.
Which of the following is the property that should be included in your code?

A. The PreviousCredential property.
B. The AuthenticationProtocol property.
C. The CredentialSaveOption property.
D. The TargetName property.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You are preparing to write code that enforces the technical search capabilities requirements.
Which of the following is a method that should be included in your code?

A. The appendSearchSeparator method.
B. The appendResultSuggestion method.
C. The appendQuerySuggestions(suggestions) method.
D. The appendQuerySuggestion(text) method.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
You have been instructed to make sure that customers and visitors are shown in keeping with the
prerequisites. You are preparing to write the necessary code.
Which of the following should be included in your code?

A. The CommitButtonText property of the ContactPicker class.
B. The SelectionMode property of the ContactPicker class.
C. The Email property of the ContactPicker class.
D. The DesiredFields property of the ContactPicker class.

Answer: D

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
You are preparing to write code to deal with adding and saving annotations according to the
technical product news updates prerequisites.
Which of the following should be included in the code?

A. You should consider making use of the onbeforenavigate navigation member.
B. You should consider making use of the onnavigated navigation member.
C. You should consider making use of the canGoForward navigation member.
D. You should consider making use of the canGoBack navigation member.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 5
You are preparing to write code to satisfy the navigation business requirements.
Which of the following is the function that should be included in your code?

A. The navigate function.
B. The forward function.
C. The back function.
D. The addEventListener function.

Answer: A

Explanation:

 

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Microsoft explains timing of Windows 10 updates

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August 15th, 2015

Windows 10’s staggered timetable will kick off by early December

If Microsoft follows through on its announced plans for updating and upgrading Windows 10 after the new OS launches in two weeks, it will issue the first update no later than the end of November or early December, then follow with three more in 2016, repeating with a trio each year following.

Lather, rinse, repeat.
The update churn will result in a near-constant patter about upcoming updates and upgrades — Microsoft itself isn’t sure which of those terms apply, using both interchangeably — for customers to digest.

Microsoft has left those customers guessing on answers to a slew of questions about Windows 10 refreshes, ranging from how long the updates and upgrades will appear free of charge to how substantial those changes will be. But it’s talked about the schedule, pulling back the curtain in small jerks.

Here’s what’s known about the timetable and what’s still unknown — or in the infamous words of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the “known unknowns” — as the July 29 release date looms.
Updates will come every four months

According to a Microsoft-hosted webinar in late April, Windows 10 will receive updates about every four months, or three times a year.

It’s likely that Microsoft won’t hew to a set schedule, as does Mozilla, which rolls out a new edition of Firefox at almost-sacrosanct six-week intervals. Microsoft could trim the time between updates or extend the timeline, depending on whether it’s satisfied with the quality and composition of the new build, or even on external factors, like the calendar.

If Microsoft wanted to present a newer Windows 10 for the end-of-year holiday sales season, for example, it would like to have that on new devices no later than mid-November, meaning a release — or, at least, finished code — in October.

Such flexibility is not guaranteed: We simply don’t know because Microsoft won’t say, or doesn’t know itself.

But on average, expect to see updates/upgrades spaced out every four months.

The first update will appear before year’s end

Four months from the July 29 launch date would be November 29, close to the start of winter in the northern hemisphere.

Although that date may not be set in stone, it’s clear that to make good on its promises Microsoft must roll out a finished first update/upgrade before year’s end.

That alone will be a record for the company: The previous shortest lag has been the six months between Windows 8.1 (launched Oct. 17, 2013) and Windows 8.1 Update (April 8, 2014).

Consumers as guinea pigs get the first update

The first update/upgrade will be primarily, perhaps exclusively, for consumers, delivered to devices running Windows 10 Home by default via the Windows Update service. Microsoft is calling that update cadence or track “Current Branch” (CB), part of the new release lexicon the Redmond, Wash. company’s invented.

Those running the more advanced Windows 10 Pro can also adopt the consumer-speed CB track. People most likely to do so are the power users, enthusiasts and work-at-homers with a Pro edition, as companies — which also widely deploy the various Windows’ Professional or Pro SKUs (stock-keeping units) — will probably play it conservative and instead take updates from the Current Branch for Business (CBB) after they have moved to Windows 10 Pro.

