Passed my Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification this week and this is my first Microsoft exam. My primary resource was Microsoft Learn where there is a lot of material broken up into 30-60 minute lessons including some labs. Also used the practice tests and did those many times before writing the cert exam itself.
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
I seem to need passwords more and more often. They're so convenient! Couple methods I've been using depending on the lazy-vs-security trade-offs.
Registering for websites online, Chrome or any browser can generate passwords.
For secure passwords I use KeePass.
There's the old dummy password only used for the real junky junk that isn't worth protecting.
Random.org password generator.
DuckDuckGo.com "pwgen" with or without "strong". Also for bonus lazy, I changed the search engine in Chrome to be "duck" for short so in the title bar I can type "duck pwgen 10".
Monday, 8 March 2021
We have a big push at #dayjob to transition from traditional server operations to automation and Cloud so I've been learning new things and trying as best as possible to sweep out the cobwebs upstairs. Really want to be able to competently support my colleagues as it is going to be a very hard time for many.
PowerShell was really what got me moving. I've been doing odds and ends scripts and finally got a couple books as to take things further. "Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches" was really just to get a passable foundation to get into "Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches". By the time I got through those two books, I was using VS Code and GitHub and will definitely re-read some of those chapters to get a more professional level of coding practice.
- Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks
- Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks
The Azure Fundamentals learning path lead me into another tangent to go through the learning path to build a .Net application with C#. The Azure path got to a point that one of the sessions was recommending as pre-requisites to have knowledge of API and WebAPI in C# and .Net and I do want to be able to get the best use out of labs that I can. My programming is really rusty, but having done so much in school, the pace of the early lessons are more frustratingly slow. My expectations are out of whack - like I'm learning basic syntax like variable declaration but then also what's a container anyways?
It's been refreshing to be learning and be re-aligning my skills with the current world.
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