This is a guest post authored by Gary Eimerman, Director of Product Development at TrainSignal.

Every year in late May or early June, IT Admins and Developers from around the world begin an annual pilgrimage to a lovely US city where we all convene for a week of learning, networking, and of course partying at TechEd North America. This year, the buzz and excitement leading up to the pilgrimage is even more than prior years, not because of the location or the closing band, but because 2012 is shaping up to be one of the biggest release years for Microsoft in over a decade. One exciting release is the rebirth of the MCSE certification. Just last month, Microsoft announced the return of the MCSE with the MCSE: Private Cloud.

It was that announcement along with a challenge spear headed by Michael Bender, that this year's pilgrimage to TechEd would have a twist to it. Michael challenged readers of the Born to Learn blog to obtain their MCSE: Private Cloud certification by or at TechEd 2012, essentially completing their certification within 60 days. One participant, Matt Griffin, has blogged about his plan and studies and this weekend, with the help of some friends on twitter, brought #60days2MCSE to the attention of the team at TrainSignal.

As Michael and friends take on this challenge, here at TrainSignal, we want to help assist those on this journey, and so we are setting up a special #60days2MCSE learning portal for the first 25 people who contact me. The learning portal will grant users access to our Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Windows Server 2008 Server Admin, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Admin, Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, System Center Configuration Manager 2007, System Center Operations Manager 2007, System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, Windows 7 and Microsoft Server Virtualization training courses through TechEd North America in June. (Here you can find a complete list of our Microsoft Training and details of what each course covers)

What do you need to do to get access?

We're excited to be a part of this journey with everyone, and hopefully we can meet everyone at a #60days2MCSE tweet up (or other event) and hear about the successes at TechEd Orlando next month. I'll make sure Ed Liberman and Scott Lowe (the instructors on the TrainSignal courses) will both be there so you can share your favorite cliché from the courses, and ask them any questions you might have at TechEd. Best of luck on your journey!