MCSA Certifications – April

 Just when I thought I had all the certifications figured out, Microsoft announced yesterday the addition of the MCSE: Business Applications (focusing on Dynamics 365) which includes two new supporting MCSA paths – MCSA: Dynamics 365 and MCSA: Dynamics 365 for Operations. Additionally, they’ve added the new MCSA: Data Science, which puts you on a path to earn an MCSE: Data Management & Analytics certification. Check out this new pdf that clearly outlines the requirements for each certification and the electives that can be taken to renew each MCSE annually. Bonus information on the pdf download is some other unannounced MCSA certifications including Cloud Database Development, Big Data Engineering, and BI reporting.

MCSA: Windows 2016

 Passed two exams this week during the MCT Summit. I started with the 70-740: Installation, Storage, & Compute with Windows Server 2016. This was the one I studied for on the train, because I thought I was a little rusty on Virtual Machines and Clustering. But it was the simple stuff like REFS and Data Duplication that was tripping me up during the exam. Today, I took the third and final exam needed for the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification. Which of course is the 70-741: Networking with Windows Server 2016 exam. Again, I breezed through the difficult parts of the exam only to be hung up on a silly subnetting question. It was like I forgot how to do math. But a few extra minutes double checking my work and I knew I had it right. So that is 9 exams and 9 certifications in the last 6 months. I think I’m going to take the rest of the year off from Microsoft exams.

MCSA: SQL 2016 Development

 Last September I took the BETA exams for 70-761: Querying Data with Transact-SQL and 70-762: Developing SQL Databases. Well it looks like I passed them, because today I received an email saying I have earned my MCSA: SQL Server 2016 Database Development. I always like when I pick up a new certification, but it’s really cool to wake up and earn one you were not expecting. I am just now sure to count it towards my 2016 goals or 2017.

SQL Saturday Atlanta #578

Attached is my presentation on SQL Server Certification that will be presented at SQL Saturday Atlanta: BI Edition this weekend. I have also provided useful links in getting certified on SQL Server.

Microsoft Exam Replay

466b4417-8857-4304-929b-f9cf9ec63d1a-large  To help you reach your certification goals, Microsoft Learning is introducing Exam Replay with two purchase options: Exam Replay – An Exam Replay is one exam plus a retake of the same exam. Buy these at the same time to give yourself an extra chance at success. Exam Replay + Practice Test – Pull out all the stops and give yourself every advantage. Buy an exam, a retake, plus a practice test together! The practice test is accessible online and valid for 30 days from activation, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare. To take advantage of these Exam Replay options, visit the special offers page today.

Microsoft Digital Badges

badges Today Microsoft has partnered with Pearson VUE to make digital badges widely available for Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs). Beginning October 21, 2016, if you have passed a qualifying exam or earned a designated certification, you will be able to share your achievements more effectively with these digital badges. Beginning in November 2016, badges will be retroactively issued to those who have passed exams or achieved certifications prior to October 21st, 2016.

Microsoft Streamlined Certification Paths

mcsp Microsoft is streamlining its expert-level certifications to provide more flexibility and a wider array of starting points towards certification. There will be Four new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications and One Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification.

You will first need to earn a qualifying Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) from one of many qualifying paths and then pass a single additional exam from a list of electives to earn the corresponding MCSE or MCSD.

The MCSA/MCSD you earn will never expire, however each year you will have the chance to re-Earn the certification by passing an additional exam from the ever growing list of electives. This replaces the existing requirement of needing to renew your certification every 3 years and will help you gain new skills on new exams instead of continuing to re-test on older skills over and over again. To find out more, download the list of exams and electives for the Microsoft Streamlined Certification Paths here.

Microsoft Exam Prep Course

CqjlDoYUkAAbvxx Are you interested in becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)? Getting ready for a Microsoft Certification exam? Then you already know that having the requisite content knowledge is only part of the complete picture. You also need practical, hands-on technology skills and strong test-taking strategies.In this on-demand Microsoft Certification exam prep session quickly ramp up on what you need to know to conquer Microsoft Certifications. Find out what they are, who they’re for, and how to become a better test-taker. Take a look at different kinds of questions and how to be prepared for them. Plus, get details on special deals, pricing, and registration, along with next steps in your Microsoft Certification journey.

Certification Booster Packs

MFST_LEX_BoosterPack_Facebook_1200x628.jpg-604x770We all know that getting certified can give your career (and resume) a boost. If you’ve been interested in getting certified – or want to continue to the next level of certification – but were unsure or waiting until you had some wiggle room with studying and practicing for the exam, that time is now. We’re excited to introduce a brand new offer: Microsoft Certification Booster Packs!

MCSA: Windows 10

mcsa10Microsoft announced the release of the MCSA: Windows 10 certification for IT professionals. This credential demonstrates expertise to configure, manage, and maintain a Windows 10 enterprise system. The new certification incorporates the recently released Exam 697: Configuring Windows Devices, which helps Windows 8 administrators upgrade their skills to Windows 10. The complete MCSA certification is earned by passing all three of the following exams: