14 February 2019

Upcoming Microsoft Course Retirements

Microsoft standard courses are used when technology changes, functionality, new versions and updates.

These are the following courses that will be removed.

Microsoft is retiring the following courses on March 31, 2019: 
  •  10996A: Hybrid Cloud and Datacenter Monitoring with Operations Management Suite (OMS) (OMS is deprecated.)
  • 40457A: MOC Workshop: Azure Developer Hackathon
  • 40500A: DevOps Workshop (replaced by AZ-400 curriculum) 
Microsoft is retiring the following courses from our course catalog on June 30, 2019:
  •  20347A: Enabling and Managing Office 365 (replaced by courses aligned to exams MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services and MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security)
  • 20697-1D: Implementing and Managing Windows 10 (replaced by courses aligned to MD-100: Windows 10 and MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops) 
  • 20697-2C: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services (replaced by courses aligned to MD-100: Windows 10 and MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops
  • 20698B: Installing and Configuring Windows 10 (replaced by courses aligned to MD-100: Windows 10 and MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops
You can consult the list of upcoming exams scheduled to retire here.

You can view course retirements history here.

4 January 2019

Microsoft Learn the substitute for Microsoft Virtual Academy

The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) will be deactivated on January 31, 2019. This means that you have until this date to arn your certificates of completion in the MVA.

Does this mean that Microsoft will end the free documentation?
No. The MVA will be replaced by Microsoft Learn.

Microsoft Learn uses the docs.com domain that was used by a Microsoft service competing with Slideshare. But Microsoft deactivated it on December 15, 2017 and forced users to move all their documents to other platforms. The statement is still available and can be found here.

Microsoft Learn is the new platform where you can learn about various Microsoft products.

Some advantages and disadvantages of Learn.

I'll start with some disadvantages:
  • Exam Preparation Documentation is not available in Learn. You must use Channel9 or official channels on YouTube like Ignite.
  • For those who like slides, Learn does not provide slides.

Some advantages:
  • If you find any errors in the documentation or it is out of date, you can edit. This is possible because the documentation is in GitHUB which allows anyone to collaborate. All changes are not changed immediately, it is passed through several validations before being published. More information here.
  • Cost reduction. For example in some areas like Azure, you do not need to use your own subscription. Temporary access is provided so you can trial settings, and more.

What about EdX?
EdX is not from Microsoft, it is an open, non-profit online course platform. They partner with organizations and universities. You can even use their platform to create your online courses.

Microsoft has its own 'channel' in https://www.edx.org/school/microsoft.

However not all courses are available but there is Microsoft Learning Partners (training company) that has its own private EdX platform and they are the ones that define the courses to be made available and prices. All costs are borne by the training company.
  • Who wins with this? Everyone.
    • If the partner defines that the courses are free the trainee has access to all information for free.
    • If the partner defines that the course is paid, to have access it is necessary to acquire.

How can I find the training companies that offer these types of courses?
There is no public list. You will need to use Internet search engines. I will not mention any of them either. It would benefit some and hurt others.

3 January 2019

Does the Microsoft Azure AZ-100 exam replace 70-533? What about AZ-101?

I have received some questions about the Microsoft Azure AZ-100 and AZ-101 exams and have decided to create a publication of the various questions I have received about them.

Does the Microsoft Azure AZ-100 exam replace 70-533? What about AZ-101?
Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions, certifies system administrators in Microsoft Azure, which guarantees a Microsoft Specialist certification. In conjunction with the AZ-532 or AZ-534 has the MCSA certification. With all three you have the MCSE certification.

But this was discontinued on December 31, 2018, due to the various changes and innovations of Azure services. The current exam was sometimes outdated. For those who were to take the exam he had to answer questions where services no longer existed and their prices were not what they were being practiced.

And now?
The certification has been changed to a new Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate certification, and it can be done in two ways:
  •  Do you have the 70-533?
    • Yes, then you will only need to take the AZ-102 transition exam until June 30, 2019.
    • No, then you will have to take two exams the AZ-100 and AZ-101.

Does the AZ-100 and AZ-101 allow the continuation and/or renewal for the MCSA and/or MCSE?
No, these are part of a new certification.

Do the new exmas have the same content as 70-533?
The content of the AZ-533 was divided into two exams and updated with the new services. In my modest opinion the division was not well made. Because we talk about network in the AZ-100 and the other part of networks is in the AZ-100.

The following images demonstrate the differences between the 70-533 with AZ-100 and AZ-101.

What is the AZ-102?
The AZ-102 is the 70-533 transitional exam. It is a delta between the AZ-533 and AZ-100 + AZ-102. For those who have the AZ-533 do not need to do both exams, you only need to do this that entitles you to a new certification. This exam is available until June 30, 2019.

I have the AZ-533, do I have to do the new certification?
I always recommend upgrading your certifications. Iso demonstrates companies that are well prepared.


28 December 2018

Is Cloud the answer to everything?

Nowadays many people already say that the cloud or cloud is the answer to everything, that the cloud is the future.

Well, I agree that cloud is the future. If it is the answer to everything?

Many administrators, developers, and even system architects think only of the cloud. But there are many situations where you need to consider using the cloud.

The main thing is the legal issues.
  •     Are there restrictions on putting sensitive data outside the country?
  •     Are there restrictions on placing personal data outside the country?
  •     Are there restrictions on putting data that identifies people outside the country?
  •     ...

