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March 14, 2013

CISSP Preparation resources.

Filed under: IT Security — Akther @ 9:14 am
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No doubt that one of the most difficult certification in IT industry is Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP). This certification will give us globally recognized expertise in the field of Information Security. iSC2 conducting CISSP exam and the details you can see here website.

I am planning to give some of the resources that yo can follow to obtain the CISSP certification. These findings i have got it from different forums and tech community.

There is no dumps available for CISSP exam. Only the way to obtain the certification is to read a few good books and attend some good training which is conducted by iSC2 or any other  third parties.

Please note that below books are the favorites books which i could find in discussion forms in net. There are lot of other books available in the market which you can buy your own interest.

1.CISSP Study Guide, Second/ Third Edition by Eric Conrad

2.CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, 5th/ 6th Edition by Shon Harris

3.Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Second Edition ((ISC)2 Press)

4.CISSP For Dummies 4th edition

5.Eleventh Hour CISSP: Study Guide

Plus you can get some almost real questions & answers from below quiz engine.

1. – from – online Quiz database – 2500 questions – 49 US $

2. Official (ISC)²® studISCope Self Assessment – costly – but from iSC2 and could see previously asked questions. nearly 300 US $

It will be good if you could able to attend a boot camp from Isc2 or any other third party before attend exam. normally people attending just before exam date, i.e around 2 weeks before the exam.

And iSC2 started computer based exam that you can written from VUE. No more paper exam available now.




January 24, 2013

Rebuild Index in MS SQL 2008

Filed under: MS SQL Server — Akther @ 4:52 pm
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This post would like to describe how to rebuild indexes in MS SQL 2008 R2.

There are many ways to rebuild indexes in SQL. Here we will see how to use Maintenance Plan tool to rebuild whole indexes in a particular database or whole databases in SQL server instance. It’s simple but need to take care little bit.

SQL Server Management Studio–> Management  –> Maintenance Plans –> Maintenance Plan Wizard







Launch the wizard and click next. Give the Name of the Maintenance Plan wizard. Set schedule if you want to run every week or according to your choice.











Click Next and select Check Database Integrity and Rebuild Index tasks.











Check Database integrity is an useful choice before do the rebuild because if database has any integrity problem then no need to do the rebuild of index.

One thing you have to notice that Rebuild index task is  high CPU and very I/O intensive and it locks the database resources as well. So better to do this on off business hours.

Rebuild index task will do the update statistics and reorganize task. So no need to select these two tasks if you are doing a rebuild index. It’s a common mistake we could see while using Maintenance Plan Wizard that select all the tasks even if not necessary. It will slow down the performance  of your SQL server.











Click Next –> Select which database you want to do the Database Integrity. Or select whole database. This step will repeat to Rebuild index as well.








Select the log file location

















Next screen will finish the task











This task will run based on the schedule you have mentioned. Or you can trigger the task when you want from Maintenance Plan section.


December 31, 2012

2012 in review

Filed under: Latest Stuffs — Akther @ 6:27 am

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

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December 13, 2012

backup failed due to damaged tape in MS DPM 2010

Filed under: Microsoft DPM 2010 — Akther @ 10:41 am
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Found that backup job has failed and can see below error message in DPM console.






In tape library as well there was an amber light showing. Tried to re run the backup, did a inventory, rebooted the tape library, nothing worked. But when i login to the tape library GUI console through IE could see that below error.







This labeled tape removed from library and re run the backup job. Starts working fine.


December 9, 2012

Hyper-V and VHD’s

Filed under: Hyper-V — Akther @ 9:13 am
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VHD’s provide storage for virtual machines and are stored on physical media as .VHD files.

While creating a new virtual machine we can create VHD’s or can select existing VHD’s which we already created or used. Or we can add a VHD later and can complete the VM creation wizard.

OK. Now i want to give  an additional drive or partition to this VM.

1) Create a VHD from hyper-v console.

