24 December 2021

Happy Holidays

A Gregorian year is almost over.

Christian Orthodox Christmas Day is already tomorrow, Julian on January 7th and I regret not remembering other cultures/religions.

We've all had good times and bad times and it's important to remember the good times..



I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


8 December 2021

Beta codes for Exam AZ-800 (beta) and Exam AZ-801 (beta)

 Exam AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure (beta) and Exam AZ-801: Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services (beta) is now available.


 You can take the exam with 80% discount before January 10, 2022.



Discount code 

Exam AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure (beta)


Exam AZ-801: Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services (beta)



Booth exams will give you Microsoft Certified: Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associate.


AZ-800 Study Guide: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure from Microsoft Tech community


1. Deploy and Manage AD DS in On-premises and Cloud Environments (30-35%)

Relevant MS Learn modules


1.1 Deploy and manage AD DS domain controllers   


Deploy and manage domain controllers on-premises

Deploy and manage domain controllers in Azure

Deploy RODCs  

Troubleshoot FSMO roles 


1.2 Configure and manage multi-site, multi-domain, and multi-forest environments

Configure and manage forest and domain trusts

Configure and manage AD DS sites    

Configure and manage AD DS replication


1.3 Create and manage AD DS security principals

Create and manage AD DS users and groups  

Manage users and groups in multi-domain and multi-forest scenarios

Implement group managed service accounts (gMSAs)

Join Windows Servers to AD DS, Azure AD DS, and Azure AD


1.4 Implement and Manage Hybrid Identities 

Implement Azure AD Connect   

Manage Azure AD Connect Synchronization

Implement Azure AD Connect cloud sync  

Integrate Azure AD, AD DS and Azure AD Domain Services

Manage Azure AD Domain Services   

Manage Azure AD Connect Health

Manage authentication in on-premises and hybrid environments

Configure and manage AD DS passwords  


1.5 Manage Windows Server by using domain-based Group Policies

Implement Group Policy in AD DS 

Implement Group Policy Preferences in AD DS   

Implement Group Policy in Azure AD DS


2. Manage Windows Servers and Workloads in a Hybrid Environment (10-15%)   

Relevant MS Learn modules:

2.1 Manage Windows Servers in a Hybrid environment

Deploy a WAC Gateway Server  

Configure a target machine for WAC 

Configure PowerShell Remoting

Configure CredSSP or Kerberos Delegation for 2nd Hop Remoting

Configure JEA for PowerShell Remoting


2.2 Manage Windows Servers and workloads by using Azure services 

Manage Windows Servers by using Azure Arc

Assign Azure Policy Guest Configuration

Deploy Azure services using Azure VM extensions on non-Azure machines


Manage Updates for Windows machines


Integrate Windows Servers with Log Analytics    


Integrate Windows Servers with Azure Security Center


Manage IaaS VMs in Azure that run Windows Server


Implement Azure Automation for hybrid workloads


Create runbooks to automate tasks on target VMs


Implement DSC to prevent configuration drift in IaaS machines





3. Manage Virtual Machines and Containers (15-20%)

Relevant MS Learn modules


3.1 Manage Hyper-V and guest virtual machines 

Enable VM Enhanced Session Mode  

Manage VM using PowerShell Remoting, PowerShell Direct and HVC.exe

Configure nested virtualization 

Configure VM Memory 

Configure Integration Services   

Configure Discrete Device Assignment   

Configure VM Resource Groups

Configure VM CPU Groups    

Configure hypervisor scheduling types   

Manage VM Checkpoints  

Implementing high availability for virtual machines

Manage VHD and VHDX files 

Configure Hyper V Network Adapter

Configure NIC Teaming 

Configure Hyper-V Switch 


3.2 Create and manage containers  

Create Windows Server Container Images

Manage Windows Server Container Images

Configure Container Networking

Manage container instances


3.3 Manage Azure Virtual Machines that run Windows Server

Manage Data Disks

Resize Azure VM

Configure Continuous delivery for an Azure VM

Configure connections to VMs

Manage Azure VM network configuration


4. Implement and Manage an On-premises and Hybrid Networking Infrastructure (15-20%)

Relevant MS Learn modules


4.1 Implement on-premises and hybrid name resolution 

Integrate DNS with AD DS

Create and Manage zones and records

Configure DNS forwarding/conditional forwarding

Integrate Windows Server DNS with Azure DNS private zones

Implement DNSSEC


4.2 Manage IP addressing in on-premises and hybrid scenarios 

Implement and manage IPAM   

Implement and configure the DHCP server role (on-premises only)

Resolve IP address issues in hybrid environments

Create and manage scopes   

Create and manage IP reservations   

Implement DHCP High Availability


4.3 Implement on-premises and hybrid network connectivity  

Implement and manage the Remote Access role

Implement and manage Azure Network Adapter

Implement and manage Azure Extended Network

Implement and manage Network Policy Server role

Implement Web Application Proxy

Implement Azure Relay

Implement Site to Site VPN

Implement Azure Virtual WAN

Implement Azure AD Application Proxy


5. Manage Storage and File Services (15-20%)

Relevant MS Learn modules


5.1 Configure and manage Azure File Sync   

Create Azure File Sync Service   

Create Sync Groups  

Create Cloud Endpoints

Register servers

Create Server Endpoints   

Configure Cloud Tiering

Monitor File Sync 

Migrate DFS to Azure File Sync  


5.2 Configure and Manage Windows Server File Shares

Configure Windows Server file share access   

Configuring File Screens

Configure FSRM quotas

Configure BranchCache

Implement and configure Distributed File System (DFS)


5.3 Configure Windows Server Storage 

Configure disks and volumes

Configure and manage Storage Spaces

Configure  and manage Storage Replica 

Configure Data Deduplication

Configure SMB direct

Configure Storage QoS  

Configure File systems

2 March 2021

Microsoft Ignite 2021

Today the expected Microsoft Ignite 2021 begins.

Watch the Microsoft Ignite 101 video and discover everything you need to know to get the most out of your Microsoft Ignite experience.
More resources about Microsoft Ignite 2021:
Keynote Session: Join Satya Nadella and Alex Kipman in a whole new kind of Keynote in Altspace VR.
Featured Sessions: Hear from Microsoft leaders on announcements and news.
Table Talks: Connect with community leaders on topics that are important to you.
Ask the Experts: Dive into your questions in a session with Microsoft experts.
Intro to Tech Skills: Are you new to the tech industry? Make sure you check out the full lineup of Intro to Tech Skills content.
Learn Live: Guided workshops to the most popular Microsoft Learn modules.
One-on-one consultation: Do you need expert advice on your current project, or do you have questions on a specific topic? Schedule your 45-minute consultation with an expert today.
Microsoft Virtual Training Days: Continue your learning journey with Microsoft Virtual Training Days that provide free, instructor-led, technical skilling in multiple languages and time zones across a variety of topics.
Product Roundtable: Microsoft needs your help to shape the future of products and solutions. Join a product roundtable to give your feedback and let your voice be heard.
Join Mitra Azizirad, CVP of AI & Innovation Marketing, to learn how Microsoft approaches innovation in her Envisioning Tomorrow keynote, 11:00 AM and 8:30 PM PT, March 2.