Monday, April 14, 2014

70-680 Sample Question


You work as a desktop support technician at The network consists of a single Active Directory domain named All servers on the network have Microsoft Windows Server 2008 installed and all workstations have Microsoft Windows 7 installed.The Research and Development department is working on a confidential project. The hard disks of’s workstations have BitLocker configured for data encryption. The BitLocker password is stored on a USB drive. All encrypted workstations make use of Trusted Platform Model (TPM) chips on their motherboards.A member of the Research and Development department, named Amy Wilson, has been assigned a workstation named ABC-WS680.Amy Wilson reports that she was not able to start ABC-WS680 due to a problematic TPM chip.You have been instructed to recover the encrypted data from ABC-WS680.
Which of the following actions should you take?

A. You should consider replacing the motherboard on ABC-WS680 with a motherboard that has the same brand of TPM chip.
B. You should consider updating the BIOS on ABC-WS680.
C. You should consider making use of the BitLocker password from to access the BitLocker Drive Encryption Recovery console on ABC-WS680.
D. You should consider running WinRE on ABC-WS680.

Answer: C


When the BitLocker is used in TPM only mode, it uses TPM hardware to validate the integrity of the workstation and the Operating System. If the TPM is missing or changed, then to recover data, you need to enter the BitLocker Drive Encryption Recovery console on the workstation by using the 40 digit recovery key or password stored on the USB drive to recover the data.


You work as a desktop support technician at The network consists of a single Active Directory domain named currently makes use of a computer named ABC-WS680 which runs Microsoft Windows 7. ABC-WS680 is currently used by multiple network users who log on to the computer. You have received instruction to deny a user named Mia Hamm access to removable devices on ABC-WS680. However, all other users who log on to ABC-WS680 must retain access to removable devices.What should you do?

A. You should consider configuring NTFS permissions in Disk Management on ABC-WS680.
B. You should consider altering the Disk Encryption settings on ABC-WS680.
C. You should consider running the Dism.exe utility on ABC-WS680.
D. You should consider accessing the local Group Policy on ABC-WS680 to altering a removable storage access policy.

Answer: D

Monday, April 7, 2014

Windows 8 soon to be more like Windows 7

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Windows 8 will start behaving a bit ' more like Windows 7, but this does not mean that Microsoft is giving the idea of a tablet operating system to use.

At its developer conference in San Francisco to build on Wednesday, Microsoft announced a trio of new features in Windows 8.1 touch that had an "old school” definitely: First, Windows will get a lot of settings that make it easier to use with a keyboard and mouse. Second, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 style applications "modern" will run in a window on the traditional desktop interface. Thirdly, the Start menu - significantly last of the "old” Windows - is finally back.

However, the settings are under Microsoft ( MSFT , Fortune 500) fleeing his controversial redesign of Windows 8 and a concession that the company has tried to make the transition to traditional PC users to design radically different from Windows 8 too quickly .

And in any case, the decision by Microsoft to serve these users believe it is not a step backwards - is a ploy to reel in.
Related: Microsoft Windows 8.1 makes it more mouse -friendly

Despite the changes, Microsoft is eliminating or reducing the presence of the new Windows 8 design. In fact, these upcoming features actually make the design modern and visible throughout the operating system.
It is a milder form of XP users who push the change ingrained Windows 7, Vista and. And they serve these users may help to revive laggard Microsoft ecosystem of modern applications, which is well below iOS and Android.

One of the most revealing moments, an overview of the most recent ads for Microsoft Windows is that developers can now create a single application that works on all three major platforms from Microsoft - Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox.

This is a big commitment on the part of Microsoft, and everything is built around the new modern style of Windows. This means that Microsoft is committed to his new vision of design for the foreseeable future. In combination with the embrace of their legacy PCs have Microsoft , a strategy begins to take shape in the way that Microsoft compete against Apple (AAPL , Fortune 500) and Google ( GOOAV ) .

Microsoft has the right people in place with their phones and tablets technological pieces - and a lot of users. But all of those users are hitting older versions of Windows and are not taking mobile products at Microsoft.
Allowing developers to create a universal application, and making it accessible and acceptable for users of traditional desktop application could create a perfect storm. Catchment area of Microsoft Windows is helping to flesh out its ecosystem of mobile applications - without having to use mobile products. And with more applications available for smart phones, more and more people will start buying them. Problems solved.

