Monthly Archives: May 2015

Lync Becomes Skype For Business, and So Do MCSE Exams

microsoft, skype for business,  solutions,  lync,     mcse communication,  it certification examIf you follow Microsoft communication solutions, you probably know that Microsoft is rebranding Lync and makes it Skype for Business. This also means changes to Microsoft Lync certification exams as they will be replaced with Skype for Business exams.

While it’s not yet clear when the new Skype for Business exams will be available, the Lync exams will be retired on July 31, 2015. So, if you wanted to take one of the following exams, you should hurry up:

  • 74-322: Microsoft Lync Server 2010—Advanced Design and Deployment
  • 74-335: Lync Network Readiness Assessment
  • 70-336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  • 70-337: Enterprise Voice Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  • 74-338: Lync 2013 Depth Support Engineer

Although Microsoft does not announce a confirmed date on which the new Skype exams will be available, but they’re expected to be introduced before the Lync exams are pulled out.

Just like the Lync exams, the new Skype for Business exams will count toward MCSE: Communication. So, as new Skype exams can be introduced any week now, it’s time to start looking into possible scenarios and analyze all the information available.

Skype for Business vs. Lync

According to Microsoft, Skype for Business builds on Lync’s features and functionality. The Lync exams provide you with a solid foundation for your Skype for Business implementation. Here’s some great free coverage of what’s new in Skype for Business.

What Else Is There To Know?

If you have already earned your MCSE: Communication through Lync exams, you do not need to upgrade. Your certification will remain current until it’s time to recertify.
Holders of the MCSE: Communication credential must recertify every three years. Recertification is a great way to ensure that you stay current in the latest technology, such as Skype for Business. Microsoft is expected to introduce a few recertification options for MCSE: Communication this summer.

So stay tuned as Microsoft rolls out further changes turning Lync into Skype for Business. Here at ExamCollection, we can’t wait for the new certification exams to be released!

Fortinet NSE 4: Certification Program Update

fortinet, certification program, solutions, it certificationFortinet updates its level 4 certifications (NSE 4) this June. Therefore, if you’ve been studying for the current versions of the NSE 4, keep reading!

But for most of our readers – have you heard of Fortinet? This is a multinational corporation founded in 2000 in the United States. Fortinet sells high performance network security products and services. One of Fortinet’s best selling products is the FortiGate firewall, an integrated network security solution. Fortinet distributes its products & services through its 20,000 partners worldwide (sj-called channel partner marketing method).

Another Fortinet solution, FortiGuard, is apparently so good that it was used by the dictatorship in Myanmar to control Internet and block communications critical of the regime carried over the Internet, a system known as the Myanmar Wide Web. This was a serious allegation against Fortinet in 2005, as this would mean the company violated US government sanctions against the regime, although that the software may have been sold to the regime by a third party; meanwhile, the Myanmar government features its adoption of the Fortinet firewall on its official website. Although this was a serious controversy that took years to investigate, it was also the best product advertising a company could ever have.

Fortinet Certification Program

Besides selling its products, Fortinet also offers a certification program that validates the skills and understanding of Fortinet’s solutions. The program is called Fortinet NSE (Network Security Expert) and consists of 8 levels designed for technical professionals interested in independent validation of their high level network skills and related technology experience.

Fortinet NSE certification program covers a number of courses that cover complex network security concepts.

The program is open to Fortinet customers, partners and employees and enables participants to fully exploit the power of Fortinet’s network security platform and be recognized in the industry among an elite group of security professionals. NSE Certification credential validates the holder’s network security skills and experience, demonstrates value to current and future employers, leverages Fortinet’s full range of network security products, consolidate solutions and reduce risk, and accelerates sales to potential customers.

This June, Fortinet updates the level 4 of its certification program, The FortiGate NSE 4 – Security Professional. This credential recognizes a candidate’s ability to configure, install and monitor the FortiGate Unified Threat Management products in a customer’s network. This certification is perfect for post-sales and support personnel who want acknowledgement that they are a FortiGate Network Security Professional.

