Yesterday Microsoft announced some changes to the certification program for
IT Professionals, in order to address the growing need for people being able
to prove their expertise in all things cloud-related.
That’s right. What was the well-known “Microsoft Certified Systems
Engineer” acronym MCSE has been re-purposed. It now stands for
“Microsoft Certified Solution Expert”
“Wait.. you said that “the MCSE is back’. Huh?!”
From the press release…
Because cloud computing talent is in short supply, Microsoft has reinvented
its flagship credential, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, for the cloud.
The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) shows employers and peers
that those certified have the skills to do the job in an expanding market.
Forecasts show that public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly
14 million jobs worldwide between now and... (more)
Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series
is the third of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private
Cloud Workloads”. This week we (Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton and I) are
going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System Center 2012
SP1 Virtual Machine Manager that support the foundational concepts and
objects in your Private Cloud arsenal:
Hardware Profiles (Monday) Guest OS Profiles (Tuesday) Application Profiles
(Wednesday) <—Today! VM Templates (Thursday) Service Templates (Friday)
To follow along, make sure you have i... (more)
Good morning, all. I interrupt the normal cadence of this blog to bring to
you just a little bit of bragging. And a challenge.
“Oh great.. what did you do now, Kevin?”
This week I’m in Seattle, Washington, attending Microsoft’s bi-annual
internal technical training event, “TechReady” (TechReady 14 to be
specific.) One of the benefits of being a Microsoft employee is that we can
take certification exams for no cost. And at these events, Microsoft brings
in Prometric to facilitate a testing center for people attending the
conference. So this year as in years past, my teammates... (more)
“MediaValet Thrives on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform” is the title of this
It’s great to hear about the cases where Windows Azure is being used so
effectively, and really taking full advantage of its… well.. advantages.
Things such as global scale and pay-as-you-go. Great, reliable, redundant
storage. And the opportunity to create some massively parallel compute
engines for heavy tasks such as image or video rendering.
I feel bad that I didn’t include this yesterday – because it’s hugely
important: Alongside of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 release candidates,
Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server 2012 release candidate was also made publically
available for download.
“What’s so cool about that, Kevin?”
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Hyper-V Server is the free
Yes, free operating system that.. well, I hesitate to call an operating
system. It is Hyper-V in its purest form.. just the “micro-kernalized
hypervisor” that you can run for virtualization hosts.
“Ah.. so it’s free, wh... (more)