December, 2010

  • UPDATED:  12/20/10 08:19 PT --- And we're back - registration code is working now. Good luck!

    Best, Stephanie

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    You are invited to take beta exam 71-169, Pro: TS: Windows Small Business Server 7, Configuring.

    If 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.

    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.

    If 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.

    Availability

    Registration:  Now Open                    

    Beta exam period runs:  December 22, 2010– January 14, 2011

    Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis – we recommend that you register immediately. 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: SBSS 

    Responding to 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.  

    The online version of the exam prep guide will be available shortly – until then, please see the version of the prep guide included at the end of this blog post.  

    More Information

    For Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) help and information, you may log in to the MCP Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp /or contact your Regional Service Center: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/support/worldsites.asp .

     

     

     

    Prep Guide for Exam 70-169:

    TS: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, Configuring

     

    About this Exam

    This exam is designed for information technology (IT) professionals who work in or consult with small businesses that use Windows Small Business Server Standard 2011.

     

    Audience Profile

    This credential is designed for information technology (IT) professionals who work in or consult with small businesses that use Windows Small Business Server (SBS) Standard 2011.  The MCTS candidate for this exam should have at least one year of experience deploying and managing network solutions in an environment that has the following characteristics:

            Up to 75 devices

            Company networks with Internet connectivity

            Individual users or user groups that connect to the company network from remote locations

    Credit toward Certification

    When you pass Exam 70-169: TS: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, Configuring, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):

     MCTS: 70-169: Microsoft Small Business Server Standard 2011, Configuring

    Note: This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.  

    Skills Being Measured

    This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.

    Installing and Setting Up Windows Small Business Server (SBS) Standard 2011

            Prepare for migration.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: run Windows SBS Best Practice Analyzer (BPA), DNS cleanup, domain cleanup, run preparation tool, create an answer file for migration)

            Install and migrate to Windows SBS Standard 2011.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: from Windows SBS 2003, from Windows SBS 2008, Migration Wizard tasks, configure a new installation of Windows SBS

            Configure connectivity.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: configure Internet domain, configure DNS name resolution (internal and external)

            Configure network infrastructure.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: ports, protocols, inbound or outbound rules, enable outbound popup and logging, install and configure a gateway appliance/firewall for common Windows SBS services, configure and maintain WAN/LAN/NAT for email/web/ActiveSync (e.g., IP addressing, network hardware configuration)

    Configuring Remote Access

            Configure remote client access to internal resources.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: VPN

            Configure Remote Web Access

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: configure the Windows SBS server, e.g., to admin console, to computers, to shared folders; configure RWW to use Remote Desktop Server server; configure client computers

            Configure Remote Desktop Services (RDS).

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: configure RemoteApp applications, configure RD Session Host, RD Web, RD Gateway

    Configuring and Managing Messaging and Collaboration

            Configure email.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: Exchange Server, POP3 Connector, configure email client protocols [POP3 (on client side), SMTP, RPC/HTTPS (also known as Outlook Anywhere), IMAP], configure Microsoft Outlook settings, configure a smart host

            Manage Microsoft Exchange Server.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: maintain logging; db management, e.g., defragment db; quota management, add additional email domains, redirect email, configure mobile device Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync

            Configure folder shares.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: using Windows SBS console, using native tools (Quota console, File and Server Resource Manager, file screen, reports), shared folders, SMB permissions vs. NTFS permissions

            Configure storage.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: using Move Data Wizards, add additional storage, configure folder redirection policy

            Configure Microsoft SharePoint

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: create and modify SharePoint sites (e.g., new team sites, blog sites, wiki sites), assign user permissions, configure document upload and handling

    Managing Users, Computers, and Printers

            Create and manage user accounts.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: create, edit, and delete user accounts, assign permissions to users, assign users to computers, configure user RWW access using Windows SBS console, properties and native tools

            Create and manage user roles.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: change user roles, assign users to a role, assign groups to a role, assign quota policy

            Create and manage groups.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: create a distribution group, create a security group, add/edit/delete users to/from a group, mail enabled vs. not mail enabled; archived vs. not archived, OU structures

            Join computers to the domain.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: client and server computers, join an additional server, Connect Wizard, manage user permissions for domain computers (local admin vs. standard user, remote access), migrate local user profiles

            Create and configure shared devices.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: fax and printers, add a network printer, add drivers for 32 bit, configure user permissions for a device

    Managing Health and Security

            Configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: configure client exclusions, server security updates, maintain health and security, maintain server/client WSUS patching, change software update and schedule settings

            Manage monitoring and reporting.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: client (including update compliancy, client computer firewall, antivirus status), server (including core services; low disk space; success or fail)

            Configure backup and restore data on the server.

            Configure SSL certificates.

    o   This objective may include but is not limited to: configure a trusted certificate, self-signed certificates, Including manage certificate packages, import and export during setup for migration

    Preparation Tools and Resources

    To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills Measured" section.

    Classroom Training There is no classroom training currently available.

    Microsoft E-Learning There is no Microsoft E-Learning training currently available.

    Microsoft Press Books There are no Microsoft Press books currently available.

    Practice Tests There are no practice tests currently available.

    Other Questions?

    For advice about training and certification, connect with peers:

    Visit the training and certification forum

    For questions about a specific certification, chat with a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP):

    Visit our MCP newsgroups

    To find out about recommended blogs, Web sites, and upcoming Live Meetings on popular topics, visit our community site:

    Visit the Microsoft Learning community

     

     

  • Hi guys

     It's me, Inspector Gadget. :-)

    In the past few weeks, I've been searching the net for information about Microsoft Certifications. Let's call it a microsoft Certification Inspection. I'm somewhat surprised at the amount of misinformation that is out there. No wonder it all seems so confusing at times. 