This year, NSE 4 replaces earlier FCNSA+FCNSP certification. FCNSP certificates will qualify as NSE 4 for a limited time. FCNSP v4 certificates will be honored as NSE 4 through December 31, 2015. FCNSP v5 certificates will be honored a NSE 4 through December 31, 2016. If you hold an FCNSP certificate, you should renew your NSE 4 standing by taking the NSE 4 exam before your FCNSP certificate is expired. FCNSA and FCNSP exams will remain available worldwide until June 30, when the FCNSA and FCNSP will retire.

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New Network Appliance Certifications, and Why You Should Consider NetApp Credentials

netapp certified implementation engineer,  network appliance, it certifications This May, NetApp revamps its certification program. The Silicon Valley based company offers 2 overhauled credentials this spring:
NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – Data Protection ( NS0-511) and NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – SAN, Clustered Data ONTAP (NS0-506). So if you’ve been planning to get certified with NetApp, now is the time to start preparing for these newly introduced exams. And for those of you have no idea what NetApp certification program is about, here’s a great blog post on why you should consider getting certified with NetApp.

What’s So Great About NetApp?

NetApp, the name which stands for Network Appliances, is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Yes, this is another technology superstar from the Silicon Valley. Founded in 1992, NetApp is a reputable computer storage and data management company.

Here’s a bit of NetApp product history lesson. When the company was just developing, its flagship product was the line of NetApp filers. A filer is a type of disk storage device which owns and controls a filesystem, and presents files and directories to hosts over the network. This scheme is sometimes called file storage, as opposed to the block storage frequently provided by other vendors, like EMC.

NetApp’s filers initially used NFS and CIFS protocols based on standard local area networks (LANs), whereas block storage consolidation required storage area networks (SANs) implemented with the Fibre Channel (FC) protocol. In 2002, in an attempt to increase market share, NetApp added block storage access as well. Today, NetApp systems support it via FC protocol, the iSCSI protocol, and the emerging Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol.

The filers use NetApp’s proprietary operating system called Data ONTAP which includes code from Berkeley Net/2 BSD Unix, Spinnaker Networks technology, and other operating systems. Data ONTAP originally only supported NFS, but CIFS, iSCSI and Fibre Channel (including Fibre Channel over Ethernet) were later added. Today, NetApp provides two variants of Data ONTAP. Data ONTAP 7G and a nearly complete rewrite called Data ONTAP GX, based upon grid technology acquired from Spinnaker Networks. In 2010, these software product lines were merged into one OS – Data ONTAP 8, which folded Data ONTAP 7G onto the Data ONTAP GX cluster platform. Data ONTAP 8 has two distinct operating modes – 7-Mode and Cluster-Mode. Learn more about NetApp products here.

As the popularity and demand for NetApp products required qualified professionals to deal with the increasing sophistication of NetApp solutions, the company followed other vendors in launching its own certification program. NetApp certification program was developed to distinguish professionals who are highly skilled in managing and deploying NetApp technologies. Now, let’s take a closer look at the new NetApp credentials released this month.

NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – Data Protection (NS0-511)

NetApp Certified Backup and Recovery Implementation Engineer credential validates that its holders have proven skills in positioning NetApp disaster recovery solutions, assessing customer storage requirements, and implementing backup and recovery solutions.

NCIE-B&R Requirements
In order to achieve NCIE certification, you must first complete the requirements for the NetApp Certified Data Administrator (NCDA), which requires that you pass any of the following:

  • NetApp Certified 7-Mode Data Administrator (NS0-155) exam
  • NetApp Certified Clustered Data ONTAP Administrator (NS0-156) exam
  • NetApp Certified Data Administrator, Clustered Data ONTAP (NS0-157) exam (replaces NS0-156 in May 2015)

If you have already passed the NCIE exam, you must still also pass the NCDA before being granted the NCIE credential.
The new NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – Data Protection exam (NS0-511) will be available in May 2015, and will replace the current NS0-510 exam.