2)Attach that VHD from Hyper-V snap-in of VM as additional hard disk from IDE controller 0 or add as second IDE controller, Then add hard drive. ( snapshot below)

3) Or we can add additional SCSI controller from hyper-v settings if IDE controller 0 and 1 are fully used. To do this click add hardware and select SCSI controller

4)Once you add you can see physical disk option. Select disk from drop down list ( this disk should be offline in disk management of hyper-v host server. Other wise we cannot see the disk in this console)

These are the two method we can assign disks to VM’ from hyper-v console of the Hyper-v server. To add any hardware VM must be shutdown. Or from SAN you can directly map the hard disks in to VM’s by using iSCSI initiator in windows.

Adding VHD’s as additional hard disks ( IDE controller)





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November 5, 2012

Exchange Server TechEd videos

Filed under: Exchange 2013 — Akther @ 12:56 pm
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TechEd is Microsoft’s ultimate technology geek fest that you can’t afford to miss. This year teched happend in Newzeland and Australia. These teched covered Exhange and Lync technologies. Here is the link you can watch the sessions if you missed.

Teched Newzealand here

Teched Australia here

Enjoy these sessions..

November 4, 2012

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 RTM & Lync 2013 version available now

Filed under: Exchange 2013 — Akther @ 3:54 pm
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Microsoft released both Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 RTM version.

Exchange 2013 RTM for evaluation get it from here

Lync 2013 RTM for evaluation get it from here

Download and play around…happy learning….

October 11, 2012

Dell MD3200i Installation

Filed under: DELL Storage — Akther @ 10:37 am
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In this article we will see how to provision a Dell 3200i iSCSI storage device in network.

This device is a dual controller and having 4 iSCSI ports each controller and 2 managment port for both controller. ( for managing device)

1. Rack Mount the device and connect power. It’s a 2u device and 12 bay slot to add hard disk.

2. Connect two cables from each managment port to one of the server Lan1 and Lan2. To do the initial configuration of storage. by default ip address of managment ports are and 102. Same subnet ip given to LAN1 and LAN2 of the servers.

Installed Dell resource media kit in server ( shipped with device). By using Dell Modular disk manager utility (MDSM) will do the initial configration.

3. Add Storage Array .

Open MDSM from management server where managment port are connected.








Below ip addresses are the default management port ip address. We are using out-of-band management method to configure the device. Out of band means using manament port for device managment.
















Once it added we can see the Array






Right click,  select Manage array to configure the device












Dash board of the device. In Setup tab you can configure password, iSCSI port ip address, Management port ip address etc













Assign ip address to iSCSI ports

Setup–>Configure iSCSI host ports
























As per your requirement from this window you can configure ip address to all iSCSI ports ( from drop down window)

Now the MD3200i is ready. In coming artilce we will see how to create a Disk Group, Virtual Disk and LUN

September 12, 2012

How to configure DCOM permissions for configuration manager console in SCCM 2007

Filed under: SCCM 2007 — Akther @ 7:16 am
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SCCM 2007 console has been installed to few of the of help desk team machine. But unable to open the console. below error was throwing while accessing.










Help desk users was not member of “SMS Admins” local group in SCCM server.

SMS Admins” group was not having WMI permission.

Solution .

Added helpdesk users to “SMS Admins” local group in SCCM server.

– Add “SMS Admins” group to DCOM security for “Launch and Activation Permissions” in SCCM server.
– Gave “Remote Activation” Permissions for “SMS Admins” group for DCOM.

Go to SCCM server -> RUN  -> dcomcnfg ->Component Services – >Right Click on My computer –>properties ->COM Security

Click on Edit Limits  under Launch and Activation Permission->add SMS Admins group from SCCM server .

Enable Local Lounge and Remote Activation

















Issue resolved.

Thanks to Jamshi who is my friend and colleague to help us to troubleshoot this issue.

September 2, 2012

Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2

Filed under: Exchange 2010 — Akther @ 3:12 pm

Microsoft has released update rollup 4 for Exchange 2010 SP2 . Issues that the update rollup resolve you can read it  here

Note Remove all interim updates for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 before you apply this update rollup.

The required services are automatically restarted when you apply this update rollup.





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