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  • Blog Post: MCM Directory ROI from a Student Perspective

    It’s great to hear positive results after someone attends one of our programs and recently we received such great feedback. Lucian Petru, a participant from the May 2009 Directory rotation, had this to say: Speaking of ROI...I can tell you it's 1000% worth it. I attended the MCM Directory program...
  • Blog Post: ROI from MCM: A look back 6 months later.

    Hi All, I'm happy to share a little retrospective from another one of our Directory MCM's, Rob Silver , who wrote us the following just the other day. It's a great example of ROI / benefits from investing in the program that I hope more and more people are seeing out there. Hi Per/Ryan, Some...
  • Blog Post: Directory Rotation 9 Begins

    We kicked off the 9th rotation of Directory today with a great bunch of candidates. Check back in late September to see how many of them met the bar for certification. On a related note I would like to point out the rotations we have scheduled for the remainder of the fiscal year: November...
  • Blog Post: A new group of MCM Directory candidates...

    ...have completed their rotation as of yesterday. This month has been quite successful for us in general. Please join me in congratulating the following folks from the 10th Directory rotation who successfully completed all of the requirements: Benjamin Villanueva - Dell - United States Brent...
  • Blog Post: Live MCM Program Overviews by the MCM/MCA Program Managers!

    We're kicking off an initiative to conduct regularly-scheduled LiveMeetings on Advanced Certification offerings. These will be hosted by the program managers and include detailed program overviews as well as time for live Q&A. You can find them here on MS Events - if you want to learn more about...
  • Blog Post: Directory Rotation Complete – Five new MCMs

    The Directory program finished this past weekend with our final written test on Saturday and qualification lab on Sunday. We had four people during the rotation complete all of their exams and one other finish his cert lab. · Darol Timberlake – Microsoft PFE - US · Glenn LeCheminant – Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Rotation 2 OCS MCM - showing Exchange and Directory that real time comms is where it's at!

    In between all the work during rotation 2 we managed to squeeze in some group events. The usual favourite was karting at K1 Speed in Redmond. For this rotation we combined forces with Exchange and Directory which were running at same time in Redmond and what is normally a fun filled 2 hours on the track...
  • Blog Post: Directory in da' house!

    It's been exactly silent from the Directory side of the house here so far, so I'm very happy to have Will Owen , a Certified Directory Master and Senior Architect from Vertex in the UK put forth his recollections from his recent MCM Directory rotation. Will, it's all yours... MCM Windows 2008 Directory...
  • Blog Post: An individual perspective of the MCM Directory Program

    I'd like to introduce everyone to Rob Silver. Rob went through the MCM Directory program nearly two years ago and shares his experiences on his personal blog. You can read all about it here - http://robsilver.org/mcm/mcm-a-personal-perspective/ Thanks Rob for this excellent insight!
  • Blog Post: Please welcome Ryan Conrad, the new fearless Directory MCM/MCA leader :)

    Hi All, Please join me in welcoming Ryan Conrad to our Master / MCA team! Ryan will be driving the Directory programs for us, effective immediately, as it is time for Walter to focus on his day job J For those that don’t know, Walter has been pulling double duty driving our Directory program and...
  • Blog Post: MCM Directory Crosses 80

    We're not quite 80 years old yet... However, we did hit a different milestone. We wrapped up the 9th MCM Directory rotation last Sunday (October 3rd) and after some retakes over the past few days we have crossed the mark of 80 certified individuals for the MCM Directory in for Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Windows Server 2008 R2 program. Yes, there are some considerable changes...

    Well, it was semi-announced when we posted up our new schedule, but here are a couple of very important details that I failed to mention before. The R2 program will be the next version of our MCM: Directory training and certification. We've taken everything we learned from our prior deliveries, looked...
  • Blog Post: 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. Rob - it's all yours... Using MCM to differentiate yourself from...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Ben Seaman

    Ben has been working with SQL Server for 11 years since version 6.5. Like a lot of ‘accidental’ DBAs he started off being hired for something else but somehow just ended up being ‘the SQL guy’. His career has evolved to encompass database administration and development with a...
  • Blog Post: MCM Directory - Rotation 12 Results

    For those that were following James and his blog ( http:// adrocketscience . blogspot .com/ ) you would have known that we completed Rotation 12 on April 17 th . We've all had an opportuntity rest, regroup and publish some announcements! I am happy to announce that we have added two individuals to...
  • Blog Post: MCM Directory Rotation - A day by day viewpoint...

    Hi all, In our current rotation James Carrion is providing a day by day account of his experiences since Day 1 (April 4th). Read all about it here . Check back next week to see how for a summary of how the R12 group performed! RyanCon Acting Program Manager - MCM and MCA Directory Programs
  • Blog Post: MCM Directory R14 Complete with Several New MCMs!

    We recently completed our most recent MCM Directory rotation where we had 23 participants. The largest in several years! Please congratulate the following individuals who have successfully completed all of the required exams during the rotation: Sean Metcalf - Metcorp Consulting Adrian Corona...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master - Andreas Wolter

    Andreas Wolter is the Founder & CEO Sr Technical Consultant & Architect Databases & BI blog: http://www.vb-magazin.de/forums/blogs/andreaswolter/ Twitter handle: @AndreasWolter Andreas Wolter has been an independent consultant and trainer for SQL Server for more than 10 years. In...