Of course, this result is far from certain, and failure is a very real possibility. But the decision by Microsoft to bridge the gap between the past and the present is neither reactionary nor blindly is meaningless.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Microsoft Releases Workplace Join for Windows 7 Test Software

Microsoft has published “Workplace bind “for Microsoft Windows 7 portal. Releases Connect are available via Microsoft Connect type of software testing. It is unclear whether a production version will be available. The version of Windows 7 to join seems to work a bit “under the radar. Their availability is briefly announced Tuesday in this blog post Microsoft.

Workplace join provides an alternative for users to have access to a network and access to corporate resources, instead of following the usual practice of establishing trusted domain to participate in a device form. Microsoft announced in June to join the work as a kind of bring your own device Windows Server 2012 R2 provides for use with Windows 8.1 client. Microsoft later descriptions have suggested support for devices other than Windows, too, including those with Android and iOS, but it is unclear if support for these devices is still available.If Microsoft never mentioned supporting Windows 7 using the workstation to join, has not been well publicized.

Workplace joins in particular, is a feature of Windows Server 2012 R2. Using Windows Azure Active Directory Federation Services Active Directory in most rooms is required. "Use the Device Enrollment Service, which is part of the" Federation Services role in Windows Server 2012 R2” is also required , as described in the TechNet Library . Workplace bind function not works for devices that connect to a corporate network through a reverse proxy server , including the characteristics of Microsoft " web application proxy " Windows server 2012 R2 , according to the ' TechNet article .

Microsoft Surface Belikoff Director Cyril explained last year, the concept of working together.

"Combines the workplace are the components to access a directory service that allows a user to use their ID and password to access your documents on the corporate network and securely share " Belikoff said. " There is a fully domained but you get the directors of the management of mobile devices and obtain access component. "

The edition of Windows 7 that is used in the workplace bind feature makes the difference. “Workplace Login to Windows 7 machines joined to the domain, which means that we support the professional SKU and above all, “Microsoft’s announcement explains. Microsoft understands workplace combine to allow bring your own device scenarios with management enabled by Windows Intune.

"Domain login is what we have had for a long time, the administrator of strict control, group policy, etc. Desktop SSO “said Adam Hall, product manager for solutions to Microsoft hybrid identities in section Posting comments Microsoft.” Workplace income is much lighter, and is about authenticating a device known as Surface RT, iOS or Android. We put a certificate on the device, and the device can fight for this as part of the claims-based authentication for applications or other resources such as data, and no administrator control device, which remains under the control of the end user. When combined with the administration of buy with a solution such as Windows Intune devices, you can implement the policy, execute and enforce “access to resources of machines that would otherwise have no control.”

Microsoft describes the workplace together with Windows 7 machines how to work without " user interface " and linking devices " automatically and quietly " with the view that it is not an Active Directory account for facilities end user.

Microsoft describes some early benefits associated management work to join, even if the system requirements for obtaining those benefits do not seem well defined or may require you to have a subscription to Windows Intune . For example , the function can be improved with multi-factor authentication capabilities and single sign . IT professionals can also get the ability to control .

Monday, February 24, 2014

Seven ways to set up multi-booting with Windows 8 and Linux

This is good advice, and I'm happy to follow. If all we do is sit and complain dual boot Linux on UEFI systems is actually deter some people from trying, and the truth is that there are options that work without a huge amount of effort. First though, I'll repeat something I've said many times before. UEFI firmware each application is different - and not just a little "different, either.

Some work very well with Linux installations, dual boot without problems from the beginning. Others are difficult, unpredictable and downright maddening in its inconsistency, and they seem to go out of their way to avoid boot Linux. So if you want to dual boot Linux and Windows, try to find one written by someone with the same system being used, or at least the same manufacturer.Ok system, then why description what the possibilities are?

1. Install the Linux GRUB bootloader

Well, the first and certainly the easiest if it works correctly, install the Linux bootloader GRUB as the default boot order, and have it monitor the dual boot with Windows.

This, of course , you need to have a Linux distribution compatible with UEFI - I've tried and I can testify are openSUSE , Fedora, Linux Mint and Ubuntu, but there are others with more to come in the near future .

If you have a safe boot Linux distribution support UEFI, do not even have to change the configuration of the UEFI settings, although many people choose to disable secure boot anyway.

When you install a Linux distribution compatible with UEFI, if everything works as it should and the UEFI firmware settings do not work correctly and incorrectly " Reset" (I've seen it happen too often), then reboot after the ' full install to get the menu GRUB boot, and you will be able to choose between Linux (default) or Windows 8 to boot from it.

At this point you are almost home free - but note that I have personally seen (and personally own) systems sometime after a sudden restore the Windows boot for no reason in particular. If this happens, you should use one of the other methods described below, as my experience has been that this does not happen just once.

