April 21, 2010

Earning the MCTS SQL Server 2008

Posted in Development tagged , at 2:58 pm by David Taylor

I said on March 8 that I would be posting on, among other things, my recap of studying for and taking the SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance MCTS, and also my recap of SQL Saturday #33 in Charlotte, NC. Then life took over, things got busy, etc. I won’t sit here and type up excuses or anything, I’ll just forge ahead with my original plan regardless of how late I am with it. We’ll cover the MCTS in this post, and I already have the #sqlsat33 post half written, I will schedule that for tomorrow.

First, I had planned back in September of 2009 to attain my Microsoft certification in SQL Server 2005, so I requested that my company purchased the Self-Paced Training Kit for me to study from, which they did. Subsequently, in October, we upgraded to SQL Server 2008. I decided that because I had been studying for weeks that I would still go for the 2005 MCTS, so I kept working on that. It wasn’t until January that I was convinced, mostly because of working with 2008 for months, that I should try for the 2008 MCTS.

This created a bit of a quandary, first because I had studied 2005 for six months, and second, I didn’t have the Self Paced Training Kit for the 2008 MCTS. I actually acquired a non-Microsoft Press product, more of a video training disk with practice test software, which was OK, but pointed out the next hurdle – the 2008 practice tests covered almost exclusively the new features of 2008, which of course included nothing that I had been studying for months! Throughout January I learned quite a bit about the new features, studied BOL and took practice test after practice. It wasn’t actually until the week before the actual test that I started getting passing grades on these practice tests! Now I was getting nervous.

I probably shouldn’t have gotten nervous. I signed an NDA when I took the test so I can’t reveal what was on it, but I can tell you that what’s on the actual test has very little to do with what is in the study guides I used! From the first question, I was asked about things unfamiliar, and in some cases, the only way I got the answer was because I remembered it being asked about as a #sqlhelp question on Twitter! (shows once again that #sqlhelp works!) In the end, I passed, and I am now a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance, w00t!

Next up, MCITP! Going to go for that in the next month or so.

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5 Comments »

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  2. microsoftlearning said,

    Congratulations on obtaining your MCTS!

    -The MSLearning Team
    http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/

    • David Taylor said,

      microsoftlearning,

      I am honored that you have read a blog bost of mine! Thanks so much for your kind words. I am trying while I study for 70-450 to use the resources available at Microsoft Learning.

  3. Janice Lee said,

    David,
    1) Congratulations! Sooo happy for you.
    2) Awww, you’re not sharing your excuses? Now I feel bad 😉 Glad to have you back!

    • David Taylor said,

      Janice,

      No, I don’t want to bore anyone 🙂

      I did want to tell you, though, that it was your post the other day which inspired me to get off my butt and back to posting in my blog. Rock on, lady, keep ’em coming!


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