All the virtualization geeks at TechEd last week were wearing VEEK t-shirts. Pretty sweet. I'm going to make shirts for pretty sweet geeks, they'll say SWEEK. In other news, here is a little write-up about our plans for virtualization-related certs all in one place. Hope this is helpful.

Summary of the long post that follows:

  • There’s a Hyper-V MCTS and a Desktop Optimization MCTS available today and we’re working on an MCTS: VMM.
  • No professional (job-role) certifications planned yet – but we’re looking at what that could/should be for operations people and virtualization people
  • There’s some training to check out (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/virtualization/default.mspx) and some good new offers coming soon--I think in the next few days.
  • October 15 Live Meeting is your chance to eliminate the middleman (YT) and hear from the planners. Register.

Blow out of the preceding summary:

Microsoft is looking at virtualization in three areas: server, application, and presentation. We've tried to map our exams and certs map along the same lines. (You might find this lame, but this little video thing helped me learn about the different virtualization bits, FYI.)

SERVER VIRTUALIZATION:
As of August 25, you can earn an MCTS: Windows Server 2008, Virtualization certification by passing exam 70-652. And we are working on an MCTS: System Center Virtual Machine Manager certification. This will be a one-exam certification, requiring 70-403: TS: System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Configuring, slated for release in late December 2008.

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You can see from the prep guide that the Server 2008 Virtualization certification covers mostly Hyper-V but also a significant amount of Virtual Machine Manager—so there’s some overlap between these two. The reason behind that is that VMM is an important piece of server virtualizaton – but it’s not exclusive to Server – so we needed to create a cert for people who use VMM across technologies. 

APPLICATION VIRTUALIZATION:
On the application side of things, we have a new certification for Desktop Optimization Pack (Softgrid) as of last month. You can earn this MCTS certification today with one exam, 70-656. If you get on it right away, you could be number 32 in the world. Don't sleep.

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PRESENTATION VIRTUALIZATION
No stand-alone certification that maps to it, but that topic is covered as a part of our Windows Server 2008 MCTS for Application Infrastructure (earned with exam 70-643).

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ABOUT JOB-ROLE CERTS
There is not a locked plan (though our cert team is looking at it now) for job-role certifications in the area of virtualization OR operations management (what I said earlier about the spoke-too-soon-MCITP:OpsMngr still stands). I understand the cert peeps have ideas on this, but are being careful to create job roles that are relevant to you, and lasting, not just react to the latest products and industry-buzz things. So, no information yet on where either of these MCTS certs will fit in to a professional-series certification while the team looks at all the options and what makes the most sense for roles you guys actually do using these technologies. Stand by. We’re working on it.

In related news:

  • Don’t forget the October live meeting—the certification planners can tell you more and answer your questions.
  • Visit the Virtualization Learning portal – gives great info on some training that is available now and coming soon. Check it.


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Trika