passed 70-403 exam

Just received this email saying that i officially passed the 70-403 exam. YES!!!!

Congratulations on earning your Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuration certification! We hope you enjoy the benefits of your certification and of membership in the Microsoft Certified Professional community.

Now on to the 70-400 exam.


SharePoint 2010 certification paths

Future SharePoint 2010 Certifications
(Disclaimer: this information is not confirmed or posted anywhere that I have seen.  Its based upon printed marketing material, and the 2010 certification release of other server platforms.)

With the release of SharePoint 2010 this year, there will also be a release of new certifications.  The best part however, is that there will be the release of additional certifications that will fill the gap of that middle-ground.

MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring

Developer, SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development

MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional

SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-668: PRO: SharePoint 2010, Administrator

MCPD– Microsoft Certified Professional Developer

Developer, SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications

MCM – Microsoft Certified Master

IT Pro / Dev
Microsoft Certified Master: SharePoint Server 2010

Although I’m not graphically showing a road map here, as you may be able to interpret these are in order of a career path, so MCTS would come before MCITP / MCPD and those would come before MCM.  There are also plans for a MCA (Microsoft Certified Architect) that have not been released.  Essentially that’s the cream of the crop.

Now that I think about it, the Microsoft Certification path follows almost a Higher Education academic degree system, and probably not by mistake.

MCTS = Associate’s Degree

MCITP/MCPD = Bachelor’s Degree

MCM = Master’s Degree

MCA = Doctoral Degree

I’m pretty pumped about the new certs coming out.  I have been studying for MCITP – Enterprise Administrator, and look forward to studying for MCITP – SharePoint Server 2010.  If you don’t have any certifications associated with your name, it will be a great year to get started.  🙂

Additional Information

free ebook for 71-669 exam

Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

9780735693821f Here it is! Mitch Tulloch has updated his free ebook of last year; it’s now updated for Windows Server 2008 R2. You can now download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, From the Desktop to the Datacenter in XPS format here and in PDF format here.

Six chapters adding up to 466 pages.

Here are Mitch’s acknowledgments:

This book would not have been possible without the support and assistance of numerous
individuals. First, I would like to especially thank Michael Cooper, Senior Product Manager
and Field Technical Community Lead for System Center and Virtualization Business Group;
Aurora Santiago, Product Manager for System Center and Virtualization Technical Readiness;
and Kenon Owens, Technical Product Marketing Manager for Integrated Virtualization, all
of whom helped drive this project forward and provided liaison with other members of the
virtualization team at Microsoft. Next, my sincere thanks to each of following experts at
Microsoft who provided key technical insights, peer-reviewed chapter content, contributed
Direct from the Source sidebars, and assisted me in many other ways with this project:

Aaron Holzer, Alex Balcanquall, Arun Jayendran, Balagopan Nikhil, Chuck Timon, Fei Lu, Isaac
Roybal, Karri Alexio-Tiernan, Max Herrmann, Megan Kidd, Mohit Srivastava, Peter Ballantyne,
Prashant Ketkar, Ran Kohavi, Ran Oelgiesser, Rick Kingslan, Vipul Shah and Wole Moses

Thanks also to Brett Polen of Xtreme Consulting Group, Rex Backman of Simplicity
Consulting, and Nicole Pargoff of iSoftStone who assisted me with certain topics covered in
this book. Special thanks to Bill Noonan, Mark Kitris, and the CTS Global Technical Readiness
(GTR) team at Microsoft for contributing their expertise to this project.

I’d also like to thank again others at Microsoft together with several Microsoft Most Valuable
Professionals (MVPs) who contributed their expertise to the previous edition of this book,

Anshul Rawat, Baldwin Ng, David Greschler, Edwin Yuen, Falko Gräfe, James O’Neill, Jason
Leznek, Jeff Woolsey, Kalle Saunamäki Kyle Beck, Michelle Foley, Ming Zhu, Peter Larsen,
Sean Donahue and Tim Mangan

Next, special thanks Devon Musgrave, the development editor for this project, and Valerie
Woolley, the project editor for this project, both of whom work at Microsoft Press. I’ve
enjoyed working with them on this book and hope to do so again on another one in the near

Thanks also to Steve Sagman of Waypoint Press who managed the editing and
production for this book, to Bob Hogan the technical editor for this project, and to the
ever-insightful Roger LeBlanc who copy edited the manuscript. Thanks also to Ken Jones who
was project planner for this title.

As always, heartfelt thanks to my friend and agent, Neil Salkind of the Salkind Agency, which
is part of Studio B Productions, Inc.

And last but never least, thanks to my wife, Ingrid, for her encouragement and support
during this project.

—Mitch Tulloch