Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master – Tim Chapman

Tim Chapman is a Dedicated Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft where he specializes in training andworking with large customers on performance tuning,  high availability,and disaster recovery.  Tim has been working with SQL Server since the SQL 2000 days as a database administrator, database engineer, and data architect.    Before coming to Microsoft, Tim was a…


Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master – Thomas LaRock

Thomas LaRock is a seasoned IT professional with over a decade of technical and management experience. Currently serving as a TechnicalEvangelist for Confio Software, Thomas has progressed through several roles in his career including programmer, analyst, and DBA. Thomas holds a MS degree inMathematics from Washington State University and is a member of the Usability…


Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), Master (MCM) and Solutions Master (MCSM) Registration Portal Upgrade Enhancements Scheduled for Dec 18-21, 2012

The Microsoft Advanced Certification Portal will be offline December 18 – 21, 2012 as part of a scheduled upgrade to provide enhanced services to our community. The upgrade will include new password management features, user profile changes, access to social content, and additional reporting capabilities.  During the upgrade users will be unable to register or access their…

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Existing Microsoft Certified Masters To Receive Microsoft Certified Solutions Master Charter Certification!

Individuals who currently hold or achieve the Microsoft Certified Master credential by December 31, 2013 for Exchange Server 2010, Lync Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, SQL Server 2008, or Windows Active Directory 2008R2 will automatically receive the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master Charter credential. The Charter certification will be awarded for the same technology as the…

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MCSM: SharePoint Training Open for Registration – Time to Get Ready!

It’s just two days before the start of a huge SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, and we have great news to share from the Advanced Certifcations team. The first MCSM: SharePoint rotations are scheduled to start in early 2013, and registration is now open! Program Basics What it is: MCSM: SharePoint includes over 100 hours…

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Its back…SQL Server Master Level Training

As Jimmy May (@aspiringgeek) alluded to yesterday there is big news in the MCM / MCSM world for SQL Server. In the early days (i.e. when I went through the SQL Ranger program) there was on campus, required training in order to obtain the MCM certification. At some point in the distant past, the training was no longer…


Introducing our latest SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master – Shiyang Qiu

Shiyang Qiu is currently a Premier Field Engineer in Microsoft Hong Kong. Shiyang works with SQL Server since SQL Server 2000 in Greater China region, focusing on high performance database programming, database tuning and t-shooting, database HA solution design and DBA tasks. He also works for SQL BI project and SharePoint related capability planning, deployment…


At SQL PASS and clarification around MCM Lab Exam

Testing has started at SQL PASS Summit 2012  #sqlpass (yesterday in fact) and is well attended. Between individuals taking the exam, attendees asking, and social media comments I thought it was time to clear up a few misconceptions about the MCM Qualification Lab Exam (88-971) When I manually proctor one of these exams I give…