Not everyone on CB will get the first update at the same time
Microsoft has provided some update flexibility (its take) or complicated matters (the cynic’s view) by segmenting each “branch” into “rings.” The latter is a second release timing mechanism that lets customers receive a branch’s update as soon as the build is approved via a “fast” ring, or delay the update’s arrival using a “slow” ring.

Rings on the CB were confirmed only this week by Terry Myerson, chief of the company’s OS and devices division, and may number more than the two: Again, Microsoft’s not elaborated.

The Windows Insider preview program, which will continue to run after July 29, has put devices into the slow ring by default; Microsoft may or may not do the same with the CB.

The one certainty is that not everyone on the CB will get the update immediately. “Some consumers just want to go first. And we have consumers that say, ‘I’m okay not being first,'” Myerson said on Monday.

Most business PCs won’t get the first update until the Spring of 2016
Because Microsoft will be using its Insider participants, and more importantly the millions of consumers running Windows 10, as testers, it will not release builds to businesses at the same time as those on the Current Branch.

With the four-month stretch between updates/upgrades and the automatic delay built into the Current Branch for Business (CBB), customers on the latter will not receive the first build until next year: On a strict schedule, that will be at the end of March or beginning of April 2016.

Microsoft’s doing it this way, it’s said, to produce more bug-free code to its most important users, businesses. Microsoft figures that the four months will shake out more bugs so that those running Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise will get a more stable update with a correspondingly lower risk of something breaking.

Users of Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise can stick with the old way of managing updates — using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or another patch-management product — or go with the new Windows Update for Business (WUB), an analog to the consumer-ish Windows Update service.

Those on WUB must deploy a given build within four months of its release or Microsoft will shut off the patch spigot: That means CBB users applying updates/upgrades with WUB must have the first build on their devices by approximately Aug. 1, 2016.

Businesses can delay the first update only so long

Microsoft’s not giving anyone a choice: Either take the updates and upgrades or face a security patch drought. (The one exception: Windows 10 Enterprise.)

The longest delay allowed for CBB will be eight months from a specific build’s release to the branch, or 12 months after the same build has hit the consumers via the CB.

Customers using WSUS or another Microsoft (or third-party) patch management solution must have the first build deployed no later than late November, early December 2016.

Microsoft has talked about rings on the CBB since the May announcement of Windows Update for Business, but as with rings on the CB, details remain muddled. How long the slow ring follows the fast, for instance, is unclear.
Only Windows 10 Enterprise can ignore the updates and upgrades

The only Windows 10 edition that can pass on the constant updates and upgrades is Enterprise, the SKU available solely to organizations that have a volume licensing agreement tied to the annuity-like Software Assurance (SA) program.

The branch available only to Windows 10 Enterprise, dubbed Long-term Servicing Branch, or LSTB, mimics the traditional way Microsoft has handled its OS: Only security patches and critical bug-fixes will reach systems on the LTSB.

Every two to three years, Microsoft will create another LTSB build, integrating some or all of the feature changes released to CB and CBB in the intervening time, then offer that to customers. They will have the option to move to that build — it won’t be mandatory — and can skip at least one build, passing on LTSB 2 (or whatever Microsoft names it), then years later adopting LSTB 3 with an in-place upgrade.

The code released on July 29 will be considered LTSB 1, Microsoft has said, so a second, optional LTSB won’t appear until 2017 at the earliest.
By December 2016, there will be multiple update/upgrade builds being used

The staggered releases Microsoft plans will create a situation where multiple builds are in use at any one time, each by a segment of the Windows 10 device population.

Come December 2016, Microsoft will have issued its fourth build to the CB, and the third to the CBB. But there will be some still using the second build (those on the CBB managing updates with WSUS).

Analysts, however, have largely discounted fragmentation as a factor, arguing that while the delays offered to businesses on the CBB may be disruptive, Windows 10 will ultimately be a more uniform ecosystem than the current mix of vastly different editions of Windows.
What Microsoft gets out of this stretched, staggered release schedule

Microsoft may pitch the Windows 10 update and upgrade schedule as all about customers, but there’s something in it for the company, too.

“Rings will be more about controlling the rate at which the updates flood out into market,” said Steve Kleynhans, an analyst at Gartner, in a recent interview. “With potentially a billion devices … eventually … getting an update, you need some level of flow control or else you could crush your servers and a large part of the Internet. By using rings, Microsoft can stagger the release over the period of days or weeks.”

In fact, the entire cadence, not just the rings, can be envisioned as Microsoft’s way of reducing stress on its update servers. Although the second build for the CB — slated for late March-early April 2016 — will coincide with the launch of the first build for the CBB on Computerworld’s timeline, it will not be a surprise if Microsoft staggers the two by launching first one, then the other.

Microsoft is clearly concerned about server load and the possibility that something could go awry: It’s not releasing the free Windows 10 upgrade to all eligible customers on July 29. Instead, it plans to give the several million Insiders the code first, then gradually trigger upgrades on others’ devices in an unknown number of “waves” that could run weeks or months.

The company will also control demand for the upgrade another way by silently downloading the bits in the background to eligible PCs and tablets, then notifying them on its own schedule that the upgrade is ready to process locally.

It may do the same with later updates and upgrades, Kleynhans speculated.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if under the covers Microsoft uses a separate ring for each week after an OS is released, or maybe even one for each day immediately after it is out,” said Kleynhans. “But these will be mostly invisible to users and really isn’t all the different from the way some updates roll-out today.”
The naming problem

Computerworld has used generic place holders to identify the various update/upgrade releases Microsoft will distribute to Windows 10 — “first build” and “LTSB 2,” for instance — because Microsoft hasn’t talked about how it’s going to name each build.

That will have to change.

“Another factor that Microsoft has yet to discuss is how it will identify each update,” Kleynhans said. “We know that the OS will be called Windows 10 regardless of what updates have been delivered and installed…. But as for identifying the state after each update, we don’t know if Microsoft will stick with the build number, as it has during the preview program, opt for a simplified numbering scheme — something similar to the build number but without the holes in the numbering scheme — go back to point identifiers [like] Window 10 v 10.1 and Windows 10 v 10.2, [as] Apple does with OS X, or maybe use something more date oriented [such as] ‘Windows 10, July 2016.’ There will have to be something to help developers understand what they are facing in the field.”


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It was a marriage of convenience for two industry giants whose past successes weren’t helping them win in the red-hot smartphone market. One year later, it’s hard to say that Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s device business has produced the results its backers envisioned.

In the wake of the US$7.2 billion acquisition, Lumia smartphones and the Windows Phone OS are still running into many of the same market roadblocks.

But Microsoft isn’t throwing in the towel, and has high hopes that its phone business will get a major boost from Windows 10, which is meant to create an environment where users can move easily between desktops, tablets and their smartphones.
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That Microsoft’s smartphone adventure is a work in progress was highlighted last week, when CEO Satya Nadella said during the quarterly earnings call that device-related costs have to be cut more, ahead of the arrival of Windows 10. However, Nadella also revealed that Microsoft sold more Lumias in the quarter than it did a year ago.

There has been much speculation that Nadella was never a fan of the deal, brokered by his predecessor Steve Ballmer. But it seems the new CEO is giving it a go, betting, at least for now, that the acquisition can fulfill its goals: to make Microsoft a credible player in the mobile OS and smartphone device markets, able to give major players like Apple, Google and Samsung a run for their money.

Yet Nadella has his work cut out for him. Microsoft still isn’t selling enough devices; not enough large manufacturers are backing its OS; and Windows Phone apps are an afterthought to most developers.

On the hardware side, Microsoft frantically focused on launching affordable smartphones, including Lumia models 430, 535, 640 and 640XL, all of which cost between US$70 and $200 without a contract.

The strategy makes sense on paper because the low-end segment is growing faster than other parts of the smartphone market. Also, consumers in emerging markets—the target audience for these devices—aren’t as wedded to specific smartphone brands, user interfaces and ecosystems as their counterparts in the U.S. and Western Europe. But the competition in this segment is fierce and Microsoft is up against a multitude of Android-based smartphones.

