SQL Server Masters Certification Goes Global

Posted by Deepak Kumar | Posted in SQL DBA | Posted on 30-11-2010

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Microsoft has recently announced some changes for MCM certification. SQL Server masters certification will now be available in 9 countries! Here is quick comparison:

OLD Pattern: Cost $18,500; 4 exams, 3 weeks Training Session
NEW Pattern: Cost $2,500 without training; 2 Exams (4 hours knowledge exams+ 6 hours lab exam)
 
Prerequisite certifications: Candidates must hold the following two prerequisite Microsoft Certifications in order to be awarded an MCM for Microsoft SQL Server 2008:
MCITP: Database Administrator SQL Server 2008
MCITP: Database Developer SQL Server 2008
 
Requirements for achieving an MCM certification: a candidate must pass following two MCM exams:
Exam 88-970: SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master: Knowledge Exam
Exam 88-971: SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master: Lab Exam
 
Pricing:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master: Knowledge Exam: US$500
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master: Lab Exam: US$2,000
 
Retake Candidate need to wait 90 days before retaking exam and can retake as many time require to pass.
 
More details: Read more at MS, Microsoft, Videos, SQLSkills

SQL 2011 – Denali CTP1

Posted by Deepak Kumar | Posted in SQL DBA, SQL Dev | Posted on 30-11-2010

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Cheers group, we got SQL 2011 to test, learn and experience new things in SQL once again. I can’t wait to download and install it. Share your experiences!

Here are few quick links to begin with, that you may want to check..

  • Microsoft(r) SQL Server(r) code-named ‘Denali’ – Community Technology Preview 1 (CTP1) Download Link
  • What’s New in Denali : Link
  • “HADR” : high-availability and disaster recovery solution : Link
  • Columnstore Indexes for Fast Data Warehouse Query Processing in SQL Server 11.0 : Link

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