Testimonial from a SQL MCM (who doesn’t work for Microsoft)

I was recently asked by a potential SQL MCM candidate if we could share testimonials about the SQL Microsoft Certified Master program from non-Microsoft employees  Out of the 57 MCMs in the world, only 12 are not Microsoft employees  (by the way – the numbers on our Meet the Microsoft Certified Masters and Microsoft Certified…

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Yup, I think these puppies will do the job……

Just getting the labs checked over for the Exchange session which starts Monday and I recently got some new toys… I think 48 GB of ram, 16 cores and 2TB of disk per candidate server should be enough for a lab or two… don’t you? I’ve got 16 vm’s running, and still have 10Gb free….

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Time for a change…

I sent the below to all of our MCM/MCA communities last night, and thought I’d share it here, too. These programs rock! …and I’ll miss them dearly.   Hi All,   As the subject line says: it’s time for a change. I’m writing to let you know that I’ve accepted a new position within Microsoft…

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Busy Month Ahead – So Be Prepared

We’re in the third and final week of SQL now, OCS starts on Monday (Adrian flying in this weekend so fingers crossed no delays…) and a week from Monday, Exchange, SharePoint and Directory all start. It’s a busy month ahead. If you are coming to one of these rotations, remember, get here nice and early,…

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Lucky "Rotation 7" almost done

The seventh SQL Microsoft Certified Masters rotation is almost finished.  It has been a jam packed 24 hours: A full day on the topic of SQL Security from Greg Low Last night we had a Meet and Greet in Building 35 – where our candidates had a chance to meet several PMs and Devs from the SQL…

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First rule of MCM: Advanced Infrastructure is…

..don’t talk about Advanced Infrastructure. Or so at least it was until now. What am I talking about? I’m talking about our Microsoft Certified Master: Advanced Infrastructure certification. Never heard of it? Well, you’re not alone. This was a Master track that we did an alpha and beta for and then decided not to pursue…

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Meet the MCM’s and MCA’s!

We have just started publishing a list of people who have earned an MCM and/or MCA certification over at our Microsoft Learning site. Go take a look here. We’ll be adding names as MCM’s and MCA’s ask us to, it’s entirely optional, and we hope this brings them some much deserved publicity. Gaining a cert…

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Annoucing three new OCS 2007 MCMs

I’m pleased to announce that we have three new members of the OCS MCM community after they completed retakes. There are, in no particular order, Robert Burnett – Robert works for CXO Global Solutions in the US Jim Raymond – Jim works for Dyntek also in the US Agus Rachman – Agus works for Microsoft…

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Rotation 7 of the SQL MCM Program has begun!

We kicked off the seventh rotation of the SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master program on Monday and I have to say how impressed I am with this latest batch of 12 candidates.  The cumulative experience in the room is significant, and the intelligence and skill level is very high.  Even though we have a room…

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Authors on the loose at the SQL MCM Program

We’re midway through the second week of “Rotation 7” for the SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master program. We tried something new for this rotation, providing a copy of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals for each participant. So far we’ve been able to get four signatures on everyone’s copy (Paul Randal, Kimberly Tripp and Adam Machanic…

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