Windows Phone’s market share sits below 3 percent, despite the low-end Lumia push, growing enterprise interest in the OS and adoption by a number of small smartphone vendors. To secure the future of the OS, Microsoft needs to increase the share to at least 10 percent, according to Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight.

“In our forecasts we don’t see anywhere near that level in the next three years, which underlines the scale of the challenge Microsoft faces,” Wood said.

Complicating matters is the decline in shipments of the Nokia feature phones Microsoft also acquired.

To significantly boost Windows Phone sales, Microsoft needs to sign big partners that can sell millions of devices per quarter. Getting them onboard is one of many things Windows 10 is expected to help with, and there is some positive momentum.

The OS will feature an updated user interface and a host of improved applications, such as the new Spartan browser. It also provides more integration between PCs and smartphones, including the ability to see notifications across different devices.

Chinese vendor Xiaomi recently announced that some users of its Android-based smartphones will be able to test Windows Phone 10 by installing it on their phones. Getting Xiaomi onboard would be a big win for Microsoft. The company has become one of the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers, even though it doesn’t sell its products in Europe or the U.S.

Microsoft has struggled to get the biggest smartphone vendors to back the OS. For example, Samsung has only launched two Windows Phone devices in the last two years, and it didn’t give them anywhere near as much marketing support it gives its Android smartphones. Samsung declined to comment on its plans for Windows 10.

One smaller vendor backing Windows Phone is Florida-based Blu Products, and while its CEO Samuel Ohev-Zion is very critical of the Nokia acquisition, he has high hopes for Windows 10 and its expected ability to attract more users and developers.

The deal overvalued Nokia’s assets, he said, because it has become much easier to develop smartphones. And not getting the valuable Nokia brand as part of the acquisition was a big mistake, he added. Microsoft has been using its own brand on Lumia smartphones since October.

Windows 10, on the other hand, is going to be groundbreaking, Ohev-Zion predicts. The biggest turnoff with the current version of the OS is that users aren’t familiar with the interface and don’t understand how it works. But that will change with Windows 10, because the experience on PCs and smartphones becomes more similar, he said.

Microsoft is also doing the right things from a software development perspective, according Ohev-Zion. With Windows 10, developers will be able to build so-called universal apps for PCs, tablets, the Xbox game console and smartphones. That will help open up the platform to a much larger developer audience, he said.

The launch of Windows 10 is expected to be followed by the arrival of Microsoft’s first high-end smartphones. The company will make sure it has products in this market segment, but making a dent is very difficult, thanks to Apple’s and Samsung’s dominance, according to Christophe Francois, vice president of strategy and business development at telecom operator Orange.

“You have to be persistent, and invest quite a lot to establish a strong foothold. But it’s clear that with Microsoft’s ambitions, it’s something it has to do,” said Francois.

Orange has seen products such as the Lumia 635 and the Lumia 530—both of which use the Nokia brand—sell well, and help increase Windows Phone’s market share among its subscribers significantly. To build on that, Microsoft has to work to improve its own brand, according to Francois.

In Finland, many families won’t be celebrating the deal’s one-year anniversary, following the thousands of jobs Microsoft cut in Nokia operations. At the time, the Finnish finance minister Antti Rinne said that Microsoft had betrayed Finland.

There was some expectation the deal would be more of a joint venture, but it has most definitely been a Microsoft takeover, according to Wood.

However, some of these workers may be able to get jobs next year when Nokia will once again be able to produce smartphones. The company is said to be planning a comeback using Android. For now, though, Nokia is denying it currently has any plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.

Meanwhile, for Microsoft, the next twelve months will determine whether the Nokia deal goes down in corporate history as a success or a failure.


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The big question rises how to become the Microsoft certified , All Microsoft certifications are acquired by simply taking a series of exams. If you can self-study for said exams, and then pass them, then you can acquire the certification for the mere cost of the exam (and maybe whatever self-study materials you purchase).

