We would like this to be a national initiative. We have people in the North East US that are participating. We can still use some help in the North East but we need even more help in other places. If you wish to volunteer your time to get this community driven effort off the ground please join the meeting or send an email to Dan Stolts email@example.com letting him know you are willing to help.
Kickoff meeting details...
vTeam Kickoff Brainstorming Session
When: 8/16/2011 2pm-3pm EST
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Conference ID: 29735851
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Objectives of this brainstorming session:
1) What does the community need to run this study group?
2) What types of learning should be included
a. Online live ; Classroom; Blog series
b. Cram Sessions?
c. Study Group (with book)
3) What will we need from our sponsors?
a. Food for live/classroom?
b. Tuition Support?
c. Book purchase support?
4) What sponsors should be encouraged to get involved with the program
a. Microsoft will be a sponsor
b. Global Knowledge is very likely a partner sponsor
c. O’Reilly is very likely a partner sponsor
5) What should attendee requirements be?
a. Promise to support future engagements?
b. Pay for materials?
6) What other community groups should we reach out to for support?
a. Windows Server?
c. Other Virtualization Groups?
d. IT Generalist
Organizations Involved (so far)
Organizations that have been or should be invited to participate?
· O'Reilly (http://oreilly.com/) NOT CONFIRMED!
· Global Knowledge - (http://www.globalknowledge.com/) NOT CONFIRMED YET!
· Southern New England Network Users Group (http://SNENUG.org) Not Confirmed!
· Boston Network Users Group (BNUG) Not confirmed
· Acton Networkers
If you know organizations that may want to participate or sponsor this long term initiative, please invite them to attend or reach out to Dan Stolts firstname.lastname@example.org
Current vTeam Participants:
Dan Stolts - Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist
Gallo, Stephen S.
John Baker (ATLANTA)
Others coming on board every day :)
Other possible contributors:
Edwin Guarin - Microsoft Academic Evangelist
Aimee Sprung - Microsoft Student Workforce Development
Organizations that should be invited to participate?
Microsoft Virtualization and Cloud Certification Study Group(s)
Do you presently hold a certification in ANY virtualization or server technology? Are you interested in obtaining a virtualization certification? In either case, I want to help create a plan for you. I have had many people ask me about an "upgrade" path from a VMWare Certification to a Microsoft Virtualization Certification. As of now, we do not have one. I would love to put together a community study program to help people with upgrading their current skills to obtain a Microsoft Virtualization Certification. Does this sound of interest to you? If so, let’s start a dialog on creating a plan for execution in 2011/2012. Several logical community study group needs come to mind…
I have created a blog post to allow us to communicate needs and ideas for getting a program like this off the ground. Please visit Microsoft Virtualization And Cloud Certification Community Study Group to start the dialog. You can reply to these questions by sending me a message directly at ITProGuru@Microsoft.com or posting a comment to the study group blog post
Please answer the following questions…
Why get certified?
Earning a Microsoft Certification helps validate your proven experience and helps you build your career, whether you are new to technology or a seasoned professional. The benefits of achieving a Microsoft Certification provide you with opportunities to connect with a vast, global network of Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs). Research shows that certification is a value to you and your organization.*
Validates real-world skills
Helps build your career
Relationship with Microsoft and IT peers
*IDC, "Impact of Training on Network Administration: Certification Leads to Operational Productivity," Doc. # 220563, November 2009
What are Microsoft Virtualization Certification options?
Certification Awarded / Description
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization
Pro: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator
Requires both of the above plus one (1) of the following...
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
MCTS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring
MCTS = Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (TS is usually any ONE exam)
MCITP = Microsoft Certified IT Professional (3 exams 669+693+[659 or 652])
Server Virtualization certifications (2 options on server virtualization)
Desktop Virtualization certifications
If you want to know more about the Microsoft Virtualization Certification check out the Microsoft Learning Homepage for Virtualization Certification
The MCTS certification is a prerequisite for the MCITP certification and helps validate your troubleshooting and deployment skills. The MCTS certification is for IT professionals with one or more years of experience. As an MCTS, you help validate your skills on implementing and troubleshooting a particular (usually one test) Microsoft technology. Learn more about the MCTS certification
The MCITP certification is for IT professionals with two or more years of experience. As an MCITP, you help validate your skills in deploying, designing, and maintaining Microsoft technology. Learn more about the MCITP certification you may also be interested in all MCTS options or FAQs.
Q. Many people have asked me how long certifications are good for. The answer to that can be found in the Certification FAQs ...
A. Today, most of our Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) exams retire when Microsoft discontinues mainstream support for the related technology. The certification will still appear on your transcript but will be listed in an inactive section with an expiration date. In most cases, an upgrade path, which allows candidates to earn the certification with fewer exams (usually one), will be available for individuals who hold the certification on the previous version of the technology.
The legacy Microsoft certifications, such as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), currently do not expire, but some may no longer be awarded because all exams are retired or because Microsoft has ended extended support for the technology. In most cases, individuals who hold the certification on the previous version of the technology can earn the certification on the next version of the technology with one upgrade exam.
To maintain the relevance and value of our certifications and ensure that candidates possess up-to-date skills on technologies that are constantly changing, recertification may be necessary for some certifications. In these cases, the certification will remain valid as long as the candidate continues to recertify at appropriate intervals.
Note that Microsoft reserves the right to retire exams and certifications as well as change our recertification policy at any time.
Browse Certification Catalog for additional certification options
More certification information that may be of value
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