Register for Beta Exam 71-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

– copied from an invite – this is all the info i have – You are invited to take beta exam 71-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, 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….


Oh, dear. I’ve got some news.

This is the news: I have decided that I am going to do another job at Microsoft, so I won’t be your certification front-man anymore. This is not a particularly big deal for Microsoft, or Microsoft Learning, or for you. But it is for me! I will miss this job a lot. That is because…


Go watch Family Guy (or, 71-652)

Looking like 70-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring is set to hit the market on August 25ish. Or so. What this means to you is that you can crack a beer and watch some Family Guy and not worry about your 71-652 beta results until on or after that date, because that’s the guideline for…


If you can’t get to the MCP site because you lost your access code or it expired…

We just published a “request access code” button for first-time visitors to the MCP site who have lost their access code or it expired. The access code (you get it in an e-mail after passing a MSFT cert exam for the first time) is only good for a few weeks so I know a lot of people just don’t…


Home Theatre beta invite: Extended to March 31

If you do NOT work with Home Theatre, in a sales or technology role, you will not care about this information. Something else you will not care about is how I just tripped on nothing, and kind of flew through the air in front of this guy Jeff’s office, and I said that’s embarrasing and he said…


Performance based testing pilot

I know many of you have heard about our emulation technology that we’re developing and rolling out with the Prometric team. We’ll have a lot more information on this soon, but in short: it is a new type of performance-based testing that has you kids performing tasks in a full, virtual version of the technology….


Certified Something

Does anyone remember the baseball hats we made a few years back – they said CertifiedRockstar, CertifiedGo-to-Guy, CertifiedMagician, and CertifiedFirefighter. We gave them out at events to MCPs, who are rock stars and magicians, as you know. We’ve gotten requests to make more of these, so I wanted to know if you guys have any suggestions for what…


Exam simulations: nectar of the gods

  Getting more questions on simulations as more of you are running in to them. We call simulations performance-based testing (PBT). The reason for this is that the acronym for simulations would just be S, and that is not in keeping with Microsoft’s policies of over acronizing as much as possible. PBT, though still fairly short, is less disappointingly succinct…


Lifecycle of new generation certifications

Hi. It’s me, Trika. One of the selling points of the “new generation” certification program we keep harping about is currency. In a nutshell, the intent of the new program is that an employer or project manager can look at your Microsoft certification and know you are up on a specific Microsoft release and/or role best practices. The idea here is to increase…


Evidence That You Are Special

If it isn’t enough to have your mom tell you, you can now find out how special you are by seeing how many other people have your same Microsoft certification on the updated certification page on We made some changes based on the feedback you gave us. Excellent, yes. We plan to update this page once per month, now. Excellent,…