    I was hoping you guys could help me out a little.

    First, I'd like to gather a list of web pages that contain wrong or ourdated information about our certs. (Grant it, I know we can't catch every single website... but it's worth correcting the "big" ones".

    Second, I'd like to "clean them up" a little.

    If you happen to fall on such misinformation, and think we can change it, send me the link.

    I'm looking for things like:

    • Certifications are available (series)
    • How do you get certified
    • Which certification are in market etc...

    Here a re a few examples of page where we need to correct information:

      Wikipedia –
      1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Certification.
      2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_certification_(Computer_technology)  

    Thoughts?

  • You are invited to take beta exam 71-665: PRO: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Administrator. If 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.

     

    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.

     

    71-665: PRO: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Administrator counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

    ·         MCITP: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Administrator

     


    Availability

    Registration begins December 20.

    Beta exam period runs: December 30, 2010 – January 20, 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 codes when registering for the exam: UCPROJ

     

    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=70-665

     


    Frequently Asked Questions

    You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about beta exams here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-dev-release.aspx#tab2

    For Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) help and information, you may log in to the MCP Web site at http://mcp.microsoft.com/ or contact your Regional Service Center: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/help/assisted-support.aspx

  • You are invited to take beta exam 71-664: TS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring. If 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.

     

    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.

     

    71-664: TS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring counts as credit towards the following certification(s).

    ·         MCTS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuration

    ·         MCITP: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Administrator

     


    Availability

     

    Registration begins December 13.

    Beta exam period runs: December 22, 2010 – January 14, 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 codes when registering for the exam: UCTSJ

    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=70-664

     

     


    Frequently Asked Questions

    You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about beta exams here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-dev-release.aspx#tab2

    For Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) help and information, you may log in to the MCP Web site at http://mcp.microsoft.com/ or contact your Regional Service Center: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/help/assisted-support.aspx

  • |

    On June 30, 2011 (formerly March 31, 2011), we will be retiring exams 271: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Windows XP Operating System and 272: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on a Windows XP Operating System. While mainstream support ended for Windows XP in April 2009, we continued to support the product due to continual market use.  With the recent shift to Windows 7, we have determined it is now the time to retire the 271 and 272 exams.

     

    While the 271 and 272 exams will retire, those individuals that have passed both exams and have achieved the MCDST certification will still see the MCDST certification on their transcript. Once you have achieved your MCDST, you may take one exam (70-682) and achieve two Windows 7 certifications - MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician Windows 7 and MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration. Find out more here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-windowsclient.aspx#tab5

     

    Secure a Second Shot for your Microsoft Certification exam (Prometric.com)

    The Second Shot offer (regular exam price plus 15 percent) allows you to retake a Microsoft IT professional, developer, or Microsoft Dynamics exam if you do not pass it on the first attempt.

     

    View the entire list of exams that will be retiring here - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-dev.aspx#tab4.  Check back often as dates and exams may change.

     

    Questions? Contact your nearest Regional Service Center.

     

  • Recently I was trying to look up the results for my Microsoft Excel 2010 beta exam. (In case you’re wondering—I passed!) I found the Excel 2010 results by using the MC ID on the printout that I received after taking the exam. However, I noticed that the results from other exams I have taken were NOT THERE. “Dude, where’s my certs?” I thought. I dug through my old e-mail and found the confirmation from one of the other exams—and it had a different Microsoft Certification ID (MC ID).

    Whether you are scheduling a MOS exam, a TS exam, or a Pro exam, it is really easy to end up with more than one MC ID. I should have known better, and it happened to me anyway. It may be more effort to find your MC ID when you are scheduling an exam than it is to just create a new MC ID. But the consequence of not putting in the extra effort to find your MC ID is that when you need to see all the Microsoft Certifications you’ve earned all in one place—such as when you want to share your online transcript with your boss—your complete history won’t be there.

    If you discover that you have more than one MC ID, you can contact your local Regional Service Center (RSC), and an agent can consolidate your MC IDs for you. 

    You can prevent this from happening to you! When you are registering for your exam, consider whether or not you already have an MC ID. If you think you have one, take a couple minutes to look for it before you create a new one. A couple suggestions for where to look:

    • Printed transcript. If you have a printed copy of your transcript, you can find your MC ID on it.
    • Email notifications. Emails you were sent from Prometric or Certiport confirming a registration, or informing you of the results, should include your MC ID. Correspondence with mcphelp, if you’ve had any, will most likely include your MC ID as well.
    • MCP Member site. If you can access the MCP Member site, you can find your MC ID in your online transcript.
    • Regional Service Center. If all else fails, you can call your RSC and they can look up your MC ID.

    If I've missed any methose of MC ID lookup, feel free to add them in the comments.

  • Exploring the possibilities with cloud-based applications and Windows Azure? You and your team don’t want to miss this free live training course. “Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure” will be delivered via virtual classroom on December 15, 16, and 17, 2010 from 12:00-4:00pm PST and will include hands-on labs, real-world examples, and new content from the Windows Azure team. This course is designed for advanced Application Developers, Software Engineers, Application & Solutions Architects, Software Product Managers, CTOs and Enterprise Architects; and will be team taught by two of the most respected technologists in the field. 

     

    Dave Platt is a developer, consultant, author, and “.NET Professor” at Harvard University. He’s written nearly a dozen Microsoft Press books on web services and various aspects of programming, and is an accomplished instructor and presenter. Dave was named by Microsoft as a Software Legend in 2002.

