June, 2010

  • Exam 70-512 is now available in Prometric testing centers. This is a Technical Specialist exam designed to test the candidate's knowledge and skills on installing, configuring, and maintaining Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server. Candidates typically work in an enterprise development organization that provides process automation services by using TFS.

    This exam covers the following topics:

    • Installing and configuring TFS
    • Managing TFS
    • Customizing TFS for team use
    • Administering version control

    For a more detailed list of the skills measured on this exam, check out the prep guide. To schedule your exam, visit Prometric’s Web site.

  • Exam 70-511 is now available in Prometric testing centers. This is a Technical Specialist exam designed to assess candidates’ hands-on skills in developing applications using Windows Forms, WPF and the .NET Framework 4.

    Candidates for this exam work in a development environment that uses Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2010 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 to create WinForms and WPF applications. The candidate should have at least one year of experience developing Windows-based applications by using Visual Studio, including at least six months of experience with Visual Studio 2010 Professional.

    This exam covers the following topics:

    • Building a User Interface by Using Basic Techniques
    • Enhancing a User Interface by Using Advanced Techniques
    • Managing Data at the User Interface Layer
    • Enhancing the Functionality and Usability of a Solution
    • Stabilizing and Releasing a Solution

    For a more detailed list of the skills measured on this exam, check out the prep guide. To schedule your exam, visit Prometric’s Web site.

  • Exam 70-513 is now available in Prometric testing centers. This exam is designed to test the candidate's knowledge and skills for developing applications using Windows Communication Foundation and the .NET Framework 4. 

    The candidate works on a team in a development environment that uses Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 to build distributed applications.  This candidate should have at least one year of experience developing Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)–based applications, including at least six months of experience with .NET Framework 4. The candidate should also be able to demonstrate the following:

    • A solid understanding of WCF in the context of the .NET Framework 4 solution stack
    • Experience creating service model elements
    • Experience using WCF to support open and .NET communication
    • Experience configuring and deploying WCF applications
    • Experience using Visual Studio tools, tracing tools, SvcUtil, WCF performance monitoring, and IIS/WAS for hosting services
    • Experience securing WCF applications
    • A solid understanding of concurrency

    For a more detailed list of the skills measured on this exam, check out the prep guide. To schedule your exam, visit Prometric's website.

  • You are invited to take beta exam 71-681: TS: Windows® 7 and Office 2010, DeployingIf you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for registering for beta versions of MCP exams. When the exam is released in its final form, the 70-xxx identifier is used for registration.

    By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications.

     

    71-681: TS: Windows® 7 and Office 2010, Deploying counts as credit towards the following certifications:

    ·          MCTS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deployment

    ·          MCITP: Enterprise Administrator


    Availability

    Public Registration begins: June 28, 2010

    Beta exam period runs: July 6, 2010July 26, 2010

     

    Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.


    Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions).  All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.

     

    Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China


    Registration Information

    You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.
    Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: WO20
    [In other words, the code is W, letter O, the number 2, and the number 0]

    Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately.


    To register in North America, please call:

    Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)

    Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact:

    Prometric: http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp


    Test Information and Support

    You are invited to take this beta exam at no charge.
    You will be given four hours to complete the beta exam. Please plan accordingly.

    Find exam preparation information: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-681&locale=en-us

  • Exam 70-515 is now available in Prometric testing centers. This is a Technical Specialist exam designed to  test the candidate's knowledge and skills in developing Web applications using ASP.NET and the .NET Framework 4.

    Candidates for this exam are professional Web developers who use Microsoft Visual Studio. Candidates should have a minimum of two to three years of experience developing Web-based applications by using Visual Studio and Microsoft ASP.NET. Candidates should be experienced users of Visual Studio 2008 and later releases and should have a fundamental knowledge of the .NET Framework 4 programming languages (C# or Microsoft Visual Basic). In addition, candidates should understand how to use the new features of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.
     
