[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] RTM status for Self-Paced Training Kit 70-667 (SharePoint 2010)

BOOKLET__MSPress_MCTS70667Microsoft Press announced on his blog that new Training Kit going to print. It is MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-667): Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010 (ISBN 9780735638853)by Dan Holme {BLOG|TWITTER} and Alastair Matthews {BLOG}. This book contains a lot of informations, lesson files, labs, practice test and advices for everyone who think about passing Prometric Exam 70-667.

In this book 864 pages are collected in twelve chapters below:

CHAPTER 01 | Creating a SharePoint 2010 Intranet
CHAPTER 02 | Administering and Automating SharePoint
CHAPTER 03 | Managing Web Applications
CHAPTER 04 | Administering and Securing SharePoint Content
CHAPTER 05 | Service Applications and the Managed Metadata Service
CHAPTER 06 | Configuring User Profiles and Social Networking
CHAPTER 07 | Administering SharePoint Search
CHAPTER 08 | Implementing Enterprise Service Applications
CHAPTER 09 | Deploying and Upgrading to SharePoint 2010
CHAPTER 10 | Administering SharePoint Customization
CHAPTER 11 | Implementing Business Continuity
CHAPTER 12 | Monitoring and Optimizing SharePoint Performance

As the publisher wrote on blog post:

By using this training kit, you will learn how to do the following:

  • Deploy SharePoint Server 2010 farms.
  • Create a logical architecture of web applications, content databases, site collections, and sites.
  • Manage security of SharePoint content by configuring authentication and access controls.
  • Configure SharePoint services including search, user profiles, and the managed metadata service.
  • Optimize, monitor, and troubleshoot performance of SharePoint servers and services.
  • Ensure that data is protected and highly available.
  • Deploy and manage customized SharePoint functionality and solutions.

 

More information You can find on MS Press Blog HERE and in official store on O’Reily shop HERE.

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Product Details (by O’Reilly Media)

Title: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-667): Configuring Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010
By: Dan Holme, Alastair Matthews
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Formats: Print | Safari Books Online
Print: September 2011 (est.)
Pages: 864 (est.)
Print ISBN: 978-0-7356-3885-3 | ISBN 10: 0-7356-3885-3

[PL] Ukazała się książka MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-511): Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Nakładem wydawnictwa Microsoft Press, a w drystrybucji O’Reilly ukazała się książka pozwalająca na samodzielne przygotowanie się do egzaminu PROMETRIC, czyli z serii Self-Paced Training Kit. Tm razem jest to pozycja dla programistów:

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-511):
Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Książka jest obszerna (prawie siedemset stron) i zawiera dwanaście rozdziałów plus spory dodatek z ćwiczeniami i rozwiązaniami:

Chapter 01: Building a User Interface
Chapter 02: Working with Events and Commands
Chapter 03: Adding and Managing Content
Chapter 04: Windows Forms and Windows Forms Controls
Chapter 05: Working with User-Defined Controls
Chapter 06: Working with Data Binding
Chapter 07: Configuring Data Binding
Chapter 08: Working with Data Grids and Validating User Input
Chapter 09: Enhancing Usability
Chapter 10: Advanced Topics
Chapter 11: Testing and Debugging WPF Applications
Chapter 12: Deployment
Appendix: Answers
Appendix: About the Author
Appendix: Systems Requirements
Hardware Requirements
Software Requirements

Więcej informacji mozna znaleźć na stronie dystrybutora: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-511): Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4