Kevin Remde's IT Pro Weblog
Good morning, all. I interrupt the normal cadence of this blog to bring to you just a little bit of bragging. And a challenge.
“Oh great.. what did you do now, Kevin?”
This week I’m 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 70-669.
“What does that do for you?”
I’m glad you asked. 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. It’s a test that I’ve failed two times before. But not this week.
And the 70-669 is the “TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization”, which tests your knowledge of Microsoft’s desktop virtualization technologies (MED-V, App-V, etc.) Those two, along with the 70-693 (“Pro: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator”) finally complete my “MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2” certification.
“You must be very proud of yourself.”
“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.
…but don’t overdo it. Nobody likes bragging.
(PS – I also passed 70-400. Nah-na-Nah-na boo booooo.)
So I sat this exam today. Passed, man was it a beast. Have to be the longest test I have seen yet. Definitly more challenging that i expected. Good luch to anyone planning on taking it.
Congratulations, Some Guy (if that IS your real name). I didn't think 70-659 (http://aka.ms/070-659) was that much longer - but it does cover a pretty broad set of technology; and it's not just about knowing the GUI. You better know some of the commandline tools for configuring storage and adding roles (hint: Hyper-V) on core installations of Windows Server. And for me, the tricky part that needed extra study was the Remote Desktop technologies. I failed this test twice before finally passing it.