You’ll also need, at minimum (in addition to the MCTS), the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certs; as well as the Cisco CCNA cert.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) – This is the basic entry point of Microsoft Certifications. You only need to pass a single certification test to be considered an MCTS and there are numerous different courses and certifications that would grant you this after passing one. If you are shooting for some of the higher certifications that will be discussed below, then you’ll get this on your way there.

Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) – This certification was Microsoft’s previous “Developer Certification” meaning that this was the highest certification that was offered that consisted strictly of development-related material. Receiving it involved passing four exams within specific areas (based on the focus of your certification). You can find the complete list of courses and paths required for the MCPD here.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) – This is Microsoft’s most recent “Developer Certification” which will replace the MCPD Certification (which is being deprecated / retired in July of 2013). The MCSD focuses within three major areas of very recent Microsoft development technologies and would likely be the best to persue if you wanted to focus on current and emerging skills that will be relevant in the coming years. You can find the complete list of courses and paths required for the MCSD here.

The Microsoft Certifications that you listed are basically all of the major ones within the realm of development. I’ll cover each of the major ones and what they are :

Most people, however, take some kind of course. Some colleges — especially career and some community colleges — offer such courses (though usually they’re non-credit). Other providers of such courses are private… some of them Microsoft Certified vendors of one type or another, who offer the courses in such settings as sitting around a conference table in their offices. Still others specialize in Microsoft certification training, and so have nice classrooms set up in their offices.

There are also some online (and other forms of distance learning) courses to help prepare for the exams.

The cost of taking classes to prepare can vary wildly. Some are actually free (or very nearly so), while others can cost hundreds of dollars. It all just depends on the provider.

And here’s a Google search of MCTS training resources (which can be mind-numbing in their sheer numbers and types, so be careful what you choose):

There are some pretty good, yet relatively inexpensive, ways to get vendor certificate training. Be careful not to sign-up for something expensive and involved when something cheaper — like subscribing to an “all the certificates you care to study for one flat rate” web site — would, in addition to purchasing a study guide or two at a bookstore, likely be better.

If you want a career in IT, then you need to have both an accredited degree in same (preferably a bachelors over an associates), and also a variety of IT certifications. The MCTS is but one that you will need.

You should probably also get the Microsoft MCSE and/or MCSA. The ICS CISSP. And the ITIL.

There are others, but if you have those, you’ll be evidencing a broad range of IT expertise that will be useful, generally. Then, in addition, if the particular IT job in which you end-up requires additional specialist certification, then you can get that, too (hopefully at the expense of your employer who requires it of you).

Then, whenever (if ever) you’re interested in a masters in IT, here’s something really cool of which you should be aware…

There’s a big (and fully-accredited, fully-legitimate) university in Australia which has partnered with Microsoft and several other vendors to structure distance learning degrees which include various certifications; and in which degrees, considerable amounts of credit may be earned simply by acquiring said certifications. It’s WAY cool.

One can, for example, get up to half of the credit toward a Masters degree in information technology by simply getting an MCSE (though the exams which make it up must be certain ones which correspond with the university’s courses). I’ve always said that if one were going to get an MCSE, first consult the web site of this university and make sure that one takes the specific MCSE exams that this school requires so that if ever one later decided to enter said school’s masters program, one will have already earned up to half its degree’s credits by simply having the MCSE under his/her belt. Is that cool, or what?

I wouldn’t rely on them over experience (which is far and away the most valuable asset out there) but they are worth pursuing especially if you don’t feel like you have enough experience and need to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills to land a position as a developer.

If you are going to pursue a certification, I would recommend going after the MCSD (Web Applications Track) as it is a very recent certification that focuses on several emerging technologies that will still be very relevant (if not more-so) in the coming years. You’ll pick up the MCTS along the way and then you’ll have both of those under your belt. MCPD would be very difficult to achieve based on the short time constraints (passing four quite difficult tests within just a few months is feasible, but I don’t believe that it is worth it since it will be “retired” soon after).

No job experience at all is necessary for any of the Microsoft Certifications, you can take them at any time as long as you feel confident enough with the materials of the specific exam you should be fine. The tests are quite difficult by most standards and typically cover large amounts of material, but with what it sounds like a good bit of time to study and prepare you should be fine.