2. Use the BIOS Boot Select Key

The second possibility is to choose a Linux distribution support UEFI, the installation goes well, but when you restart Windows instead of Linux. This can be very daunting, but really is not that difficult to work with.

The important thing to remember is that the installation of Linux have been added to the startup list: just to get to that list to start.
The easiest way is to use the BIOS boot selection, which is activated by pressing a special key in the ignition process or reboot. That “special key” varies between systems, I have seen Escape, F9 and F12 used in some of my systems, and I'm sure there are others.

When the boot process of Windows you press stop and you will get a list of available operating systems - Windows 8 and probably Linux. I personally do not care for this option because I do not like having to "race " with the boot process to make sure I press the start button Select in time, and if I get distracted or too slow then I have to get to the bottom boot Windows and then just restart immediately to return to the boot menu selection.

But many people do not seem to care, and it is certainly an option that requires a minimum of fiddling and fighting with rebels BIOS settings. One way that this can be done a bit easier than it is to enter the BIOS setup and select a delay start-ups , many systems allow you to set anywhere from 5-30 seconds delay before starting Windows in reality , thus giving more time to press the magic button .

3. Enable 'Legacy Boot'

The third "simple" possibility is to enable 'Legacy Boot' in the BIOS configuration, and just ignore the whole UEFI issue.

This is not an option that I personally prefer, in part because I am stubborn and in part because as Adam Williamson explained to me some time ago there are some functional advantages to UEFI boot. But it certainly is a viable option, and strictly in terms of getting Linux installed and booting it might actually be the absolute simplest solution.

The only problem that I have seen with this option is that some systems make it difficult to enable Legacy Boot, either the option is well hidden in the BIOS configuration, or you actually have to set a BIOS password before they will let you change it. I have heard that there might be some systems which don't have Legacy Boot support at all, but I have never seen one like that.

Anyway, if you choose this route not only does it make things much simpler for installing and configuring dual-boot, it allows you to install pretty much any Linux distribution you want, without regard to UEFI compatbility.

I have personally used this option to install non-UEFI Linux distributions, such as SolydXK, PCLinuxOS and Linux Mint Debian Edition in a multi-boot configuration with some other UEFI-compatible distribution. I can then go back and disable Legacy Boot, and just use the UEFI-compatible GRUB to boot the non-compatible Linux.

4. Try using the Windows bootloader

The fourth option would be to use the Windows boot loader on dual-boot with Linux. I say it should be, because people continue posting comments that say " just use EasyBCD to configure " or even " use credit " , but try as I might I cannot get it to work .

I wrote about this about a year ago when I had my first UEFI system, and I assumed at the time that the problem was just that EasyBCD has not been fully adapted to support UEFI boot, but now I tried it again with the latest version of EasyBCD recently I could get from the website NeoSmart and still cannot get it to boot Linux at all.

Now it may be too dense to figure it out, but if someone is going to come and leave a comment that says “works well " , so please be prepared to be very specific , and give the exact details of what you did to get work. Because I've tried everything I can think of , and no matter what I do the only thing I get when I try to start any Linux installation is a message that says "Windows cannot start. "

I also searched the web for more information, and the only real examples I can find are the ones that have failed in the same way that I have. I find a lot of places that say " EasyBCD works," and " use EasyBCD to multi-boot Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP , MacOS and Linux," but no one actually says " we did this with Windows 8 and UEFI Linux , it worked , and this is what you must do. "

What I did was this. I downloaded and installed EasyBCD 2.2 on two Windows 8 (recently acquired HP Compaq and Acer Aspire One 725 mi) different UEFI systems. When then ran EasyBCD (as an administrator, of course), I was surprised that they came up with a list of startup configuration of the operating system. I know that the Windows boot loader had not been watching or offer to launch Windows 8 than anything else. It took me a minute to realize what was listed was all that was on the list of BIOS boot.

This was exactly what was offered if I used the option to boot selection, as described above, but if I let Windows start normally there was no sign of these others. Even if I put a 30 second delay the Windows Start using bcdedit or EasyBCD, stopped, and the list just for Windows 8. So why EasyBCD listing all the others? I did not understand, but I was hoping it might be a good sign that EasyBCD was, at least, find other options, and all you had to do was add to the regular menu of the Windows bootloader.

I tried to do it in the first place with only control one of the Linux distributions as the default boot order. EasyBCD let me do it with no complaints, but when I rebooted just returned with Windows. Bah.
Then I tried to use the option "Add" in EasyBCD, and gave all the details of the Linux partitions. This time, at least, when I rebooted the Linux option showing in the startup list, but when I tried to boot I got the message "Windows Boot Error". I yelled at the computer criticized was not even trying to start Windows, so how could it fail, but that did not help either.