    Candidates should also have a minimum of one year of experience with the following:
    • Accessing data by using Microsoft ADO.NET and LINQ
    • Creating and consuming Web and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services
    • State management
    • ASP.NET configuration
    • Debugging and deployment
    • Application and page life-cycle management
    • Security aspects such as authentication and authorization
    • Client-side scripting languages
    • Internet Information Server (IIS)
    • ASP.NET MVC

    For a more detailed list of the skills measured on this exam, check out the prep guide. To schedule your exam, visit Prometric's website.

  • Here’s a cool way to prepare for Exam 70-640 (TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory -- Configuration) or Exam 70-536 (TS: Microsoft .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation): Challenge yourself by signing up to receive a series of practice test questions that can help identify gaps in your knowledge.

    After registering for this free program, you’ll receive an email every week - for seven weeks - with three practice test questions from MeasureUp, a leading provider of practice tests for MCPs. You will also be able to review videos created by some of our best Microsoft Certified Trainers who provide the answers to the questions and discussions on the featured technologies.

    Web

    If you are considering taking these exams, why not take a few minutes to learn more about this opportunity to test your knowledge. And let us know what you learned and how this program works for you.

  • Exam 70-519 is now available in Prometric testing centers. This is a Technical Specialist exam designed to assess candidates’  knowledge and skills on designing and developing Web applications using Microsoft .NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010.

    Candidates are typically Job Role Professionals who design and develop Web applications by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and  .NET Framework 4.   These professional developers should have a minimum of three years of experience using Microsoft ASP.NET technologies to develop compelling user experiences.

    This exam covers the following topics:

    • Designing the Application Architecture
    • Designing the User Experience
    • Designing Data Strategies and Structures
    • Designing Security Architecture and Implementation
    • Preparing For and Investigating Application Issues
    • Designing a Deployment Strategy

    For a more detailed list of the skills measured on this exam, check out the prep guide. To schedule your exam, visit Prometric’s Web site.

  • Earlier this week, the public MCP and MCT newsgroups were phased out. From now on, we welcome you here and look forward to continuing the conversations!

    Welcome MCPs and MCTs, we are excited that Born to Learn’s news and your conversations can now live in one single place.

    Why did we move?  For the reasons why, see this article-- http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx.

    This week, the public newsgroups moved here. Later this Summer we will welcome the MCTs and MCPs that use the private newsgroups, we will be building private forums and transfer the conversations here.

     

    Why did we move here? Well, “Born to Learn” is our official learning-related team blog and community site, it is built on Telligent’s Community Server platform and we think you’ll find that this platform offers several advantages over newsgroups:

    · Permanent retention of posts and articles

    · Ability to rate useful posts

    · E-mail notification on a thread-by-thread basis

    · User profiles and avatars

     

    For those of you who enjoy the off-line access afforded by NNTP newsreaders, you can subscribe to our RSS feed to read the forums off-line. (You won’t be able to post while off-line, though—we acknowledge that limitation.)

    One big change to be aware of: you’ll need to log in using your Windows Live ID in order to post in the forums—we hope that goes a long way to reducing spam and keeping the signal-to-noise ratio favorable.

    The only thing that is constant in our lives is change, please take a look around and we look forward to meeting you in the forums! Welcome home!

  • Greetings, Born to Learners! A little over a month ago, Microsoft Learning (re)released OneNote Trainer Packs (OTPs) for 20 titles with the promise of 12 more being made available in June. Those 12 are now ready and available for all you MCTs out there. The 12 now available are 6425B, 6236A, 6292A, 10135A, 6426B, 6294A, 6368A, 6460A, 6464A, 6416C, 6419A, and 6430B. The original 20 are, of course, still available as well: 2778A, 6215A, 6231A, 2262BK, 6232A, 6234A, 6235A, 6214A, 6367A, 6424A, 6461A, 6462A, 6420A, 6421A, 6446A, 6463A, 6427A, 6445A, 6451A, and 6434A.

