update on exam path for MCSDs interested in VS2005 Credentials

On the developer upgrade landing page, we talked about a four-exam upgrade path for MCSDs to earn all three MCPD certifications and there have been a number of discussions about this following our VS2005 live meeting. The fact is, the systems are set up so that if an MCSD holds both MCPD: Web and MCPD:…


My vanpool is called The Tick.

My favorite thing about working at Microsoft is my vanpool. It is called the Tick and is unquestionably Microsoft’s premier vanpool. In fact, it might well be the premier vanpool in all of King County, “America’s Leading Public Vanpool Provider”! I haven’t been riding very much because my pick up time is 6:45 a.m., a time at which, as a rule, I prefer to…


Are you kidding me?

Everything fun happened before I worked here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voOPHVvIz1Y 


Shameless marketing pitch: dev e-learning and practice test offers expire December 30

If you want to take any of the dev upgrade exams (551, 552, 553, 554) you might like to know that there are offers on e-learning, practice tests, and exams through the end of this month, more info here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/upgrade/default.mspx. Here is my pitch: 15% savings on some releated e-learning courses. FYI that our e-learning is not available…


70-501: Server 2003 Hosted Environments exam info

Someone asked about exam 501. Here is what I learned: 70-501 (Technology Specialist exam): Windows Server 2003 Hosted Environments, Configuration and Management was in beta in October and releases December 15, 2006, which (this just in!) is tomorrow. Here’s the prep guide: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-501.mspx


A little something up our sleeve…Exchange, SQL05, Office cert Live Meetings

The next few certification-related Live Meetings we’re planning, below. This is supposed to be helpful for you guys, so if I’m getting it wrong, tell me what you’d rather hear about instead. Intro to Exchange 2007 cert paths (early February) Recap of SQL Server 2005 cert paths and upgrade from MCDBA (late January) Intro to…


Is it just me, or are we moving offices again?

This just in, Microsoft is moving us around again, which is something that happens a lot. One of my friends at work just told me he’s moved offices three times in three months. Since I’ve only been moved 3 times in 2ish years, I’m feeling pretty good about it, and it’s all really well organized. And, packing…


The Doctor Is In: answers to certification ‘exam insurance’ questions

Customer #1 posted: How do we get pricing? Exceptionally helpful customer #2* then posted: The USD Exam Insurance voucher price is $187.50, and you can purchase as many as you like for each different exam.   This is only PARTIALLY true, so here’s my response to #1 and #2:   Dear #1 and #2,  …


Vista Exam 621 and 624 Prep Guides Live (finally!)

621: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-621.mspx 624: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-624.mspx But not 620, or 623 yet. We’re just trying to keep you on your toes…