Exam Objectives: NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – Data Protection (available May 2015 – will replace NS0-510)

  • Data ONTAP Data Protection Administration (ILT)
  • Technical Overview of SnapVault on Clustered Data ONTAP (WBT)
  • Planning and Installing the SnapProtect Solution (WBT)
  • NetApp Snap Creator Framework Integration and Administration (WBT)
  • Technical Overview of OnCommand Workflow Automation (WBT)
  • Technical Overview of OnCommand Management Solutions (WBT)

NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – SAN, Clustered Data ONTAP (NS0-506)

What’s this credential about? NetApp Certified SAN Implementation Engineers have proven skills in understanding customer storage requirements, implementing Fibre Channel and iSCSI SAN solutions, and integrating different operating systems and applications such as Microsoft® Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server™, DB2®, and Oracle®.

NCIE-SAN Requirements

In order to achieve your NCIE certification, you must first complete the requirements for the NetApp Certified Data Administrator (NCDA), which includes the new exam. NS0-506 exam.

NS0-506 Exam Objectives: NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – SAN, Clustered Data ONTAP (available May 2015 – will replace NS0-504)

  • SAN Fundamentals on Data ONTAP (WBT)
  • SAN Design (WBT)
  • SAN Implementation – Switch Configuration (WBT)
  • NetApp Unified Connect Technical Overview and Implementation (WBT)
  • SAN Implementation (ILT)
  • Architecting SAN on NetApp Storage (ILT)

Summing up, Network Appliance may not be the vendor name you hear often when it comes to IT certifications, however, it delivers some of the highly reputable professional credentials, which hiring managers love to see on a resume. If you think that NetApp might be the certification choice for you, visit Examcollection to see which NetApp exam dumps we have available in our free and Premium VCE sections. Comment to share your feedback!

Now Available |Oracle Database 12c: Advanced Administration Exam (1Z0-063)

oracle database 12c: advanced administration exam, it certificationOracle’s new Database 12c: Advanced Administration exam (1Z0-063) and certification bring together cloud computing and database administration. Released just now, this certification is predicted to become yet another best-seller from Oracle, something both candidates and hiring managers will he looking for. Let’s see why.

Oracle Certification blogger Brandye Barrington says: “With the 12c release, Oracle Database is re-engineered for Cloud computing. Multitenant architecture brings enterprises unprecedented hardware and software efficiencies, performance and manageability benefits, and fast and efficient Cloud provisioning. Oracle Database 12c certifications emphasize the full set of skills that DBAs need in today’s competitive marketplace.” If you want to keep your database credentials on the leading edge, this could be a (literally) golden opportunity.

Now that the Oracle Database 12c: Advanced Administration exam 1Z0-063 is available, it’s time to talk about exam and certification requirements. Oracle 1Z0-063 exam tests advanced knowledge and skills required of top-performing database administrators, including development and deployment of backup, recovery and Cloud computing strategies.

The new Oracle exam 1Z0-063 contains 80 multiple-choice questions and lasts 2 hours (120 minutes). The passing score is 60% which is incredibly generous for a credential of such level.

Why is This Certification So Important?

With the 12c release, Oracle Database is re-engineered for Cloud computing. Multitenant architecture brings enterprises unprecedented hardware and software efficiencies, performance and manageability benefits, and fast and efficient Cloud provisioning. Oracle Database 12c certifications emphasize the full set of skills that DBAs need in today’s competitive marketplace.

In addition to passing the exam, qualified candidates hold the Oracle Database 12c Database Administrator Certified Associate certification and have completed an Oracle Database 12c approved course. Mastering the advanced concepts delivered in Oracle Database 12c: Backup and Recovery Workshop and Oracle Database 12c: Managing Multitenant Architecture position you to approach this exam prepared for success.

