MCM Directory R14 Complete with Several New MCMs!

Ryan Conrad said: We recently completed our most recent MCM Directory rotation where we had 23 participants. The largest in several years! Please congratulate the following individuals who have successfully completed all of the required exams during the rotation: •...

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Passed the lab exam

Last night I got the results for my lab exam and I passed it!!!!!!! I passed the Microsoft Certified Master: Windows Server 2008 R2, Directory Certification Lab. I am soooo happy! Now I just need to retake the second written exam, pass it, and I will be a MCM.

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Back at home

I just got back home. After a very enjoyable flight from Seattle to Frankfurt (the plane was almost empty and I had a complete row for myself) and another not-that-enjoyable flight from Frankfurt to Munich (I got rebooked to a later flight because employees at...

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Lab exam over

I just finished my lab exam. This was THE HARDEST THING I EVER DID! Really, I'm not joking. This was harder than the Abitur (German university entrance qualification), harder than my graduation, harder than every exam I ever had to take. BUT... it was really fun. I...

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Second exam failed…

Well, yes, I failed the second exam. :-( At least this is not the end. Tomorrow I will do better - I promise (at least I hope so)! Time to do some last preparations for the 8 hour lab exam, get some real good food and a real good rest tonight... I'll need to be fit...

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Training over now…

It is Friday evening, the training is over now - just 2 exams left. These were 2 really great weeks. Now I have just a few hours to review a whole week of pki, frs, dfs and backup stuff. Tomorrow morning will be the second written exam...

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First exam passed!

Passed the first exam today! Tricky questions and I did not feel very comfortable with the exam, but at least I made it! Rest of the day was all about pki. So the second week will cover pki, dfs, frs and disaster recovery, followed by the second exam on Saturday.

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First week over

Sorry! The first week is over now, and I did not post a single word on it. Well this week was really stuffed with lots of information on AD, DNS, Authentication, Replication, Trusts, Sites, RODC and a lot more. We just started at 8 every morning, finished at around 6...

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Last weekend before training

Yesterday I arrived in Seattle - after a long and boring flight from Frankfurt. Sorry about that, but I have to say it: I hate kids - really! Especially those ones that push and pull your seat all the time. Ok, long flights are always annonying, but now that I arrived...

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Time to start

6:00 a.m. Munich Airport. This will be a very long day. My first flight this morning will leave around 8 to Frankfurt. Than around 11 a.m. I am going to finally leave Germany for 19 days. I think I'll arrive in Seattle at 1 p.m. PST - at least I hope so.

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One week left…

I have almost finished my pre-readings. Of course there are still some things that can be read, but I will do so on my flight to Seattle. I just ordered a brand new Kindle to take my readings with me. I hope the in-flight-entertainment will be boring so I'll have time...

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Happy new year!

Now it's 2012. To me it means there are only 5 weeks left. Some months ago, when I started this blog, February was so far away. But now is's just a couple of weeks. Time to finish my preparations...

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Active Directory Troubleshooting Workshop

There hasn't been much to say in the last few weeks, but this week I had my Active Directory Troubleshooting Workshop at Microsoft Germany. 4 days full of useful information on tools, recovery, fixing and Active Directory itself. Well, I already knew most of these...

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Apps won’t open after update to iOS 5

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about apps not opening any more after updating Apple iOS from 4.3.2 or below to 4.3.3 or higher. Now that iOS 5 has been released this problem seems to be still persistent and hasn't been fixed in iOS 5. While updating your iPhone,...

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How to change BitLocker recovery password with vbScript?

Related to my last post about how to change BitLocker recovery password from an elevated command prompt here is how you can achieve the same result with vbScript and WMI. This script is from Microsoft TechNet: BitLocker Drive Encryption Operations Guide: Recovering...

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How to change BitLocker recovery password?

Sometimes you need to give a BitLocker recovery password to one of your customers. For example when you cannot access the computer remotely. It also happens that passwords get revealed accidentally or intentionally. While either scenario can be a security lack you may...

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iPhone apps won’t open

In May I wrote a post about iPhone apps not opening after updating iOS to version 4.3.3. (iPhone apps won’t open after update to 4.3.3, complete post and comments). Now that Apple iOS versions 4.3.4 and 4.3.5 have been published this problem seems to still exist when...

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Becoming a master. – But why?

Becoming a master. - why? The Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) program offers exclusive, advanced training and certification on Microsoft server technologies to seasoned IT professionals. Complete the program and you can help validate your skills as a technology...

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Being a candidate now

Now that all dues are paid I finally became a candidate. A few days ago I received the welcome letter, with information on hotels, schedule, flights, parking, and a lot more in it. The rotation will be from February, 3rd till February 19th. Being there 2 days earlier...

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Time to pay

After receiving the acceptance mail, my CIO paid the program fees yesterday. I will attend the rotation in February 2012. So I'm going to travel to the States from February 6th till February 19th. Now that everything is fixed, I can book my flights and the hotel -...

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Telephone interview

I just had a 45 minutes talk to the Microsoft Certified Master on Windows Server 2008 R2: Directory program manager - and here are the results: I AM IN! My application was accepted and I can attend one of the next rotations in October or February. So I think it will...

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Telephone interview next Monday

Last night I received a mail from the program manager. He is on vacation at the moment but he will review my documents on Monday and is asking for a telephone interview on Monday in the evening hours. Now I have to wait the whole weekend - that is so nail biting...

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Documents uploaded

I just uploaded my documents to the sharepoint website I previously created an account for. They'll need about 5 days to review my resume and the documents provided. Now it is not up to me anymore...

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