     

    Manu Cohen‐Yashar is a leading global expert in Microsoft Cloud technologies, Distributed Systems and Application Security. Through hands-on engagement with enterprise customers and his position as professor at SELA Technical College in Tel Aviv, Manu brings a uniquely pragmatic approach to software development. He is author to many courses and is a top-rated speaker at Microsoft TechEd & Metro Early Adoption Programs.

     

    Register now for all three sessions!
    Session 1
    | Dec. 15, 2010 from 12pm-4pm PST
    Session 2
    | Dec. 16, 2010 from 12pm-4pm PST
    Session 3
    | Dec. 17, 2010 from 12pm-4pm PST

     

    Spread the Word! Retweet: FREE training "Developing Cloud Apps w/ Windows Azure" Dave Platt & Manu Cohen-Yashar http://bit.ly/gmAI63 #azure #cloud @MSLearning

  • Thanks for all the great questions to the original post! I did have to use other people's brains to answer most of the questions, though, and am still waiting for answers to some of the questions. Here's what I (well, "we" may be more appropriate) can answer now. Note that I modified your questions a bit for conciseness in this post; if I changed the intent of your question, let me know. I will find an answer and tell you what I can!

    Q: Is Microsoft making plans to completely move away from the multiple choice/selection based exams to more exams of the 'virtual lab' type? If so, when do you expect this to happen? Will there be more exams like 83-640?

    A: The one question I can answer! As some of you know, we had some delivery problems with lab based exams in some parts of the world. As a result, we decided to remove these items from market while investigating root causes and identified solutions. We are pilot testing the use of this item type on a smaller scale as we make improvements and re-evaluate the scalability (i.e., ability to deliver worldwide) of these item types. To learn more about this decision, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-dev-release.aspx#tab4

    We are exploring other item types that will increase the real world/relevance of our exams. Some of these item types include other forms of performance based testing, while others are variations of item types that we use today. I don't want to let the cat out of the bag, but I promise some fun (psychometrically speaking) stuff is on the horizon. I'll be blogging about that soon!

    By the way, one of the people asking about 83-640 mentioned a learning disability that prevented him from finishing the exam in the time allotted. Microsoft is dedicated to developing technology that is usable by and accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. If you are unable to take a Microsoft Certification exam, either using standard testing equipment or within the standard exam duration, the Microsoft Certification program is committed to making all reasonable efforts to accommodate you. To learn more, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-policies.aspx#tab5

    Q:  With recent change in the SQL MCM program (dropping the requirement for candidates to come to Redmond for training), will we be seeing similar changes in other MCM programs?

    A: (Provided by Joe Sack) Regarding the new format, the only program to have this announced change is the Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008 program.  The Advanced Certifications program will certainly keep track of the success of this new program; however, any potential future changes to other programs will be based on the needs of that particular program and also the needs of that particular product community (including customer & partner feedback).

    Q:   I've been staring and comparing at the differences between the MCSA Security and the MCSE (standard) tracks, trying to determine which to go for next. In the MCSA Security Track, you can use 70-299 "Implementing and Administering Security" in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network but not 70-298 "Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network" as an elective. In the MCSE (standard) track you can use 70-298 but not 70-299 for the design core component. Why are you not be able to use 70-298 in the MCSA Security Track?

    A: (Provided by J Seymour) 70-298 is a design exam while 70-299 is focused on security implementation and administration; as a result, 70-299 cannot be used to meet the design requirement for the standard MSCE track. Because design is considered a higher level task than implementation/administration, 70-298 is a more appropriate for the MCSE credential, which is considered a higher level certification, than it is for the MCSA Security credential, which is a lower level certification focused on administration (so an administration exam makes more sense for a certification focused on administration). Both 298 and 299 could be used for MCSE Security (one required, one as an elective).

    Q: Are there books in the works to cover the Server 2008 R2 question additions in the 70-640 series exams?

    A: (Provided by J Seymour) Windows Server 2008 courseware has been updated for R2, and books are in process of being updated and/or written to cover this new functionality.

    Q: What is the status of the virtualized exams, will they be coming back?  

    A: (Provided by J Seymour) The Virtualization Administrator TK bundle as well as the individual exams (659/669/693) are available. Prep guides and associated learning materials can be found here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-659&locale=en-us

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-669&locale=en-us

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-693&locale=en-us

    To learn more about the virtualization certification, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-virtualization.aspx

    Q: Is there any news about the delayed/cancelled exam for Forefront Threat Management Gateway?

    A: (Provided by J Seymour) We will not be developing this exam. We are developing a Forefront exam (70-162) that covers FEP, FPE, FPSP instead.

    Q: Can you give us any news about 70-402 PRO: Microsoft System Center, Data Center Administrator and 70-404 TS: System Center Service Manager 2010, Configuring? They have been listed on the Partner sites forever, but all I get is silence when I ask about them.

    A: (Provided by J Seymour) We are currently planning to beging development on the System Center learning products in the first half of 2011.

    Q: Will training books soon contain virtual machines on DVD with the right configuration? When I train for an exam, I review the prep guide, and try to perform the tasks. Or, if I read a book I try to do the tasks as I read about them, but I spend a lot of time downloading software.

    A: (Provided by J Seymour) We occassionally include VMs in books, but licensing is a huge issue. Trial software has to be used, or you're buying the OS. Keep in mind that our exams are intended to validate real skills. The absolute best way to study for an exam is to download the software and play with it even if it takes time to download it. It's great that you downloaded and installed systems center! That's what you should do! Keep playing with it, and take the test!

