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Another certification…

Friday, October 21st, 2016

I regularly post about the latest certification exams I took... And today was the first of two for Cisco's CCNA Datacenter certification. In my new role, I am doing a lot of Cisco UCS and a bit of Nexus configurations and since I had little to no exposure to these platforms, ...

The blog is back!

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Before the holidays last year, I shut down the blog completely. I was up for renewal with the hosting service, and I wasn't putting in as much time as I hoped. But now it's back and I'll do my best to keep it relevant and useful for everyone.

Certification Status

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

I passed the VCAP-DCA exam a few weeks ago. It was a tough exam, like everybody else that has gone through it said, time management is the issue. Everything I had studied for, focused on as my weak spot, wasn't on the exam :) I basically relied on personal experience and ...

One step closer!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Last night I booked the VCAP-DCA 5.50 exam - scheduled for May 4th, 2015 - so about one month to prepare. I have been procrastinating, being somewhat intimidated by that exam. A fellow Vmware enthusiast offered to partner up for the studies, sharing progress and questions so I took him up ...

Lab update

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

I got rid of a rack full of equipment (2 ESXi rackmount servers, switches, routers, ASA Firewall, etc...) and replaced everything with a single ESXi server that will run nested environments (for DCA). I read through a few blogs while researching this and from what I can tell, Supermicro motherboards ...

Sequencing virtual machines startup script

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Whether it's for disaster recovery, maintenance or for your home lab, it's nice to be able to start-up machines in a specific order without having to do it manually. You can do it with vApps, but there are operational drawbacks in doing so, from those pesky warnings when you shutdown/startup ...

SCCM 2012 R2 Installation Script (Part 2)

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Here are the SQL scripts and the VBS. EnableMicrosoftUpdate.vbs Set ServiceManager = CreateObject("Microsoft.Update.ServiceManager") ServiceManager.ClientApplicationID = "My App" 'add the Microsoft Update Service by GUID Set NewUpdateService = ServiceManager.AddService2("7971f918-a847-4430-9279-4a52d1efe18d",7,"") This is the SQL Configuration File SQL2012-ConfigurationFile.ini [OPTIONS] IACCEPTSQLSERVERLICENSETERMS="True" SAPWD="Welcome!" ACTION="Install" ENU="True" QUIET="False" QUIETSIMPLE="True" UpdateEnabled="True" FEATURES=SQLENGINE,SSMS,ADV_SSMS UpdateSource="MU" HELP="False" INDICATEPROGRESS="False" X86="False" INSTALLSHAREDDIR="D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server" INSTALLSHAREDWOWDIR="D:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server" INSTANCENAME="MSSQLSERVER" INSTANCEID="MSSQLSERVER" SQMREPORTING="False" ERRORREPORTING="False" INSTANCEDIR="E:\SQLInst" AGTSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" AGTSVCSTARTUPTYPE="Automatic" COMMFABRICPORT="0" COMMFABRICNETWORKLEVEL="0" COMMFABRICENCRYPTION="0" MATRIXCMBRICKCOMMPORT="0" SQLSVCSTARTUPTYPE="Automatic" FILESTREAMLEVEL="0" ENABLERANU="False" SQLCOLLATION="SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS" SQLSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS="BUILTIN\Administrators" SECURITYMODE="SQL" SQLBACKUPDIR="F:\SQLBack" SQLUSERDBDIR="E:\SQLData" SQLTEMPDBDIR="E:\SQLTemp" ADDCURRENTUSERASSQLADMIN="False" TCPENABLED="1" NPENABLED="0" BROWSERSVCSTARTUPTYPE="Disabled" And last, the SQL script to set the memory sizes (didn't ...

SCCM 2012 R2 Installation Script (Part 1)

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Well, as promised here is the script to setup all the pre-reqs for SCCM 2012 R2. To run this, you need to copy the files in the D: drive. You need: An SQL configuration file (SQL2012-ConfigurationFile.ini) An SQL script to set the memory sizes (SetSQLMemory.sql) A VBS script to enable the Windows Update feature (EnableMicrosoftUpdate.vbs) WUInstall ...

SCCM, SQL and PowerShell

Friday, December 27th, 2013

I also got involved with pretty much every aspect of the new environment (it's a consolidation project), with Active Directory, SQL Server, SCCM 2012, etc... Having last worked with SMS 2003 R2, I decided to start playing with SCCM 2012. Foundations are the same as SMS so far, so nothing too ...

State of things…

Friday, December 27th, 2013

I have lost a little of my drive to study in the past year, I guess I gave too much the year before with the CCNP, CCNA Security, and the MCSE 2012 :) Soooo... I'm trying to get back into it a bit. I have moved to a new mandate, doing ...