SQL Server MCM Reading List

One thing you may notice is that the SQL MCM recommended reading list goes beyond just listing our own Microsoft Press books.  The overall goal of the reading list was to ensure proper, high quality topic coverage based on the SQL Server MCM scope – regardless of the publisher.  Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and…

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Around Washington state these next 2 months? SQLSoft+ is offering BETA advanced SQL training

With the re-launch of the SQL MCM program, one objective was to make your readiness options as available and flexible as possible (videos, books, white papers, instructor-led training).  As part of this effort, in the first half of 2011 our plan is to release four separate advanced SQL Server training courses that will cover High…

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How do you know if you’re ready for SQL MCM?

“Know what you know. Know what you don’t know. Don’t ever confuse the two.” Per Farny, founder of the original Microsoft Certified Master and Architect program How do you know if you are ready to take the Microsoft Certified Master SQL Server 2008 exams? This is a common question and a perfectly valid one, especially…

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administration for Oracle DBAs

I just found out today that one of our own SQL MCMs (2005/2008) & MCA, Christian Bolton, is a co-author for the recently published book Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administration for Oracle DBAs. I just wanted to congratulate Christian on yet another published work! As an extra bonus – I was also informed that this…

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Introducing the latest SharePoint Masters…

Today’s a dual anniversay – it’s been exactly one year since I finished my first SharePoint MCM rotation as Program Manager, and it’s also the official end of retakes for the SharePoint 2007 MCM program. So that’s it – at a final count of exactly 50, we have all the SharePoint 2007 MCMs we’ll ever have… which includes…

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An individual perspective of the MCM Directory Program

I’d like to introduce everyone to Rob Silver.  Rob went through the MCM Directory program nearly two years ago and shares his experiences on his personal blog. You can read all about it here – http://robsilver.org/mcm/mcm-a-personal-perspective/ Thanks Rob for this excellent insight!


A new group of MCM Directory candidates…

…have completed their rotation as of yesterday.    This month has been quite successful for us in general.  Please join me in congratulating the following folks from the 10th Directory rotation who successfully completed all of the requirements: Benjamin Villanueva – Dell – United States Brent Caskey – Dell – United States I would also like…


Premier Field Engineer, Workshop Author – and now a double SQL MCM

I have a new “double SQL MCM” to announce today. SQL Server 2005 Microsoft Certified Master David Sheaffer just added SQL Server 2008 MCM to his list of achievements. Here’s a little background on David: David Sheaffer, Senior Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft. David has been using SQL Server since the 4.21a days as a DBA….

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