    If I didn't answer your question here, I'm still looking for an answer. I'll post a follow up with those answers in the new year. See, I really do want to know what's on your mind and will find the answers to your questions. So ask away! What other questions do you have?

    Happy Holidays from all of Microsoft Learning!

  • Microsoft User Research would like to hear from Microsoft Certified Professionals across the nation in an upcoming research study. If you’ve received your latest certification in the past four years, this would be a great opportunity to share your experiences and ideas with Microsoft usability researchers and help make the Microsoft Certified Professional website more valuable and easier to use.

     

    This study will be one hour long, and will be held over the internet and telephone. Study sessions can be chosen any day between Tuesday, January 18 and Friday, January 21. And in appreciation for your time, you’ll be offer you a choice of Microsoft hardware, software or games, with a value ranging from $49 to $999.

     

    If you’re interested, please respond with the following information in an email titled “MCP” to uccoord@microsoft.com

     

    1.)    Name & Phone Number

    2.)    Job Title & Company

    3.)    City & State

    4.)    Do you have a Microsoft certification? Which one(s)?

    5.)    When did you receive your latest Microsoft certification?

    6.)    On a scale from 1-7 (1 = not interested and 7 = extremely interested) how interested are you in obtaining additional Microsoft certifications?

    To enroll in future Microsoft User Research studies specifically for IT professionals, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/usability/itpro.htm

     

    Also, be sure to check out Microsoft User Research on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/msftur

  • Mainstream product support ends for both SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 (.NET 2.0) on April 15, 2011. Mainstream product support for BizTalk Server 2006 and BizTalk Server 2006 R2 end on July 12, 2011. We will be retiring the SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006 exams shown below on June 30, 2011. In other words, you won’t be able to take these exams after June 30th. 

    If you’re in the middle of pursuing one of these certifications, don't panic. You still have time to finish it up. The table below has a link to each exam's page on our web site. The third tab on each exam's page provides a list of resources to help you prepare, as well as a link to the Learning Plan for that exam. Consider signing up for a Microsoft Certification Exam Pack With Second Shot if you will need to take more than one exam to complete your chosen path.

    If you haven’t started to pursue the .NET 2.0 certifications yet, you might want to consider certifying on a newer version instead. The Visual Studio 2010 (.NET 4.0) exams are now available, giving you the opportunity to validate your skills on the latest version.

    The exams below do not appear on our exam retirement page yet, but you’ll see that update reflected soon. For answers to frequently asked questions about exam retirement, see this page.

    SQL Server 2005 exams to retire on June 30, 2011

    Exam # Exam Name
    70-431 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Implementation and Maintenance
    70-441 PRO: Designing Database Solutions by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
    70-442 PRO: Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
    70-443 PRO: Designing a Database Server Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
    70-444 PRO: Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administration Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
    70-445

    TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

    70-446 PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
    70-447 UPGRADE: MCDBA Skills to MCITP Database Administrator by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

    Visual Studio 2005/.NET 2.0 exams to retire on June 30, 2011*

    Exam # Exam Name
    70-526 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Windows-Based Client Development
    70-528 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Web-Based Client Development
    70-529 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Distributed Application Development
    70-547 PRO: Designing and Developing Web-Based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
    70-548 PRO: Designing and Developing Windows-Based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
    70-549

    PRO: Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework

    70-551 Upgrade: MCAD Skills to MCPD Web Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
    70-552 Upgrade: MCAD Skills to MCPD Windows Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
    70-553 Upgrade: MCSD Microsoft .NET Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework: Part 1
    70-554 Upgrade: MCSD Microsoft .NET Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework: Part 2
    70-558 Upgrade: MCAD Skills to MCTS Windows Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
    70-559 Upgrade: MCAD Skills to MCTS Web Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework

    *Note that Exam 70-536 will remain available to support the requirements for the Visual Studio 2008 (.NET 3.5) exams.

     BizTalk Server 2006 exams to retire on June 30, 2011

    Exam # Exam Name
    70-235 TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006
    70-241 TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2

     

     

     

     

     

  • I love the holiday season! I bake cookies for everyone on my team (they are delicious, by the way), sing loudly (and badly) along with the holiday songs on the radio, go crazy with the holiday lights (I seriously think you can see my house from outer space) and decorations, and love finding the perfect gift for my family and friends. In the spirit of the holidays, I want to find the perfect gift for all our loyal followers of Born to Learn. Because I can't give everyone an exam voucher, as much as I'd love to, I thought I'd share my brain. It's been awhile since we asked, so I want to know what's on your mind.

    What would you like to know about our certifications, courseware, exams, and/or the program? What have you been wondering but didn't know who to ask? Here's your chance to demystify our certifications. Although some of your questions may require someone else's brain, I'll track down the answers and share what I can. Of course, our standard disclaimer applies...some stuff I can't tell you because doing so would impact the integrity of our program (e.g., exam specific content), but I'll certainly share what I can.

     

    I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!

  • In case you missed Shannon Bray's excellent Live Meeting, you can now view the recording on demand.

    What Can SharePoint Do For You? Improve Productivity, Efficiency, Agility 
    Microsoft SharePoint can help your company quickly respond to changing business needs. For IT managers, SharePoint 2010 helps you cut training and maintenance costs, save time and effort, and focus on higher business priorities. Learn about best practices for implementing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and what you need to do in order to plan, deploy, manage, and support this product.

    Watch Now.

  • As 2010 comes to a close, I wanted to share a few more answers to your questions that I was able to track down.

    Q: Will there be an different self-study book for 70-659 other than 'use the one for 70-652?

    A:  (provided by Jeff Koch) No self-study book for 70-659 is planned. 

