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March 26, 2010

Hit Me For Your Second Shot

C'mon and HIT ME!

I’m giving away Second Shot vouchers to ALL comers, good ANYWHERE in the world that MS exams can be taken. And if you hurry, you might win a FREE MS exam voucher!

What does Second Shot mean? If you fail to pass the exam on the first try, you get to take the same exam again, so long as you registered for the initial exam with an SS voucher.

To request your SS vouchers, just send the following info to vouchers@chrisrue.com:

  • How many SS vouchers you want
  • What country you’re in (SS vouchers are specific to each country)
  • Your e-mail address

These Second Shot vouchers are good until June 30, 2010 for any Microsoft exam numbered starting with 070, which means they’re valid for the following types of exams:

  • IT Professional
  • Developer
  • Dynamics

But wait, there’s more!

I’ve also got five (5) vouchers good for a COMPLETELY FREE take of a Microsoft certification exam to give away. That’s a cool $125 you get to keep in your hip pocket if you land one!

Keep reading…

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March 11, 2010

Exam-A-Palooza

THE NAME OF THIS TESTING STATION IS CHARLENE, SIR!

This week kicked off Hell Week, certification-wise, for me.

Currently I’ve got a total of four exams scheduled this week. I’m slated to take:

70–648 TS: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to, Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations (which I passed this Monday, actually)

70–646 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

70–669 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization (Beta)

70–624 TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops

To be honest, that’s really a total of five exams, since 70–648 is actually a combination of the 70–640 and 70–642 exams.

And ALL this is in addition to the beta for 70–693 I took last month, and the pair of exams (70–579 and 70–659) that I took in a single morning while at MVP Summit 2010.

Since I’m a glutton for punishment, I’m eyeing two REAL mindkillers, 70–643 and 70–647, for next week.

|| posted by chris under beta, business, it pro, mid-market it, mobility, tech hand, virtualization || comments (3) || ||

March 9, 2010

A Few Thoughts About Mid-Market IT

Big thanks to Eric Beehler for inviting me to appear on CS Techcast 110 this week. We talked at length about some of the unique challenges facing mid-market IT.

Although the conversation was spurred mostly by the news of Microsoft’s cancelling Essential Business Server v2, we discussed a wide range of topics, including cloud-based services (big shock there) and virtualization.

If you want to skip ahead, my section starts at the 12:52 (or so) mark.

I’ll admit, it was kinda weird being on the other side of the microphone. Flashbacks of SBS Show kept running through my head, but being on the other side of the desk made this the fastest, easiest webcast I’ve ever done.

Check it out. Hope you like it.

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March 5, 2010

EBS Has Left The Building

Even in a sequined jumpsuit, a skeleton is still dead.

Instead of my typically convoluted Funcave windup involving some theoretical physics, Bluetooth and comic book lore a la “The Big Bang Theory,” I’ll just come right out and say what’s up this time:

Essential Business Server = DEAD

That’s officially official as of right now, which should be 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard time on March 5th, 2010. So what does that really mean?

In the immediate term, it means there will be no v2 of Essential Business Server. Not ever. Which is a damned shame, because v2 was looking completely and totally badass.

Keep reading!

|| posted by chris under beta, business, clueless, hardware, it pro, kma, mid-market it, migration, nostalgia, opinion, rant, rx, shoutout, thumbs down, thumbs up, time, travel, virtualization, webcast || comments (2) || ||