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  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest Microsoft Certified Solution Master: Messaging - Aaron Busch

    Aaron Busch is the Data Center Practice Manager for ENETsolutions , an IT consulting firm in Houston, Texas. ENETsolutions is an industry leader in design and implementation for Enterprise Solutions including Data Center, SAN, Virtualization, Cisco UCS, Windows Server, System Center and Unified Communications...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Yet More New Exchange MCM's

    As Per said, summer has been upon us and the pace slowed briefly (it has also been Microsoft's end of year, so the reality is, the pace didn't change, we were just focussed on other things), but a few more people either completed their MCM, or upgraded their MCM. So please join me in welcoming/congratulating;...
  • Blog Post: A Qual lab in the wild...

    Hi All, It's time for another post from 'A Certified Master'. This one is a bit different than the other entries as Nikolai van Luijtelaar of C2iCT in the Netherlands gives an account of troubleshooting and BBQ's :-). Nik attended the last 'Ranger' rotation in May last year, just passed his lab exam...
  • Blog Post: Music, soccer, and The Great Andreas!

    I was just going through some of my files here, and ran across a video I made a few years ago, that was a thank you for a parting gift from Exchange rotation 15 which I ran (this was prior to having any of the other tracks...when I was still a lone ranger - ha! - running things). Anyway - for those...
  • Blog Post: 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 other pieces of equipment so everyone is ready...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: Continued Ed - What That's All About

    The weekend just passed, Jan 30/31 2009, I organized an event we refer to as Continued Education, for members of the Exchange Masters Community. I just wanted to post a few details to give anyone wondering what else joining this community means, over and above getting the training and a certification...
  • Blog Post: Two More MCM Exchange 2007's from MCM R2

    Today two more of the R2 attendees passed their Qual Lab and became MCM's in Exchange Server 2007. Please congratulate; Morten Kjønnø - Morten is from ErgoGroup AS in Norway. Not only is he now an Exchange Master, but he's a very good photographer...many of the pics I might publish are his work...
  • Blog Post: A Ton of Last Minute Exchange MCM Upgrades and 2007 Folks Completing Their Certs

    So I gave the Exchange community until the end of February to upgrade their MCM's to 2007. So as usual they all left it to the last minute... :-) Here however is a list of those that passed an exam or two to first join the community, well done to them! Tyler Jin - Tyler works for Microsoft in...
  • Blog Post: Please Welcome and Congratulate the Newest Exchange 2007 MCM's!

    MCM Exchange 2007 R3 finished on May 22nd, and resulted in seven new MCM's. They were; Chris Antonakis - Chris is a PFE for Microsoft based in South Africa Mark Biernatowicz - Marek works for Polska Telefonica in Poland as a Mail Specialist Sol Keston - Sol works for MCS in the US East Region...
  • 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: New Exchange 2007 MCA's

    The last few weeks have been a bit hectic, but amongst all the things going on (including me going to Berlin to present at Tec2009 and follow the Twitterers here ) I had some people go through the MCA upgrade process, to upgrade their MCA's in Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007. The upgrade process basically...
  • Blog Post: And Another Two Makes ... I've Lost Count...

    This week two more of those who attended MCM Exchange R2 took and passed their Qual Labs. So, a big well done and a ho ho ho to; Tim Thomason - Tim is a Senior Messaging Consultant for IBM , based in Canada. Tim has lived all over the world and has a weatlh of experience, not just in Exchange,...
  • Blog Post: 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 pass...There are no points for style in this game...
  • Blog Post: Another New MCA on Exchange Server 2007!

    Ade Famoti , an Architect for Microsoft in Africa recently added MCA 2007 to his MCA in Exchange 2003! One of only 7 people worldwide to hold both those certs. There are some more MCA upgrades in the pipeline, but for now, Ade is lucky number 7! Trivia note: Ade taught transport to the class I was...
  • Blog Post: Starting to Plan for Exchange Server 2010 MCM...

    So my next rotation isn't until later this year (we will annouce exact dates soon, but a hint for you... mid to late September and early November... read into that what you will....) and so I now have some time to catch up on other things, get exam re-takes completed (a lot booked in, so should be more...
  • Blog Post: Another Week, Another Batch of New MCM's

    Three upgrades from MCM Exchange 2003 to 2007 this week, and two new, fresh-out-of-the-box 2007 MCM's too! First the new boys, Mateusz Kantecki from MCS in Poland passed his Qual Lab at the second attempt this week. He attended the recent R3 delivery. So well done to him! Joining him, and having attended...
  • Blog Post: There Are Now 100 MCM Exchange Server 2007's!

    Today, Alessandro Goncalves , a Senior Support Engineer for Microsoft based in Las Colinas become this program's 100th MCM to be certified in Exchange Server 2007! It's a great achievement, and we're all very proud of him. He attended the R3 rotation, in March/April just gone and passed his Qual Lab...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations Again - Two New MCM | Exchange Server 2007's

    It's been a busy week again for labs, two taken Monday, and passed, and four more scheduled for later this week... it's a wonder I get any time to do anything else (that was for Per). So on Monday, Thierry Demorre , Sr Director, Messaging and Collaboration for Avanade in the US East region, who attended...
  • 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: Maybe I Didn't Shout Loud Enough?

    Have you seen the rather fantastic and funny video about shouting at your disks in the datacentre ? If you haven't, you should... it's interesting stuff. So much so that when we talked storage in the MCM Exchange R2 rotation we just finished, we decided to test this theory ourselves. So our instructor...
  • Blog Post: Catching Up At Last - Some New MCM's To Annouce and Congratulate

    I've plenty of news to post following the completion of MCM R2 for Exchange 2007 but rather than post one monster blog piece I'll do it little and often.... So, before we get to the stories about R2, let's take care of those existing MCM's who either obtained their 2007 MCM or upgraded their 2003...
  • Blog Post: So How Many Masters Are There?

    Now that is a great question if I do say so myself.... and one I am often asked. I'll answer for the Exchange Program, the oldest, the wisest, almost certainly the best, and certainly the one I know most about... and tell you that over the last five years we have had a lot of people through. How many...
  • Blog Post: Some Other New MCM Exchange 2007's and One MCA to Congratulate

    Aside from those I just blogged about who passed during the last rotation, over the last couple of months a few people completed their exams to also become new MCM's, and some upgrades were completed too. So here they are, and apologies for being behind on these. Firstly those that are the new to...
  • Blog Post: One More MCM Exchange 2007!

    It's been a quiet week or two for the labs, as many of the Microsoft people I work with have been in Seattle for an internal training event. Still, one old friend of mine managed to pass his Qual Lab, to add MCM 2007 to his existing MCM and MCA in 2003. Well done to Baki Küçüktuna , a Principal Consultant...