Monday, May 18, 2020

How I passed the Azure Administrator Associate exams

Hello Techies,

I am sure being a system administrator is not only about demonstrating technical skills but also keeping up to-date with the latest certifications and hence gaining more experience and knowledge.
I just wanted to share some of my practical methods I deployed in order to achieve success and also about my preparations for the Azure Administrator Associate Exams.
The steps involved:

1. Preparation time

I was working with Ylneo at that time and the company required me to have this certification. So, they provided me with all the materials and handouts so that I am well prepared. Each day, alongside with my workload, I had to plan for my study time.

I divided my time as follows over 1 month :

First 2 weeks including weekends :
- 4 hours reading time
- 4 hours lab practice

Last 2 weeks:
-4 hours questions and theory
-2 hours lab practice

2. Labs practice

In my experience with this type of certification, labs practice was of utmost importance. Of course, it will be beneficial in the working environment but also to my advantage in the exams room as their are at least a dozen questions coming from practicals. Therefore, my advice to any person wishing to succeed this exams is to keep practicing and understand concepts and scenarios before attempting questions.

3. Questions practice

Practicing questions and trying to remember details as answers quite resemble each other was the most tedious part of it all. So, I again divided the number of questions I attempted per day like a dozen questions in one day till I am done with all of them 3 days before the exams.
During the final three days, I attempted all the questions again but all in one go and tried to achieve maximum score.

4. Exams Day

Obviously, you will definitely not remember everything but if concepts are understood, it becomes easier to find the answer.I got like 20 new questions in my question pool.
However, the trick is to study the material, have a plan till exams day, revise well, practice labs (cannot stress on the fact that labs helped me a lot) and have a positive mindset.


To wrap up, I was really happy to obtain this certification as I learned a lot  and enjoyed being certified as an Azure Administrator Associate.




Monday, May 4, 2020

[Installation] Windows 10 on a 64-bit laptop with partition

Hello Techies,

I finally re-installed a fresh Windows10 OS on my new laptop - DELL - and I created a partition which I left to install Linux OS. So let's just dig in on the procedures. The process took me less than 1 hour.

1. Plug in the bootable USB flash drive - see post on how to make flash drive bootable
2. Power on the laptop and as soon as the brand logo appears, press on F12
Note: For DELL systems F12 key takes you to set up, depending on the brand model, different function keys are used.

 3.The system will boot from the USB and Windows10 installation begins.
4.Click on Install
5.Select 'Accept the licence terms' and click on Next
 6.Delete existing partitions
 7.Create new partitions and assign size to the partitions
 8.Windows Installation begins. It might take a few minutes
  

 Thank You!
  




Thursday, April 30, 2020

[Linux Mint] Upgrading firefox 50.0.2 to firefox 75.0

Hello Techies,

I installed Linux Mint Cinnamon back in 2016 on one of my laptops. Since a few days I have restarted using it and enjoying all the features and rapidity that this free environment is offering. However, some of the software I was using back in 2016 obviously got outdated.
I had some free time, so I updated one of the my favourite browsers, Firefox.
This is a guide to upgrade  firefox 50.0.2 to firefox75.0 (the latest version as of date).

1. Current old version on my laptop

2. Download the latest firefox package at mozilla.org.
3. Unpack the files
$ cd ~/Downloads/
$ tar xjf firefox-75.0.tar.bz2

4.Move unpacked folder from Downloads to /opt/firefox75
$ sudo mv firefox /opt/firefox75

5.Backup the old firefox launcher
$ sudo mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox-old

6.Create a symlink pointing to the new Firefox version:
$ sudo ln -s /opt/firefox75/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

7.Launch firefox
$ firefox

Thanks to Cyberstorm.mu and Nitin

Hello Techies,

I wanted to write about my venture and association with Cyberstorm.mu. I was among the fortunate tech bloggers to get invited and accepted to write contents on their site cyberstorm.mu.
A good friend of mine, Nitin Mutkawoa who also blogs at tunnelix.com and one of the founders of cyberstorm.mu was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to write about and anything pertaining from technology to lifestyle.
I am very grateful to him and the community.

They are on facebook as well as CyberStorm.mu Community.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

[Installation] Windows 10 OS on a 32-bit laptop

Hello Techies,

Here I come again with the installation of Windows 10 on my sister's old 32-bit dell laptop. Below are the instructions and a video which show the steps. The whole process took me about less than 1 hour.

1. Start the machine and when laptop logo appears press F12 (for dell laptop models) to enter setup mode
2. Make USB as first disk to boot from.
3. Press on Apply and restart the machine
4. Plug-in the bootable flash drive.
5.The machine will boot up with USB and the Windows10 installation will begin.
6. Select language
6. Click on 'I don't have a product key' if you do not possess one and click on Next or if you have a product key, go ahead and put the key and click on Next.


7. Select the Operating System you wish to install and click on Next


8. Select 'Accept the licence terms' and click on Next


9. Select the type of installation you wish to proceed with and for a fresh installation, opt for  'Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)'


10. Delete existing partitions on the disk and click on Next


11.Windows will start installing and may take a few minutes


12. After installation of the operating system, windows will restart



13. After reboot, Windows 10 will ask for a few configuration details.
The video tutorial below shows the full configuration process.





Next tutorial will be on how I installed Windows 10 on a 64-bit machine which is slightly different.
Thanks for viewing this tutorial.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

[Linux Mint] - Making a flash drive bootable with Windows 10 ISO file

Hello Techies,

Yesterday I was playing around with my sister's very old laptop and realised that she got Windows 7 installed on the machine but the system was so slow and not responding most of the time.
So, I decided to revamp it and give it a new look. Well, I wanted her to have Windows 10 on her 32-bit machine.

Link to obtain Windows 10 [32-bit] :

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10ISO




In order to make that happen, the first step was to convert a flash drive to a bootable device. As I love to use my Linux Mint OS for almost all the administration stuffs, below are the steps I followed to convert the flash drive:

1. Connect the flash drive to your pc. I used an 8GB since the ISO file took 3.8GB and to be on the safe side :)

2. Click on Menu > Disks > Click on the storage device > Format Disks







3. Create partition


4. Install WOEUSB - a tool which will allow the flash drive to be converted to a bootable disk









This was a simple tutorial on how to make use of WoeUSB and turn a flash drive into a bootable device.


Next tutorial will be on how to install Windows 10 on a 32-bit laptop.