Category Archives: Certified Master

Certified Master

Career Factor Application

I wrote about Microsoft Career Factor in the previous post.  It took me while, but I managed to submit my application for the Aspiring Microsoft Certified Master story arc. The preparation took five days of procrastination, three days of coming up with what to say, one day of socialising it to obtain comments from friends and colleagues and four hours to record, edit, render and upload the video.  I have a feeling I should have allocated the time backwards. Continue reading Career Factor Application

Microsoft Career Factor Reality Show

Microsoft Certified Master Program is pricey. Apart from the $18,500 course fee, there is also the three weeks of accommodation, food & drink, as well as the return tickets from London to Seattle. Best guesstimate – $25,000, assuming all goes as planned and there are no surprise costs. Of course, that doesn’t even include the loss of income that a contractor like me has to account for. Hefty! But, apparently, there is a slim chance that majority of it can be gotten for free. (suspend disbelief and read on, it gets better) Continue reading Microsoft Career Factor Reality Show

Practice Environment has to Run on Something

New server purchased for WAIT to host practice labs for MCM preparation, as well as test environments for recreation (and hopefully resolution) of problems has just arrived. It’s a big box and Mrs. WAIT has kindly accommodated it in the loft, lest it interferes with the noise of the desktop and two laptops downstairs.

Server is a no-name self-build box with a XEON processor, 8GB RAM and 4 x 1TB disks (2 x 1TB RAID-1 arrays) and will use MS Hyper-V (it is a Microsoft product course I am preparing for after all, so reserve comments on this one).

WAIT will be regularly updated with information on configuration of the server and I’ll be looking forward to comments on how to improve performance, representation of real-world examples or with any other suggestions you may have.