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  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Wictor Wilén, Our Latest SharePoint MCA!

    We held our most recent SharePoint MCA boards just a few weeks ago, from February 29-March 1 at the Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, VA. Please extend your congratulations to one of our candidates who successfully achieved the Microsoft Certified Architect: SharePoint 2010 certification - Wictor...
  • 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: 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: New Kid on the Block!

    Last week was my first week as the PM for the SQL MCM / MCA program. I am digging out from a large backlog of emails. Please be patient with me as I come up to speed. Watch for an announcement soon about the return of the MCM Community Calls. Till next time, boB
  • Blog Post: Meet the MCM's and MCA's!

    We have just started publishing a list of people who have earned an MCM and/or MCA certification over at our Microsoft Learning site. Go take a look here . We'll be adding names as MCM's and MCA's ask us to, it's entirely optional, and we hope this brings them some much deserved publicity. Gaining...
  • Blog Post: OCS MCA - coming soon

    Quick update on OCS MCA. This certification is still in development and right now we are finalising the competencies, review board process and something other core components before putting the first candidate through. So we are on track for the program to be live before June and broad availability after...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest Windows 2008 R2 Microsoft Certified Master - Miha Pihler

    Miha attended his first MCM (Exchange 2010) rotation in January 2012. He liked the experience so much that he returned in September 2012 for AD MCM rotation. Miha works as an independent consultant with more than 15 years of experience with Microsoft technologies specializing in designing, implementing...
  • 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: Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), Master (MCM) and Solutions Master (MCSM) Registration Portal Upgrade Enhancements Scheduled for Dec 18-21, 2012

    The Microsoft Advanced Certification Portal will be offline December 18 – 21, 2012 as part of a scheduled upgrade to provide enhanced services to our community. The upgrade will include new password management features, user profile changes, access to social content, and additional reporting capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest Windows 2008 R2 Microsoft Certified Master - Mohammed Suwaimil

    Mohammed Suwaimil earned his Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. After his graduation in 2005, he has been working with Saudi Aramco, the global energy leader, as an IT Analyst supporting the corporate Active Directory infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest Windows 2008 R2 Microsoft Certified Master - Asen Petrov

    Asen is a mechanical engineer and graduated from the Technical University of Sofia 8 years ago. He has 10 years of professional experience in IT, the last 3 of which focused on designing and implementing Microsoft infrastructure technologies including Active Directory, PKI, Identity, DirectAccess and...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest Windows 2008 R2 Microsoft Certified Master - Amarpal Attwal

    Amarpal started in the IT sector as a helpdesk administrator and combined with hard work and dedication along with persistence managed to sit and pass various MCP exams opening the door to promotions starting from desktop engineer through to Active Directory Architect. Have led many teams in the engineering...
  • Blog Post: Two New MCA Exchange 2007's As Well!

    I'm clearing off the to-do list today whilst the Qual Lab goes on, and wanted to make sure the world knew that we added two new MCA Exchange 2007's over the last month or so. These two guys upgraded their existing MCA Exchange 2003, so now hold all 4 - MCM 2003/7 and MCA 2003/7. That's a very exclusive...
  • Blog Post: Introducing our latest Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) for Directory Services - Tony Hess

    I want to be the first to congratulate Tony on becoming a Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) for Directory Services. Tony Hess works as an enterprise architect for Harley-Davidson. He is responsible for architecting Harley’s strategy in the Intel Server space as well as cloud computing....
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to the Newest SQL Server Certified Architect Benjamin Wright-Jones

    Please join me once again in congratulating Benjamin Wright-Jones ( blog| @superlatch ). Benjamin was already a double SQL Server MCM (2005 and 2008) and is now the newest SQL Server Certified Architect (MCA). Here is a brief bio of Ben has worked at Microsoft (UK) for nine years specialising in...
  • Blog Post: The MCA Board Process - What's That All About Then?

    I had a very interesting discussion with a guy from NetApp at the E14 Airlift last week about the Board process for attaining MCA status, and how rigorous, fair, subjective or not, the process may be. It made me have a think about it too and I sent back an email which I'm using as the basis of this post...
  • Blog Post: Announcing MCA for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010... and our very first SharePoint MCAs!

    Today at the SharePoint Conference in Anaheim, California, Microsoft is excited to announce a new addition to the suite of Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications: MCA: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Joining MCA Exchange Server, SQL Server and Windows Server: Directory, this new certification...