MC ID: 6378447
It all started with a bet.
My former team leader threw down the gauntlet when I was just a trainee. ”You’re not as smart as I am and you will never pass an exam without my help,” he told me.
I won that bet, passing my first Microsoft Exam 70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment, and I was hooked. After that, my goal was to complete the MCSA 2003. To date, I’ve passed 12 Microsoft exams and earned 14 certifications.
The most significant benefits of certifications I’ve experienced are job promotions and increased business contacts. Certifications also enabled me to achieve a lifelong ambition: visit the Microsoft Corporate Offices in Redmond and take part in the first training group for Windows Server 2012 Upgrade. I feel that certification has provided me with an opportunity to support other people in the community as they work toward certification and that’s important to me.
There is so much community knowledge and practical experience that is helpful to people on their certification journey. The MVP Community, Born to Learn and Microsoft Learning have provided valuable, detailed information as I’ve prepared for certification. They have been very valuable resources.
Because System Center and Windows Server are my main focuses at work, I’m looking forward to achieving his MCSE 2012 and MCSE Private Cloud certifications in the very near future.
1) Order the self-study guides from Microsoft Learning
2) Search out other community members who are on a similar certification path and share experiences and knowledge
3) Avoid “Cheatdumper” to pass an exam. The most effective way to close knowledge gaps is to study.
As a consultant, I constantly have to be on the current technologies. I will typically implement the newer technologies and then review certification objectives to see any missing gaps and then take the certification exams. Since I already have the experience, I usually can take the exams quickly. One word of caution is to read the entire question and then look for best answer. Sometimes they will have some answers that are all correct but only one is really the best answer. Also, the Lync and Exchange exams seem to be the toughest :)