The main suppliers of cloud, like Azure, AWS, IBM, Google, among others, does not have datacenters in all countries. This is the main reason that companies cannot use foreign suppliers.

 But there are other issues like:
  •     Is my data really protected?
  •     Will the supplier be able to see my data?
  •     Will the supplier use my data to steal my business?
You may be thinking that the last point makes no sense. But there are many companies that refuse to use Amazon's AWS services. Because you're afraid to provide information to a company that can reuse the same to improve their sales or to create a new sales.

For these reasons and others is that there are still companies that cannot use the cloud or cloud services from foreign suppliers and they are forced to use national services with national datacenters. There is also national suppliers but their datacenters are out of the country.

For example, pharmacists in some countries may not use One-Drive, Dropbox, and others because the datacenters of these services are not in the same country.

The problem with local vendors is that they start calling the cloud their services, for example hosting. But it only has a datacenter, if it fails, there is no availability of service.

These are some of the reasons we can not use foreign suppliers.

Is the cloud the future?

Is the cloud the answer to everything?
Each case is different. We must not ignore all its advantages and combat its disadvantages.

I still hear the following joke. "If your data is in the cloud, it's no longer yours." And that's the main reason business decision makers do not like or want cloud services.

11 November 2018


I was at the Web Summit 2018 and I can say that this Summit is not just for Investors and Startup's.

In this Web Summit I saw a great focus on Machine Learning, Blockchain, Crypto Coins, Gaming, Artificial Intelligence, among others.

Skycoin Blockchain

Many was said to me that the Web Summit is only to be visited by investors, many of the exhibitors are looking for capital or a partner to finance and/or improve their product.
Well, I'm not an investor, I'm a person who loves technology independent of the brand/manufacturer, I'm not a fanatic by Apple, Microsoft, Sony, XBOX. That is, I do not enter into fan wars

The Web Summit is much more than investors.

It is the must important component. I met many companies (startup is a company) with excellent products developed. Products I can use in future projects and/or solutions.  The official application allows you to scan the QR CODE of the Summit Pass to add the contact list on the official APP.

Pass de Acesso
App Oficial

Has Workshops of various types. You can say that it's annoying, boring, or a waste of time to hear a person talking for 15 to 40 minutes on a stage. But many of them leave us to think that we are doing things the wrong way and we can improve.
  • AWS has held several workshops and can be viewed on official AWS's Twich channel. 
  • The official Web Summit channel Youtube you can view some of the conferences.

Growth Summit Stage

Every day I saw different companies whit different technologies, projects, and so on.

Café Grátis
He need Coffee.Delta, a Portuguese coffee company, sponsored the machines and cafes throughout the Web Summit and even walked among pavilions to distribute coffee.


Free Wi-Fi
In all the pavilions had free Wi-Fi, but sometimes it sucks (does not work). I did not test wireless security (DNS spoofing, Rougue-AP, ...).

Is everything at the Web Summit perfect??
Of course not.
  • There are reserved areas. For example there was an investor area that was not available for all attendees. It was sponsored by Samsung. This area included new Samsung products, but you could only see / experiment if you had access to this area. For Samsung the equipment area should be public and I saw Samsung as a business monopolist and saw the brand with other eyes.
  • Food, the fast-food available were not very good there. Quite a lot reduced to average and with a monetary value higher than average. Sometimes it was more than lukewarm, fried past the point among other situations. Did not like.

In this kind of conference we also have fun. For example on the last day I chose to have some fun. Seeing the Web Summit not as a consultant /entrepreneur but as a different visitor, for example admiring the quantum computer from IBM or Formula 1 car brought by Siemens.

Play with existing technology. This year there was a major focus on Artificial Intelligence. Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, SAP, and other companies had demos that one could interact with.


After all, the Web Summit is not just technology.

If they asked me if I would recommend visiting the Web Summit at least once?
The answer is an authentic one. YES!!!

Web Summit until next time!

17 July 2018

Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803)

Is available the Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803).

Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface.

This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings.

The admx for Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803) include the following languages:
  • cs-CZ Czech - Czech Republic
  • da-DK Danish - Denmark
  • de-DE German - Germany
  • el-GR Greek - Greece
  • en-US English - United States
  • es-ES Spanish - Spain
  • fi-FL Finnish - Finland
  • fr-FR French - France
  • hu-HU Hungarian - Hungary
  • it-IT Italian - Italy
  • ja-JP Japanese - Japan
  • ko-KR Korean - Korea
  • nb-NO Norwegian (Bokmål) - Norway
  • nl-NL Dutch - The Netherlands
  • pl-PL Polish - Poland
  • pt-BR Portuguese - Brazil
  • pt-PT Portuguese - Portugal
  • ru-RU Russian - Russia
  • sv-SE Swedish - Sweden
  • zh-CN Chinese - China
  • zh-TW Chinese - Taiwan

Supported Operating System

Windows 10 , Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016

User rights to run the Group Policy Management Editor (gpme.msc) or the Group Policy Object Editor (gpedit.msc).

12 July 2018

Introducing Microsoft Office 365 Attack Simulator

Office 365 Threat Intelligence brings you a new attack simulator. Run spear phishing, brute force, and password spray attacks to determine vulnerability, see tools to setup proactive mitigation.

You can watch the setup and demo here:

Source: Microsoft Mechanics