[EN] Microsoft Exams Online.. A Man of Worse Origin.

Ten days ago at Born To Learn Blog Liberty Munson annouced confirmation post about general availability of Online Proctored Microsoft Exams for MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) and MTA (Microsoft Technology Associations) exams. After beta period availability in United States this projest looks as succesfull project. With partnership of Pearson VUE (which in fact is only one partner for any Microsoft exams, beginning from 1st january next year) Microsoft expanded opportunnity for additional twenty countries. As I could expect… not for Microsoft Professionals in Poland:

Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United States, Uruguay

List of possible online proctored exams are huge:

70-331-OP: CoreSolutionsofMicrosoftSharePointServer2013
70-332-OP: AdvancedSolutionsofMicrosoftSharePointServer2013
70-336-OP: CoreSolutionsofMicrosoftLyncServer2013
70-337-OP: EnterpriseVoice&OnlineServiceswithMicrosoftLyncServer2013
70-341-OP: CoreSolutionsofMicrosoftExchangeServer2013
70-342-OP: AdvancedSolutionsofMicrosoftExchangeServer2013
70-346-OP: ManagingOffice365IdentitiesandRequirements
70-347-OP: EnablingOffice365Services
70-410-OP: InstallingandConfiguringWindowsServer2012
70-411-OP: AdministeringWindowsServer2012
70-412-OP: ConfiguringAdvancedWindowsServer2012Services
70-417-OP: UpgradingYourSkillstoMCSAWindowsServer2012
70-461-OP: QueryingMicrosoftSQLServer2012
70-462-OP: AdministeringMicrosoftSQLServer2012Databases
70-463-OP: ImplementingaDataWarehousewithMicrosoftSQLServer2012
70-469-OP: RecertificationforMCSE-OP: DataPlatform
70-470-OP: RecertificationforMCSE-OP: BusinessIntelligence
70-480-OP: ProgramminginHTML5withJavaScriptandCSS3
70-481-OP: EssentialsofDevelopingWindowsStoreAppsusingHTML5andJavaScript
70-482-OP: AdvancedWindowsStoreAppDevelopmentusingHTML5andJavaScript
70-483-OP: ProgramminginC#
70-486-OP: DevelopingASP.NETMVCWebApplications
70-488-OP: DevelopingMicrosoftSharePointServer2013CoreSolutions
70-489-OP: DevelopingMicrosoftSharePointServer2013AdvancedSolutions
70-490-OP: RecertificationforMCSD-OP: WindowsStoreAppsusingHTML5
70-491-OP: RecertificationforMCSD-OP: WindowsStoreAppsusingC#
70-494-OP: RecertificationforMCSD-OP: WebApplications
70-499-OP: RecertificationforMCSD-OP: ApplicationLifecycleManagement
70-517-OP: RecertificationforMCSD-OP: SharePointApplications
70-532-OP: DevelopingMicrosoftAzureSolutions
70-533-OP: ImplementingMicrosoftAzureInfrastructureSolutions
70-534-OP: ArchitectingMicrosoftAzureSolutions(beta)
70-640-OP: WindowsServer2008ActiveDirectory,Configuring
70-680-OP: TS-OP: Windows7,Configuring
70-687-OP: ConfiguringWindows8.1
70-688-OP: ManagingandMaintainingWindows8.1
70-692-OP: UpgradingYourWindowsXPSkillstoMCSAWindows8.1
70-695-OP: DeployingWindowsDevicesandEnterpriseApps
70-696-OP: ManagingEnterpriseDevicesandApps
70-980-OP: RecertificationforMCSE-OP: ServerInfrastructure
70-981-OP: RecertificationforMCSE-OP: PrivateCloud
70-982-OP: RecertificationforMCSE-OP: DesktopInfrastructure
74-409-OP: ServerVirtualizationwithWindowsServerHyper-VandSystemCenter
98-349-OP: WindowsOperatingSystemFundamentals
98-361-OP: SoftwareDevelopmentFundamentals
98-364-OP: DatabaseFundamentals
98-365-OP: WindowsServerAdministrationFundamentals
98-366-OP: NetworkingFundamentals
98-367-OP: SecurityFundamentals
98-375-OP: HTML5ApplicationDevelopmentFundamentals

More information here: Online Proctored Microsoft Exams Available in Twenty One Countries in December 2014 http://bit.ly/1H2Y7ac and here: Online proctored exams Registration and Requirements http://bit.ly/1zYO2YH

BUT

I understand why: Online proctored (OP) exams allow you to take an exam in the comfort of your home or office, often within 15 minutes of registering, while being monitored by an offsite proctor.

