Prices for MS Certifications Exams Will Increase!Prijzen van MS Certificeringsexamens gaan stijgen!

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Important : Microsoft is rising the prices of the Certifications Exams!

Effective July 1, 2011, the retail price of Microsoft Certifications will increase worldwide.* This change reflects the significant value that our certifications provide to our customers and our continual investment in new and enhanced Microsoft Certifications and other program improvements.

Microsoft recognizes the increased pressures on students and academic institutions during these challenging economic times. Although some of the prices for Microsoft Certification exams for students and academic institutions will increase, the discount will remain significant. Microsoft is dedicated to helping students become more employable for entry jobs in the IT industry. IT Academy members, high school, college, or university students enrolled in a degree or diploma program will continue to receive a discount off the retail price of select Microsoft Certification exams.

Note Microsoft Learning does not anticipate that this price increase will impact Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exams.

*Price change will be effective in India on August 1, 2011.

For more information and the Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the MS Learning FAQ.

Source : Microsoft Learning Websitems_exam_prices

Belangrijk : Microsoft verhoogt de prijzen van Certificeringsexamens!

Effective July 1, 2011, the retail price of Microsoft Certifications will increase worldwide.* This change reflects the significant value that our certifications provide to our customers and our continual investment in new and enhanced Microsoft Certifications and other program improvements.

Microsoft recognizes the increased pressures on students and academic institutions during these challenging economic times. Although some of the prices for Microsoft Certification exams for students and academic institutions will increase, the discount will remain significant. Microsoft is dedicated to helping students become more employable for entry jobs in the IT industry. IT Academy members, high school, college, or university students enrolled in a degree or diploma program will continue to receive a discount off the retail price of select Microsoft Certification exams.

Note Microsoft Learning does not anticipate that this price increase will impact Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exams.

*Price change will be effective in India on August 1, 2011.

Bezoek voor meer informatie en de Frequently  Frequently Asked Questions de MS Learning FAQ.

Bron : Microsoft Learning Website

How-To : Register for the 70-113 (New Performance Based Testing Pilot Exam)

Today I had an e-mail conversation with Jim Clark (Product Planner / Certification / MS Learning) about the pilot of the 70-113 : TS : Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring (the new type of Microsoft exam). He told me that the exam isn’t available in all countries, but there will be another pilot in a few weeks.

If the exam is available in your country and you want to register for the exam, but didn’t receive the invitation e-mail? Just leave a comment with your e-mail (or e-mail me at helmer@hznet.nl) and I’ll forward you the information!

Click Read More for more information about the new exam types.

What about the new exams?
Microsoft Learning is testing a new Performance Based testing system that will be integrated into the existing certification programs in order to better evaluate and validate candidates’ skills using Microsoft products and technologies.

The Performance Based testing method we are piloting is an exam which emulates a Windows Server 2008 infrastructure. In this infrastructure you will be tasked with completing a series of tasks. Once complete, the system will evaluate each tasks end-state to determine if the tasks have been completed and correctly implemented. This process is different from simulations because you will have every tool and path available that you would normally have in a real world scenario. Simulations restrict you to a small number of expected paths, whereas emulations allow for any path, as long as the end result is correct.

This pilot exam will not provide you with a score as with normal beta exams. This pilot is a test of the exam experience, delivery system and infrastructure, so only a portion of the final exam will be presented to you during this pilot. This pilot exam will not be added to your transcript and you will need to take the exam in its released form in order to be awarded the credential.
By participating in this pilot exam, you have the unique opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about your exam experience, and exam content, which is vital to the future development of Performance Based exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals as we continually improve and expand our certification program and testing technologies to grow the value of Microsoft certifications.

Important Update : Performance Based Testing Pilot Exam (70-113)

Last week I told you guys about the new Performance Based Testing Pilot Exam for which I received an invitation. Because I was not able to schedule an exam (because I live in the Netherlands) I e-mailed Jim Clark, who initially e-mailed the invitation, asking him when (and if) the exam will become available in Europe. As you can read in the comments of the former post the exam isn’t available in Great Britain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands (at least!).

It’s available….
Today I received an answer in which Jim told me that there has been a issue with the Prometric scheduling system (that now has been corrected). So if the exam wasn’t available to you last week, you should check again because it’s available NOW (at least) in the Netherlands.