Then I realized what was actually changing EasyBCD was an attempt to start something called / NST / neogrub.efi ( or something like that regard, I have the exact name in my head right now , and are powered EasyBCD and Windows , so do not I want to look back again).

So I tried to put several files that start with the name - before I tried to picture the grubx64.efi Linux distributions, then I tried to copy the boot block (first 512 bytes) of disk and / or Linux file system, as it used to be done in order to dual boot Windows XP and Linux, and then I became desperate and just put a Linux kernel with that name. Of course, none of this has worked.

Finally I decided, based on my personal experience and the lack of success stories and real configuration information on the web, which is of no use EasyBCD to create a dual boot Windows / Linux with UEFI boot enabled. It may be possible to use if you enable Legacy Boot, and then set up exactly as they did in Windows XP, but if you're going to do it, then just use the method above three and save a lot of trouble.
After fighing with EasyBCD long time, and eventually give up, I decided to make a career in the utility bcdedit, which is the standard Windows method for this type of configuration. I'm pretty familiar with this program, because I used to dual boot with Windows XP, so I was not exactly in the dark unreasonable.

But again, no matter what I tried unbootable. I was able to get the item added to the menu of the Linux boot loader in Windows, and could set all kinds of different things like boot order, but none of them worked. Finally, just to prove to myself that I was not just doing something fundamentally wrong (or stupid), just set the boot order of my Linux tries to be Windows 8, and pulled away.

So my conclusion from this is that one of the main reasons why EasyBCD is of no use in creating a dual boot of Linux is that it is virtually impossible to use the boot loader to boot Windows 8 Boot Linux UEFI enabled. Even in this case, it may be possible with Legacy Boot enabled, but I do not care enough at this time to find out.

If you know that I'm wrong about this , and he has personally set up a system of Windows 8 to boot Linux using the Windows boot loader , then please tell me this in the comments, and please, please be specific and tell me how you In fact, because I'd like to know.

5. Install a different Boot Manager

The fifth option is multi-boot UEFI install a different boot loader, how to find by Roderick W. Smith. This has the advantage of being able to start almost everything - Windows, Linux, MacOS - is very powerful and very flexible and automatically find what could be the disk and present with a list of boot selection.

Unfortunately, the only thing that does not solve the problem "of uncooperative setup / BIOS unpredictable" above. If Windows or the boot process, or something else is screwing around with the BIOS settings and avoid permanently fix GRUB as the default bootloader, then it is almost certainly going to keep adjusting to get too.

6. Try a workaround

The sixth option is not exactly a solution to the problem of lack of cooperation Setup / BIOS unpredictable, it is rather a bad solution for it.

It turns out that , in addition to the normal list " boot sequence " configuration in UEFI boot , there is an option "next boot" , which Specifics a home environment for once.

This is usually equal to zero, so that the system continues the boot sequence, but if the system is set first attempt to begin this article, and it will be obvious that the creation so that the next time you start dating the ' use of the default startup sequence.

The following settings can be adjusted by using the Linux boot efibootmgr - No XXXX, where XXXX is the number of element in the list of departure to discover the number of your Linux installation (s), just use efibootmgr without options (or efibootmgr - v if you want to see all the gory details): the number is something like 0001 or 0002 in most cases.

This option "next boot" could become a semi- permanent work around efibootmgr add scripts to boot Linux command , so every time you start Linux would reset the value so that it would boot Linux again next hour. I did not say it was okay, or elegant, or even pretty, but it works because I've tried.

7. Trick the default boot process

Finally, the seventh option is to "trick" the process of putting the default boot image shim.efi Linux (or if grubx64.efi secure boot is off) in the place where it is usually the Windows Boot Manager.

In systems I've tried, this is the EFI boot partition (typically, / dev/sda2 in Linux, mounted as / boot / fee), under the name / EFI / Microsoft / Boot / Bootmgfw.efi. I have had some success in doing this , but know that some systems (in particular , HP Compaq ) are so aggressive in monitoring and restoring default UEFI boot sometimes really realize that the program is not original Bootmgfw.efi " " insttalled , and actually go and get a copy of the original and put it back in place, thus nullifying his cunning deception . You can probably imagine how irritating and frustrating it is when this happens...

So, there you have it. Seven options to configure multi-boot with Windows 8 and Linux.I guess there are others that I have not thought of, or that I 'm not remembering at the moment, but these are what I think are the most obvious.

I tried this at one time or another. The most beautiful and simple, of course, is the first, just install and start eating, if it works on your particular system. I know some people swear that the second option, press the start button, and I think I'm being lazy and stubborn, do not use that.

