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April 9, 2010

NEW Second Shot Vouchers Now Include Half Off Discount

I was just about to publish a wrap-up post about the results of the two previous voucher giveaways, and then this new development comes flying in over the transom…

Response to this offer might skyrocket, so the sooner you ask, the higher up in the queue you'll be!

For an EXTREMELY limited time, I can issue Second Shot vouchers for MS exams that also include a 50% discount on the cost of the initial exam. And by limited I mean, this offer ends sometime in the next 24 hours.

UPDATE: Also, this is limited to ONLY the following exams (I missed that key info the first time around. Sorry for the confusion everybody):

  • 70–432 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
  • 70–448 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
  • 70–450 PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • 70–452 PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • 70–562 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development
  • 70–564 Pro: Designing and Developing ASP.NET Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • 83–640 TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • 70–693 PRO: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator
  • 70–669 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization
  • 70–680 TS: Windows 7, Configuring
  • 70–682 PRO: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician
  • 70–659 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
  • 70–652 TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

This is basically a first-come, first-served kind of deal, so here’s what you need to do to request vouchers.

Keep reading…

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April 5, 2010

And The Voucher Winners Are…

The WINNAH and still cham-PEEN! 

Wow! The Great Voucher Giveaway turned into a SMASH success! I’ll be posting some more detailed info and a few cool statistics, mainly for the math geeks to drool over.

But first I want to let everyone know who the five lucky winners were! These folks each won one voucher good for a free MS exam anywhere in the world!

In no particular order, the winners are…

  • Aben S. from New Zealand
  • Steve G. from United Kingdom
  • Tim B. from United States
  • Jason P. from United States
  • Richard G. from United Kingdom

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Also, all outstanding Second Shot voucher requests have been sent. If you didn’t receive yours, check for e-mails from memberservice at The voucher e-mails might also have gotten picked off by anti-spam measures, so check your filters and/or junk folders.

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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

  • 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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August 27, 2009

MS Exam Discounts Giveaway Held Open One More Day

Now that's what I call a broken ATM.

Lo and behold, the 20% off MS exam discounts were supposed to have ended as of today.

But they haven’t. At least, not yet. Here’s the reason why…

Basically, the “Gear To Get Your Butt In Gear” giveaway being held at the Funcave drove a whole heaping bunch of interest in the 20% off discounts. So much so that it broke the Vouch-O-Matic that was issuing the discounts AKA the existing stock of 20% discounts that had been loaded were completely exhausted.

MS Learning decided to extend the 20% exam discounts one more day. Once the Vouch-O-Matic gets loaded back up, I’ll be back to issuing vouchers for the areas that still have active, outstanding requests.

If you want to get in on the discounts, this is really, honestly and truly the very last time you’ll have to partake of that sweet 20% discount action. So jump over to the Funcave giveaway page and get the survey filled out ASAP to get your place in line.

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August 26, 2009

LAST CALL: 20 Percent Off MS Exams Giveaway Ends TODAY

Once the meter runs out today, I've got no way to put more money in it. So if you snooze, you lose.

Today is the LAST day that the 20% discount for MS exam discounts will still be available for certain regions/countries. So if you want some, you MUST enter the giveaway TODAY!

Honestly, the response to the MS exam voucher giveaway has been nothing short of AMAZING! So much so that actually delivering the vouchers to people will be delayed just a little bit AKA a couple of days. My primary focus today will be to make sure I have enough vouchers from the different regions to cover outstanding requests.

That being said, if you know you are going to make a larger request, unless you make it before noon Central time today, there really are NO guarantees I will have time to request enough for you.

So that means you should do two things ASAP…

  1. Get Your Butt In Gear
  2. Take The Survey

All active giveaways are listed at the Funcave’s official giveaways page, at

Thanks to everyone who’s participated so far, and for all the awesome feedback, comments, and heartfelt thanks. I’m very very glad so many folks have been motivated by this, because that’s really the whole point of the entire “Gear To Get Your Butt In Gear” giveaway-a-palooza this month.

Even after the voucher offer has closed, the survey will remain active. Filling it out after the voucher deadline today will STILL give respondents an additional entry for our upcoming giveaways (slated to go live today) for some really cool stuff, including…

  • Microsoft Office 2007 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • HTC Touch
  • SMB Nation Fall 2009 Pass

In the immortal words of Hannibal Smith…

Hannibal Smith, The Whitest Mack Daddy of Them All!

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

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