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  • Blog Post: SQL Server certifications are changing; do you know where you stand?

    Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training , a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. He has worked in the IT training and certification industry for the past 3 years. He is a tech enthusiast with experience working with SharePoint, Windows Server and Windows desktop. The launch of SQL Server 2014 has brought...
  • Blog Post: MCSE Update – Beware the path you choose to tread.

    Despite my crossing the professional tracks from Full time MCT to Microsoft Full Time Employee as an evangelist, I am still keen to engage with anyone on a certification journey or those still teaching and training our hard-working IT pro community. As such I feel the need to react to the announcement...
  • Blog Post: MVA Heroes on tour

    The TechNet UK IT pro team have been running a very successful competition over the summer. The aim is to promote the Microsoft Virtual Academy and drive IT Pros to its content in a structured way, with a fun approach to the competition. The MVA Heroes. It is a universal truth that IT Pros love free...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 MCSA – 70-347 Study Guide

    The Study of this exam content is causing me no end of difficulty. Because of this, I have adopted my usual policy of forcing the issue and have booked my exam for Wednesday 30th July at 1130 AM in Seattle. I will be attending the internal TechReady conference and will be sitting in on as many Office...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 MCSA – Halfway House

    There are two certification examinations that make up the MCSA Office 365. The background, requirements and details are listed here and are partially shown in the graphic below. In short, to certify you need to pass 70-346 and 70-347 (the 70 simply identifies the retail examination, there are other...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Administrative Roles

    In Office 365 there are a number of roles available with a myriad of differing levels of access and permissions. This link on the TechNet site is a huge help, both when deploying and when studying for an exam like I am (on Monday , no less), and these can be set at the users and groups / settings...
  • Blog Post: Following up on the Self-Training Challenge – MCSA Office 365

    A week or so ago I posted about Self-Training and I thought I would put my money where my mouth is. On December 23rd last year (I remember the date clearly), I sat two Microsoft Office 365 Beta examinations. Beta examinations differ from the normal ones in their numbering and more significantly they...
  • Blog Post: Self-Training – 101: How to get started and keep going.

    Self-training 101: How to find the time and the motivation and what is available for the IT Professional. Everybody has their own learning style, most fit into the three primary styles of Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic (tactile or learning by doing). These simply describe the way in which learning...
  • Blog Post: Advance your career with a Microsoft Virtualization Certification and get a free TechNet subscription in the process

    Microsoft virtualization solutions provide you with the way to optimise your infrastructure by helping you provide the services more rapidly and efficiently while allowing your organisation to consume these services more effectively in a dynamically changing business climate. Earning a Microsoft IT...
  • Blog Post: Learning: Don’t lose your Second Shot

    Time is running out to take advantage of free retakes for failed Microsoft exams. Retake an exam for free before May 31 st . Sign up for Second Shot In addition pass your exam before May 31st 2013 and you can enter a prize draw for a chance to win a UK Weekend Away, £500 or £100 worth of Amazon vouchers...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Does online training for complex technologies work?

    Hugh Simpson-Wells is the CEO Oxford Computer Group .  Hugh has spent the last thirty years in the IT sector, in technical roles as well as serving at senior management and board levels within public and private companies. He originally started Oxford Computer Group (OCG) in 1983 and in 2002 restarted...
  • Blog Post: Offer: Get 30% discount on Microsoft certification training – including Virtualization Admin in 1 week

    Now’s the time to get Hyper-V certified fast. Or get your hands on one of the brand new MCSA or MCSE certifications. Firebrand is offering 30% discount on all Microsoft courses. Act fast - this offer must end Friday 14 September 2012. Firebrand is an official Microsoft Gold Partner. Get...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is all in – a guest post by Andrew Fryer

    When Steve Ballmer says “We’re all in the cloud”  this should be viewed in the same way as when  Bill Gates talked about “a PC in every home”.  I could quote statistics on the investment Microsoft is making in the cloud or show you some cool pictures of containers in one of the data centres...
  • Blog Post: Skills Development Roadmap - Choose your path to success

    Whether you’re an experienced IT professional or new to the field, we have the training and certification path that will help lead you to success. Our classes are taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, so you can be confident that the lesson material is accurate, complete, and up to date. Great...
  • Blog Post: Read it and keep

    I have to confess to having quite a few real books in my house. Some of these books are reproductions of originals or have really big hi definition pictures in so they don’t work well as e-books.  I also find that on occasion technical books work better in print than they do on a small ebook reader...
  • Blog Post: The week that was 9th - 16th April

    Last week we extended the number of IT Camps that we are running in London, we released the details of the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch event and provided details of our IE Migration seminars.  That wasn’t enough for us though!  So we also gave you the value proposition for Microsoft Certification...
  • Blog Post: The TechEd Challenge - It's still not too late to enter if you've not done so - a sneak preview of what you could win!

    Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not? Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe , that's right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw. If you download/sign up for all three then you've got three times the...
  • Blog Post: TechED Europe - 25th to the 28th June - Certifications at 50% off!

    Are you still thinking about attending?  Are you still trying to get sign off from your boss to travel? My colleague Denise recently blogged about some of the announcements we've made on the certification side of things: A Microsoft certification confirms to everyone—employers, clients, your peers...
  • Blog Post: Ten Top New Years Resolutions for IT Professionals

    At this time of year it’s traditional for everyone to start planning for next year but what are the most important things for an IT Professional to do in the coming year?  Next year is going to be the year when we start to see widespread cloud (both public and private) adoption now that some of...
  • Blog Post: How To: Become a “Cloud Ninja”–Skills to become a Master of the Cloud

    Become a ‘Cloud Ninja’ and help lead your IT organisation to the cloud, by obtaining Microsoft’s new flagship certification, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). These certifications recognise those IT professionals who have broad and deep skill sets across whole Microsoft solutions. The...
  • Blog Post: What’s the Value of Microsoft Certification?

      In this short video IT Professionals talk about their experiences with Microsoft Certification and how it has helped support both organisational and personal progression in the IT industry. For more information about Microsoft Certification and Certification Training, please go here .
  • Blog Post: Free E-Book–Introducing SQL Server 2012

    If you are looking to have a book on hand whilst getting to grips with SQL Server 2012 then you’ll be interested in the free E-book currently being offered by MS Press and written by Ross Mistry ( @RossMistry ) and Stacia Misner ( @StaciaMisner ). You can download the PDF version of this title here ...
  • Blog Post: 2-4-1 Exam Vouchers: Get Current, Stay Current!

    Until the end of June 2012, Microsoft Learning are offering IT Professionals the opportunity to maximize their investment in current Microsoft Certifications with a 2-4-1 offer on exam vouchers. When you purchase and take a qualifying exam for a current Microsoft product between April 11, 2012 and June...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Common Criteria Certification

    By SQL Server Team UK In February 2013 Microsoft received the Common Criteria (CC) certificate for SQL Server 2012 SP1 Enterprise Edition (English) x64 (Version 11.0.3000.0) at EAL4+ and compliant with U.S. Government Protection Profile for Database Management Systems, Version 1.3, 24 December 2010....
  • Blog Post: Offer: Get a Second Shot at your Certification Exams For Free

    For a limited time, Microsoft is bringing back its popular Second Shot offer that gives you a free second chance to pass your certification exams. Microsoft has reinvented the IT industry’s most respected professional certification program to validate a deeper set of skills on the newest technologies...