Certifications, in addition to degrees, are so important in the IT field, now, that one may almost no longer get a job in that field without both. The certifications, though, are so important that one who has a little IT experience can get a pretty good job even without a degree as long as he has all the right certs. But don’t do that. Definitely get the degree… and not merely an associates. Get the bachelors in IT; and make sure it’s from a “regionally” accredited school.

Then get the certs I mentioned (being mindful, if you think you’ll ever get an IT masters, to take the specific exams that that Strut masters program requires so that you’ll have already earned up to half the credit just from the certs).

If you already have two years of experience in working in the .NET environment, a certification isn’t going to guarantee that you will get employed, a salary increase or any other bonuses for achieving the honor. However, it can help supplement your resume by indicating that you are familiar with specific technologies enough to apply them in real-world applications to solve problems.

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QUESTION 1
You create a User Profile Synchronization connection. You need to grant the necessary
permissions to the synchronization account. What should you do?

A. Grant the account Full Control on the ActiveUsers OU.
B. Grant the account Full Control on the AuthenticatedUsers AD security group.
C. Grant the account Read permission on the domain.
D. Grant the account the Replicate Directory Changes permission on the domain.
Correct
Answer: D


QUESTION 2
You need to ensure that content authors can publish the specified files. What should you do?

A. Create multiple authoring site collections. Create a site that contains lists, document libraries,
and a Pages library. Create an asset library in a new site collection, and enable anonymous
access to the library on the publishing web application.
B. Create multiple authoring site collections. Create a site that contains lists, document libraries,
and a Pages library. Create an asset library in the authoring site collection, and enable
anonymous access to the library on the authoring web application.
C. Create one authoring site collection. Create a site that contains multiple lists, document
libraries, and Pages libraries. Create an asset library in a new site collection, and enable
anonymous access to the library on the publishing web application.
D. Create multiple authoring site collections. Create a site that contains multiple lists, document
libraries, and Pages libraries. Create an asset library in a new site collection, and enable
anonymous access to the library on the publishing web application.
Correct
Answer: B


QUESTION 3
HOTSPOT
You need to ensure that user-selected subscription content automatically appear on users’ My
Sites. Which configuration option should you choose? (To answer, select the appropriate option
in the answer area.)
Hot Area:

Correct Answer:


QUESTION 4
You need to import employee photos into SharePoint user profiles by using the least amount of
administrative effort. Which three actions should you perform? (Each correct answer presents
part of the solution. Choose three.)

A. Define a mapping for the thumbnailPhoto attribute of the Picture user profile property.
B. Run the Update-SPUserSolution Windows PowerShell cmdlet.
C. Run an incremental synchronization of the User Profile Synchronization service.
D. Run a full synchronization of the User Profile Synchronization service.
E. Run the Update-SPProfilePhotoStore Windows PowerShell cmdlet.
F. Define a mapping for the photo attribute of the Picture user profile property.
Correct
Answer: ADE


QUESTION 5
DRAG DROP
You need to install the appropriate versions of Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and
Microsoft .NET Framework in the server environment. Which operating system and applications
should you install? (To answer, drag the appropriate operating systems and applications to the
correct server layers in the answer area. Each operating system or application may be used once,
more than once, or not at all. You may need to drag the split bar between panes or scroll to view
content.)
Select and Place:

Correct Answer:


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The updates are aimed at companies that choose to run SQL Server on a virtual machine on Azure

Microsoft has added automated backup and patching for SQL Server databases running in virtual machines on its Azure cloud, in a bid to simplify management and improve reliability.

As enterprises move more and larger IT systems to the cloud, advanced management functionality is becoming increasingly important to keep systems up and costs down. And step by step, service providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are adding new features to streamline management processes.

The latest improvements from Microsoft are aimed at keeping SQL Server backed up and secure in a more convenient way when running the database in virtual machines on Azure.

Organizations that want to run SQL Server on Microsoft’s cloud can either buy the database as a service or install it on a virtual machine that’s then deployed on Azure.

