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  • 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: New dates announced! New website! Featured on microsoft.com...Oh my!

    Hi All, Yes, many have been asking, and now thou shall receive: our new Microsoft Learning website went live today (great new look and feel) and as part of that, we have posted our dates for upcoming rotations in fall and Spring 2010: go take a look and register to ensure you get your seat! As...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: Current SQL 2008 MCMs Take Note - You are automatically granted the MCSM: Data Platform Certification!

    All current SQL 2008 MCMs to receive MCSM: Data Platform certification (Grandfathering) The implementation of this policy will allow MCMs to hold both an MCM and an MCSM – it will be an additional certification and will not replace the current certification on their transcripts or elsewhere...
  • Blog Post: Exchange MCM Upgrades - Please Congratulate...

    I've been a bit behind recently on these, something to do with running a 3 week class, but better late than never... Some existing MCM 2003's passed the 2007 Qual and therefore add MCM 2007 to their transripts. Well done to the following people; CK Quek - CK is an Architect working for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL PASS Summit testing filling up quickly!

    Thanks to everyone who tried contacting us via the GetCert@microsoft.com .There was an initial problem with the alias which should have been corrected. We have had a lot of interest already, and will be closing the pre-registration process at the end of the day (PST) November 1st. If you are planning...
  • Blog Post: Thank you for your patience

    We had a delay (too many moving parts, I'm afraid) with the scheduling process for MCM exams to be taken at SQL PASS Summit 2012. The 88-970 (SQL Server 2008 MCM Knowledge Exam) can now be scheduled directly via Prometric websit. Please use test center MC60. This is SQL PASS Summit. The 88-971...
  • Blog Post: MCM: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Knowledge Exam Retirement Date Announced

    If you have been trying to decide whether or not to pursue your MCM: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 certification this may help you make the decision. The MCM: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Knowledge Exam will be retired on January 1, 2014. At that point in time, you must pusue the MCSM: Data Platform certification...
  • Blog Post: And More Exchange 2007 MCM's!

    Over the last few weeks we've added a few more people to our growing community, so I delighted to be able to publically congratulate: Dwight Jesseman - Dwight is a Senior Systems Engineer for Unified Communications at the University of Florida and attended MCM Rotation 1, in October 2008. Welcome...