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…but you can’t schedule an exam
That is : It’s shows up in the exam list, but in the Netherlands there are no testing centers (yet) where you can take the exam. Jim told me that new testings centers will be added every day, so if you want to attend the exam just check the Prometric website the next couple of days

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Another chance in a few weeks
If you’re not able to attend the exam in this pilot period (runs till July 9th), there will be another chance in a few weeks when Microsoft will run the final test phase. Prometric is adding 1000 test centers worldwide that will support this testing format moving into the next phase.

More about Microsoft Certified Master

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A few weeks ago I posted about the Microsoft Certified Master program which will start early next year. Today Trika (or should I say Per?) came with some more info about the program. The most interesting of that pots is the announcement of a Live Meeting about the Microsoft Certified Master program. So if you want to know more about it, you can join the meeting and ask your questions there :

Offcourse I can give you some more (short) info, but you better can read the whole story at Trika’s blog, because there’s a lot of it :

The programs are appropriate for those individuals who are highly experienced and highly specialized on one particular product and spend the majority of their time designing, building and troubleshooting solutions built on that product.

  • The programs provide the deepest technical training available via top subject matter experts, and will validate individuals via rigorous ‘written’ and lab based exams.
  • The programs consist of 3 weeks of mandatory training, 3 computer based tests, and one lab based exam.

By the way, we are coming to market with the following ‘flavors’, i.e. tracks:

  • Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2007
  • Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft Certified Master: Windows Server 2008 – Directory

And will shortly thereafter add:

  • Microsoft Certified Master: Office Communications Server 2007
  • Microsoft Certified Master: SharePoint Server 2007

Live Meeting – CSI : Redmond – Catching the Cheaters

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Next week Microsoft wil organize another nice Live Meeting session! This time it’s about Exam Forensics and what Microsoft is doing to catch the cheaters.

“Certification fraud is big business and a serious threat to the value of Microsoft certification exams. Cheaters, braindumps, and sometimes even the actions of your well-intentioned peers can damage the reputation of your hard-earned Microsoft credential. Come to this session to learn what Microsoft is doing to protect your certifications from braindump providers, proxy test-takers, and score-report fakers. You’ll hear how technical innovations in the exams themselves, our piracy teams, and YOU are helping to reduce cheating in the world of Microsoft certification.”

Trika announced on her blog that there will be two sessions (so everybody can join one of them) :

Become a Microsoft Certified Master

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Thanks go to Kay for pointing me to this new information.

Today Microsoft has launched a new Certification Series named Microsoft Certified Master.

Introducing Master certifications
The new Microsoft Certified Master series offers advanced technical training and certifications on Microsoft technologies that go beyond any product training offered outside of Microsoft today. IT professionals who successfully complete the program and certification testing validate their skills as product experts who successfully design and implement solutions that meet the most complex business requirements.

Exclusive advanced training
The strength of Microsoft Master training begins with an experience-based curriculum that is built upon a foundation of 300-level and 400-level classroom training and labs. The curriculum is presented by instructors who are practiced experts in their discipline and who draw upon their real-world experience to ensure that students learn skills that apply in the workplace.

Certification
Master certification enables senior IT professionals to demonstrate and validate their technical expertise on Microsoft server products and authoritatively differentiate themselves to prospective employers and customers. Master certification is a primary prerequisite for all technical Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications.

Microsoft offers three Master-level technical certifications, all of which deepen and broaden the technical skills of experienced IT professionals :

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Who should apply?
Qualified program candidates are highly skilled technical experts in their discipline with several years of experience designing, deploying, and managing solutions by using Microsoft technology. To be eligible for Master certification, the candidate must be a current Microsoft Certified Professional (with a Microsoft Certification ID) or an eligible Microsoft employee. Specific technology requirements vary by platform.

To achieve Master certification, candidates must fulfill the following training requirements:

  • Attendance of required sessions
  • Successful completion of all in-class (written and lab) exams
  • Successful completion of qualification lab exam
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    Registeration is scheduled to start in July 2008, so sit tight. When more information is available it will be posted on the Microsoft website, so check back often for the latest updates.

