Auldhouse Blog

Add an Exam Cram to your Ignite schedule

20-Aug-2015 10:32:59 / by Leigh Richardson posted in Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Certifications, Auldhouse Certification Courses


Attending Microsoft Ignite in September? Want to upskill on your Microsoft certification?

Then make sure you add an Exam Cram to your schedule.

As the official Ignite training partner, Auldhouse is running six Exam Cram sessions at the event on 1 September at SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland.

Presented by our skilled Microsoft Certified Trainers, Malcolm Jeffrey and James Finley, the Exam Cram sessions are designed to provide a succinct overview of what you need to know in order to pass your Microsoft Certification exams with flying colours.

We’ve handpicked five key exams plus a pinch of PowerShell to cover everything from Office 365 to Azure Infrastructure and modern scripting.

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PM Standards, Frameworks and Methodologies – A Simple Explanation

18-Mar-2015 16:19:46 / by Sean Whitaker posted in Building a PM Methodology, Project Management, PM Frameworks, PM Standards, Frameworks and Methodologies


Are you a little confused by all these project management documents and credentials you keep stumbling across in your quest to understand the profession and further develop yourself as a project manager? Well I’m going to try and explain the situation to you so you understand exactly what a standard, framework and methodology is and how they are different from each other. This will be a brief, yet concise, explanation and if you want more detail just do a search on the internet.

Let’s start the explanation with a diagram. The diagram shows standards, frameworks and methodologies in descending order of influence and importance.

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How to Build Your Own Project Management Methodology

09-Mar-2015 15:30:00 / by Sean Whitaker posted in Building a PM Methodology


This blog was initially posted by Sean Whitaker in 2014 but we felt that it was worth of a second life. It covers content from his book The Professional Project Manager  all page references are for that book.

As a project management consultant I have often been asked to provide clients with an off-the-shelf, or ready made, project management methodology. In one sense this is good thing as it shows a commitment to increasing project management maturity within an organization. However, I have come to see it as a liability and in fact counter productive and very rarely contributing to an increase in organisational project management maturity.

Too many organisations view an off-the-shelf, or ready made, project management methodology as the easy answer to all their project management problems. They assume that if the pay the licensing fee, send people to get accredited and put up colorful posters around the workplace that people will actually use the methodology, that the methodology is right for them and that as a result they will have a huge increase in successful delivery of projects.

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Which IT certification tickles your fancy then?

09-Mar-2015 07:30:00 / by guest blogger "Mrs Brown" posted in Project Management as a career, PMP Exam Preparation in New Zealand, IT Certification


Now dis is a more tricky question than it seems don't you know. You see if I were one those technical persons may be I would be thinking that some of those highend networky certifications would be fecking useful to have. Likewise if I was a software developer then there's the Agile stuff that is getting a lot of interest according to da team at Auldhouse.

On dee other side if I had aspirations for moving up the tree and on into mamangement then I'd be very inclined to consider the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification from the Project Management Institute cos I hear that successfully managing projects is getting more and more important to the success of private and public organisations alike, and if you can show dem bosses that your've got a safe pair of hands then maybe your on your way to the top.

Yeah I can hear it already - why's this old bag banging on about IT certifications again?

For dos of you that missed my earlier blog take a moment to read the pure fecking wisdom on the subject - "Are IT certifications really worth it?". So now you are up with the reality that fecking IT certifications are truly worth it I'll try and shed some light on why I reckon project management is something that all of you should get a grip on and why the best of you should push on and get that PMP® certification.

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My continuing journey to the cloud (and MCSE certification)

12-Jan-2015 06:30:00 / by Leigh Richardson posted in Cloud Computing Certification - MCSE, Microsoft Office 365 Certification


Well hello folks and I'm still at the beach and loving it as you can see!

Firstly a happy New Year to you all.

My New Year's resolution is to reaffirm my mission of preparing for my journey to the Cloud - the Microsoft Cloud that is.

I've been delving through the internet for all manner of interesting content to better enable me to review and evaluate the absolute importance of Cloud Computing to my future.

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My journey to the Cloud and Microsoft Office 365 Certification

09-Dec-2014 14:00:00 / by Leigh Richardson posted in Cloud Computing Certification - MCSE, Microsoft Office 365 Certification


Well folks yes it's true I really have set my mind to become our resident expert on Cloud Computing and look eventually maybe I'll show those tech trainers like James and Malcolm that even us sales and marketing people at Auldhouse can get our MCSE certification!

You can see I'm very determined.


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Are IT certifications really worth it?

02-Dec-2014 19:00:00 / by guest blogger "Mrs Brown" posted in Getting Certified


Now dats a fecking fair enough question and one that the team at Auldhouse  get asked frequently. 

Take it from me course they’re fecking worth it - 

otherwise why do employers post jobs like dees:-

MS Certified SharePoint Developer - $90-120k - "Must have MS Certification in SharePoint!”

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Learn How to Create Custom Column Heads for PowerShell Out-GridView

21-Nov-2014 12:07:20 / by James Finley posted in Powershell


One of my co-workers at Auldhouse Computer Training, who shall remain nameless (but it rhymes with Jalcolm Meffrey), asked a good question today-namely “How do I take this custom formatting from a “Format-Table” command and use it in the gridview control (Out-GridView). It took me a couple of minutes, but the internet bestowed her bounties upon me once again. And, no I’m not talking about going to the hoochie-mama sites.

I found this old posting from Ed Wilson, “The Scripting Guy”. Thank you Ed!

Learn How to Create Custom Column Heads for PowerShell Out-GridView – Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs.

For those of you who won’t/can’t be bothered to read it, basically it boiled down to “Don’t use format-table, use select-object, and build your columns using the -f operator syntax”.

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PowerShell Pitfalls for Managing Multiple Azure Accounts

14-Nov-2014 15:00:00 / by James Finley posted in MS Technical Training & Certification - Azure, Getting more from Azure


Or PPMMAA for short . . .

Many (Most?) of the PowerShell and scripting examples for Azure management via PowerShell start with a command sequence that looks like either this:

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Adding .Net 3.5 SP1 to an Azure VM through the Back Door.

04-Nov-2014 15:30:00 / by James Finley posted in MS Technical Training & Certification - Azure


If you’ve been working with Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 you might have noticed that you need the CD/install files handy if you want to install .NET 3.5. Which causes problems if you need that feature on an Azure VM. After a bit of digging I found this in the MSDN forums, and it has proven to be handy. I haven’t tried it enough to say that it is foolproof, but if you’re having this issue it’s worth a shot.

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