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In this excerpt from MCSA Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (Exam 70-461) LiveLessons: Required Knowledge for SQL Server 2012 and 2014, Marilyn White introduces her video course, which is aimed at providing you with the skills, knowledge and best practices to write and implement queries as well as help you pass the 70-461 exam, Querying Microsoft SQL Server, which is required for the MCSA certification.

This chapter from MCSA 70-410 Cert Guide R2: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 focuses on installing Windows Server 2012 R2 in its basic configurations and introduces you to basic server configuration actions that you should be familiar with before you undertake any advanced actions.

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Almost one year ago, Microsoft instituted a so-called "AppToCert Program," wherein developers could trade some exercise of their abilities -- and a bit of elbow grease -- for credit in becoming certified in the MS development arena. As of last week, MS has re-launched this program for developer enrollment. Learn more about it in this week's blog post, which includes a description of the current incarnation of AppToCert, along with pointers to key blog posts and Web pages for previous incarnations as well.

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Since the days of Windows Vista (and prior to the release of Windows Server 2008), Windows has supported a real, honest-to-goodness command shell/shell scripting language that stands head and shoulders above and beyond the old MS-DOS command line lexicon and syntax and its batch (.BAT) file counterparts. Savvy Windows users are well-advised to dig into PowerShell, and to learn how it can be used, because it is incredibly powerful and capable.

Ed Tittel

When MS announced on September 24, 2014 that it was making "select exams" available through online proctoring, I thought it was interesting, and was pleased to see this particular certification giant dips its toes into testing outside the typical testing center environment. In the past week, MS has made it known that all of its MCP and MTA exams are now available online, in more than 40 countries around the world, with all its remaining countries queued up to receive similar service (at least where the minimum bandwidth requirement of 512 Kbps up and down can be met). This is big news!

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If that old saying "Two heads are better than one" is true, does this proposition scale with size? Are four heads better than two, eight better than four, and so forth? In some cases, that answer is "Yes," and my case for today's blog post is the online study group, where as many heads as can access the same server at once can pool their wisdom and experiences, but also share their questions, concerns, and uncertainties.

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