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Month: February 2017

[Rant] LinkedIn Recruiters..

Dear Steven,

Apologies for the direct approach, but after reading your LinkedIn profile I just had to show you this perfect oppertunity at one of my clients!
My client is a young/dynamic/rockstar/IT-ninja/growing/etc. organisation who’s growing fast and is looking for a young/dynamic/rockstar/IT-ninja/superstar/talented [INSERT JOB TITLE].

Now I was wondering if you value career growth, more money, a brand-new car and yourself? Because if you do, you are the one they need.

Let’s talk about this offer over a cup of coffee sometime, I’ll hear from you soon! 🙂


Ricky Recruiter
Recruiting Rockstar
Recruiting Inc.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

It seems like it’s hunting season again for IT recruiters all over the Netherlands, because these kind of messages have become a daily occurrence.

Of course, spelling my name wrong and showing me a job offer that has nothing to do with my experience (I’ve even received an offer for a job as an Oracle Administrator…. really?) is a clear giveaway that they spam multiple people with a copy+paste message.

*Sigh* .. anyway, at least I have a good idea of my market value thanks to these people.

[Server 2016] 70-740 exam (MCSA 2016)

So, after endless delays and procrastination I finally started the path to getting my MCSA certification. (I know, about time after working in IT for almost 9 years..)

Today, I passed the new 70-740 Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 exam!

It wasn’t easy, the exams for MCSA 2016 just got out of beta so there is an extreme lack of study material available. If you are planning to take this exam soon, I can recommend using the following resources:

  • Exam Ref 70-740 Installation, Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016 by Craig Zacker (I used the eBook)
  • Pluralsight video courses by Greg Shields

And of course some hands-on experience if possible.

The exam itself has a lot of focus on Hyper-V configuration and Failover Clustering, in my case about 75% of the questions were about these subjects.

All in all, I appreciated that the exam focused on plausible scenario’s instead of knowing dry facts and PowerShell commands. Do not take this exam lightly though, because it is definitely not easy.

Stefan van Bruggen - 2019