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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure – Changing the face of certification. (Or why Second Shot is Essential)

    Followers of this blog will know that I am pretty quick to take new certification exams produced by Microsoft. There are several reasons for this ranging from occupational hazard as an MCT to the fact that it is often, in my opinion the best time to take and pass these tests. Nothing supports the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure – Learn it, Love it, Certify in it!

    Part of my role as a Technical Evangelist within Microsoft UK is to assist all and sundry to understand and engage with the whole range of Microsoft Solutions. This includes our Cloud offering – Microsoft Azure . What exactly is Azure and what can we do with this service? Well Wikipedia...
  • Blog Post: New Year’s Resolutions for an IT Pro

    I always struggle with making New Year’s resolutions for myself, so when I was asked to write this post suggesting a list of potential resolutions with which an IT Pro may wish to start 2015, I jumped at the chance. The first has to be Get Certified and if you are certified, either renew it...
  • Blog Post: Roll up, roll up get your FREE Microsoft Azure BETA Exam code here.

    Within the last month, I have taken all three Microsoft Azure Certification Exams, two of them have been BETA tests. Read on and you can get you own code to take a FREE Azure BETA Exam (only 500 codes available – first come – first served) So, I post quite often about certification and...
  • Blog Post: What are the best IT Pro Tools for automation – and why?

    Each month here in the @TechnetUk #ITPro office there is a mad scramble (bunfight / race / polite debate) to bid for the best blog topics for the month. Each quarter has a theme, this quarter it is ‘the right tools for the job’. I was lucky enough to see the email early and our editor Charlotte...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Thinking about your career? Take a look at these offers on Microsoft certifications

    There’s nothing like a new year to start you thinking about team or personal development and career moves. The kindly chaps over in Microsoft Learning just told me about these new certification offers: Buy a Microsoft certification pack with second shots and save up to 20% Microsoft certification packs...