    Source : Microsoft Certified Master website

    MCP : Voucher Replacement ends July 31, 2008

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    Attention :

    If you have an exam voucher from Pearson VUE, you have until July 31, 2008, to obtain a replacement voucher from Prometric, our authorized partner for administering all Microsoft Certification exams. To obtain a replacement voucher that you can use with Prometric, contact mslvouch@microsoft.com. Please note that vouchers will not be replaced after July 31.

    Free Course to prepare for the 71-652 : TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

    Last Monday I blogged a few posts about the Beta Windows Server Virtualization exam you can attend (for the next few weeks). Today I found a few more interesting links on TechExams.net which allow you to follow the Course 6536 : Implementing Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2008 for free.

    What do you need to do to get the course for free? Just follow the instructions at this Microsoft webpage.

    So when you registered for free for the 71-652 beta exam, why don’t you also follow the course for the same amount of money :-).

    Stuff to know to prepare for the 71-652 : TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

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    What do you need to know to pass the beta exam ( I blogged about just a minute ago : MCTS Windows Server Virtualization Is Available In Beta (71-652)) (you can also follow this course for free. Check out this post for more info) :

    Skills measured by Exam 70-652

    Install Hyper-V (14%)

    Select and configure hardware to meet Hyper-V prerequisites. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · Evaluate existing environment
    • · Disk/LUN (logical unit number)
    • · Memory requirements
    • · Right CPU/BIOS
    • · Networking/NIC

    Configure Windows Server 2008 for Hyper-V. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · Identify requirements
    • · Deploy Hyper-V w/VMM
    • · Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool
    • · Install on Full
    • · Install on Core

    Configure Hyper-V to be highly available. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · Failover clustering
    • · Disk structure (RAID, quorum, shared storage)
    • · Network

    Configure and Optimize Hyper-V (20%)

    Manage and optimize Hyper-V server. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · VHD (virtual hard disk) location
    • · Snapshot location
    • · SCVMM vNext
    • · Authorization Manager
    • · Release Key
    • · Performance monitoring of 2k8

    Configure virtual networking. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · Virtual Network Manager tool
    • · SCVMM
    • · Virtual switches
    • · VLAN tagging
    • · External/Private/Internal switches

    Configure remote administration. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · Install Hyper-V manager (Windows 2008 & Vista)
    • · WMI
    • · WinRM
    • · Firewall settings
    • · RDP

    Deploy Virtual Machines (30%)

    Migrate a computer to Hyper-V. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · From VS 2005
    • · From third-party (Acronis)
    • · From VPC (virtual PC)
    • · From Hyper-V (import/export)
    • · Intel to AMD virtual machine state
    • · By using SCVMM vNext (P2V and V2V)
    • · Integration Services/VM additions
    • · Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool

    Create or clone a virtual machine. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · Prepare guest OS for duplication (sysprep)
    • · Differencing disks
    • · Copying VHD
    • · SCVMM vNext
    • · PXE Boot (legacy network adapter)
    • · Manage the Self Service portal
    • · WDS

    Create a virtual disk. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · Pass-through disks
    • · Fixed vs. dynamic
    • · Differencing disks
    • · IDE vs SCSI
    • · Virtual Hard Disk Wizard

    Manage templates, profiles, and the image library by using SCVMM vNext. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · ISOs
    • · VHDs
    • · Deployment from library

    Manage and Monitor Virtual Machines (36%)

    Monitor and optimize virtual machines.This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · Tool: Reliability and performance monitor
    • · Tool: SCVMM vNext
    • · Processor
    • · Optimize memory
    • · Network
    • · Disks

    Manage virtual machine settings. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · DVD/ISO
    • · NIC
    • · Integration Services
    • · State of virtual machines
    • · Hypercall adapter availability requirements
    • · Reboot/start options
    • · BIOS
    • · Memory
    • · Proc. (NT 4.0)

    Manage snapshots and backups. This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · Live backups of a VM using VSS (DPM)
    • · Backup within a virtual machine
    • · Snapshots

    Configure a virtual machine for high availability.  This objective may include but is not limited to:

    • · Quick migration
    • · Storage redundancy
    • · Perform a manual failover
    • · Live migration if available
    • · Networking redundancy