Good morning, all. I interrupt the normal cadence of this blog to bring to you just a little bit of bragging. And a challenge.

Student“Oh great.. what did you do now, John?”

This past week I was in Seattle, Washington, attending Microsoft’s bi-annual internal technical training event, “TechReady” (TechReady 14 to be specific.) One of the benefits of being a Microsoft employee is that we can take certification exams for no cost. And at these events, Microsoft brings in Prometric to facilitate a testing center for people attending the conference. So this year as in years past, my teammates and I have been taking (and mostly passing) certification exams.

Going into the year, and into TechReady, I had two goals: Pass 70-659, and pass 70-400.

I got 70-659 out of he way the week before TechReady. 70-659 is the “TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization” exam. It’s a tough one, but it proves that I know the ins-and-outs of Hyper-V virtualization, SCVMM, remote desktop, and VDI virtualization. I tried it back in December and failed but not this time.  I took 70-400 while at TechReady this year. It’s older on Windows System Center Operation Manager 2007.  I know a really old product, but hey it’s the current test until the 2012 test come out.

 

Don’t forget you can download this software for free at http://aka.ms/syscntr

“So.. what’s the challenge?”

If you haven’t yet considered the benefits of certification, you should check out the Microsoft Learning (http://www.microsoft.com/learning) site.

If you’re interested in gearing up for virtualization and laying the foundation for a cloud-computing-based datacenter, you should take 70-659. (And when you are going take it, let me know!)

And if you’ve already taken the tests and are heavily certified, and just want to tell somebody, feel free to brag on yourself in the comments.