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August, 2012

  • MCSE for SQL Server

    I have to be honest I gave up getting certified before I joined Microsoft mainly because the exams didn’t keep up with the release of SQL Server specifically the Business intelligence exams. I then had the same problem as an evangelist I was working on the next release of the SQL or Windows Server.

    However that’s changed there are already exams out for SQL Server 2012 and also MCSE is back not just for Server and Desktop but also for the wider private cloud and for SQL Server.  These exams are hard and you’ll need to take five of them to get the MCSE badge. Also there are tow MCSE qualifications relevant to SQL Server; data platform and  business intelligence which I also wish had existed back in the day.

    Unlike some simpler certifications, Microsoft don’t insist you take a course and then get a simple test out at the end of it – how you get up to speed is up to you and we all learn differently so there is no right answer here.  This should see an end to the guy who has the certification but can’t really use the relevant technology in the real world.  Please come back to me on that only if you have taken one of these new exams yourself.

    So if they are hard why bother? You wouldn’t let anyone service the brakes on your car, or fix the electrics in your home and so why shouldn’t we as profession be asked to be competent at what we do as well.

    Some employers don’t like to pay for training as they might not see the value or be worried that you will leave as soon as you’re qualified, but training and exams are free in my role, and that’s a huge incentive to stay.  If you are a contractor retraining should get you better day rates and given that SQL Server 2012 is just you would have a definite edge. 

    Indeed there are loads of DBAs out there who may still not even know what is in SQL Server 2012, so I have been asked by Global Knowledge to do a couple of overview webinars on what is new .  So if you have missed me at SQL BITS, SQL Relay then please register on 12th September from 13:00 – 14:00  for an hour’s overview of the database enhancements and/or  register for the session on  10th October 13:00-14:00 if your focus is business intelligence.

  • Windows Server 2012 IT camps

    I have been out in the US for the past four weeks, and during my absence the rest of the UK TechNet team have filled my diary with various events including the next series of IT camps.  These camps will all be  on Windows Server 2012 specifically around how virtualisation changes in this release not just with Hyper-V but other supporting technologies such as SMB 3, Networking, Active Directory and of course Powershell.

    The dates and venues for these camps are:

    London, 07 September – Cardinal Place


    Southampton, 13 September – De Vere New Place


    Manchester, 18 September – The Lowry Hotel


    Birmingham, 19 September – Etc Venues, Maple House


    London, 26 September – Novotel London West


    London, 28 September – Etc Venues, One Drummond Gate


    If you have been on one of our camps before you will have got the idea that these are designed to be interactive:

    • It’s very informal and is for smaller groups
    • You get to set the details of the agenda
    • You can participate if you have a laptop - it can’t have bitlocker or other drive encryption enabled and should have 25Gb of space and support Hyper-V.
    • We will only use PowerPoint to share links, scripts and not as something we simply read from.
    • You don’t need to know too much about Hyper-V, but you should be familiar with server virtualisation in some form.

    Separate to this is the launch event for Windows Server 2012 on 25th September which like our camp on 26th September is at the Novotel in Hammersmith. How does this event differ from a camp?  The launch event is a larger scale affair where the agenda is set, the content is at a higher level for a wider audience and runs along similar lines to our other TechDays and launch events we have always done.  You could of course go to both and that might be a good thing as the launch event will brief on the why and the what of Windows Server 2012 while at the camp we delve more into the how.

    All of these events will fill up fast so you’ll need to book yourself in now, and please, please let us know if you can’t come, not only does it hep us plan but also allows those on our waiting lists to come along.