Exam 70-400: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring is live as of yesterday, Monday 21 January*, 2008. What this means is that you can now earn a certification called MCTS: System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuration. A certification for System Center Configuration Manager will be available in March.
Just now, in that last sentence, I was going too fast and I accidentally typed "scertification" and it occurred to me that it could be an efficient way to indicate a certification held by a lady. For example, I am PowerPoint 2007 scertified. It's possible (or likely), that I've just annoyed someone, so I'll move on.
System Center Operations Manager and System Center Configuration Manager are two key technologies under the System Center umbrella, and, from what I understand, the two that are becoming more and more of an operations staple for large and enterprise organizations with a Windows Server infrastructure.
Consider earning MCTS: System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuration now (or MCTS: System Center Configuration Manager in a few months) if
- you are in an operations role or would like to move that way in the future
- you have an MCP cert for a previous version of Systems Management Server (along the lines of exam 70-089 or exam 70-086)
- your organization is looking at System Center Operations Manager (and/or Configuration Manager) for their Windows Server environment
- There is no pre-requisite for these certification, but you'll need to be extremely comfortable with the Windows Server 2000 or 2003 platform to do well on the exams (400/401), which are reportedly pretty challenging, and good.
Do not consider these certifications if you are just getting started with the Windows infrastructure. If that is you... consider starting your studies and path to an MCTS on Server 2008, when available, or look for a Windows Server 2003 exam that reflects your current/developing skills base.
How to get ready for 70-400
- This preparation guide tells you what you might want to study: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-400.mspx and points out some related training that we make
- This page tells you about the actual product, support, points to technical articles, downloads, etc. http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/opsmgr/default.mspx
- This blog can help you with operations manager stuff, because the operations manager people write it: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/default.aspx.
In related news:
- I get most of my information from the smart people who plan and make our exams. In this case, my friend Jim. If you have a question, let me know, and I can ask him.
- If you took the 71-400 beta, you should have your results now (as of 21 January). If not, contact Prometric (that is where your results initiate). I hope you passed.
- Exam 70-401:TS: Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager, Configuring will be live on March 6, according to the info I have. If you want to start preparing for that one, visit the prep guide: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-401.mspx
- If you took 71-401, don't freak out about your beta results yet, they won't be available until closer to the live date, most likely
* Yesterday, Monday, 21 January was 3 days before my birthday**
**Not to put too fine a point on it, but my birthday is on Thursday, 24 January