Oracle Database 12c: Advanced Administration exam 1Z0-063 Outline

  • Backup and Recovery
  • Oracle Data Protection Solutions

    Explain Oracle backup and recovery solutions

  • Describe types of database failures
  • Describe the tools available for backup and recovery tasks
  • Describe RMAN and maximum availability architecture
  • Use the SYSBACK privilege
  • Use RMAN stand-alone and job commands

Performing Basic Backup and Recovery

  • Back up and recover a NOARCHIVELOG database
  • Perform backup and recovery in NOARCHIVELOG mode
  • Use SQL in RMAN

Configuring for Recoverability

  • Configure and manage RMAN settings
  • Configure persistent settings for RMAN
  • View persistent settings
  • Specify a retention policy
  • Configure the Fast Recovery Area
  • Explain the Fast Recovery Area
  • Configure the Fast Recovery Area
  • Configure control files and redo log files for recoverability
  • Multiplex control files
  • Multiplex redo log files

Using the RMAN Recovery Catalog

  • Create and use an RMAN recovery catalog
  • Configure a recovery catalog
  • Register target databases in a recovery catalog
  • Catalog additional backup files
  • Resynchronize a recovery catalog
  • Use and maintain RMAN stored scripts
  • Upgrade and drop a recovery catalog

Protect the RMAN recovery catalog

  • Back up the recovery catalog
  • Re-create an unrecoverable recovery catalog
  • Export and import the recovery catalog

Implementing Backup Strategies

Use various RMAN backup types and strategies

  • Enable ARCHIVELOG mode
  • Create tape and disk based backups
  • Create whole database backups
  • Create consistent and inconsistent backups
  • Create backup sets and image copies
  • Create backups of read-only tablespaces
  • Employ best practices for data warehouse backups

Performing Backups

Perform full and incremental backups

  • Create full and incremental backups
  • Use the Oracle-suggested backup strategy

    Manage backups

  • Configure and monitor block change tracking
  • Report on backups using LIST, REPORT commands
  • Manage backups using CROSSCHECK, DELETE commands

Configuring RMAN Backup Options and Creating Backup of Non-Database Files

  • Use techniques to improve backups
  • Create compressed backups
  • Create multi-section backups of very large files
  • Create proxy copies
  • Create duplexed backup sets
  • Create backups of backup sets
  • Create archival backups

 Perform backup of non-database files

  • Back up a control file to trace
  • Back up archived redo log files
  • Back up ASM diskgroup metadata

Using RMAN-Encrypted Backups

Create RMAN-encrypted backups

  • Use transparent-mode encryption
  • Use password-mode encryption
  • Use dual-mode encryption
  • Restore encrypted backups

Diagnosing Failures

  • Describe the Automatic Diagnostic Workflow
  • Use the Automatic Diagnostic Repository
  • Use ADRCI
  • Find and interpret message output and error stacks
  • Use the Data Recovery Advisor
  • Handle block corruption
  • Detect block corruption using RMAN
  • Perform block recovery using RMAN

Performing Restore and Recovery Operations

  • Describe and tune instance recovery
  • Perform complete and incomplete recovery
  • Use RMAN RESTORE and RECOVER commands
  • Restore ASM disk groups
  • Recover from media failures
  • Perform complete and incomplete or “point-in-time” recoveries using RMAN

Recovering Files Using RMAN

  • Perform recovery for spfile, control file, redo log files
  • Perform table recovery from backups
  • Perform recovery of index and read-only tablespaces, temp file
  • Restore a database to a new host

Using Oracle Secure Backup

  • Configure and use Oracle Secure Backup

Using Flashback Technologies

  • Describe the Flashback technologies
  • Configure a database to use Flashback technologies
  • Guarantee undo retention
  • Use Flashback to query data
  • Use Flashback Query
  • Use Flashback Version Query
  • Use Flashback Transaction Query
  • Flash back a transaction
  • Perform Flashback Table operations
  • Perform Flashback Table
  • Restore tables from the recycle bin
  • Describe and use Flashback Data Archive
  • Use Flashback Data Archive

Using Flashback Database

  • Perform Flashback Database
  • Configure Flashback Database
  • Perform Flashback Database

