Category Archives: Exam Guides

Troubleshoot WSUS configuration and deployments

Troubleshoot WSUS configuration and deployments

This post will cover some basic methods to troubleshoot and fix common problems with Microsoft’s Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

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Manage updates using WSUS in Windows Server 2016

Manage Updates Using WSUS

This post will show you how to manage updates using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in Windows Server 2016. This will include viewing available updates and approving the updates to predefined computer groups.

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Install and configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

Install and configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

In this post we will cover how to install and configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016.

WSUS can be used to automatically download Windows update files and store them locally. Other Windows servers in your network will then download the updates from the WSUS server rather than the Internet, saving you Internet bandwidth and speeding up the Windows update process.

With WSUS we can configure all of our servers to be automatically updated, ensuring that security updates are installed quickly from a central location. This will provide us with useful information such as reports advising which servers have or have not been patched with a specific update.

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Configure automatic updates for Windows Server 2016

Configure Automatic Windows Updates

In this post we will show you how to use group policy to configure computers within an Active Directory domain to perform automatic Windows updates from either the Internet or a WSUS server that you manage.

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Create computer groups for WSUS

Create WSUS Computer Groups

This post will cover how to create and manage computer groups in Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for Windows Server 2016.

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Configure WSUS reporting in Windows Server 2016

Configure WSUS Reporting

WSUS is quite powerful in that it can provide us reports containing useful information regarding which Windows machines have which Windows updates applied, allowing us to get a good overview of our environment.

This type of information will be useful if you’re required to perform any type of compliance check to ensure that your servers are properly patched. In this post we’ll take a look at installing the software required to view the reports as well as how to run the reports.

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Is IT Certification Worth Your Time And Money?

Is IT Certification Worthwhile?

Certificates aim to validate that the holder of the certificate has a certain level of knowledge and/or skills in a particular field, typically validated by a vendor or organization in the form of a paid test. This test will generally require you part with some of your hard earned cash and spend your time to study and learn new things in order to prove that you meet the specified requirements to become certified.

So the question that we are looking to answer here is are IT certificates worth spending your time and money on? Let’s find out.

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Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA EX200) – Study Guide

Today I got the results for the RHCSA EX200 exam which I took yesterday and passed with full marks, I received a score of 300/300 with the passing score being 210. This is just a quick review about the materials I used and how I studied to pass the exam, I hope that this guide will help you study! I will not be discussing any of the contents that were within the exam, if you’re interested in what is covered have a look at the exam objective page here.

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70-412 Microsoft Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services exam – Passed

Last week I passed the Microsoft 70-412 exam for Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services with a score of 865/1000. This was the last exam I needed to complete in order to earn my MCSA 2012 certification. In this post I’ll cover the materials I studied to pass 70-412 and where I’ll be going from here.

This exam was far more challenging than the others because I had a lot less time to prepare in comparison to 70-410 and 70-411. I had already started doing some light study for 70-412 and then heard that in January 2014 the exam content would be changing to include 2012 R2 content. While I’m happy to learn the changes in R2 and have read over all the great changes it introduces, I wanted to see if I could finish off the exam before the end of the year as the change to R2 would mean all my study materials would essentially be out of date, and new books including the R2 content were months away at the time.

I then went to see when the last available date for the year was for me to take the exam, and was surprised to find that it was the 12th December. This was on the 28th November, so only 2 weeks until the last day I could take the exam. So I had to make a choice, try and rush through it two weeks and finish before the end of the year, or take it slow and wait until next year and learn the changes in the content.

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70-411 Microsoft Administering Windows Server 2012 exam – Passed

I am still working towards my MCSA 2012 certification, and today I passed the Microsoft 70-411 exam for Administering Windows Server 2012 with a score of 889/1000. This means that I have just 1 more exam to go, being 70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services. In this post I’ll cover the materials I studied to pass 70-411.

At the moment I have completed 2 of the 3 exams:

70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 – Complete!
70-411 Administering Windows Server 2012 – Complete!
70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
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