Exam 70-401: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring is available as of a few days ago, making it possible for you to earn your MCTS: System Center Configuration Manager certification in addition to the MCTS for Operations Manager that came out in January.
Things you guys have recently asked include:
What about a certification for Data Protection Manager or other System Center solutions? What I hear: "We are working on the future plan for System Center exams and more details will come out later this year… but at the moment, nothing else to announce for other System Center solutions like Data Protection Manager. However, we are working on a Hyper-V certification that may include VMM, at a minimum." More on that soon, too.
Will there be a related job-role certification? A professional-series certification for the operations role is in consideration, as I think we've mentioned before, but the details aren't all worked out. If and when this certification—an MCITP—is announced it will likely require one or both of the System Center MCTS (Operations Manager, Configuration Manager) certifications as part of the path. There is nothing scheduled in this area through June 2008, so don’t sit and wait by the phone.
Can 400 or 401 be used as elective credit for other things? Both 70-400 and 401 will apply to your MCSA or MCSE on Windows Server 2003. This isn't showing up in your records yet, I don't think, but it will apply retroactively when they update the database rules (I believe this should happen in the next week or so).
What is the Bikram Challenge? The Bikram Challenge is a made-up challenge where I go to hot yoga three times a week.
Three times a week doesn't sound like very much. Should the Bikram Challenge be more challenging? No. It is hot, man. Really, really hot in there.