    Q: When will the TKs and Windows Server 2008 books be updated with information related to Windows Server 2008 R2? 

    A: (provided by Jeff Koch) All of the books are currently being updated to R2 with the exception of the 648/649 upgrade combo book, which wasn’t affected by the R2 updates. The remaining 2008 TKs should be shipping around the end of June 2011.

    Q: Do we give out VMs in the TKs or is it trial software?

    A: (provided by Jeff Koch) Nothing like this is shipped with books, but we do include instructions for people to set up their own VMs/systems for labs covered in the books. In the past, we have included trial software, but I don't believe that we do anymore as everything is so readily available through the Microsoft download site.

     Q: Any estimated dates / quarters for 70-162?

    A: (provided by J Seymour) Beta should happen in March (be sure that you update your SME profile (or create one) if you want to participate in the beta!). The exam should be live in May.

     Q: I'm surprised no TMG exam will be developed. There have been exams for each version of ISA since it was still called Proxy Server. The recent added functionlity to TMG would - in my opinion - warrant a new exam. Is this a clue as to the demise of TMG (in favor of UAG)?

     A: (provided by J Seymour) The TMG exam (as well as the FIM/UAG and the RMS exams) were canceled due to BG funding reprioritization. At this time there are no plans to make a new TMG exam.

    Q: About a year or two again, Prometric use to have this crazy (after discount code) price for an exam, $25. Will they ever be doing that again?

    A: (provided by Ken Rosen) Never say never but not likely. Keep watching Born to Learn, though, because we announce significant promotions that readers will likely benefit from here.

    Q: Whatever happen to those contests, answer some questions (not easy by any means), get them right, get a free voucher?

    A: (I'm answering this one) I'm guessing that this is a reference to the contests that we did around the release of Windows 7 (I posted old Windows questions and the first person responding with the correct answer recieved a voucher.) Nothing is currently planned, but we usually have these ideas on the spur of the moment. So, to steal a little from the answer answer above, keep watching Born to Learn because if do something like this again, it will be on this blog.

    The only question (unless you submit some more--please do!) outstanding is this one: When is my "MCTS - Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deployment - Charter Member" certificate going to show as that instead of "Windows 7, Deployment - Charter Member"? I know that this is being investigated to determine when the correction will take effect. I'll let you know when I get the answer.

    You can now happily ring in the new year knowing that I continue to search for answers to your questions. By the way, keeping asking your questions. I'm learning a lot in the process!

    Wishing you all the best in 2011!

  •  Calling all Access 2010 Experts for the Beta Exam!

    Use Access 2010 and want to get certified? Already MOS certified in Access 2007? We need your help. The Access 2010 beta is coming and we need participants.

    The beta will be open from December 7 to December 20. Below are some of the participating test centers, and new test centers sign up daily. Interested but don't see a nearby test center? Please email Certiport's beta coordinator, Stacey Tilley, at betacoordinator@certiport.com.

    Please note the beta exam is in English only.

    Testing Center

    Location

    Contact

    Holiday Schedule

    New Horizons - Anaheim

    Anaheim, CA

    714-221-3100

     

    New Horizons - Burbank

    Burbank, CA

    818-333-4600

     

    New Horizons - Culver City (Los Angeles)

    Culver City, CA

    310-342-3500

     

    Antelope Valley Computer Learning Center

    Lancaster, CA

    j.callenback@avclc.com

     

    NR Computer Learning Center (NRCLC)

    Orange, CA

    vazi@nrclc.com

     

    New Horizons - Inland Empire

    San Bernardino, CA

    909-380-7970

     

    New Horizons - San Deigo

    San Diego, CA

    858-880-2200

     

    University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, School of Accountancy

    Denver, CO

    kedavisson@msn.com

     

    Karen Todd Pickles CPI

    Madison, FL

    kpickles@gmail.com

     

    Valencia Community College

    Orlando, FL

    SOlin@valenciacc.edu

     

    Advanced Technology Group

    Atlanta, GA

    melody.ohare@atg.org

     

    Dre' Von Software Training

    Jonesboro, GA

    ljordan@d-vonline.com

     

    AAA PCITS2

    Lawrenceville, GA

    pamiliaevans@peoplepc.com

     

    CierraTEC

    Norcross, GA

    cwade@cierratec.com

    Dec 7-20 Open M-T 9:30am-3pm, 5-9pm; Sat 9am-4pm

    Maple Tronics Computers

    Goshen, IN

    gmoser@emaple.net

     

    Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette

    Lafayette, IN

    ssiovaila@ivytech.edu

     

    Northwestern State University Dept of Mathematics

    Natchitoches, LA 

    tarverm@nsula.edu

    Closed Dec 16 -  Jan 9

    Sawyer Training & Technologies

    Minneapolis, MN

    msawyer@sti.st

     

    Penobscot Community Health Care

    Bangor, ME

    jmcbee@pchcbangor.org

     

    Focus:Hope Information Technologies Center

    Detroit, MI

    mitchel@focushope.edu

     

    St. Clair County Community College

    Port Huron, MI

    crussell@sc4.edu

     

    Global Information Technology

    Lathrup Village, MI

    Paula.artis@global-itech.com

     

    Current River Career C enter

    Doniphan, MO

    dlathum@doniphanr1.k12.mo.us

    Closed Dec 20 - Jan 3

    New Horizons - Jackson MS

    Jackson, MS

    Danielle@nhjackson.com

    Closed Dec 13

    Southeastern Community College

    Whiteville, NC

    gcable@sccnc.edu

     