    And to recap, the purpose of OTPs is to provide MCTs a single location for the most relevant content needed to prepare for a MOC class (Microsoft Official Course). OTPs include the following content for each course on each page in the OTP (and in this order):

    1) Slides
    2) Instructor Notes
    3) Book Content
    4) Companion CD Content

    Also included for each module are the Lab Answer Keys (LAKs). OTPs require OneNote to run, which is available as a free download for all MCTs (as part of the MCT program) via the included TechNet Plus subscription. All OTPs are located on the MCT Download Center, just search by course number for the course you're interested in and open the digital MOC folder to find the OTP.

    Last but not least, we're not done! We have more news on OTPs coming soon. Stay tuned to Born to Learn for more details coming in the next few days. As always, feedback/questions/comments are welcome. Feel free to leave comments below.

    *Update* See below for a listing of available OneNote Trainer Packs with complete title names:

    Title# Name
    2262 Supporting Users Running Applications on a Microsoft Windows XP Operating System
    2778 Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL
    6214 Effective Team Development using Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
    6215 Implementing and Administering Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server
    6231 Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database
    6232 Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database
    6234 Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
    6235 Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services
    6236 Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
    6292 Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client
    6294 Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments
    6367 Introduction to Object Oriented Programming using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
    6368 Programming with the Microsoft .NET Framework using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
    6416 Updating your Network Infrastructure and Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008
    6419 Configuring, Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Servers
    6420 Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008 Network and Applications Infrastructure
    6421 Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure
    6424 Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
    6425 Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services
    6426 Configuring and Troubleshooting Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
    6427 Configuring and Troubleshooting Internet Information Services in Windows Server 2008
    6430 Planning and Administering Windows Server 2008 Servers
    6434 Automating Windows Server 2008 Administration with Windows PowerShell
    6445 Implementing and Administering Windows Small Business Server 2008
    6446 Implementing and Administering Windows Essential Business Server 2008
    6451 Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2
    6460 Visual Studio 2008: Windows Presentation Foundation
    6461 Visual Studio 2008: Windows Communication Foundation
    6462 Visual Studio 2008: Windows Workflow Foundation
    6463 Visual Studio 2008: ASP.NET 3.5
    6464 Visual Studio 2008: ADO.NET 3.5
    10135 Configuring, Managing and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 
     

  • Just a couple days ago, I blogged about the release of more OneNote Trainer Packs (OTPs) but also hinted at more news coming soon. If you thought OTPs were a good way to prepare for a course, then you might want to participate in our latest pilot that takes this concept to the next level. Here are the details:

    Three weeks ago, the Office team announced Office Web Apps which included the release of the wicked awesome OneNote Web App. You heard right: wicked awesome. Now OneNote files can be displayed and edited for free in your web browser, shared with multiple users for centralized community authoring, and synced across multiple computers/browsers in real time with changes tracked/displayed automatically while also available offline.

    So we here in Microsoft Learning started playing with this right after we heard the news and got to thinking (dangerous, we know)… what if we created/hosted “community” versions of OTPs and allowed 17,000 MCTs an easy way to share their notes, tips, updates, etc. for each course? What would stop us from offering MCTs ‘live’ trainer manuals that are constantly being updated and expanded based on real life trainer feedback as they teach the courses? Turns out nothing!

    Starting today, we will be piloting the OTP Cloud project wherein we’ll invite MCTs to test community editions of OTPs in the cloud using the OneNote Web App and SkyDrive. This will also be a great way for Microsoft Learning to better understand how you use these courses, and more importantly, how we can make them better for you in the future.  

    Here's how it works: If you are an MCT and interested, just email MCTOneNote@hotmail.com from a LiveID account (e.g., Hotmail account) to get access to all 32 "community" OTPs (with the option to open them in your browser or have them sync to your desktop). Please also provide your MCT ID in your email. Once you are granted access to the folder, check out the OneNote notebook called "START HERE" for more details and quick tips. As always, feedback/questions/comments are all welcome.

    If you're unfamiliar with OneNote, check out this video for a quick introduction.

  • Continuing the celebration of our newest product releases: new training videos are available right now over at Channel 9

    Application Compatibility for Office 2010 - Analyze your environment for installed add-ins and identify potential migration issues as you migrate earlier versions of Office to Office 2010. Learn how the Compatibility Inspector tools can perform an analysis of the code and suggest potential issues with this video on Channel 9. Additional videos and a lab are also available.

