New Years Resolution: Get Certified!

Is your New Years’ resolution to finally sit down and take some Microsoft exams? I’m planning to work a bit harder toward my Exchange 2007 MCITP certification in the first half of 2010. Just because Exchange 2010 is released doesn’t mean that taking the time to learn an “older” technology isn’t useful. Especially if that is what you are faced with administering on a day to day basis.

If you haven’t visited the Microsoft Learning website recently, it’s worth a look. Microsoft has updated several of their charts and learning paths to make the changes between the MCSE program and the MCTS and MCITP programs a lot clearer. I’m a fan of the the “Certification by Technology” chart that lists out each major product line and the certification paths available.

There are also some downloadable charts detailing the upgrade paths from older certifications, complete with recommendations for online or live training and reading materials. Finally, the Learning Catalog has several free “clinics” covering topics such as “Exchange 2010 in the Enterprise” and “Exploring Microsoft Virtualization”. They are easy place to get started.

Here’s to a productive 2010!

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