70-681 Deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010

 

Today I passed my 22nd Microsoft exam since I took my first one on June 10, 1999. 

I think I’m going to take a break now. 

681
TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying
April 29, 2011


401
TS: Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager, Configuring
March 30, 2011


693
PRO: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator
October 11, 2010


669
TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization
October 04, 2010


659
TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
September 21, 2010


680
TS: Windows 7, Configuring
March 05, 2010


647
Pro: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator
February 25, 2010


646
Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
December 14, 2009


649
TS: Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist
July 28, 2009


557
TS: Microsoft Forefront Client and Server, Configuring
March 07, 2008


299
Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network
September 20, 2007


296
Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000
April 29, 2005


292
Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000
August 03, 2004


284
Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
July 22, 2004


220
Designing Security for a Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Network
October 31, 2003


217
Implementing and Administering a Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure
October 03, 2003


216
Implementing and Administering a Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Network Infrastructure
January 13, 2003


218
Managing a Windows 2000 Network Environment
November 27, 2002


215
Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server
October 16, 2002


210
Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional
September 16, 2002


067
Implementing and Supporting NT™ Server 4.0
March 08, 2000


073
Implementing and Supporting NT™ 4.0 Workstation

CrashPlan

When Mozy came out a few years ago I was thrilled that I could install a client on my computer, pay a low price of about $50 a year, and have my important files encrypted and backed up off-site.  I also got:

  • Unlimited data backed up
  • Encryption using my own key
  • Versioning
  • Open and locked file support
  • Automatic client updates
  • Multiple settings
  • Automatic or scheduled backups
  • Block-level incremental backups
  • Bandwidth throttling
  • Multiple restore options.

Recently Mozy informed their customers that they were moving away from their “unlimited” plans.  After my contract would expire with them it would be $6 a month for 50 GB then $2 more for 20 GB blocks.  Currently I have 403 GB of data.  Let’s do the math:

403 GB (my data) – 50 GB ($6 a month) =  353 GB left. 
353 GB / 20 GB at $2 a month = $35 + the $6 a month.

$41 A MONTH I would have to pay Mozy when I was paying them $50 a YEAR.

I think it’s time to look for someone else.

I ended up going with CrashPlan.  It’s basically the same thing as Mozy with added benefits:

  • Basically all the features of Mozy (less secure encryption but still encryption)
  • Unlimited data
  • The ability to backup data to CrashPlan’s servers where they never delete any of your files unless you say so
  • The ability to backup data to another computer you own on your LAN/WAN
  • The ability to backup directly from your computer to a friends computer while keeping the file contents encrypted

I went with the CrashPlan+ Family Unlimited where I can backup all my computers. It was $120 a year.   They also have an unlimited plan for $50 a year where a single computer can backup to their servers.  ALL OF THEIR PLANS EVEN THE FREE PLAN allow you to backup to another disk, computer, or friend if they are running CrashPlan.

I’m even had family members install CrashPlan so they’re backing up their systems to a computer in my apartment.  This way they don’t have to pay for backups because I am their backup server(all data encrypted so I don’t have access to it)

So far it’s been 2 weeks and I’m still uploading my 403 GB to them.  If you want to speed things up you can pay to have them drop off a hard drive at your door where you can back up to then mail it to them.  This way your first sync won’t take as long.

Mozy, I’ll be calling you as soon as I upload everything to CrashPlan to cancel my contract.  Sorry your price change made me leave you.

Pizza Hotel Flyers

I know this is a little off topic but it is work related, interesting, and good to know.

We’ve all seen those pizza flyers that are slid under your door when you’re staying at a hotel right?  I’ve been staying at a hotel in San Antonio for the past two weeks and I’ve seen my share of them.  When I woke up this morning, I saw two in my room.  Each one was from a different place.  Ordering from these places can be risky.  The stories are true of some being a front to steal your credit card info but most commonly, it is poor quality pizza made in someone’s garage or by some fly by night business.  Some places are honest but after researching this more I’ll never order from these places.  I wanted to let others know how unethical these "businesses" are.

The first one was from Pizza Sub Shop (original name right?) and the address listed on the flyer was 234 Broadway.  When I Binged that name the address that came back is 240 Broadway.  That’s a red flag when the address on your flyer doesn’t match web results.  The other flyer was from Pizza Express (another stand out name) and they don’t even list an address on their flyer.  Both places have two phone numbers listed on their flyers.  That’s also strange because most businesses have a single phone number unless you’re using cell phones/pre-paid cell phones or are so cheap you just pay for two phone lines with no type of phone system in place.  Another red flag.

Knowing that more than likely these are not honest businesses or even a scam I decided to talk to the hotel staff to learn more.  The gentleman from the hotel I spoke with said those people are not allowed to come on the hotel’s property to distribute flyers.  If they do, they could be charged with trespassing but that doesn’t stop them.  I also asked why on both flyers it says "Cell phone required for delivery orders" or "Trouble getting thru! Please use your cell phone".  The hotel gentleman said since they don’t follow the hotel’s rules the hotel blocks their phone numbers to stop guests from calling and to discourage them from trespassing to distribute their flyers.  NOW THAT MAKES SENSE.  That’s why it says on the flyers to dial from your cell phone.  Because of their repeated unethical behavior the hotels have blacklisted their phone numbers from their system but these "businesses" continue to do what they do.

My advice is if a business is trespassing and circumventing what the hotel has in place to discourage these unethical practices I wonder how honest they are with your credit card information and order.  Something to think about the next time you see a pizza flyer under your door.

WOW, I just saw on the back of one flyer it says "Now hiring delivery drivers & couponers".  You too can possibly be charged with criminal trespassing.  Nice.