I received the following e-mail earlier in the week:
Congratulations on earning your Windows Server® 2008 Core certification! We hope you enjoy the benefits of your certification and of membership in the Microsoft Certified Professional community.
WHAT IS NEXT?
Visit the MCP member site (www.microsoft.com/mcp) to download your new logo, certificate, view and share your transcript, and access additional MCP resources.
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Congratulations once again,
The Microsoft Certification Program Team
I have received several similar e-mails before. After all, this is not my first cert. It is, however, the first time that I have received this e-mail without having so much as scheduled a test. As I mentioned in my recent article Microsoft Renews the Certification Plan I earned the new MCSA: Windows Server 2008 Core credential by virtue of the fact that I was already an MCITP: Server Administrator. More accurately, I earned it because I had already passed the three requisite exams: 70-640, 70-642, and 70-646 which, by no coincidence I am sure, are the three exams required to earn the new cert.
According to the Microsoft Certification Logo Builder site, the MCSA Windows 2008 Server logos will only be available on April 24th, but I expect we can all imagine what that will look like. In the meantime, I do not feel that I have earned this certification, so much as it has been bestowed onto me for past acts