Transporting Data

  • Describe and use transportable tablespaces and databases
  • Transport tablespaces between databases using image copies or backup sets
  • Transport databases using data files or backup sets
  • Transport data across platforms

Duplicating a Database

  • Choose a technique for duplicating a database
  • From an active database, connected to the target and auxiliary instances
  • From backup, connected to the target and auxiliary instances
  • From backup, connected to the auxiliary instance, not connected to the target, but with recovery catalog connection
  • From backup, connected to the auxiliary instance, not connected to the target and the recovery catalog
  • Duplicate a database with RMAN
  • Create a backup-up based duplicate database
  • Duplicate a database based on a running instance

Monitoring and Tuning of RMAN Operations

  • Tune RMAN performance
  • Interpret RMAN error stacks
  • Diagnose performance bottlenecks
  • Tune RMAN backup performance


Multitenant Container and Pluggable Database Architecture

  • Describe the multitenant container database architecture
  • Explain pluggable database provisioning


Creating Multitenant Container and Pluggable Databases

  • Configure and create a CDB
  • Create a PDB using different methods
  • Unplug and drop a PDB
  • Migrate a non-CDB database to PDB

Managing a CDB and PDBs

  • Establish connections to CDB/PDB
  • Start up and shut down a CDB and open and close PDBs
  • Evaluate the impact of parameter value changes

Managing Storage in a CDB and PDBs

  • Manage permanent and temporary tablespaces in CDB and PDBs

Managing Security in a CDB and PDBs

  • Manage common and local users
  • Manage common and local privileges
  • Manage common and local roles
  • Enable common users to access data in specific PDBs

Managing Availability

  • Perform backups of a CDB and PDBs
  • Recover PDB from PDB datafiles loss
  • Use Data Recovery Advisor
  • Duplicate PDBs using RMAN

Managing Performance

  • Monitor operations and performance in a CDB and PDBs
  • Manage allocation of resources between PDBs and within a PDB
  • Perform Database Replay

Moving Data, Performing Security Operations and Interacting with Other Oracle Products

  • Use Data Pump
  • Use SQL*Loader
  • Audit operations
  • Use Other Products with CDB and PDBs – Database Vault, Data Guard, LogMiner


Coming Soon: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) Cert From (ISC)²

ccsp, isc2, cloud computing, cloud security, new it certification examIf you’re looking for a new glowing certification in cloud computing/ cloud security that would really make a difference to your career – it’s coming! The new credential from (ISC)², the provider of the CISSP (one of the best paid IT certifications in the world) has just announced a new certification: The Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)! The CCSP exam will be available this summer at PearsonVUE testing centers worldwide!

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP): What We Know So Far

The Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification was announced Tuesday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco by partners (ISC)² and Cloud Security Alliance. (ISC)², a leading industry group, is curator of the widely respected CISSP certification for career information security professionals. The credential would be a perfect fit for Enterprise Architects, Security Administrators, Systems Engineers, Security Architects, Security Consultants, Security Engineers, Security Managers, Systems Architects etc.

The perfect CCSP candidate would have at least 5 years of IT experience, at least 3 of which are in IT security, and at least one – in cloud computing. The new CCSP certification exam will cover the following domains:

  • Architectural Concepts & Design Requirements
  • Cloud Data Security
  • Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Security
  • Cloud Application Security
  • Operations
  • Legal & Compliance

According to the recent press release the CCSP Exam will be 4 hours long and will consist of 125 multiple-choice queries. To pass, candidates need to achieve 70% of correct keys, or 700 out of 1000 points.

The CCSP training courses will also be launched this summer (June-July). At the moment, potential CCSP exam candidates can download the official exam outline from the (ISC)² website. It breaks down the 6 domains listed above, which might be useful for those looking to jump start their preparation.

Maintaining the CCSP

The CCSP credential will be valid for 3 years. During this time, all holders must pay Annual Maintenance Fees (AMFs) of US$100 per year, earn 90 CPEs, with a minimum of 30 each year. Associates of (ISC)² working toward the CCSP must pay US$35 AMFs and earn 15 CPEs each year.

