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  • Blog Post: This just in: Subscribe for Beta Announcements

    At long last, we have a place for you all to find out about beta exams when they are open to the public, without having to read 70 different forums or blogs. Subscribe to this blog (for developer and IT pro exams, both) and you'll get a notice when one of the planners (Jim, Gerry, or J--cute, right?...
  • Blog Post: Old news

    You've probably seen this elsewhere already, but I keep getting asked about it (that's reasonable!), so I'll post the tiny amount of info I have about a few beta exams going on now. I don't have any more info for you, unfortunately. What you see is what you get. ------------------------------------ 71...
  • Blog Post: On beta exams and their vociferous patrons

    There is a disproportionate amount of clamoring and piping up about beta exams given how few of you, in the big scheme of things, take them. This leads me to believe that: A ) we need to make more information available about betas and/or B ) the type of people taking beta exams are the type of people...
  • Blog Post: Register for Beta Exam 71-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

    - copied from an invite - this is all the info i have - You are invited to take beta exam 71-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier...
  • Blog Post: WPF, WCF, Workflow beta exams extended

    Developers, if you're interested in participating in the exam development process for WPF, WCF, or Workflow (and taking a cert exam/earning a certification for free in the process), check it: · Not available in China, India, Pakistan · No guarantee of a seat! The dates for the following three...
  • Blog Post: MCITP beta exams (or, Happy Birthday Tyler)

    I have been told that the registration problem for 71-646 and 71-647 has been resolved (we heard you were getting a "this exam has reached its cap" type message, which was lies! ). You can find the info on those betas, plus registration codes, here . I thought I already poasted the info above but...
  • Blog Post: The Same Pants

    I'm wearing the same pants, for the third day in a row. I hope no one notices. In other news, I have two things to say about beta exams. Gerry O'Brien posted an explanation of what happens to your comments and feedback on the betas. You can read that here . Thank you, Gerry. When taking a beta exam at...
  • Blog Post: Keep Clam and Carry On: open now for registration

    The Windows Server 2008 MCITP betas (70-646 and 70-647) open on December 21, I think. And invites will go out right round then, so please keep clam. <update December 21> OK, prep guides are live and betas are open for registration now. If WS is your bag, baby, here is the invite information and...
  • Blog Post: Home Theatre beta invite: Extended to March 31

    If you do NOT work with Home Theatre, in a sales or technology role, you will not care about this information. Something else you will not care about is how I just tripped on nothing, and kind of flew through the air in front of this guy Jeff's office, and I said that's embarrasing and he said oh, I...
  • Blog Post: Firecracker Disco: WS2008 Betas

    Are you sitting down, Windows Server sports racers? Here is the beta information (and live prep guides) for the three Windows Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exams, she says, with cautious enthusiasm, bracing for onslaught of questions and collective, beta-related panty bunching...
  • Blog Post: Stop the insanity: SCCM and WS2008 beta exams

    System Center Configuration Manager beta exam I think we'll post the System Center Configuration Manager beta exam information (71-401) at the end of this month. In the meantime, you can check out the exam objectives on the 70-401 prep guide , which is live as of a few days ago. We talked about dates...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Beta Exam

    "New Microsoft Exam! Be the first to certify on Virtual Earth 6.0 !" Feel free to share this with Virtual Earth-aware developers. You can register starting October 15, adn the beta is open until November 14 . If you don't know much about betas, read this or this first. Register for Beta Exam 71-544:...
  • Blog Post: Beta exam for System Center Operations Manager

    Feel free to share this with your System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)-aware colleagues: beta is open until October 26 for Exam 71-400: TS: Microsoft® System Center Operations Manager, Configuring. If you don't know much about betas, read this or this first. By participating in beta exams, you have...
  • Blog Post: PerformancePoint Server Beta Exam

    Please share with anyone with a stake in PerformancePoint Server . The beta exam 71-556 (TS: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, Application Development) is open now through October 19 at Prometric. If you don't know much about betas, read this or this first. Registration Information You must...
  • Blog Post: If you were about to ask about Server or Forefront beta exams...

    ...hold up a sec while I tell you what I know. We held betas for Forefront exam 71-557 and Windows Server 2008 transition exams 70-648 and 70-649 ( learn more about the 2003 to 2008 transition path ) at TechEd last week, because it is a great way to find a lot of the right candidates in one place at...
  • Blog Post: What to do if you haven't gotten your beta exam scores.

    If you have taken a Microsoft Certification beta exam and haven't gotten your scores by the time the exam goes live (usually it takes six to eight weeks to get scored for a beta**) then you need to follow up with your test provider <edited per Andy's feedback>. They are responsible for giving you...
  • Blog Post: New Dates for Vista Professional-Series (MCITP) Exams

    Hi. New dates, below. For the background and info on the related beta exams, read the update to my last poast . I hope you guys know that we REALLY are not psyched about re-doing the betas... but we REALLY do want to produce good exams... so it has to be done. Thanks for your help and thanks for understanding...
  • Blog Post: What the Heck Happened to 71-623? (or, Update on Vista Exams)

    FEBRUARY 2: ADDED NEW DATES AND BETA INFO, BELOW. For those of you who were asking about the 623 beta, thanks for your patience. Here's what's up: basically, we need to take more time on the MCITP-level Vista exams to make sure they’re right on, so that is why 71-623 was put on hold and why your seats...
  • Blog Post: Don't be alarmed; what you're experiencing is perfectly normal (or, news about Vista exam 71-620)

    If you are waiting for your exam results from 71-620, you're not the only one... unfortunately. Usually beta testers will get their results in advance of the exam going live , but in this case something funky happened and beta results are delayed. I'll poast on this when there is further news! Apologies...
  • Blog Post: Everyone's Panties Are In a Bunch: Vista Beta Exam 71-620

    The word on the street is that lots of people were disappointed about missing the beta for exam 70-620: Windows Vista, Configuring; the "big Vista" exam (in its beta state, the number is 71-620). We're sorry if you are one of those people--we'd love to have everyone interested get to participate but...
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