    Learn SharePoint 2010 Best Practices - Explore design considerations you should have as you start creating SharePoint solutions targeting SharePoint 2010. Additional videos, labs and code available on testing, deployment and security in this new training course on Channel 9.

  • Perhaps you've seen the movie, clicked on the site, and now you're wondering what's it all about? Having taken the beta Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Office 2010 certification exams for Word and Excel, I can tell you, it's awesome!

    Office 2010 melds advanced features like photo-editing, document-sharing, and accessibility (from your PC, Web or Windows phone) into the intuitive Office interface of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and many other Office applications. I'm personally starting to leverage the integrated interface between these products and the new SharePoint Workspace tools to make my poor 100 GB hard drive stretch every byte. It's been a pretty cool, seamless experience.

    And, I'll be presenting some of these new features at an upcoming free webinar on June 29th. Come join me if you're interested to learn more.

    You can also check out the free learning snacks, classroom or online training that is now available for Office 2010.

     

     

     

  • Exam 70-516 is now available in Prometric testing centers. This is a Technical Specialist exam designed to assess candidates’ knowledge and skills on accessing data sources using ADO.NET and the .NET Framework.

    Candidates for this exam use Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and ADO.NET 4 to develop the data access layer of an application.  Candidates should have a minimum of two to three years of experience developing application components that interact with a variety of data sources.  In addition, candidates should have a thorough understanding of relational database concepts and should have a minimum of one to two years of experience using a relational database management system. 

    This exam covers the following topics:

    • Modeling Data
    • Managing Connections and Context
    • Querying Data
    • Manipulating Data
    • Developing and Deploying Reliable Applications

    For a more detailed list of the skills measured on this exam, check out the prep guide. To schedule your exam, visit Prometric’s Web site.

  • Exam 70-518 is now available in Prometric testing centers. This is a Professional exam designed to assess candidates’ knowledge and skills on making the appropriate job role decisions around Windows-based applications on the desktop using Windows Forms and WPF.

    Candidates for this exam work on a team in a development environment that uses Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2010 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to develop desktop applications.  Candidates should have a minimum of three years of experience developing applications, including one to two years of experience developing Windows-based applications. Candidates should have a thorough understanding of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows Forms technologies in the .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.  

    This exam covers the following topics:

    • Designing the Layers of a Solution
    • Designing the Presentation Layer
    • Designing the Data Access Layer
    • Planning a Solution Deployment
    • Designing for Stability and Maintenance

    For a more detailed list of the skills measured on this exam, check out the prep guide. To schedule your exam, visit Prometric’s Web site.

  • Would you like to shape the future of Microsoft Learning’s Certification program? Here’s your chance! Take a few minutes to complete a brief survey and help us improve the value of our certifications. Not only will you have an opportunity to provide your feedback on the future of the program, you may also win one of four X-Box 360s. 

    Complete contest rules can be found here, but the most important rule is that sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the United States. If you are not a U.S. resident, we’d still love your input, but you can’t be entered into the sweepstakes for one of the X-Box 360s because of Microsoft’s rules around this particular contest. (I didn’t design this particular contest or its rules, but feel free to shoot the messenger…I’ll lay down on my sword for all of you who live outside the U.S. I hope a few of you will participate anyway because I’d love worldwide input.)

    To complete the survey, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/TechEd2010Survey

    The survey will be open until June 30, so if you’re interested in shaping the future of the program, you should act now!

  • I am excited to announce the first two Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams go live tomorrow, June 30th, including Word 2010 Core and Excel 2010 Core. In the coming months, many more Office 2010 exams will be available. Here are the tentative launch dates for each of the exams. Please keep in mind these will likely shift!

    • Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects - September 2010
    • PowerPoint 2010 - October 2010
    • Outlook 2010 - November 2010
    • Access 2010 - November 2010
    • Word 2010 Expert - January 2011
    • Excel 2010 Expert - January 2011
    • SharePoint Workspace 2010 - Spring, 2011

    More Details are available to read more about MOS 2010 at a number of sites below:

    Need training before you take your exam? For a limited time, you can download the free e-book, "First Look: Microsoft Office 2010." Learn more about the offer and other training options on the Microsoft Office 2010 training portal.

