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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Online proctored certification exam tips

This blog post will cover some of the challenges and solutions for giving online proctored certification exam using www.webassessor.com/salesforce.

** Web Cam **

Well if you have two computers then you do not need to buy an external webcam. 
(either mac or PC, you need only one computer with webcam) 

Let's name each computer for simplifying the instructions.

Computer A (you will be giving exam on this computer via VNC) 
Computer B (with webcam, where you would be starting the exam in a browser).

1. Let's setup screen sharing between computer A and B first.

if you are on mac enable screen sharing using steps mentioned in the another post here.
or you can use TeamViewer of any other software to accomplish screen sharing.

2. Setup Computer B (VNC server) for Onine exam
important note: if Mac do not allow you to install the webassessor software saying
 it's not signed or from a known developer then follow these steps: 


3. Go to Safari browser on Computer B
3.1 Login into Webassessor
3.2 Click launch
Tip: Safari may just download a file called getKstInfo.do
to launch the setup: open this file in textedit or notepad and 
copy paste the URL from the file (highlighted in green) into browser's address bar.

<kst>
<kssh_server>https://www.webassessor.com</kssh_server>
<init_cnf>cnf_default</init_cnf>
<init_ctl>ctlp_default</init_ctl>
<init_content>
https://www.webassessor.com/ssh.do?id=1698502&userId=2654DB17AF9103236EA18E3ED7AA1641CFE7DBEA3775B87&password=BFXXXX63845AFB4D9D90DD9EFCCD01234A331871F2&key=900EDBE5D345FGH54FC013CCBA5D5506ABD3C34EFC321GB
</init_content>
</kst>


4. follow on-screen steps to complete and enable webcam and audio in adobe.
tip: make sure to place your laptops in following way (webcam = computer B). 
your face and computer A (keyboard and screen) should be visible.




5. read the other instructions mentioned by kryterian (webassessor) carefully. 
http://www.kryteriononline.com/online_exams/indexmac.asp
Exam is paused if you violate any of these instructions :)

All the best !! if you have questions , feel free to add to the comments below.







How to enable screen sharing in Mac


Computer B: VNC Server

Computer A: Client


1. Setup Computer B:
1.1 Go to system preferences


1.2. Open sharing
 1.3. Click on computer settings and set VNC password

that's it you have setup VNC server (Computer B)


2. Setup Computer A (VNC client)

2.1 Install VNC Viewer
For this you need VNC viewer on the computer A, install VNC viewer on computer A.
you can download VNC Viewer here: RealVNC - Download VNC® Viewer

2.2 Start VNC viewer and connect using IP address you see it in step 1.2

that's it now you are connected to Computer B from Computer A via VNC.






Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Salesforce.com calendar of important releases and events

There are so many dates announced by Salesforce.com for various releases, sandbox previews, maintenance windows, tours and events. Wouldn't it best if there is a community calendar which is updated by few trusted Salesforce.com community members. So this is an attempt to establish such a calendar and community process. send a message @cloudgofer on twitter if you would like to join. Feedback welcome !!



Calendar Addresses:
XML  ICAL  HTML 

Calendar ID:
cloudgofer.com_rnlhiom2gu6rjl891k75nie7m0@group.calendar.google.com

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How to automate migration of distribution lists to google apps groups

One of the weak areas google apps has is the import of groups (aka distribution lists). There is no easy way to automate creation of groups in google apps.

Here are the steps to automate migration of groups (distribution lists) to google apps groups.

Step 1: Create a csv file of distribution list name and email ids in following format
name it: migrate.csv
distro1:emailid1, emailid2,emailid3
distro2:emailid4, emailid5,emailid6
distro3:emailid1, emailid3,emailid5

Step 2: Generate automation script file
use following awk script to generate automation script
create an awk script file , name it : gen.awk
copy following code into it.

# begining of the file

BEGIN {
    FS=":"
}
{ print "URL GOTO=https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/<domain name>/CreateGroup"
  print "TAG POS=1 TYPE=A ATTR=ID:createGroup"
  print "TAG POS=1 TYPE=INPUT:TEXT FORM=NAME:c ATTR=ID:gn CONTENT="$1
  print "TAG POS=1 TYPE=INPUT:TEXT FORM=NAME:c ATTR=ID:ge CONTENT="$1
  print "TAG POS=1 TYPE=TEXTAREA FORM=NAME:c ATTR=ID:gd CONTENT="$1
  print "TAG POS=1 TYPE=INPUT:CHECKBOX FORM=NAME:c ATTR=ID:group-preset-team-internet CONTENT=YES"
  print "TAG POS=1 TYPE=INPUT:SUBMIT FORM=ID:create ATTR=ID:createbtn"
  print "TAG POS=1 TYPE=TEXTAREA FORM=ACTION:Group ATTR=ID:add-members-textarea CONTENT="$2
  print "TAG POS=1 TYPE=SELECT FORM=ACTION:Group ATTR=ID:addMembersRole CONTENT=%MEMBER"
  print "TAG POS=1 TYPE=INPUT:SUBMIT FORM=ID:addmember ATTR=ID:add-members-add-button" }


# end of the file

run following command on a unix prompt
awk -f gen.awk migrate.csv

Step 3: Install iMacros for Firefox
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3863/

Step 4: Run iMacro
 
rename an existing macro or create a new one using record and save action in "rec" tab
click Edit macro (right click on macro name) , paste the text generated in step 2, close & save
click on Play (in play tab) to run the automated script to generate groups.

that's it !! you are done.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Salesforce.com Developer Certification (DEV401) Exam



Exam Objectives: Salesforce.com Certified Developer–Winter ‘11 Release Exam



· Describe the functionality of the Adobe FlashBuilder for Force.com IDE and Flex Framework for Force.com.
·  Describe the features, use cases, and considerations of Chatter analytics.
·  Describe the capabilities and considerations of the report builder.
·  Describe the use cases for the drill-to-detail dashboard components.
·  Describe the use cases for the selectable running user feature.
·  Describe the capabilities of the Improved System Log console.
·  Describe the capabilities of the new Visualforce Chatter components.

Winter ‘11 Release Notes:


Read Online:  Winter 11 Release notes (scribd)
Download: salesforce_winter11_release_notes.pdf

Practice Exam:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Making a career in Salesforce.com as a consultant

Salesforce.com has three distinct product areas
  • Sales cloud
  • Service cloud
  • Custom cloud (force.com platform)

In my opinion Sales and Service cloud areas do not require much development skills, custom cloud does require coding skills in Apex and Visualforce.

Certification path:

The path to certification for a certified consultant is explained here : http://www.salesforce.com/services-training/training_certification/certification/

for certified consultant (CON201) , you need to pass certified administrator exam (ADM201)

there is a study guide on the website for each of these. you can start reading more about everything online as well as you can request basic book around Sales cloud
by going to this link : https://www.salesforce.com/form/trial/freetrial-bookoffer.jsp?d=70130000000Cs47

for projects / freelancing:

http://www.odesk.com/jobs/salesforce.com

for applying for job at salesforce.com partners , goto: http://sites.force.com/appexchange/results?type=Services
and sort by "certification" to sort by size of the organization. Use LinkedIn to see who is working there and apply through them.

Search for blogs and help resource at www.cloudgofer.com , also there are some books which can help.

Development with the Force.com Platform: Building Business Applications in the Cloud by Jason Ouellette

Hope this helps, feel free add your suggestion and/or questions in the comments area below.