Hallucination vs. Vision

The TechEd session on the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) program, presented by Sondra from my team, was HOT (red font! on purpose! can you tell I’m using Live Writer?). Although we are doing this same session next week via Live Meeting (register here), I took notes to share with those who couldn’t make it. Here are said notes….


Update on the MCA program, June 20 Live Meeting

MCP Live Meeting: 1 Year In – An Update on Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) As you may know, the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) credential is not your every day certification. Candidates are required to present to a Review Board rather than sit for an exam and are overseen by previously certified architects during the application and…


Register for MCA Live Meeting: Lewis Curtis on Perspective Based Architecture

Join Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) Lewis Curtis in our third talk in a series of English-language MCA Live Meetings for MCPs… the idea is to give you a chance to hear from, and ask questions of, some the industry-leading thinkers on current topics. In April, the topic is Perspective Based Architecture (The PBA Method). “The PBA Method has matured…


Virtualization and more on our MCA presenter

More on Allen Stewart, our Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) presenter for the Virtualization Technologies meeting on Wednesday, below. I should have posted this earlier. This is just one of many things I should have done earlier, or just should have done, in general. Like practicing piano, or submitting my expenses for the month of February. You…


SBS 2003 R2 and E2007 (or, How Things Went in our First MCA Live Meeting)

I should have mentioned that our first Microsoft Certified Architect live meeting went really well; it was a smaller group so we got to lots of very specific questions about things like, for example, everyone’s favorite: event sinks. A very big thank you is in order for Infrastructure Architect Scott Andersen for taking time to do two of…


Virtualization Technologies: Microsoft Certified Architect Live Meeting for MCPs

Our registration info for the next MCA-led Live Meeting (March 21) is now up on the MCP site. The presenter will be Allen Stewart from Microsoft (no, not all MCAs work at Microsoft… but the first few we’ve asked to present happen to…). I believe there are 90 MCAs worldwide, to date. You can learn more about…


Check it: MCA blog

The Microsoft Certifed Architect program is a cool program. For this reason, I cannot blame you for asking many, many questions about it in today’s Exchange Cert Live Meeting. Even though we were supposed to be talking about Exchange. Just kidding, I like all the questions. Here are some things I know: There is an MCA…


Messenger, Shot After Exam Announcements, Changes Subject

Not really shot; just sorry I had bad news for those of you who took the betas. Keep the comments coming… I’ll respond again to your comments on that thread; but there are some other things happening in the meantime, for example, about Exchange: Registration info for the Scott Andersen (read his bio) Exchange Live Meeting…


MCA review boards in India and my top three anthems for 2007

Andy Ruth, the program manager for the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) program (you might know him from the newsgroups? or perhaps you know him because he’s one of the world’s top 14 people of all-time?) is heading out to India for our second round of MCA board reviews over there (the first time was last February). I’ll…


What do you think of: architect Live Meetings for microsoft certified professionals

We’re kicking around the idea of asking Microsoft Certified Architects (about 70 people are MCAs, to date) to host MCP-only talks on whatever is on their mind… or whatever you want to hear about. The idea would be to have one meeting per month from these well known, high-level architects host Live Meetings for IT pro and…