     

     

  • Since I posted my blog on the registration problems with 83-640, many of you commented about performance issues that occurred during your exam. Although I couldn’t respond to all your comments, I was taking them very seriously and escalating them within my organization. In response to the feedback that you have provided and comments from other customer channels, Microsoft and Prometric have decided to suspend Exam 83-640 and revert back to Exam 70-640, starting June 2, 2010.

    Because 83-640 and 70-640 measure the same objective domain and skills, both result in the same certification. The primary difference between these exams is that each uses different question types to assess those skills. As a result, the reversion back to 70-640 doesn’t change how you should prepare for the exam.

    What does this mean?

    If you are currently registered for 83-640, you will automatically be registered for 70-640 at the same time and location. If you prefer to take Exam 070-640 at a different time or location, you can re-schedule your exam online or contact Prometric customer service.

    If you’ve been waiting to register for this exam until I provided an update on the status for these issues, please register for 70-640 at your convenience. Simply visit www.prometric.com/Microsoft to register online.

    If you took 83-640 but did not receive a score, please contact Prometric’s customer service if you have not already done so. I will work with Prometric to investigate these issues, but it’s very important that you contact Prometric to initiate this process because they have part of the information that I need to determine your final score.

    Cutting Edge Technology in Exams

    We are committed to incorporating performance based items into our exams because we are also hearing from you that this is how you want to be tested. We have learned a lot about the deployment of virtual labs and will continue working to incorporate performance based items into exams in a way that ensures a world class testing experience.

    For more information on this decision, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-dev-release.aspx#tab4

  • Learn SharePoint 2010 Best Practices Explore design considerations you should have as you start creating SharePoint solutions targeting SharePoint 2010. Additional videos, labs and code available on testing, deployment and security in this new training course on Channel 9.

    Gerry

  • You've just completed one of the SharePoint beta exams. The beta comment period begins. Before you can even type your first comment, you get a message that says "You have one minute left to comment on the exam." You have some things to tell those people on the certification development team, but you are unable to submit any comments before the comment period ends

    What should you do?

    A. Forget it about it, it's not your problem. You got your free exam.

    B. Run screaming from the building because clearly the world is about to end.

    C. E-mail mslcd@microsoft.com with your comments, your MCID, the exam number, and the testing center.

    D. Say to yourself, "Clearly they don't need my beta comments if they haven't configured the exam so that I can record them."

    The correct answer is C.  Truth is, we don't know why this is happening and could really use your help investigating. Some candidates are able to comment, and others are not. We're very curious about what the folks who were unable to comment would have said, given the opportunity.

    {Please do not put your personal information in a comment to this post. Please do not discuss the content of any specific items on this post, either.}

    Thanks to everyone who has already reported this issue. We really, REALLY, REALLY appreciate you bringing it to our attention.

  • We had the honor of meeting Steven Holcomb when he visited the Microsoft campus a few weeks ago. Steven powered the U.S. to its first bobsledding gold medal in 62 years at the Vancouver Games. The Olympian is a PC through and through. He trains using an Xbox and is a Microsoft Certified Professional, now setting his sights on getting his Windows 7 certification.

    Steven had planned to go to college and major in computer science before his bobsledding career took off. Now, as he basks in the victory at the Winter Games and enjoys a little downtime, he plans to brush up on his IT skills this summer and attain a Microsoft Certification in Windows 7. He’s not expecting it to be a cakewalk. “If it’s anything like the last time I got my certification, it’s going to be a challenge,” he says. “But at least it’ll be a nice change of pace from having to wake up early and go work out.”

    Steven hopes to eventually land a job in the IT industry, but for the immediate future, bobsledding is his career. (“Gotta defend the gold in four years,” he says.) Fortunately, bobsledding training incorporates one of his longtime tech loves: gaming. Steve Holcomb in the driver’s seat with the team that won a gold medal for the U.S. in bobsledding for the first time in 62 years.

