Microsoft Certification Renamed….again?

The last time Microsoft has changed the names of their certifications paths has been quite some time ago, but the MCITP and MCTS weren’t Cloudy enough. This is the reason Microsoft has announced some new certification paths : MCSA, MCSE and MCSM.

I see some of the more ‘senior’ IT Pro’s think….we already have those! That’s right…..back in the old days we could certify as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer! Where do the new abbreviations stand for?

At the moment the following ‘new’ certifications are available :

MCSA

MCSE

MCSM

The MCSM certification will be available for the next versions of Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, Active Directory, and SQL Server. The first two MCSM certifications will be for SQL Server 2012 tracks.

Compare the old and the new certifications…

 

MCTS Win2k8 R2, Desktop Virtualization Results

Just received an e-mail from Microsoft Learning today. I passed the MCTS Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Client Virtualization exam! Strange, normally you have to check the Prometric website to see if you have passed a Microsoft exam. Probably the system is working a lot smoother then with the last exams, let’s hope it stays this way with all the upcoming exams!

Prepare yourself for the 71-659 Exam

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Earlier today I blogged about the availability of the new Windows Server 2008 Server Virtualization beta exam. You probably want to prepare yourself for this beta exam, but (as always with a beta exam) you can’t find all the info you need. That’s normal! The preparation material for a beta exam is always limited….but there is some info available. To make it easy for you, I’ll collected some resources and I placed them below!

  1. Exam Preparation Guide
  2. A Free 2 Hour Windows Server 2008 R2 Training
  3. Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview
  4. Download a Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation Version
  5. Windows Server 2008 R2 Product Documentation
  6. Windows Server 2008 R2 Homepage

If you happen to run into some more resources, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list!

MCP: The 71-659 is available…be quick, seats are limited!

At 12:00am (EST) the 71-659 became available for registration. As I blogged before there will be a very limited number of seats!

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I’ve been able to register for the exam…..I’m curious how long it will take this time to fill up all the seats! Will Microsoft extend the number of seats again like they did before, they said they won’t…..

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To be clear : I won’t give you the promotional code to register for the exam. It will be announced later this week on the MS Learn Blog!

Exam : 71-659 : TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

Just received an e-mail from Microsoft inviting me for the 71-659 : TS: Window Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization. So if you have an up to date SME Profile with the right expertise mentioned, you probably received the same e-mail:

Register for Beta Exam 71-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

You are invited to take beta exam 71-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization. You were specifically chosen to participate in this beta because of your Microsoft Learning SME Profile or previous participation with Microsoft Learning. This opportunity will also be offered to the general public. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form.

By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.

71-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

· MCITP: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator


Availability

Registration begins: December 1, 2009

Beta exam period runs: December 4, 2009– December 31, 2009

Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta. We recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

 

For everybody who hasn’t got a SME Profile already, just go and read here how to create your own SME Profile. Somewhere next week the information on how to register for the beta exam will be posted on the MS Learn blog….this will include the promotional code to register for the exam for free!

UPDATE : 071-680 – TS : Windows 7, Configuring is available!

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Prepare for the 71-680 the right way, check out my new blogpost!

Yeah….the Windows 7, Configuring is available (again!). At first the registration was available for just a couple of hours. When I tried to register for the exam I received the error below, but right now (17:50 CET) you can register for the exam again!

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Just check this post for more info how you can attend it for free!!

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And finally…the promotion code is working (again)!! Thanks Prometric and Microsoft for the fix!

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MCP : Register for 71-680 – TS Windows 7, Configuring

Thnx Kay for the info!

I’m still waiting for info about a upcoming Windows 7 MCITP exam, but for now you can register (in just two weeks) for the first MCTS Windows 7 exam! Just register and use the following promo code : WIN7J

Registration begins: April 27, 2009

You are invited to take beta exam 71-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of MCP exams, when the exam is released in its final form the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.
By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.

71-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

· MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration


Availability

Registration begins: April 27, 2009

Beta exam period runs: May 5, 2009– May 18, 2009

Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately! Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.

Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions). All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.

Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China


Registration Information

You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.
Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: WIN7J
Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately.

To register, just visit Prometric.com


Test Information and Support

You are invited to take this beta exam at no charge.
You will be given four hours to complete the beta exam. Please plan accordingly.

NEW: 2nd Performance based testing pilot (70-113)

Yesterday I received an e-mail Radomir about my earlier posts (Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3) about this subject. At that time I didn’t know that Trika would blog about the new pilot period just a few hours later.

Just to be sure you know :

  • It’s a pilot exam, not a beta. So you won’t get a score by taking this exam and it will not show up on your transcript.
  • Not all Prometric centers offer the exam, so I’m not sure if it’s available in your region.

You should be familiar with Active Directory, that’s the subject matter.

Here’s the invitation (as it’s posted on Trika’s blog

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Register for New Performance Based Testing Pilot Exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

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.

Upon completion of this pilot exam, the first 3000 candidates will receive a free exam voucher that can be used to register for any Microsoft Certification exam delivered at a Prometric testing center.  The voucher will be distributed electronically 4 weeks after the end of the Pilot.  If you have not received your voucher within this timeframe, then unfortunately, you were not part of the first 3000 candidates.


Availability

  • Registration begins: July 29, 2008
  • Pilot exam period runs: July 31, 2008– September 12, 2008
  • In order to facilitate exam availability in as many testing centers as possible for this pilot, registrations must be made 7 days in advance.
  • Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in this pilot; we recommend that you register immediately. This pilot will have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all pilot slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.
  • Testing is held at Prometric testing centers.

Registration Information

  • You must register at least 7 days prior to taking the exam.
  • Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: H640
  • Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the pilot; we recommend that you register immediately.
  • To register for this pilot: Go to the Prometric Website: http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp
  • Find Microsoft exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • Use Promo Code H640
  • if you have any issues registering or taking this pilot exam please email Performance Based Exams (pbexam@microsoft.com).


Test Information and Support

  • You are invited to take this pilot exam at no charge.
  • You will be given four hours to complete the pilot exam. Please plan accordingly.
  • Though not all of the exam will be presented to the pilot candidates, we would appreciate it if you were familiar with the exams objectives. This will help us better evaluate the data from this pilot.
  • Find exam preparation information: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-640.aspx

MCTS : Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Beta

Microsoft Learning

I already receive a comment about it, but Trika posted the promotion code on her blog today. So everybody can schedule the 71-654 – TS: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring today.

About EBS: “Windows Essential Business Server 2008 combines software for management, messaging, and security features into one integrated server solution that will help customers increase the manageability and reliability of their IT systems, and boost businesses productivity and growth.”

This credential is designed for information technology (IT) professionals working in or consulting with medium sized businesses that use Windows Essentials Server 2008. A candidate for this exam should have at least one year of experience deploying, configuring, and managing network solutions in an environment with the following characteristics:

  • 75+ company network connections
  • Company networks with Internet connectivity
  • Individual users or user groups that connect to the company network from remote locations
  • Messaging (Internet, and Exchange)
  • Anti-spam

The promo code is “EBS08

The beta is initially scheduled from 7/22  to 8/12.

No prep guide yet.