Microsoft E-Learning: How to fix pop-up notification display errors


Just sharing a workaround I provided to a question asked on the Microsoft Training and Certification forum in relation to launching a Self Test module in Microsoft E-Learning Course 6690 (Exploring the Fundamentals of Network Infrastructure in Windows Server 2008):

Q: When starting a "Self Test" or "Game", the popup notification or instructions with the "Ok" or "Start" box will NOT go away once clicked. It remains where it is placed directly over the test or game itself.

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-AU/CertGeneral/thread/b2ef324f-9f26-4648-aa09-0a1b03000904

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A: To fix this error you need to set microsoftelearning.com to be displayed in Internet Explorers Compatibility View mode:

  1. Launch IE
  2. Select the Tools menu option (ALT + T)
  3. Select the Compatibility view settings menu option
  4. Enter microsoftelearning.com in the Add this website field
  5. Click on the Add button
  6. Click on the close button

This workaround has been tested on IE8 and IE9.

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Short answer code questions coming soon!


Microsoft has announces that short answer code questions will start appearing in exams soon.

Short answer code questions test a candidates ability to write code that will solve the problem described in the question.

More information can be found at Born to Learn – Short answer code questions coming soon!

Microsoft 2-for-1 Exam Vouchers are Back


Microsoft has released 2-for-1 exam vouchers to assist with the transition to SQL Server 2012, Windows 8 (Client), Windows Server 2012 (Private Cloud) and Visual Studio 2012. Individuals may purchase up to five "2 for 1" exam vouchers per technology path and need to sit qualifying exams by 30th June 2012.

Qualifying Technology Paths*

SQL Server 2012

To be eligible for free SQL Server 2012 exam vouchers, you must sit one of the following SQL Server 2008 exams:

  • Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Installation and Maintenance
  • Exam 70-433: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development
  • Exam 70-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
  • Exam 70-450: PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Server Infrastructure using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Exam 70-451: PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Exam 70-452: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Windows 8 (Client)

To be eligible for free Windows 8 (Client) exam vouchers, you must sit one of the following Windows 7 (Client) exams:

  • Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring
  • Exam 70-686: PRO: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator
  • Exam 70-685: PRO: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Windows Server 2012 (Private Cloud)

To be eligible for free Windows Server 2012 (Private Cloud) exam vouchers, you must sit one of the following Windows Server 2008 (Private Cloud) exams:

  • Exam 70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • Exam 70-642: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70-646: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
  • Exam 70-647: PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator
  • Exam 70-643: TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

Visual Studio 2012

To be eligible for free Visual Studio 2012 exam vouchers, you must sit one of the following Visual Studio 2010 exams:

  • Exam 70-511: TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-515: TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-518: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-519: PRO: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Additional information can be found here 2 for 1 Exam Vouchers

*Purchase a qualifying exam at full price with the voucher code provided when you click on "Request your Voucher" above and take the exam by June 30, 2012. When you do this you will receive an email containing one exam voucher valid for any qualifying next version exam in your chosen technology path. Your next version exam voucher code will be valid for 90 days after the availability of the next version Certification.

A New Era in Microsoft Certification


Today Microsoft released details of it’s new certification program which is designed to address the growing need for IT Pros and Developers to have skill sets that run both broad and deep.

At first glance it appears that Microsoft has simply reintroduced acronyms used in previous certification streams (such as MCSD , MCSA and MCSE) however this isn’t so and it’s important to understand that these acronyms now represent new certification structures and requirements, not just a renaming of terminology.

So What Has Changed?

As you can see from the diagram below, the new certification program consists of three core levels:

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) / Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)

You will also notice that Microsoft has introduced recertification as a requirement of MCSD/MCSE level certifications.

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Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Associate level certifications validate the core skills required to work with a technology at a beginners level.  They also represent the prerequisite certifications required to obtain Expert level certification. 

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) & Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

The Expert level is Microsoft’s flagship set of certifications validating that skills obtained are relevant in the constantly changing tech environment. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is the destination for established IT Professionals who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions.  The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) is the destination for established Developers who have expertise developing solutions with Microsoft tools.

As previously stated, Microsoft has also introduced recertification as a requirement of this certification level.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)

This certification is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers and achieve the highest level of skills validation.

Example: SQL Server 2012 Certification Path

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Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Prerequisite: No certification prerequisites exist however Microsoft recommends that candidates have at least 2 years experience with the technology being tested.

There are three exams required to obtain the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification:

SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Path

Please Note: SQL Server 2008 certification exams will be retired in July 2013 and exams 70-457 and 70-458 are expected to be available by August 2012.

Candidates who have achieved an MCTS on SQL Server 2008 will be able to earn the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification by passing two exams:

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Prerequisite: MCSA: SQL Server 2012

The MCSE level consist of two platforms (Data and Business Intelligence) and there are two exams (per platform) required to achieve MCSE certification:

MCSE: Data Platform: 

MCSE: Business Intelligence Platform:

SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Path

Please Note: SQL Server 2008 certification exams will be retired in July 2013 and exams 70-457, 70-458, 70-459, and 70-460 are expected to be available by August 2012.

Candidates who have achieved an MCITP on SQL Server 2008 will be able to earn an MCSE: Data Platform or MCSE: Business Intelligence Platform certification by passing three exams.  This upgrade path will also earn the candidate the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification.

MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 / MCITP: Database Developer 2008

MCITP: Business Intelligence 2008

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master

The MCSM level consist of two platforms (SQL Server and Intelligence):

MCSM: Data Platform

Prerequisite: MCSE: Data Platform

  • Exam 986: MCSM Data Platform Knowledge
  • Exam 986: MCSM Data Platform Lab

Full requirements are still being finalised.  More information can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/MCSM-sql-server-data-platform.aspx

MCSM: Intelligence

Prerequisite: MCSE: Business Intelligence Platform

  • Full requirements are still being finalised however this level of certification will require the completion of Lab-based and Technical exams

Microsoft Certified Architect

Prerequisite: MCSM: SQL Server and MCSM: Intelligence

MCA: SQL Server

  • Full requirements are still being finalised

Offers and Promotions

Microsoft, in conjunction with Prometric, has released the following offer and promotion to assist candidates with achieving MCSA and/or MCSE certification.

Certification SKU Offer

If you purchase a set of exams to achieve MCSA or MCSE certification, you will receive a 15-20% discount (depending on the number of exams in the set) off the purchase price.

Two-for-One Promotion

Purchase and take a full-priced exam before 30 June 2012 and you will receive, at no cost, a voucher valid for a MCSA or MCSE exam in the same technology.  More information about this offer can be found here.

Additional Information

Microsoft Certification overview page: http://aka.ms/MSCerts

Microsoft Certification overview video: http://aka.ms/MSCertsVideo

MCSE information page: http://aka.ms/MCSE

MCSE video on YouTube: http://aka.ms/MCSEvideo

MCSE Data Platform: http://aka.ms/MCSEDP

MCSE Business Intelligence: http://aka.ms/MCSEBI

The New MCSAs and MCSEs, Your Questions Answered:

 

Free Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 eBook Now Available


2012The final version of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 by Ross Mistry (@RossMistry) and Stacia Misner (@StaciaMisner), is now available. 

Although this book expects readers to have an understanding of SQL Server from a database administrator and business-intelligence perspective, anyone who has an interest in SQL Server will find its content valuable as it provides insight into new and improved capabilities of 2012 as they apply to achieving mission-critical confidence, breakthrough insight, and using a cloud on your terms.

The  PDF version of this book can be download from here (288 pages; 10.8 MB) and a hardcopy is also available for purchase from here (US$14.99).

PART I   DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (by Ross Mistry)

1.   SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements

2.   High-Availability and Disaster-Recovery Enhancements

3.   Performance and Scalability

4.   Security Enhancements

5.   Programmability and Beyond-Relational Enhancements

PART II   BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE DEVELOPMENT (by Stacia Misner)

6.   Integration Services

7.   Data Quality Services

8.   Master Data Services

9.   Analysis Services and PowerPivot

10.   Reporting Services

SQL Server 2012 Beta Exams Are Now Available


Just checked Prometric and all the SQL Server 2012 Beta exams are available for booking. Perfect timing as I’m attending SQL Connections in Las Vegas at the end of March and have also signed up for the 2 day pre-conference workshop on SQL Server 2012 Update for Developers. Woot!

Microsoft Virtual Academy – New SQL Server 2012 Content Released


Microsoft has released 5 new SQL Server 2012 Microsoft Virtual Academy courses.

Breakthrough Insights using Microsoft SQL Server 2012 – Analysis Services

The 7 modules of this course will introduce you to concepts and practices such as:

  • Developing and Managing a Business Intelligent Semantic Model
  • Enriching your BI Semantic Models with Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
  • Leveraging Master Data Services (MDS) in your Data Warehouse

Breakthrough Insights using Microsoft SQL Server 2012 – Scalable Data Warehouse

The 7 modules of this course will teach you:

  • What’s new in Microsoft StreamInsight
  • Symmetric Multiprocessing to Parallel Data Warehouse
  • Using columnstore technology to revolutionize your query performance
  • SQL Server Integration Services
  • SQL Server Fast Track for data warehouse for dramatic speed improvements
  • Going beyond relational data management into the realm of unstructured and spatial data management

Breakthrough Insights using Microsoft SQL Server 2012 – Reporting Services

The 9 modules of this course will teach you:  

  • What’s new Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services
  • Introduce you to Self-Service Alerting
  • What’s new in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services and PowerPivot
  • How to use Power View for insightful visual reports
  • How to build great Business Intelligence Semantic Models for Power View
  • Deploying and managing PowerPivot in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint
  • A Deeper understanding of PowerPivot in Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • How to install and configure Reporting Services in SharePoint Integration mode
  • An overview of Reporting Services in Microsoft SQL Azure

Cloud on your terms with Microsoft SQL server 2012: Scale on Demand

The 3 modules of this course will teach you: 

  • Virtualization in the Private Cloud (two parts)
  • Beyond the Hype – Hybrid Solutions for On-Premise and In-Cloud Database Applications

Mission Critical Confidence using Microsoft SQL Server 2012

The 9 modules of this course will teach you:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Security enhancements
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 High Availability and Disaster Recovery Design Patterns, Architectures and Best Practices using AlwaysOn
  • T-SQL Cookbook – Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enhancements
  • Mission Critical application testing with Distributed Replay 
  • AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances and other High Availability enhancements
  • Improve Application Availability Using AlwaysOn – A Deep Dive Into Availability Groups
  • AlwaysOn – Active Secondary Part 1 – Readable Secondary
  • AlwaysOn – Active Secondary Part 2 – Enabling Backup On Secondary Replicas
  • Using The Power Of Extended Events For Tracing And Troubleshooting 

     

 

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