    In addition to sprints and long hours in the weight room, Holcomb hones his hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness on the Xbox. His virtual training began in earnest several years ago, when he was bored waiting to get back into a bobsled. (During summer months many skiers travel to the Southern Hemisphere to train, but there are no bobsled tracks down there, so the team can only train on a track in winter.) He played a ton of games in the week leading up to his first day on the track. When he finally got in the bobsled, something clicked. “As soon as I was on the track, I noticed how much easier driving was – things moved slower, I could interpret everything that was going on, I could tune out everything that wasn’t on the track,” Holcomb says. “Sure enough, when I play video games my bobsledding improves.”

    Steven is definitely a PC (“I’m a big fan of Windows 7”), but says he’s happy to help out teammates with technical problems no matter what type of computer they run.

    Have a look at the video of Steven’s visit to Microsoft, Steven met with Microsoft Learning’s GM Lutz Ziob and with Springboard Series’ Stephen Rose.

    We also invited Steven to join us at TechEd in New Orleans, we will share that story here later this week!

     

    Steven Holcomb visits Microsoft
  • What are the real-world situations that you face on the job? What are the common mistakes, troubleshooting scenarios, or design considerations you think we at Microsoft Learning should consider when testing for Windows Server technical skills?

     

    As a Windows Server technology professional, you are invited to join our community site on Microsoft Connect for Windows Server technology. This site gives you an opportunity to tell us more about how we should focus our exam development efforts. On this site, you can post your ideas, follow discussions, and engage with fellow subject matter experts.   You’ll also have the opportunity to vote for the best ideas.

     

    This is a great opportunity for you to have a voice in keeping our exams relevant.  Your participation also lets us know that you’re passionate about our exams and products and lets us know who to reach out to when exam development is around the corner.

     

    There’s more!  We have rewards for participants who post actively and for those who simply post good stuff! We have rewards for voters, too!

    Interested in participating in this program? Click here to complete a nomination survey or visit our site for more information. 

    (The site has external content available. Registration to Connect is required to participate.)  

  • We’ll be opening registration for the following beta exam soon:

    • 70-681    TS: Windows® 7 and Office 2010, Deploying

    As with every beta exam, seats are limited. We’ll be using our MSL SME database to recruit for the first round of beta participants. For your best chance of participating, create a SME profile by filling out the survey on the MSL SME site on Microsoft Connect. (See this post for more information.) If you have already created your SME profile, make sure that you update it to reflect your interest in taking a beta exam and your experience with Windows 7 and Office 2010.

    A few days before registration opens, we’ll send a notification to qualified SMEs through Connect. The notification will include the beta code. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail mslcd@microsoft.com.

  • Exam 70-177 is now available in Prometric testing centers. This is a Technical Specialist exam designed to assess candidates’ hands-on skills using and configuring Microsoft Project Server 2010.

    Candidates for this exam:

    • are experienced in implementing and supporting the Microsoft Project Server 2010 solution and also have experience with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and familiarity with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 technology.
    • are responsible for the installation, configuration, and maintenance of a Project Server 2010 implementation.
    • typically work as an Enterprise Project Management (EPM) consultant, a project server administrator, an IT professional, or a developer.

    For a more detailed list of the skills measured on this exam, check out the prep guide.  To schedule your exam, visit Prometric’s Web site.

  • Are you in the “Communications Server 14” TAP/Super TAP/TRP? Have you attended one of the "CS 14" airlifts? Do you have the "CS 14" skills to pay the bills and the urge to influence the shape of an entire MCITP exam track? The certification team is looking for subject matter experts to complete a Blueprinting exercise. Providing feedback is quick and painless and helps us to create relevant exams.

     

    If you’re interested, please e-mail (jseymour@microsoft.com) by Monday morning (Redmond time), June 21st and give me a short blurb about your experience with “CS 14”. We should be sending out the blueprints next week.

     

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    P.S. Bounus points if you can name my favorite album from the 70's funk group, "Super Tap".

  • Title pretty much says it all—our Office 2010 learning snack is now available in four languages. Go get ‘em!