    Central Community College

    Columbus, NE

    jdehaven@cccneb.edu

    Closed Dec 23 - Jan 3

    New York Business Institute

    New York, NY

    gmei@nybi.org

     

    Ohio University, College of Business

    Athens, OH

    martel@ohio.edu

     

    CS Technologies Plus

    Seneca, PA

    csmith@cstechplus.com

     

    New Horizons CLC of South Dakota

    Sioux Falls, SD

    susan.strandberg@newhorizonssd.com

     

    Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman

    Harriman, TN 

    kkruse@ttcharriman.edu

    Testing open Dec 7-9, 13, and 14 Closed Dec 15 - Jan 2

    New Horizons - Knoxville TN

    Knoxville, TN

    amillett@nhknoxville.com

     

    Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville

    Nashville, TN

    nbutler@ttcnashville.edu

    Closed Dec 17 - Jan 4.  Available dates are:  Dec 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15.  Seating limited.

    The Turn Around Agenda/Technology and Education Center

    Dallas, TX

    vpelts@ocbfchurch.org

     

    Salt Lake Community College-ACT

    Draper, UT

    Joe.Fox@slcc.edu

     

    New Horizons - West Valley City

    West Valley City, UT

     Jake.woolstenhulme@nhslc.com

    Testing open Monday - Friday 10AM- 2PM (starting times).  Dec 16/ 17 filled. 

    Time Saving Solutions, LLC

    Redmond, WA

    lynn.landry@tssredmond.com

     

    Acadamy of Learning - Higher Education (Postsecondary)

    Hamilton, ON, CA

    academy@cogeco.net

     

    CCI Learning Solutions Inc.

    Langley, BC, CA

    dsweeney@ccilearning.com

     

    Toronto Training Center For Information Technology and Business Accounting

    Missassauga, ON, CA

     musah_jo@hotmail.com

     

    Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd

    Cyberjaya, Malaysia

    caryn@prestariang.com.my

     

    Twice IT Training

    Driebergen, Netherlands

    phoffman@twice.nl

     

    COIN Internet Academy

    Rockhampton, Queensland, AU

    christine.edgar@rrc.qld.gov.au

     

    Welkin Systems Limited

    Central, Hong Kong

    kitty.luk@welkin.com.hk

     

    Fundacion-Jala

    Cochabamba, Bolivia

    mcari@caryglobal.com

     

    Lytton High School

    Gisborne, NZ

    m.alford@clear.net.nz

    Closed Dec 17 - 21

    True Insight Training and Consulting

    Bloemfontein, South Africa

    trueinsight.consulting@gmail.com

    Closed Dec 11 - Jan 5

    Innovative Training & Database Solutions

    Bridgetown, Barbados

    cartermkc@caribsurf.com

     

    New Horizons - Knoxville TN

    Knoxville, TN

    amillett@nhknoxville.com

    Open until 12/22, 9:00am - 11:00 am and 12:00pm - 4:00 pm

    Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville

    Nashville, TN

    nbutler@ttcnashville.edu

    Available dates:  Dec 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15.  Seating limited. Closed Dec 17 - Jan 4

    The Turn Around Agenda/Technology and Education Center

    Dallas, TX

    vpelts@ocbfchurch.org

     

    Salt Lake Community College-ACT

    Draper, UT

    Joe.Fox@slcc.edu

     

    New Horizons - West Valley City

    West Valley City, UT

     Jake.woolstenhulme@nhslc.com

    Testing open Monday - Friday, 10AM- 2PM (starting times).  Dec 16/17 filled. 

    Time Saving Solutions, LLC

    Redmond, WA

    lynn.landry@tssredmond.com

     

    Acadamy of Learning - Higher Education

    Hamilton, ON, CA

    academy@cogeco.net

     

    CCI Learning Solutions Inc.

    Langley, BC, CA

    dsweeney@ccilearning.com

     

    Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd

    Cyberjaya, Malaysia

    caryn@prestariang.com.my

     

    Twice IT Training

    Driebergen, Netherlands

    phoffman@twice.nl

     

    COIN Internet Academy

    Rockhampton, Queensland, AU

    stevelloydmct@gmail.com

     

    Welkin Systems Limited

    Central, Hong Kong

    kitty.luk@welkin.com.hk

     

    Fundacion-Jala

    Cochabamba, Bolivia

    mcari@caryglobal.com

     

    Lytton High School

    Gisborne, NZ

    m.alford@clear.net.nz

    Closed Dec 17 - 21

    True Insight Training and Consulting

    Bloemfontein, South Africa

    trueinsight.consulting@gmail.com

    Closed Dec 11 - Jan 5

    Prodigy Learning UK Training Centers

    UK

    learning@prodigysolutions.com

    Please contact Prodigy to find a local beta testing center

     

  • We're still looking for volunteers to help us with the development of a new Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)* exam covering Microsoft .NET fundamentals. So if you've taught introductory Developer courses in a high school, community college, or other learning environnment, we want you!

    MTA is the first Microsoft certification targeted specifically at students who are new to IT. The exams validate the foundational knowledge needed to begin building a career by using Microsoft technologies. Candidates for these exams are expected to have some hands-on experience with the technology, but are not expected to have any work experience. MTA provides an ideal stepping stone to our professional MCTS certifications and to a career in IT.

    Please e-mail me at amandaw@microsoft.com if you'd like to participate in developing this exam. If you know someone else who would be interested in volunteering, please send them a link to this post. We want to hear from as many people as possible.

    *If this is the first you've heard about MTA, you can find out more about it here on Born to Learn. If you work for an academic institution, you can sign up for a free 45-day trial campus license here.

