MCTS: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuring

Hi Friends,


MCTS: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuring


Some posts ago, we announced here that Microsoft released the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and a promotion for the exam 70-656, that allow the first 500 IT Pros to take the exam through Prometric for FREE. The complete post you can read here: http://msmvps.com/blogs/herlesonpontes/archive/2008/08/21/1645413.aspx


]Also, I posted at my Portuguese blog that the MVP Cleber Marques (http://www.clebermarques.com/) created a set of articles about MDOP and the solutions that compose it in the Portuguese language. You can read more information about it at the URL: http://herleson.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!8ACB9B8FAEDBCB6F!1427.entry


And today, after almost one month of news about MDOP and its exam, I wish to share with you a great victory: I PASSED at the exam 70-656! I took it last Friday, and passed in an exam that requests a deep knowledge in Microsoft Application Virtualization (ex-called SoftGrid), beside the other solutions: AGPM, DEM, DaRT and AIS.


And there is more: I took a look at Microsoft site to see how many professionals passed in the MDOP exam so far (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/certified.mspx) and I found out that only 74 professionals worldwide have passed until September 22, which means that I´m a MDOP CHARTER MEMBER!


I want to say thank you to my friend Cleber Marques, that prepared an excellent material about MDOP and share it freely in his site. This material was essential to obtain this certification.


I dedicate this victory to my only and forever wife, Priscila, who always supports me and helps me in all moments of my life. I LOVE YOU, MY PRISCILA!


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Culminis Speaker Member – Brazil
Writer of SQL Magazine, WebMobile and .net Magazine
Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/

BETA EXAM – 70-433: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

Hi Friends,


Microsoft SQL Server 2008


And one more exam of SQL the Server 2008 certification track will be available in the next Friday.


Microsoft has just announced to public the beta exam of SQL Server 2008 for database developers: 70-433 (TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development). This exam belongs to the MCTS (Technology Specialist) credential, and it can be taken by professionals for free.


The coolest thing about beta exams is, if you approved in a beta, you win the credential when the final version of this exam becomes available. The only problem is that the result of beta exams, differently of final exams, is sent to you three or four months later.


The exam 70-433 is Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development. This exam, developed for database developers, tests the professional’s knowledge in developing and implementing data solutions using Transact-SQL.


The period of this beta exam starts this Friday (September 19th), and will be on until October 10th.


If you want to take this exam, access Prometric website (www.2test.com) and schedule the desired exam. The code of these beta is in the format 71-XXX. On the last step (Payment), inform the promotional code (Promocode): F589G. After you inform the code, the system will discount the whole value of the exam. Then, you confirm the appointment and get ready for the exam!


You can obtain more information about the topics that are covered by this exam at the link: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-433.mspx


I already schedules mine. And you? Hurry up and get ready for this exam! The seats are limited.


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Culminis Speaker Member – Brazil
Writer of SQL Magazine, WebMobile and .net Magazine
Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
Office.CE User Group Leader: http://www.officeceara.com.br/

SYSTEM CENTER BETA EXAM – TS: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring

Hi Friends,


VMM 2008 - Setup Screen


Microsoft has just announced to public the beta exam of the virtualization management solution of System Center suite: 70-403 (TS: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring). This exam belongs to the MCTS (Technology Specialist) credential, and it can be taken by professionals for free.


The coolest thing about beta exams is, if you approved in a beta, you win the credential when the final version of this exam becomes available. The only problem is that the result of beta exams, differently of final exams, is sent to you three or four months later.


The exam 70-403 is Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring. This exam, developed for IT Managers and Enterprise Administrators, tests the professional’s knowledge in planning, implementing and maintaining virtual machines and servers, and also how VMM interacts with other System Center solutions.


The period of this beta exam starts next Tuesday (September 23rd), and will be available until October 24th.


If you want to take this exam, access Prometric website (www.2test.com) and schedule the desired exam. The code of these beta is in the format 71-XXX. On the last step (Payment), inform the promotional code (Promocode): VMM08. After you inform the code, the system will discount the whole value of the exam. Then, you confirm the appointment and get ready for the exam!


You can obtain more information about the topics that are covered by this exam at the link: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-403.mspx.


Beside the link above, I recommend the site of the MVP Cleber Marques, System Center specialist, that offers many documentation and articles about these solutions. The URL is: http://www.clebermarques.com/.


I will schedule mine as soon as possible. And you? Hurry up and get ready for this exam! The seats are limited.


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Culminis Speaker Member – Brazil
Writer of SQL Magazine, WebMobile and .net Magazine
Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
Office.CE User Group Leader: http://www.officeceara.com.br/

Daylight Saving Time (DST) patches for Windows available

Hi Friends,


Daylight Saving Time (DST)


Some weeks ago, Microsoft announced a set of update packs very important for users from many countries. These packs alter the Date and Time system of Windows OS, updating in them the Daylight Saving Time (DST) support.


In countries like US, the DST has its period constants: it begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Meanwhile, in some countries like Brazil, the DST starts and ends in different dates every year.


For Windows knows when will be the day that DST starts, Microsoft releases yearly a set of patches, that tells to the system which dates the DST will start and end.


This year, the patches released are supported by the x86 and x64 versions of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.


To download these patches, go to the URL http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951072/ and choose the correct patch, according to your OS version.


After applied the update, your Windows is ready to change the date and time setting automatically in the DST start date.


Regards,


Herleson Pontes
MVP |
MCT | MCITP | MCTS | MCP | MOS

Culminis Speaker Member – Brazil
Writer of SQL Magazine, WebMobile and .net Magazine
Site: http://www.herlesonpontes.com.br/
Office.CE User Group Leader: http://www.officeceara.com.br/