Beyond these two, which probably requires more dedication, learning and trial and error to get another job (some still have not gotten it to work). But in the long run, if determined to dual boot Linux and Windows, you should be able to.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

GTA 5 PC Release Date, Download & Requirements: Rumors Continue About a 32 Player Windows Game

Rockstar Games is silent on the PC version of GTA 5. The company has not yet made ​​an official announcement about the game Grand Theft Auto 5 very popular on the platform, but according to speculation, the game will only be released, could also be reached by 2014, as developers are already in the design phase of the gameplay.

Adding more credibility to the reports, a GTA forum member named "funmw2" has claimed to know more information about the plans for GTA 5 PC. The user wrote: "PC version of GTA Online will support 32 max players." Along with that statement, he also listed a link to a forum set up on entitled "GTA V Scripts / Sources for PS3 MODZ v1." A script posted read: "HUD_COLOUR_NET_PLAYER1," all the way to "HUD_COLOUR_NET_PLAYER32."

Rumors about a version for 32 players have already emerged GTA 5 months ago, when people were speculating that the next version of GTA 5 PC is designed to support up to 32 players simultaneously.

The rumors about GTA V for PC reach new highs during the week of January 20, when it appears Amazon France GTA 5 PC on its website. This has led to a lot of relationships to transform the Internet all over the world, but only a few hours after his initial offer, the message was removed and brought back.

This provisional list has certainly sparked a renewed interest in the new version of GTA 5, which broke all sales records in 2013 games. Kayleigh and doubt from the minds of people in GTA 5 PC is definitely in its early stage of development. It seems that it is only a matter of time before Rockstar Games made an official statement confirming what most of the players have been waiting for months.

Amazon Germany has listed a Grand Theft Auto V PC product on their website and ' was held. The product description says that the game will be compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7, but does not list the minimum system requirements. The Web site lists a price for the game at 60 Euros or 80 U.S. dollars. There have also been rumors that the PC version of GTA V will begin as soon as March 19, 2014, but more recent reports suggest a later date. Some reports even get GTA 5 come before people see the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Windows 8.x Busts Past 10% Market Share As Windows 7 Rises, XP Falls

According to Net Applications, Windows 8.x crossed the 10% mark in December 2013. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have ended the year with 6.89% and 3.60 % for each of a total market share of 10.49 % combined.

During the month, Windows 7 took the market share of 0.88 %, as Windows XP has dropped below the 30 percent mark, shedding 2.24% to land at 28.98% in the month. While the growth of the market share of Windows 8.xs ' is probably still below what Microsoft wants, enterprise adoption of Windows 7 seems strong as the end of Windows XP.

Windows 8 has gained market share of 0.23 % in December, a surprising figure, given the general availability of Windows 8.1, and a free upgrade. The latter did pick up 0.96 % in the month.
It will be interesting to see how the growing market share of Windows 8.xs ' becomes downloading applications through the Windows Store. Previously, Windows Developer Portal that detailed numbers of downloads is provided. However, this morning I had the opportunity to load the usual set of analysis through the system. Microsoft may have eliminated the ability.

If so, we will not be able to download correlate with market share, which will limit our ability to vet capability to convert Microsoft’s new Windows 8.x users for its new application platform. This is a shame.

To conclude the year 2013, management 8.x for Windows to a new threshold of Windows 7 is capable of accelerating to Windows XP. Not a bad way to start 2014.

With Windows 8 ‘tanking hard,’Microsoft preps Windows 9 for 2015

Anyone Microsoft appoints as its new CEO, it seems that will have to start working immediately cleans up the mess left by Windows 8. Writes that Microsoft is hard at work preparing a major new version of Windows for April 2015, and ' now code-named "Threshold." There is a great sense of urgency surrounding the new version because " Windows 8 is going down harder than Microsoft is comfortable speaking in public, and the latest version , Windows 8.1 , which is a substantial improvement and major improvements over the free the original version is in use at least 25 million PC at this time."

What can we expect from That will be the attempt by Microsoft for Windows 8 airbrush basically sold out the public's memory , so probably the brand as Microsoft Windows 9 . In addition to this , it says ' maturity and fixed the design language of "Metro" used by Windows will be an important threshold of an area of focus , "but admits that" it is not clear what changes are coming, but it is safe to assume that one way of working window on the desktop is part of that ."

In addition to this, however, it seems that Microsoft is still working on the details of what the new Windows will look like. It can be a “make or break liberation" of Microsoft, said the company wants to be to Windows 8, Windows 7 was to Vista.