Price reduction on retiring exams (and VS/SQL upgrade exams)

Complete your Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD), Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), or Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) certification or upgrade your certifications to Visual Studio 2005 or SQL Server 2005 with a 40 percent automatic price reduction on retiring and upgrade exams. The price reduction is valid on: All exams scheduled to retire on…


Q. Will there be a training kit for MCDBA upgrade exam 70-447?

A. No. We’re not currently planning a Training Kit for the upgrade exam 70-447. But all the objectives for this exam are covered in the Training Kits for exams 70-443 and 70-444. You can purchase both these books separately or as part of an MCITP DBA bundle, along with the 70-431 Training Kit, for a…


SQL2005 Certs (+new offers on 431 & 447 Press, E-learning, Practice Tests)

If you are trying to pass exam 70-431 or upgrade with 70-431 and 70-447…We now have 6 Microsoft Press titles (including the 431 training kit) for 30% off in addition to the discount on all related E-learning titles & practice tests I poasted about earlier. The offer details (promo codes and links, etc) are buried a little on the prep…


Q&A from the Jan 23 SQL2005 Cert Live Meeting

If you’re interested in SQL Server 2005 certifications, I recommend watching the recording or visiting the MCDBA upgrade landing page as first stops. As promised, however, I’m posting the Q&A here to speed things up. I tried to get the right answers, group them into sections, and remove duplicates, but I did NOT try to…


Hey, watch this Live Meeting where I screw up!

Thanks to those of you who came to one of yesterday’s meetings on the SQL Server 2005 certifications… here’s what we talked about, and when, in the recording: Intro to exam insurance and upcoming Live Meetings Explanation of “new gen” certification cert structure (approximately at minute 6:30) Exam paths to earn SQL Server 2005 certs…


Prepare for SQL 70-431 without leaving your desk… (more info on SQL Server 2005 cert prep)

Microsoft Learning recently introduced this new product (Microsoft Official Distance Learning) that is half classroom training (with a live instructor and labs) and half e-learning (where you don’t have to leave your desk). One of the first courses available happens to be course 2785: Implementing and Maintaining a SQL Server 2005 Database; which preps you fully…


E-learning, practice test offers to help MCDBAs earn SQL Server 2005 certifications

We’ll have a page on about this soon, but the offers are available now so I didn’t want to wait to get the word out… plus I wanted to poast this info for everyone attending tomorrow morning’s SQL Server 2005 Live Meeting. Savings on related e-learning: Register by March 30, 2007 to receive 15 percent…


Reminder: SQL2005 certifications live meetings on January 23

We’ll poast the recording, too, if you can’t make it to one of the live sessions.


Read this if you give a hoot about SQL BI certifications

Hello. You might recall some news about a new path for SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence certifications in November. The release dates for those exams, 70-445 and 70-446, will be in very early March. 70-445 (TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Implementation and Maintenance) was originally going to release on February 8 but will now…


SQL Server 2005 Certifications: MCP Live Meeting on January 23

Registration links for the SQL cert live meeting are now live, feel free to pass this on. Join this English-language Live Meeting with the Microsoft Certification team for a detailed explanation of the MCTS and MCITP certifications released last year for SQL Server 2005 DB developers, DBAs, and Business Intelligence. You’ll have a chance to ask questions…