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  • Blog Post: Bumper Crop of OCS MCMs from rotation 5!!

    With rotation 5 out of the door we have only one rotation left on OCS 2007 R2 (May). The latest group to enjoy the thrills and spills of OCS Masters is pictured below just before taking the qual lab. By previous standards this group was relatively quiet in the classroom but they sure put everything into...
  • Blog Post: They Just Won't Stop.....

    In my recent post I listed how many MCM's and MCA's we had - well, it has changed... The two taking their labs that day both passed. So both are now MCM 2007's. And today, an attendee from the first Masters delivery passed his Qual Lab at the second bite and becomes an MCM in Exchange Server 2007 as...
  • Blog Post: A Batch Of Exchange MCM's and MCA's!

    The last month has seen a lot of MCM and MCA activity for Exchange, and so I'm delighted to be able to publically acknowledge the following folks; First the MCM's Saykham Saykao - Saykham of OBS in Australia passed his 2007 Qual to add 2007 MCM to his 2003 MCM Ashraf Ismail - Ashraf from...
  • Blog Post: Some More MCM 2003 to 2007 Exchange Upgrades Complete!

    A busy week or two for people taking the Qual to upgrade their existing MCM Exchange 2003 to 2007. Please congratulate; · Dave Chomas - Dave is a Senior Consultant for MCS in the US East Region · Thomas Strasser - Thomas is a consultant working with our friends at HP in Germany · Colin...
  • Blog Post: 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 slapping myself in the face with a piece of fish just...
  • 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: 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: 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: Announcing the newest members of the SharePoint MCM Community!

    Greetings everyone. SharePoint MCM Rotation 4 wrapped up a little over two weeks ago, and the final results are in. R4 was my first rotation as PM, and it was an enormously rewarding experience to work with our phenomenal instructor team and a talented, driven, and fun group of candidates. Our candidates...
  • Blog Post: Annoucing three new OCS 2007 MCMs

    I'm pleased to announce that we have three new members of the OCS MCM community after they completed retakes. There are, in no particular order, Robert Burnett - Robert works for CXO Global Solutions in the US Jim Raymond - Jim works for Dyntek also in the US Agus Rachman - Agus works for...
  • Blog Post: You asked, and we listened! Increased number of Prometric Test Centers for MCM / MCSM Exams

    With the recent de-coupling of training and exams for the other technologies (SQL Server has been de-coupled for some time now) we anticipate a much higher volume of candidates taking the exams. We realized that the limited number of Prometric Test Centers in the past limited our ability to get the...
  • Blog Post: A Fall Harvest of SharePoint MCMs

    The time between rotations is a busy one on the program management side of things - we update the course based on the rich feedback we get from candidates, we screen a whole new group of applicants for the next rotation, we deal with the nuts & bolts of rotation logistics, and proctor a lot of retakes...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to our latest SharePoint 2010 Masters!

    Greetings everyone. Springtime in Redmond was exceptionally busy for the SharePoint MCM instructor team, with lots of globetrotting from our 11-member internationally-based instructor team, who delivered 5 weeks of training in an 8-week span! The hotels and restaurants in and around Redmond Town Center...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the latest SharePoint Masters...

    Today's a dual anniversay - it's been exactly one year since I finished my first SharePoint MCM rotation as Program Manager, and it's also the official end of retakes for the SharePoint 2007 MCM program. So that's it - at a final count of exactly 50, we have all the SharePoint 2007 MCMs we'll ever have...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: SharePoint R4 Keeps Going Strong...

    Hi folks. We've got two more R4 graduates who've completed their retakes in the past month. I'm very pleased to announce their certification achievement... Tom Resing is a Senior Software Engineer with MicroLink, LLC based out of San Antonio, TX. Mike Wise is a Global Solution Architect with...