  • This is the third in a series of blog posts authored by members of the IT Manager Advisory Council. We've asked them to share their insights and opinions on topics they are passionate about related to hiring & managing employees, and maintaining skills on their teams.  If you agree or disagree and have a different perspective - chime in and contribute your views.  

    Keeping up with the times


    Goalposts, they never move, right?  Well, if you’re a professional athlete they don’t, you go out on the pitch and there they are at either end, waiting for you to score. In the IT industry however, as most of you are aware, they move all the time and that, my friends, is where the problems start.
     

    My name is Simon Davis, I work for a smallish company called Remsdaq in the UK and I think it’s fair to say that as a manager of a small team of developers, one of the biggest challenges that I face is keeping on schedule when requirements are changing and money is tight. So when NumberOfHoursWork > NumberOfHoursToDeadline, we have to battle through with what we have, hoping that the team will pull through to meet the deadlines, whilst still keeping everyone happy and not damaging or destroying relationships!
     

    We manage -- just -- but remember those goal posts? More and more I’m finding that we, as a team, are falling behind with our knowledge of the "new stuff," products and technologies that we could be using, products and technologies that we should be using -- from WPF through to the Entity Framework with a liberal scattering of SQL Server in between. I have developers who have dabbled, but not much more, and certainly not enough to consider for mainstream development.
     

    We have further pressure this year caused by the changing requirements of the MS Partner Network. Remsdaq is currently a Gold partner holding both ISV and Custom Software competencies. Now, in order to retain this level of "recognition," we need to master the advanced versions of the new competencies. Easy you may say, not so easy I say, due primarily to the additional certified developer requirements.
     

    What this means to me is that by May 2011, I need to have 2 more  of my development team MCPD certified, that’s 3 exams/certifications that need to be passed per developer all whilst maintaining a tight development schedule.
     

    So how do I go about addressing these problems? This is a discussion that I have had on a number of occasions with my line manager.  We have considered introducing "personal development days," time set aside in the development schedule to allow a developer to learn about the new technologies and prepare for certification exams.  Whilst a great idea on paper, this was vetoed by a higher level, primarily because of costs. Two days a month doesn’t sound like much until you start to add up the cost over a year (2*12*8=192 days in a 12-month period) that’s virtually the same as taking a developer out of the team for the year.
     

    We have previously had success with the carrot approach. Taking advantage of the exam facilities at TechEd NA allowed us to dangle "A week in Orlando, Florida at a Microsoft Conference" to a couple of developers with the proviso that they must prepare for the exams in their own time prior to the event. This worked; it got us the certified developers that we needed for our Gold Partner status, but I wouldn’t recommend it as the pressures it put on the developers concerned were too great.
     

    Hmmm, where next?
     

    In terms of training, I'll flag it as a critical requirement after our next release. We will identify a Microsoft Learning Partner that can come up with a custom course covering the materials that we require and deliver it at our offices. This has worked well before and although disruptive in terms of losing the entire team for a week, it provides excellent value for the money and a big hit of knowledge impartation.  (Here's the link to find a certified learning partner, if you want it)
     

    Certification? I really don’t know. By hook or by crook we need those certified developers. So, we may end up with the boot camp approach where we select the “most likely to succeed” developers and send them to one of these courses where they learn for a number of days and take the exam.  This seems like a good option for us because it's intense, then it's done.
     

    I’m sure that there are many of you out there in a similar position with one or more training, knowledge, or certification requirements for your team and I would love to hear how you have tackled these issues.

    ·         How have you been successful in keeping your team’s knowledge up to date?

    ·         What are you thinking about trying next?  

    ·         How have you coped with time lost to training?

    ·         Any creative ideas about how to balance training needs with the extra workload for your staff?

    Thanks for reading

    /SiD

     

  • They say everyone has at least one book in them—maybe every trainer has at least once course in them, too!

    Find out by downloading the new version of Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS)—we just published version 2.6

    What’s new in this release?

    • E-learning compatibility with Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.

    • Enhanced keyboard accessibility for all Silverlight interactive elements.

    • Two new templates: Sequencing Activity and Card Flip Game

    LCDS 2.6 is available in English, Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish—find the version that’s right for you here.

  • Whichever holiday you celebrate, and however you observe it—may yours be filled with peace, joy, and good will; and may the new year be one of good health, prosperity, and always learning.

    Happy holidays from the staff of Born to Learn!

  • Some hopeful news just published over at Dice.com. Among the conclusions based on feedback from almost 850 hiring managers and tech recruiters:

    • 60% expect to do more hiring in the next six months than in the past six months
    • 15% expect to increase hiring by 21 to 30 percent
    • Mobile app developers and specialists in cloud computing and virtualization are in high demans
    • Job postings at dice.com are up 38% over last year.

    Full story here. Are your companies increasing their hiring? Are you finding it harder to find qualified professionals? Let us know your take on the job market!

  •  Do you have work experience with developing applications for Windows Phone 7? Want to help us create the first Windows Phone 7 exam? Here’s your chance! We are looking for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the following exam:

    • 70-599   Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Phone 7 Applications

    We’ll be using the MSL SME database to find participants for blueprinting as well as other phases of development for this exam. 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 complete instructions.)

    Please note that if you already filled out your SME profile, you’ll need to go back and update it. We have changed the answer options for “Which technologies do you have work experience with?” to include Window Phone 7. We’ll be looking for folks who select Windows Phone 7 on this question to help develop these exams. If you filled out your SME profile awhile ago, this option was not available for you to select.