Choosing the latter option lets organizations migrate existing applications to the cloud with minimal changes and build more customized systems. But it also means they have to manage the databases themselves.

Using the automated backup feature, administrators can configure a scheduled backup on SQL Server 2014 Enterprise. With a few clicks in the Azure portal, they can control the retention period, the storage account for the backup, and the security policies of the database.

The automated patching allows administrators to define the maintenance window directly from the Azure portal. The SQL Server infrastructure-as-a-service agent will configure Windows running on the virtual machine with the preferred maintenance settings, including the day for maintenance, the start time of the window and the proposed duration.

Many customers have told Microsoft that they would like to move their patching schedules off business hours. This feature lets them do exactly that, the company said in a blog post on Thursday.

Last year Microsoft published an article that described the different options for running SQL Server on Azure, including when virtual machines are preferable over the service and vice versa.


 

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Commercial cloud revenue more than doubled, but consumer software sales were disappointing

Cloud services like Azure and Office 365 were once again the stars in Microsoft’s quarterly earnings report, with revenue from those products more than doubling from a year earlier.

They helped lift Microsoft’s overall revenue by 8 percent last quarter, to $26.6 billion, the company said Monday. That was higher than analysts had expected.

But restructuring costs and a tax adjustment led to a drop in profits. Microsoft posted net income of $5.86 billion for the quarter, which ended Dec. 31, down nearly 12 percent year-on-year. That was equivalent to $0.71 per share, matching the estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

“Our commercial cloud services delivered triple-digit revenue growth for the sixth consecutive quarter,” CFO Amy Hood said on a call to discuss the results. “Office 365 continues to be priority for CIOs, as both existing and new customers move to the cloud,” she said. “This transition accelerated with 45 percent of our renewal seats in Office moving to the cloud this quarter.”

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet performed well, and revenue from the company’s Surface hardware climbed 24 percent to pass $1 billion for the first time. The XBox platform struggled, however. Revenue fell 20 percent, or $703 million, thanks to lower console shipments and the transition from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, Microsoft said.

Microsoft generated $2.3 billion in revenue from a business that didn’t exist only a year earlier: phone hardware. Were it not for Nokia’s old business, Microsoft would have been a poorer performer last quarter, at least in terms of sales.

The company’s Devices and Consumer Licensing segment looked bleak, with Microsoft reporting $4.2 billion in revenue from consumer licenses — a 25 percent drop over the year-ago quarter. Licensing revenue includes money from OEMs for the Windows operating system, as well as license revenue for Windows Phone, consumer editions of Office 2013 (as opposed to the subscription-based Office 365 Home Premium), and intellectual property for consumer products.

Although Microsoft’s cloud performance stole much of the attention, lurking not far behind was Windows 10 — especially, how its offer of one free subscription year to upgraders will impact future revenue.

Windows 10 will create opportunities for further monetization down the road, CEO Satya Nadella said.

“Overall, I think the most strategic objective for us is to get developer momentum with Windows 10, and that’s where we’re focused with a lot of different actions,” he said.

“One is the one unified developer platform — I think that’s perhaps the most strategic piece of Windows 10, along with the unified Store,” he said. Coupled with the upgrade offer, he said, “we are creating a great opportunity for every developer to write these universal Windows applications.”

Forthcoming changes to the Windows 10 Desktop will enable these universal apps, on all platforms, to be more “naturally discoverable” on the most used part of Windows — which he acknowledged was the Desktop, not the Start Screen.

But it was the cloud products that stole the day. The creation of premium tiers for some of Microsoft’s cloud services was a key contributor to increasing profits this past quarter, Hood said. As Nadella explained, the premium tiers now available for Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite, and Dynamics CRM have helped turn all three categories into high-growth businesses.

When customers deploy applications and other virtual services on top of Azure, he said, it gives Microsoft the opportunity to attract further business. A company might build a mobile front end on their Azure app using Azure Mobile Services or Media Services, for instance.

The way Microsoft builds its hosting infrastructure helps keep the cost of hosting thos services down, Nadella said. It has one common infrastructure for Office 365, XBox Live and other services. “We don’t have different infrastructures for these different services,” he said.


 

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