As part of (ISC)²’s and CSA’s collaboration, CCSP and other (ISC)² credential holders can utilize CSA’s education and training, research projects, events, working groups and other programs to stay abreast of cloud security best practices while helping to satisfy their CPE requirements.

How does CCSP compare with CCSK?

Since there is a bunch of other cloud security certifications out there, many people wonder how they compare. It is especially interesting to see how the new CCSP compares with CCSK (CSA’s Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge).

As (ISC)² puts it on its official website, the CCSK examination tests across a broad foundation of cloud security knowledge. The CCSK body of knowledge includes 14 domains and covers some unique and critical areas of knowledge, such as Security as a Service, which are not covered in other credentials. CCSK also covers the CSA Cloud Controls Matrix, the industry standard security controls framework, which is a requirement for the CSA Security, Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR) program of cloud provider certification. CCSK provides an excellent indicator of baseline cloud security knowledge appropriate for almost any IT position. The knowledge reflected by the CCSK certification program helps employers ensure their teams are better equipped to cope with the increasingly pervasive cloud computing issues they now face.

The CCSP credential builds upon many of the areas covered by CCSK in order to provide deeper knowledge derived from hands-on information security and cloud computing experience. It validates practical know-how applicable to those professionals whose day-to-day responsibilities involve cloud security architecture, design, operations, and service orchestration. As an advanced professional credential, CCSP also reflects more than the knowledge needed to pass an exam. It includes: a) exam and testing meeting ANSI requirements; b) legal commitment to code of ethics; c) endorsement from appropriate certified professionals; and d) commitment to continuing professional education – all of which demonstrate that CCSPs are qualified and committed to tackling the cloud security challenges of today and tomorrow.

While there are other cloud-related certifications available, most are vendor-specific and relate to vendor technology and solutions. Those that include information security, do so nominally at a theoretical level. Both CCSP and CCSK are vendor-neutral and reflect overall industry best practices for securing cloud environments.

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Oracle Offers Savings on Java SE 8 OCP Cert. Register for 1Z1-809 Beta Exam!

oracle, beta exams, java se 8, it certification exam, java 8Want to become a certified Java SE 8 certified programmer for just 50 bucks? Don’t miss this chance! Oracle is now offering a sweet deal for Java SE 8 OCA Programmers. For a limited time only, you can move to Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer by passing Java SE 8 Programmer II (1Z1-809) now. Beta testing is currently under way for this exam at the greatly discounted rate of USD$50.

The Java SE 8 Programmer II upgrade exam, 1Z1-809, to advance programmers from Oracle Certified Associate status to the Oracle Certified Professional designation, is now available in beta. As is usually the case with Oracle, the beta stage of a new exam is a fine time to certify. If you’re confident of your Java prowess and ready to challenge the exam, then you can make the leap from OCA to OCP for just USD 50! Visit to register today.

What You Need to Know About Java 8

Launched in March last year, Java 8 has quickly become the default version of Oracle’s popular programming language. Despite security vulnerabilities, Java remains heavily used and widely deployed.

Now you have a great opportunity to move to Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer by passing Java SE 8 Programmer II (1Z1-809) now.
This certification exam introduces you to the most significantly updated version of Java yet. This credential will validate that you can use lambdas in your day-to-day programming – thus reducing your development time and allowing for greater flexibility in your programming.

Oracle does not require candidates to take any formalized training before they attempt the 1Z1-809 exam. However, the company recommends that you complete the training course Java SE 8 Programming. This instructor-led training takes what you learn from reading the materials and teaches you to use the concepts effectively in real-world scenarios. Yet, you still have great chances of preparing for the exam on your own, and becoming a certified Java SE 8 certified programmer by solely learning on your own. Remember that you can always join our IT certification community for free Oracle exam preparation materials.

As Java remains more popular than ever before, stepping up your Oracle certification will make you a better candidate for the hottest Java 8 programming jobs. This is a great opportunity, especially at just $50!