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    Born to Learn readers stay up to date on training and certification announcements through this blog, and I'll bet a lot of you also subscribe to the MCP and/or MCT Flash newsletters for program-specific news. Now you can get additional and in-depth information about our products, services, and special offers by signing up for the Microsoft Learning mailing list

    When you sign up, you'll get occasional, single-topic emails highlighting specific learning resources and how you can take advantage of the latest special offers. While you're on the sign-up page, check out additional opportunities to stay connected and up to date by email. Check out the options and sign up today!

  • If you work for a "use it or lose it" organization, you may be scrambling to make sure you spend every dollar by December 31. Here's a last minute suggestion:  Invest in Microsoft Certified team for 2011.

    Purchase a Microsoft Certification exam voucher 10-pack now and you'll save 15% for your organization. Even better, complimentary retakes (Second Shots) are included for any failed exam. If your employee does not pass the Microsoft Certification exam on the first try, they can retake the same exam at no additional cost to you. The Microsoft Certification exam voucher pack is flexible and doesn't have to be used by one person, just by one organization. For instance, you can provide one voucher each to 10 employees or give multiple vouchers to put your employees on the path to an MCITP or MCPD certification. Just use your vouchers within one year from the date of purchase.

    Certify Your Team. Learn More.

    Need more convincing?  A 2009 study1 showed that Microsoft Certification helped organizations improve performance:

    • Certification reduces downtime by 20%.
    • Certified teams are 28% percent more productive.
    • The teams at the top tier of performance have between 40% and 55% of their teams certified on relevant Microsoft technologies and processes.
    • Organizations with higher percentage of certified staff spent about 20% less on support costs for general network management.
    • Unscheduled downtime (lack of network availability) was about 20% lower at organizations with more certified IT staff.

      1. Source: IDC, Impact of Training on Network Administration: Certification Leads to Operational Productivity, Doc # 220563, Nov 2009.

  • Another note from our friends at MIX - they're looking for speakers so if you want to participate, submit your proposal!

    It would be quite cool to have a Born to Learn reader or an MCT be a speaker at MIX11 :)

    Be a Presenter at MIX11

    Do you have a topic you’d like to present at MIX11? Submit your session proposal by Friday, January 14, 2011. The MIX content team will select the best proposals, and the MIX community will vote to determine who will present.  MIX11 registration opens in late January - join the MIX email newsletter for details.

     

  •  

            Microsoft has developed a special series of webcasts to help managers of IT professionals and developers get the most out of training and certification opportunities and optimize team performance.

    What Can SharePoint Do For You? Improve Productivity, Efficiency, Agility.
    December 15, 2010 at 8:00am PST  (What time is this in my region?)

    SharePoint can help your company quickly respond to changing business needs. Learn about best practices for implementing SharePoint 2010 and what you need to plan, deploy, manage and support. For IT Managers, SharePoint 2010 helps you cut training and maintenance costs, save time and effort, and focus on higher business priorities. Find out how.

     

     Register Now

     

    About the Presenter:
    Shannon Bray is a SharePoint evangelist and Microsoft Certified Trainer.  He is currently employed with Planet Technologies as a Technical Architect and works exclusively with Microsoft SharePoint.  Shannon specializes in architecture design and solution development using Microsoft technologies.  He is the President of the Colorado SharePoint User’s Group and has presented SharePoint topics at Microsoft’s TechReady and TechED.

    Shannon has authored several SharePoint video training series and is currently co-authoring “Automating Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration with Windows PowerShell 2.0”

    Follow Shannon on Twitter:  @noidentity29

     

     

     

     

     

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    If you have not read the other posts about the NetHope Academy work in Haiti, check them out for context.  This blog post is designed to give an update as we near the half way point of the NetHope Academy internship program.

    Nine NetHope Academy interns earn their MCDST designation!!

    One of our key objectives has been to help NetHope Academy interns achieve their Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) designation. Many first time IT jobs are in the area of desktop support and the MCDST certification sends a very clear signal to potential employers that the candidate has achieved a high level of proficiency. Achieving the MCDST certification also tells the employer that the candidate spent considerable personal time towards their own professional development.

    I am pleased to announce that nine of the 36 NetHope Academy interns have received their MCDST designation after just two months in the Academy program. Interns put in at least 100 hours of classroom time and at least 50 hours of self study time before successfully passing the two certification tests required for the MCDST “badge of honor”.

    The names of the interns and their host agencies are:

    Jean Faubert Dorancy (Habitat for Humanity)
    Enock Duval (Canadian Red Cross)
    Paul Jr. Jean-Marie (Relief International)
    Jean Herold Mathieu (World Vision)
    Emmanuel Jean Paul Leroy (World Vision)
    Ricky Ilermont (Save the Children)
    Rodney Bien-Aime (International Rescue Committee)
    Emmanuella Stimphat (Save the Children)
    Nathanial Vixamar (World Vision)

    World Health Organization Intern Offered Full Time Employment

    Ultimately the primary goal of the NetHope Academy is to provide promising, but unemployed, IT savvy youth with the skills and work experience they need to become fully employed. We expect that most of these transitions from internship to full time employment will take place at the end of the 6 month internship period.

    We are pleased to announce that Sondja Telemaque, a NetHope Academy Intern at World Health Organization (WHO), has been offered full time employment as an IT Administrator effective December 1, 2010. Sondja is an amazing young woman that has overcome significant obstacles to support WHO during the recent cholera outbreak. It’s quite a statement that after just two months in the program, WHO has offered Sondja a permanent position.

    Great work Sondja!!

    Safety and Security

    As you may know, post election violence in Haiti has raised security concerns.  The NetHope Academy interns have all been instructed to adhere to the security protocols of their host organizations.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Interns, NetHope member agency staff working in Haiti and their families.