Month: April 2018

Note-to-self: prepping for CSA CCSK v4 upgrade

Note-to-self: extended reprint of a LinkedIn post…

I might have mentioned it already, but if you have passed the CCSK exam before, better logon to your CCSK profile on the CSA website and check if you still have an exam token left.

By default you get 2 tokens each exam registration, so…

If you pass your exam the first time, the “second try” backup token is left unused in your profile.

And (if not yet expired) you can use it to upgrade your CCSK to v4.

Tokens stay valid for 2 years after purchase.

More info:

On that page you can also find the required study material for the exam.

You can download the CCSK v4 prep kit from :

It’s an online exam and thus open book exam, using the below reference guides.

But realise:  60 questions in 90 minutes still is hard work, so better do some prep work up front to maximize your chances.

Once you pass this one, you can go for the (ISC)² CCSP with more confidence…


#MIM2016 Troubleshooting: SQL Connection issues

On TNWiki you’ll find my latest article on MIM 2016 troubleshooting.

MIM 2016 Troubleshooting: SQL Connection issues

This week I got (dragged into/) involved in a MIM 2016 performance troubleshooting, on a test / dev server, facing a large bunch of errors.

The first detection happened on the sync server, but apparently rather it’s twin brother was causing the issues.

It became pretty quickly obvious that MIM was not able to connect to (one of) it’s databases on the SQL server, so the sync engine was unable to pull information from the MIM service.

Also bizar, we could still work on the MIM sync GUI, but almost any MA action in the GUI failed…

Furthermore the Portal did not respond and finally the “MIM Service” service, didn’t behave as expected, not willing to start.

The event viewer contained the obvious amount of errors…

Finally,  the SQL DBA to the rescue.

I’ve added a lot of significant technical event info into the article, to make it easy to search for you, for later reference.

Read the tech details in: MIM 2016 Troubleshooting: SQL Connection issues