BUT

I completely don’t undestand why: why again Microsoft forgets about Poland; forgets, or is taking deliberate action agains Microsoft Professionals in Poland. Is not first time when I feel as:

A Man of Worse Origin.

We (in Poland) experienced many of similar stories: no availability of Microsoft Zune, no availability of X-Box Online, no availability of Sufrace 2 or 3 at TechEd and more. Why Microsoft, Why? Even some exams will be available in future, maybe, someday, in 2016 or 2020, why we are Peoples of Worse Origin?

[EN] New Certification for SQL Server 2012

LOGO__SQLServer2012Microsoft SQL Server 1212 (better known as CodeName ‘DENALI’) will coming. Slowly, yes but irrevocably. Then, as SQL Server amateurs, professionals, administrators, developers, architects we should start to think about certification for this new version of our database environment.

SQL Server will provide many changes: views, functions, features and so on. And for certification (in this post) and licensing (future post) too. So, what most important news we know:

1. We know about seven exams in total SQL Server 2012 software:

Querying Microsoft SQL Server
| Microsoft Training Course: 10774 | Microsoft Prometric Exam: 70-461
Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database
| Microsoft Training Course: 10775 | Microsoft Prometric Exam: 70-462
Building Data Warehouses with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
| Microsoft Training Course: 10777 | Microsoft Prometric Exam: 70-463
Developing a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database
| Microsoft Training Course: 10776 | Microsoft Prometric Exam: 70-464
Designing Database Solutions for SQL Server 2012
| Microsoft Training Course: 10778 | Microsoft Prometric Exam: 70-465
Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
| Microsoft Training Course in unknown now | Egzamin: 70-466
Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Platform
| Microsoft Training Course in unknown now | Egzamin: 70-467

2. Only two certification ways:

SQL DEV/BI: SQL Server “Denali” Business Intelligence
* Writing queries with Transact-SQL (T-SQL)
* Building Data Warehouses with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
* Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server 2012 Platform
* Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

 
SQL DBA: dla SQL Server “Denali” Database Professionals
* Writing queries with Transact-SQL (T-SQL)
* Implementing, Configuring, and Maintaining Microsoft® SQL Server®
* Building, Supporting, and Developing Databases for Microsoft® SQL Server®
* Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft® SQL Server®

3. For some of us bad (for other not) new idea like Re-Certification. If You get any of IT-Pro Level Certification (all  four MCTS exams  in one of two certification tracks), You must will be re-certified after three years!

Good to know: any MCTS certificate = one Microsoft Training Course = one Training Kit = one exam 

Is something good more? Based on information from Born To Learn blog:

  • More community involvement in identifying the skills to be tested
  • Higher expectations of skill level and experience for the successful candidate
  • More direct focus on core skills such as querying and on business context

[EN] Sesja LIVE MEETING: 70-432 Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance Exam

Na blogu Pawła Kiragi oraz The Microsoft Learning Community and Evangelism Team pojawiły się informacje o planowanych sesjach w postaci Live Meeting, znacząco pomagających w przygotowaniu się do egzaminu MCTS: 70-432 ‘Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance Exam. jako że jest to jeden z planowanych przeze mnie na ten rok egzaminów, z radoscią przekazuję te informację dalej. Zawsze to łatwiej razem przygotować się do tej certyfikacji. Poniżej kilka cennych informacji:

KIEDY: 24 marca 2009, godz. 07:30 AM Pacific Time

GDZIE: Rejestracja

KIEDY: 24 marca 2009, godz. 05:30 PM Pacific Time

GDZIE: Rejestracja

Sesja jak dla mnie obowiązkowa, dla planujących zdawanie tego egzaminu.

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