The Master Blog

Thoughts, info, and updates from the Microsoft Certified Master team.

March, 2009

  • One of the family moves on...

    For anyone that has ever gone through our programs over the last 3 years, anyone that wanted some more information on what we do, needed help with accomodations, had a question here or there, had a need for various assistance while at the training or our continued education, or or or...you know who made it all happen: Cindy.
  • Gentlemen (and Ladies) START YOUR ENGINES!!!

    On Monday this week we kicked off the sixth SQL Server capstone training rotation, now titled “Microsoft Certified Master” for SQL Server 2008. We had 17 victims, er attendees show up bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to take on the most challenging...
  • Using MCM to differentiate yourself from the crowd, a.k.a. the fastest ROI on MCM yet!

    Ladies and gentlemen, Rob Silver just very recently completed his MCM training and certification in the Directory space (congrats!) . Here's his story / motivation on pursuing the certification, and the great results he's seen already (1 day to realize ROI on MCM!). Rob - it's all yours...
  • Let's talk upgrades!

    Some people have been asking, and we've hinted some before. Although you won't get the 100% be all, end all answer here, there is some more info to share. The most recent question came from Triton.Deep over at the MCSE World forum. The question is: what's the cost to upgrade my Master cert when new versions come out? Stap yourselves in, here we go....
  • Just A Week To Go.....

    So a week today, on March 16th 2009, we start three MCM Programs - all at the same time. It's a busy week this week getting it all ready. Here's what's going on... for my program at least... Krishna our lab manager is provisioning all our servers and...
  • Music, soccer, and The Great Andreas!

    Music, soccer, and The Great Andreas...and your chance to win real, live, internet points!!!
  • What's up?

    What's going on in Master land these days? Planning and planning and running rotations and planning. What do you think we should do next? Let us know..
  • I'm wide awake and feel like I could read for weeks...

    You are? Boy, do we have something for you! ...Sit back, relax, drink some coffee (or whatever keeps you up), and enjoy a not-so-short reading list for your program of choice...
  • One More New MCM Exchange Server 2007

    Well done to Fabrizio Berton , an Architect for Microsoft Services in Italy who passed his upgrade Qual Lab last week to gain his MCM in Exchange Server 2007! Well done Fabrizio, great going. Greg
  • Another Future Master...? Congratulations to Per!

    Per's become a father for the third time.... to a beautiful baby girl, so he's off for a few days and learning to live again with baby mess and reduced sleep.... Congratulaitons Per, to you and your family, from all of us. The Masters Team
  • Getting the most from OCS Master

    This post was written by Rajeev Krishnan who attended Rotation 1 of OCS Master. In it he shares his hints and tips on getting into and surviving the program. Rajeev is a Senior Consultant for Microsoft Global Services in India. I was one of the...
  • And the Last One Before We Start Rotation 2....

    Joe Trombley , a Senior PFE for Microsoft in the US is latest candidate from the October R1 delivery of Exchange MCM to pass his qual and gain MCM 2007 status! Well done Joe. He took the qual down to the wire I will tell you, but a pass is a pass is a...
  • How Could I Have Missed This One?! Sorry!

    My good friend and fellow rotation 15 candidate, Gary Cooper , of Horizon's Consulting Inc took and passed his Qual Lab to get his 2003 MCM/A upgraded to a 2007 MCM over a week ago! I forgot to post that great piece of news and for that I shall be...
  • SQL product team ROCKs and helps mark the halfway point!!!

    Yesterday evening marked the "midpoint" of the Sixth SQL MCM rotation and we celebrated in a way by heading over to Building 35 right after class finished. We congregated in the lower lobby where, with catered food and beverages, we rubbed elbows with...