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Microsoft are shaking up their professional certification programmes yet again following the news that they were introducing the ability to sit exams at home using a remote proctor rather than needing to go to an examination center.
Now they have announced that recertifications can be done via ongoing study through the Microsoft Virtual Academy.
This announcement stirred up a hornet’s nest and many felt that this devalued their credentials as it would make it easier for people to cheat their way through recertification. On the Born to Learn site Ken Rosen put some of these questions and concerns to Larry Kaye the Senior Product Manager – Certification that made the announcement.
Ken was won over by Larry’s answers and I have to say that I was too.
Microsoft are really pushing the idea that system administrators that have VMware experience should become bilingual in server virtualisation and get up to speed on Hyper-V too. So following on from the Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start, a year or so ago, comes Free Microsoft Virtualization Training for VMware IT Professionals. December 11th from 9am – 12.30pm PST (5pm – 8.30pm GMT)
Get the edge in your technical career! Attend the online Virtualization IT Camp for VMware IT professionals and expand your virtualization skills. Seasoned experts will demonstrate key scenarios and cover equivalent technologies from Microsoft and VMware. Here’s your chance to upgrade your Microsoft Virtualization skills for FREE.
I consider myself already fairly bilingual as I have a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host at work with a couple of production servers on it now to go with the 108 virtual machines on our VMware infrastructure. I passed the Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization exam a couple of years ago when Microsoft was giving away free exam vouchers for it.
Plus I attended the Server Virtualization w/ Windows Server Hyper-V & System Center Jump Start online last month. Just need now to schedule the 74-409 exam whilst my free exam voucher is still valid. The vouchers can still be obtained here (Limited availability)
Next step will be working towards the MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification by studying for Exam 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure.
TrainSignal have a series of videos in which 60 Day Challenge founder, Michael Bender, explains how he developed this idea starting with the MCSE and how he envisions a community-based training framework.
I discovered the 60 Days to MCSE challenge a little too late to participate along with those who had planned to achieve their goal of passing all the necessary exams for the MCSE: Private Cloud certification.
I’m taking up the challenge but as I already have my MCSA: Windows Server 2008 and MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization certifications I only need to pass the Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 in order to become a MCSE: Private Cloud.
I don’t think that it is too much of a challenge to study for and pass this exam by the middle of August especially with the excellent resources available already from Microsoft.
– Microsoft Virtual Academy
– Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs
– Private Cloud Evaluation Guide (pdf)
– System Center 2012: Monitoring and Operations Tips and Advice (video)
Then after that perhaps the MCSE: Server Infrastructure
I’ll post about my progress and any other useful resources that I find, I’m sure that the videos of the TechEd sessions will soon be made available for example.