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  • Jeff Hubbard

    I just wanted to add that I passed the CCENT yesterday with a 963. The instruction from ITPRO.TV was invaluable. Ronnie and Todd Lammle are excellent communicators. I also read Cisco and Todd Lammle's guides, the Exam Cram, did labs with Packet Tracer and a home rack I bought from certificationkits.com. The Kaplan practice tests were very helpful and included with my subscription here but I also bought the Boson practice test since they included simulator questions.

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  • Jeff Hubbard

    @ayodeji-oyekunle-0 On Amazon for about $40 you can get a USB to 4 serial cable. You can then connect blue console cables to this (a few bucks each). I bought two of these and 7 console cables for under $100. I now have 10 serial ports on my PC and I just static assign them to an entry in Devolutions remote desktop manager (home version - free for non commercial). This lets me have nice tabbed access to all my equipment without the cost of an access server. The drawback is the equipment must be in close proximity to your computer for the cables to reach.

    https://www.amazon.com/Gearmo-Serial-Windows-Certified-Drivers/dp/B004ETDC8K/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1533849268&sr=8-5&keywords=usb+to+4+serial

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  • Jeff Hubbard

    I was following along with the Install, Upgrade and Migrate Part 4 video and noticed the example files that Mike used have changed since filming. Besides a new web server example file with a different name (Sample_xDscWebServiceRegistration) I was unable to find the script he used at the very end that allows you to test it. Is this test script available anywhere else or does Mike have it available to post in the show notes?

    Also, if it helps anyone else I got an error trying to run the web service registration script. I had to add the line UseSecurityBestPractices = $true to the xDscWebService code block. It gave an error that you have to give a Boolean value for UseSecurityBestPractices. Interestingly enough, they still forgot to add wwwroot to the physical path statement as Mike pointed out.

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  • Jeff Hubbard

    Thank you for replying. Since this feature doesn't work quite the way it is represented I thought it should be called out before people install a bunch of Core servers thinking they can switch back to GUI at any time with no hassle.

    I didn't notice this in my labs because I keep it offline and didn't bother to update. I discovered it when I installed a Core DC at work for more PowerShell practice, updated and then decided to try adding the GUI back and found it doesn't work.

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  • Jeff Hubbard

    This is a good article - http://www.mdmarra.com/2012/11/why-you-shouldnt-use-local-in-your.html

    The biggest issue I've had with .local domains in the real world is that you can't buy a trusted 3rd party certificate for a server running things like Outlook Web Access so people's browser's and phones give warnings when you try to connect. I also don't believe you can rename a domain later if it has an Exchange server so you are stuck unless you are prepared to later do a cross forest migration or something similar to create a new domain for your organization.

    Keep this in mind if you are creating a production domain. Although you may just be curious or are setting up home labs and none of the above affects you.

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  • Jeff Hubbard

    @james-clayton I use the TechNet Evaluation Center. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter . The trials often last for 3 - 6 months.

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  • Jeff Hubbard

    After installing Server 2012 R2 Core and fully patching with Windows Updates I tried to install the GUI and it failed. I found countless search results in Google with the same issue. This happens whether you install the GUI and try to change to Core or install Core and try to change to GUI. It works until you patch for the first time.

    The fix seems to be to manually apply every update that is installed on your server to the install.wim file. Otherwise your server files are different than the source that the install-windowsfeature / uninstall-windowsfeature is looking at. Has anyone found an easy work around for this? There are a number of scripts I found in the search results but I am curious if Microsoft ever addressed this problem.

    This might be a helpful real world tip to offer in the training video.

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