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Geek City: Preparing for the SQL Server Master Exam

I was amazed at the results when I just did a search of SQLBlog, and realized no one had really blogged here about the changes to the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) program. Greg Low described the MCM program when he decided to pursue the MCM at the end of 2008, but two years later, at the end of 2010, Microsoft completely changed the requirements.

 Microsoft published the new requirements here. The three week intensive course is no longer required, but that doesn't mean you can just buy an exam cram guide. Experience with SQL Server is absolutely required to pass the rigorous knowledge exam and hands-on lab exam. When you see all the recommended preparation, you might wish there was still a way to get all the preparation done in only three weeks. The Microsoft site lists many resources you can use to prepare, including books, web videos and instructor led training. My SQL Server 2008 Internals book is at the top of the book list, and my 5-day SQL Server Internals and Tuning course is listed as a suggested training resource.

My next delivery is in about 6 weeks, to be taught in Boston, just before the Boston Marathon! The class is organized by SQLBlog's own Adam Machanic and his Boston SQL Training,  and you can get more information and register here.

See you in class!


Published Thursday, March 3, 2011 7:40 AM by Kalen Delaney
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kendra little said:

The "SQL Server 2008 Internals Book" is well-loved at home.

Joe Sack's blog is also a good resource:

I love to see the announcements when people make it!

March 3, 2011 6:37 PM

Kalen Delaney said:

Thanks Kendra... yes, I had meant to mention Joe's blog, especially this post:

March 3, 2011 8:40 PM

Alex said:

The videos are very helpful, even for just getting a refresher in some areas.

plus, some are useful to share with non-dbas.

the VM and SAN setup in particular for the server and san admins in particular.


March 31, 2011 3:35 PM

Jeff Keller said:

The whole MCM SQL track is being retired, and the requirements have completely changed again.   Hopefully the new tracks are stable for a while...

December 20, 2012 11:31 AM

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Yep, nothing stays the same for long ...

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