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[EN] Welcome Back MCT!

The beginning of April. Every year since April 2011. Still don’t understand why I have to renew my MCT status on every April if I passed my MCT Exam in July 2010, but.. I always do it in the last possible moment.


This year everything was the same. Almost. I just been surprised about increasing price for renewing my status. Of cours – for all ‘well informed folks’ – I should be prepared, because informations about increasing prices has been publisher over year ago, but… as human nature we are always surprise in the time of payment. Anyway, I just make bank transfer payment and got really nice message in my xobni (yes i missed fantastic xobni stuff).

First and most important advantage from this progmar for me is right to provide trainings with Microsoft Official Course and in some countries other courses – because Microsoft Certified Trainer status is equivalent for some other trainers/teachers programs. And it’s really cool! Other advantages are still really cool. My newest just for MCTs:

  • Access to the MCT Member site. The MCT member site offers exclusive program information, access to the Microsoft Learning Download Center, digitized logos for download, and many other benefits and special offers. It also gives you the ability to update your personal information and print or share your transcript. ||
  • Access to content. You have access to our full library of courseware through the Microsoft Learning Download Center and the Courseware Marketplace. ||
  • Connect with the MCT Community MCT Central is a dedicated hub designed to help you succeed as a MCT including tools to support you: acquiring knowledge, getting prepared, staying current and engaging with the community. ||
  • Reach out to your Regional Leads They represent a group of active and experienced trainers around the world. We encourage you to reach out to the Regional Lead in your area by accessing the Regional Lead map on MCT Central.
  • my Welcome Kit  that identifies you as a MCT Program member. You can customize your MCT Welcome Kit by selecting items you’d like to include. ||

But mycoolest and most powerfull benefits are allittle different than resources above. I got yearly free subscriptions for:

  • Software downloads | Over 11 terabytes of Microsoft Products are available for my any test, check, play, install, destroy projects
  • Microsoft Azure Free Subscription | up to 100 USD monthly for playng with Microsoft Azure stuff {virtual machines, sql databases, websites , hadoop, mobile push, media streaming, active directory, everything else…}
  • Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise | One year free trial subscription for Microsoft Offfice 365 subscription on Enterprise E3 level {mail, calendar, people, newsfeed, onedrive, sharepoint online, taksk, delve, word-excel-powerpoint-onenote online}

Anyway. Welcome back to Microsoft Certified Trainer Program is a fact. Now it’s time for planning some trainings!

[EN] TechEd NA 2014 Live Streaming

Yesterday I just visited MVA site and got link for special live event. Microsoft TechEd North America 2014 will start in Houston next Monday. I observed a lot of tweets, fecebook’s posts and othe social media short message: I’ going/on my way/ landed for TechEd NA 2014”.


This year I’m not going to this conference (I have two more important conferences in May and June and cannot go for this event), but me and thousands of ITPros, Devs, Admins and of course all BOFH’s should watching not only Keynote (as usual) but more different sesions:

May 12 at 11-12 noon   
Enabling Enterprise Mobility with Windows Intune, Microsoft Azure, and Windows Server
Adam Hall; Andrew Conway; Demi Albuz; Jason Leznek
May 12 at 1:15-2:30pm
Windows PowerShell Unplugged with Jeffrey Snover
Jeffrey Snover
May 12 at 3-4:15pm
RemoteApp for Mobility and BYOD
Demi Albuz;Samim Erdogan
May 12 at 4:45-6pm
Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: MVP Experts Panel

Greg Ramsey;Jason Sandys;Johan Arwidmark;Kent Agerlund;Steve Thompson
May 13 at 8:30-9:45am
INTRODUCING: The Future of .NET on the Server
Scott Hanselman;Scott Hunter
May 13 at 10:15-11:30am
DEEP DIVE: The Future of .NET on the Server
David Fowler;Scott Hanselman
May 13 at 1:30-2:45pm
Group Policy: Notes from the Field – Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting
Jeremy Moskowitz
May 13 at 3:15-4:30pm
Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Overview Session

Demi Albuz;Robin Brandl;Thomas Willingham
May 13 at 5-6:15pm   
TWC: Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition
Aaron Margosis
May 14 at 8:30-9:45am
Making Sense of the Microsoft Information Protection Stack
Chris Hallum
May 14 at 10:15-11:30am
Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi on Cloud Computing
Mark Minasi;Mark Russinovich
May 14 at 1:30-2:45pm
Entity Framework: Building Applications with Entity Framework 6

Rowan Miller
May 14 at 3:15-4:30pm
Windows PowerShell Best Practices and Patterns: Time to Get Serious

Don Jones
May 14 at 5-6:15pm
What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
Jeff Woolsey
May 15 at 8:30-9:45am
Real-World Windows 8.1 Deployment: Notes from the Field
Johan Arwidmark
May 15 at 10:15-11:30am
Async Best Practices for C# and Visual Basic
Mads Torgersen
May 15 at 1-2:15pm
VDI Deployment Walkthrough
John Kelbley;Rich McBrine;Robin Brandl
May 15 at 2:45-4pm
2014 Edition: How Many Coffees Can You Drink While Your PC Starts?
Matthew Reynolds

More info, registration and calendar files are available here:

[EN] An Exceptional DBA 5th Edition

Capture_ExCeptionalDBA2012Probably normally You are DBA (DataBase Administrator). Sometimes You’re Accidental DBA (from time to time, on holiday, or as a “temporary replacement”). But if You working with many databases or just only one, if You are experienced user, or someone think that…. You can take a part in RedGate (more info below) fantastic program:

Exceptional DBA Awards 2012

THE IDEA: This is the funny competition for any DBA, who like work with Instances for example at night, (2 AM?) on Saturday. Or You like look to the SQL Server Health Monitor before Sunday Family dinner? You could be an Exceptional DBA of 2012 year.

RULES: Nominations are open until the 29th June 2012. Anyone currently working as a SQL Server database administrator is eligible. You can nominate either yourself, or a friend or colleague. To enter, you just have to fill in a form on this website, answering a few questions about your career (or your nominee’s career) as a DBA. Five finalists will be chosen by the expert judging panel. The finalists will be announced in July 2012.

PRIZE: Ohh Yeeesss!!! Free entrance for PASS Summit 2012 (with awards ceremony), four nights hotel free and some money for towards of travel expenses. And extra prize for finalists (and winner) from RedGate: SQL DBA Bundle for next 36 months.

For the beginning You should read those free ebooks:

BOOKLET__sql-server-stumpers  BOOKLET__exceptional-dba

Don’t think about it too long. Just:


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