Overview of the new Microsoft certification tracks

Microsoft has released a nice overview of the new certification tracks and which exams to take to achieve this certification status.

They have described 5 major tracks on which you can certify yourself.

  • The Business track: Microsoft Office Specialist certification demonstrates that an individual is proficient in the Microsoft Office suite and has the most up-to-date skills. Becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist helps increase everyday productivity while providing the tools to succeed in a technology-driven world. Continue reading “Overview of the new Microsoft certification tracks”

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 certification received

Today I was surprised by an email from MS Learning that I had achieved the MCSA status for Windows 7. Here’s a screenshot of the mail I received. I was not the only one because on twitter it was buzzing with the same kind of messages that people received this email.

When I checked the MS Learning website it stated that I am MCSA Windows 7 and  Server 2008 since April 14th of this year. Oh well, better late then never with the notifications .

I’ve dedicated another post to the different MCSA and MCSE certification tracks. But in short this is how you achieve the MCSA Server 2008 and Windows 7 status:

  • MCITP Server Administrator = MCSA Server 2008
  • MCITP Desktop Administrator = MCSA Windows 7

1Y0-A20 exam prep material

For my 1Y0-A20 XenApp 6.5 administration exam I’ve used a lot of knowledge base articles and other resources besides the self paced online course (courtesy of my employer).

This is a great document which shows all ports used by all Citrix products. Not only useful for an exam but also for troubleshooting purposes.

Go through the free XenApp 6.5 overview training from Citrix Education and read the 1Y0-A20 Preparation Guide from Citrix.

Here are the most useful kb articles and other free online resources I used to prepare for this exam. Continue reading “1Y0-A20 exam prep material”

Citrix CCEE track

After my Microsoft certification track (Multiple MCITP certs) I’ve now set my aims to the Citrix CCEE track. CCEE is short for Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer. This is the next step after you receive the CCA and CCAA status. You can hold multiple CCA certifications for the different Citrix products. I have set no timeline for myself to get this status but I will do everything to get this done in a reasonable time frame.

I will try and collect as much as information possible to prep for the different exams and post this here. If anyone has some good tips and information which they are willing to share please leave a message on this post.

For everyone who doesn’t know what exams to pass I’ve taken a grab of the official Citrix education site with the information on this certification track. Continue reading “Citrix CCEE track”

New technical master class – XenServer 101

Join Lee Bushen & Steve Benton for our latest XenServer 101 Master Class. Go back to basics as well as find out what’s new and what’s coming up soon.
This webinar event provides you the opportunity to learn about the features of XenServer, discover why so many people are upgrading to the premium editions & put your questions to the Xen Masters. Also, don’t miss this opportunity to have your say and “Demand a demo” on Master Class Extra (our bonus section after the main webinar)


– XenServer architecture overview

– What do you get completely for free?

– Why upgrade to a premium edition?

– New features hitting the streets soon.

– Bonus section: Master Class Extra

– Have your say, demand a demo, ask your questions, hear our special guest speakers & win our competition.

Register for this great master class here.

MCP Wallet cards

Hi guys,

Just received the MCP Flash and it had a little article which stated that the wallet cards will be available as of October this year. Here is the article:

“Many of you have been eagerly awaiting the new launch date of the Microsoft Certified Professional Wallet Cards—and the wait is now over.  You will have the opportunity to order your new card starting mid-October.  The October MCP newsletter will have detailed instructions on how to order your card, so stay tuned!” Continue reading “MCP Wallet cards”

Overview retirement of MS Exams

First and foremost a reminder that exams 271 and 272 will be retiring at the end of the month and these exams award the Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification. If you are in progress to achieve this certification, you must take and pass both exams before June 30, 2011.

The following is a list of exams that will be retired over the next year: Continue reading “Overview retirement of MS Exams”