Replay: Not quite a Second Shot, rather like buying Exam Insurance.

Microsoft certifications are worth the money... but there is certainly money involved.  You are paying USD$165.00 to sit an exam, whether you pass or fail. Some time ago, Microsoft started offering Second Shot vouchers.  As long as you pre-registered for it, you would get the chance to re-sit an exam in the event that you did … Continue reading Replay: Not quite a Second Shot, rather like buying Exam Insurance.

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Are you a Microsoft Certified Professional?

As we celebrate twenty years of Microsoft Learning, it is amazing to see some of the changes that the certification program has gone through.  I remember the first day I was ever able to call myself a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).  It was March 31, 2003, and I was ecstatic! When Microsoft Learning unveiled the … Continue reading Are you a Microsoft Certified Professional?

MCITP: Server Boot Camp, Virginia Beach

It was REALLY last minute… on Friday I got a mass e-mail from a training provider scrambling to replace a trainer who had cancelled at the last minute.  By some miracle of scheduling I was available; after a few hours of back and forth e-mails I booked my flight for Sunday to be at the … Continue reading MCITP: Server Boot Camp, Virginia Beach

Certifications Alone Do Not Make the Pro

An interesting post appeared in a newsgroup that I monitor today. A desktop support technician in the United Kingdom lamented a colleague who had attended a two week MCSE boot camp and indeed earned that certification. Unfortunately he later encountered a number of simple issues that he could not resolve, including one with regard to … Continue reading Certifications Alone Do Not Make the Pro

Choose Your First Certification Exam Wisely

As I peruse the articles that I have written over the past ten years I occasionally come across one that is interesting or relevant today.  I wrote this article when I was working with CertGuard, and it was published in November, 2006.  If you are an IT Pro starting down the path to certifications, this … Continue reading Choose Your First Certification Exam Wisely

A Brief Comparison of Features Between VMware and Hyper-V (Guest Blogger)

A few months ago Chris Childerhose, a consultant and MCITP with a local Microsoft Partner, impressed me when the afternoon of Day 5 of my class on Windows Server Virtualization (10215A) he sat the exam 70-659 and scored a perfect 1000.  He has since gone on to pass the remaining exams to earn the certification … Continue reading A Brief Comparison of Features Between VMware and Hyper-V (Guest Blogger)

The Wonder that is TechEd

The quiet of the Exhibitor Hall is disturbed by the sounds of preparation.  To my left there is a crew frantically working to fix something with a carpet.  There is some hammering, more yammering, and the sounds of carpet tape being unfurled. To my right there are two security agents talking, but they are too … Continue reading The Wonder that is TechEd

Microsoft Certification Exams Going Up.

It has been ten years since I took my first Microsoft certification exam.  At the time it cost $100 (USD) for the privilege.  Shortly thereafter (I suspect sometime within 2001) that cost increased to $125 (USD) per exam, which is where it is today. Recently Microsoft Learning announced that on July 1st (August 1st in … Continue reading Microsoft Certification Exams Going Up.