Thursday, 23 December 2010

Inner Geek Updated - December 2010

It is hard to believe that it has been a year since I updated this series. Over the past years I started more SQL certifications three times, and each time it dropped off the radar and priority list. Now I am mainly focusing on Mac certifications. I am supporting a small fleet of Mac's in a very large pool of Dell computers. I now try and spend about a third of my day on my Macbook Pro, just to immerse myself in it. It is a major shift and though I will probably never become a Mac guy myself, I am excited about learning new skills and stretching myself to be the best I can at supporting them. I am currently running a Macbook Pro 13inch with 8GB ram, and using VMWare Fusion to run Windows 7 In unity mode and also have VM's of both Kubuntu and EdUbuntu for playing around in a more native linux environment.

The certification's I have earned are:

Exams Written:
Mac Integration Basics - Exam 9L0-263
MCITP - Windows 7 Desktop Administrator - Exam 070-686
Pro: MS SQL Server 2008 Design, Optimize and Maintain - Exam 070-450
MCITP - Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator - Exam 072-646
MCITP Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator - 070-647
CompTIA Security+ - Exam JKO-015
MCITP Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician - EXAM 071-685
MCTS Windows 7 Configuration - Exam 070-680
Implementing Security in MS Win Server 2003 - Exam 70-299
MCTS System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuration - Exam 70-403
MCTS Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Implementation & Maintenance - Exam 70-431
MCTS Upgrading MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008- Exam 70-649
MCTS Deploying & Maintaining Vista Client Office System - Exam 070-624
Microsoft PowerPoint - Exam 810
Microsoft Outlook - Exam 813
Microsoft Access - Exam 807
Microsoft Excel - Exam 804
Microsoft Word - Exam 801

My Updated Certification Schedule, at the moment is all MAC certifications. Having taken over as the prime for supporting a small but growing number of Mac's at work has made this an essential skill. I hope to write 2 more Apple certifications in 2011.

Articles in this Series:
These exams were written either at a Prometric Testing Center or at a Certiport Testing Center for the Office exams. The Exams names that have links link to reviews of the books I used to prepare for those exams. These exams are a mix ofCompTIA, Microsoft Exams and Apple certification exams.