Category Archives: Certification

New beta exams released for Windows Server 2012

If there was ever a time to update or create your Microsoft Subject Matter Expert profile it would be today. Starting today two new Server 2012 beta exams have become available for anyone interested in getting certified for Windows Server 2012. The new exams that have become available are part of the new certification of MCSA: Windows Server 2012.

The following exams have become available:

  • Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
    Exam Topics Covered:
  • Implementing Advanced Network Services
  • Implementing Advanced File Services
  • Implementing Dynamic Access Control
  • Implementing Network Load Balancing
  • Implementing Failover Clustering
  • Implementing Disaster Recovery
  • Implementing AD CS
  • Implementing AD FS
  • Exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
    Exam Topics Covered:

    • Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure
    • Managing User and Service Accounts
    • Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services
    • Configure and Troubleshoot DNS
    • Configure and Troubleshoot Remote Access
    • Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server role
    • Optimizing File Services
    • Increasing File System Security
    • Implementing Update Management

To get started with the new exams and work towards your new MSCA Certification you can either sign up for the exams using the Prometric registration website found here: Prometric Registration

Or by filling out your Subject Matter Profile, by participating in the SME program you might be eligible to participate in the beta exams if you match the technical requirements. To get started you can sign up at the Microsoft Connect website:
MSL Subject Matter Experts | Microsoft Connect

For more information you can also refer to the Microsoft Born to Learn blog, or specifically this blog post:
How to become a Microsoft Learning SME

To summarize, now is great time to get started with the new technologies that are coming out this September and October. So if you have been playing around with Server 2012 lately and feel you are up for a challenge you can sign up for one of the Beta exams. It is harder to prepare for but all the better when you know you were one of the first to passed for your certification.


VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5

As of last week I have achieved the VMWare Certified Professional on vSphere 5 certification. After a training course last month, I have spent most of my spare time studying to prepare for the examination.

For the aspiring VCPs I would like to share the resources I have used to study for this exam. My starting point was both the book and study guide provided by VMWare, the guide can be found here:

Furthermore I found to be a good resource with a wealth of information in order to properly prepare for the exam. I specifically used the vSphere v5 Notes to assess my own knowledge and whenever I found an unfamiliar topic I would know what to focus on next. With about 50 pages it is quite extensive and it can be found here:

Also there are many virtualization and VMware blogs that cover a wide range of topics. The blogs I frequented the most and which contained the most relevant information for my preparation has been I would highly recommend this site if you are planning to prepare for the exam or to read up on new developments in the VMware world.



Microsoft reintroduces MCSE

Today I was taken aback by the news that Microsoft decided to breathe new life into the MCSE certification. After seeing official Microsoft posts pronouncing MCSE was dead just three years ago, as shown on the Microsoft Learning blog: The MCSE is dead, its time to move on. Their decision to reinstate the certification is surprising to say the least.

There are some changes as well, MCSE no longer stands for Microsoft Certified System Engineer. The new title will be Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. Similar changes have been made for MCSA and the Microsoft Certified Master certification has been renamed to MCSM, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master. Also recertification is mandatory for the new certification tracks.

New Microsoft Certification Tree

There is a FAQ available on the Microsoft Learning website:
MCSE: Reinvented for the Cloud

All in all I think this is a good move, the MCSE certification is still very much alive and in demand and I recently caught myself translating MCITP:EA to MCSE 2008…