Today I passed the fifth exam to obtain my MCSE Server Infrastructure certification and this is definitely a milestone for my career certifications. I have seven years of professional experience working with server infrastructure, but I have to say that there are so many new features of the new Microsoft Cloud OS that staying up-to-date with certifications is a must! I have been studying through lunches, in the evenings, and on the weekends to accomplish this for the last two months. I have really learned so much in this process. My virtualization experience of the last two years has been primarily with VMware, so stepping into the Microsoft way of virtualization has been a huge learning experience. At first look I thought it was entirely too complicated in comparison, but after journeying through the material and the labs I really see the benefits and the big picture to what makes it great.
I have to give a shout out to my beautiful wife, Amy, who I could not have done this without her love and support. I am very thankful for the material that is published by CBT Nuggets as the provided me with a classroom like environment for training, and best of all on my time with the ability to pause and even speed up the tempo. I would not have gained so much from my studies without my VMware Workstation 9 lab environment that allowed me to nest Hyper-V servers, and that with my Vyatta router allowed for a fully production like environment. Microsoft’s Born To Learn wiki and forums were a great avenue for references to relevant TechNet articles to dive deeper than the books went a long way. I really appreciate all of the experts who take the time to post articles on new technologies and to provide walkthroughs on setting them up. To sum up my advice for learning the content and passing the exams, it is to dedicate the time to reading, understanding, and getting your hands-on experience in walking through each step.
I will get going this week on moving on to studying for MCSE Private Cloud to gain more insight into the Microsoft Cloud OS and specifically how System Center works together for an enterprise private and hybrid cloud.