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What Is a Home Lab and Do You Need One?

Having a ‘home lab’ as an IT pro offers multiple methods to add value and efficiency to your job duties and responsibilities. In this article, I’ll look at what is a home lab, what you need to set one up, and how it can help you to progress throughout your IT pro career. What is...


Cloud Computing

A Guide to Azure Certification

Last Update: Sep 27, 2022

As we’re currently going through times of economic uncertainty, an Azure certification can really help IT pros stay ahead of the curve. You may think that getting IT certifications are not worth the time and effort. However, if you’re interested in Azure and willing to future-proof your career, getting an Azure certification can really help….

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How to Recession-Proof your IT Career

Last Update: Sep 23, 2022

In this article, I will share my recommendations on how to build a recession-proof career and protect it against the effects of an economic downturn. In summary: Assess your current position. Update your skills. Get certified. Winter is coming – recession proof your career now! You don’t need to be a Stark to understand what…

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Microsoft Delays Retirement of MCSE, MCSA, and MCSD Certifications

A few weeks ago, Microsoft made a significant announcement regarding several of its popular certifications. The company announced that Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications would be retired on June 30, 2020.

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Microsoft is Retiring Several Popular Certifications

For decades, Microsoft has been pushing certifications as a way to show your expertise in a particular area. Spanning from on-premises to the cloud and productivity software, these certifications are utilized by the IT industry to help find experts in specific areas.

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Microsoft Shifting Certifications to Workload-Based to Align with Skills

If you are looking to take or update existing Microsoft certifications, you might be wondering which are best to obtain and what technology path would be most beneficial. The certification program is in flux now as Microsoft gradually begins to move to role-based certifications, or workload-based as it is sometimes referred to, instead of focusing on specific products.

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Getting Started with Azure on a Budget

Microsoft’s Azure platform offers a robust number of services and while it may sound expensive, it’s easy to stay on a budget or even get some services for free.

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Are IT Certifications Worth It?

Russell Smith looks at whether certifications are worth having and how they can help your IT career.

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Stop Taking Advice From “A Person Connected To Microsoft”

One of the things that annoys me in our industry is how supposedly educated people take advice and guidance on IT from no-nothings, the barfly, or the town idiot.

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Why PowerShell is a Core Skill for Office 365 Administrators

PowerShell is a critical skill for Office 365 tenant administrators. A knowledge of PowerShell allows you to fix things that Microsoft leaves undone in apps like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams. Sure, black holes exist for PowerShell (like Planner) and it is slow to process thousands of objects, but there’s nothing like a little script for getting things done.

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