MCM Exchange Video Preview

  Have you ever wondered what we actually do in the classroom during Microsoft Certified Master rotations?  Well, here is a 30 minute summary of the Exchange 2010 header firewall from  Brian Reid, one of our regular MCM instructors.  Brian covers the header firewall and much more during his two and a half day delivery…


New discussion forum for SQL MCM and a new hash tag

Quick post today – I just wanted to point out two new resources for overall MCM: SQL Server 2008 discussions: We have a new forum for SQL MCM discussion that you can find here: Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008 Discussion Forum. I think having the forum will be a great way to ask questions…

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Second batch of SQL MCM Readiness Videos now Released

We just added another 23 videos on Technet – making it a total of 56 videos available as of today. The new videos cover storage core concepts & guidelines, DAS vs SAN architecture, storage testing and monitoring, index internals, the clustered index debate, statistics, locking, restore internals, Waits and Queues, a clustering introduction, SQLOS concepts,…

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Interests in Formula One, Karting, Physics, Robotics, Philosophy and now SQL MCM

I’m very happy to announce a new SQL MCM today: Didier Vérel, SQL Server and Business Intelligence Architect, Avanade France. Didier has been working with SQL Server since version 1.0. His key areas of expertise encompass administration, development and Business Intelligence domains. Didier joined Avanade France 10 years ago where he is responsible for delivering…

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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!