Create your own MCM Program – Learning to Learn

A lot of electronic ink has been spilled over our recent (and sudden) announcement that we are retiring the highest-level certifications here at Microsoft. At the same time, I’ll be teaching a one-day class at the SQL Saturday event in Cambridge, UK on certifications. Are certifications worth the effort anymore, and should you attend the…


Certification Notes: 70-583 Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications

Last Updated: 07/04/2011 It’s time for another certification, and we’ve released the 70-583 exam on Windows Azure. I’ve blogged my “study plans” here before on other certifications, so I thought I would do the same for this one. I’ll also need to take exam 70-513 and 70-516; but I’ll post my notes on those separately….


Challenge: Learn One New Thing Today

Most of us know that there’s a lot to learn. I’m teaching a class this morning, and even on the subject where I’m the “expert” (that word always makes me nervous!) I still have a lot to learn. To learn, sometimes I take a class, read a book, or carve out a large chunk of…


Passed 70-432 – Is that Important?

I don’t like to read technical blogs that have a lot of personal info in them. Sure, I’ll rant from time to time, or talk about a technical book I’ve read and so on, but most people really don’t care about your new cat or how you’re feeling today. Keep it technical! But sometimes the…


Exam 70-432 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance – My Notes as of 5/3/09

Well, here’s where I’m at so far: Requirements: 1. Install SQL Server 2008 and related services – file locations; default paths; service accounts NTFS is required for installation, but if you upgrade FAT32 won’t be blocked. Read-only and compressed installs are blocked. Dot Net requires the restart MSDE will upgrade to Express 2K5 Express…


Exam 70-432 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance

Microsoft likes for its people to be certified in as many technologies as possible. Personally, I find certifications useful since they help me focus my study, but I don’t think that certification = expert. It’s just one part of the puzzle. To that end, I got one of the earliest certs Microsoft had (long before…