Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Private cloud

Last Wednesday I took the 70-246 (monitoring and operating a Private cloud with System Center 2012) and passed. Today I saw on the MCP website that I could download my certificate and an updated version of my transcript.

So as off now I am officially a charter member of the admins which hold the MCSE Private Cloud certification. I didn’t think that I would be a charter member for this certifcation as so many other admins went before me with the beta exams and passing it (congrats to everyone who passed the exam and earned this status). But here I am. I’m also a charter member for the MCITP Enterprise Administrator so I’m honored to join this group of early adaptors.

Here’s the new logo they created for this.

Because I already passed the following exams I only needed to pass the 70-246 to become MCSE Private cloud.

MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (=Exam 70-640 + Exam 70-642 + Exam 70-643 + Exam 70-647 + Exam 70-680) and as a special bonus everyone who has passed the 70-659 (MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization) exam doesn’t have to take  70-247 (Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012)

MCSA/MCSE in a new version

Today (April 11th 2012) Microsoft has released a new and improved version of the old MCSA/MCSE certification.

I hear you thinking. Oh no, not again….

Well, MCSA and MCSE are NEW acronyms for Microsoft Certified (so far the same) Solutions Associate !!!! and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

In stead of being associated with the OS certification this is now a sign of cloud skills.

MCSA is an entry level certification program for professionals who are looking for their first job in IT. So if you are a guru in the Microsoft field and have loads of certs, skip this status and go straight through to the MCSE version.

MCSE is the Expert level of the cloud certification. If you have years of experience and done lots of troubleshooting and maintaining servers with System Center and other MS products then you’d go for this.

Certification tracks: Continue reading “MCSA/MCSE in a new version”

Citrix CCEE certification track

Citrix has released an update for the CCEE vertification track. Here’s their statement about the update and the requirements to keep certified.

For the thousands of you who possess or are working toward the elite Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer certification, you may be wondering how the recently announced updated track affects you. Well, you’re in luck – we are here to give you exactly those answers and guide you on the right path to ensure you stay up-to-date with your hard-earned CCEE designation.

If you have a legacy CCEA or CCIA for XenApp (Presentation Server 4) and want to update to the CCEE, you need to know that your certification will expire on July 31, 2012. The good news is that you are eligible to use the shortened update path to update your certification by that date. That gives you five months to prepare for and take just one exam to stay current. By doing this, you will not only have a current CCEE for a period of three years, but you’ll also be eligible to earn the latest Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA) for Virtualization – the highest level of Citrix certification – by passing just one additional exam. Continue reading “Citrix CCEE certification track”

MCITP overview

Hi guys,

Here’s an overview of all the MCITP tracks available at this time. Continue reading “MCITP overview”

beta exam 70-162 TS: ForeFront Protection for Endpoints and Applications, Configuring

Hi guys,

Just got the  email for registering for the beta exam 71-162 TS: Protection for Endpoints and Applications, Configuring.

Read here below the skills measured. When I have additional study material i’ll post it.

Continue reading “beta exam 70-162 TS: ForeFront Protection for Endpoints and Applications, Configuring”

Retiring SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006 exams

Mainstream product support ends for both SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 (.NET 2.0) on April 15, 2011. Mainstream product support for BizTalk Server 2006 and BizTalk Server 2006 R2 end on July 12, 2011. We will be retiring the SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006 exams shown below on June 30, 2011. In other words, you won’t be able to take these exams after June 30th.  Continue reading “Retiring SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006 exams”