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Rob Farley

- Owner/Principal with LobsterPot Solutions (a MS Gold Partner consulting firm), Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft MVP (SQL Server), APS/PDW trainer and leader of the SQL User Group in Adelaide, Australia. Rob is a former director of PASS, and provides consulting and training courses around the world in SQL Server and BI topics.

MCM – I passed!

I was wrong – I passed the MCM lab last month.

I know I thought I’d failed – I’m still surprised that I passed. Maybe I managed to satisfy enough of enough questions. Certainly none of the questions were beyond me, as I wrote just after I’d sat it. But I do know that I left more questions in an incomplete state than I would’ve liked.

The things I hadn’t finished were mostly those things which I’d simply been caught by from a time-perspective. I didn’t feel like I was out of my depth at all, just that some things hadn’t worked the way that I’d expected. In real life I would’ve been able to solve them, and given a little more time, I would’ve been able to get through them too.

It’s why I wrote that I was confident I’d pass it on a subsequent attempt, although I’m quite happy to not have to do that. I’m still happy I told everyone I was taking the exams, and would do the same again. The study aspect is still something I’m not sure about. As much as I’d like to advise people to NOT study, I get that most people don’t manage to pass first time (even with some study). Heck – it used to require three weeks of intensive training in Seattle, and I was never going to do that (at least, not unless I was on the other side of the desk).

So now I’m a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server, to go with the Microsoft Certified Trainer cert and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award that I’ve had since 2006. I don’t know how many people around the world have both MCM and MCT in SQL Server, but there can’t be many. I need to deliver more training.


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Published Saturday, January 5, 2013 10:40 AM by Rob Farley

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Gethyn Ellis said:

Congratulations, Well done!

January 4, 2013 7:04 PM

Markus Hengstler - MCT, MCM: Exchange 2010 said:

Congratulations, Rob!

January 5, 2013 5:03 AM

Paul Wehland - MCM: SQL Server 2008 said:

Welcome to the group!!

January 5, 2013 8:10 AM

Neil Hambly said:

Rob Many Congrats

in contrast my own Lab attempt was very disappointing, I knew the answers to the Questions I suspect, but my dleivery was sorely lacking and after a heap of wrong turns and then reaslizing I was not going to pass on that attempt, I didn't push it - I'm sure I'll pass next attempt

January 5, 2013 9:41 AM

Thomas LaRock said:

Congrats Rob!

So, that makes you part of another very select group: PASS BoD members that also have their SQL MCM. It's you, me, and Greg Low.

I'm thinking I need to make a visit down under soon so we can toast each other's success!

January 5, 2013 11:23 AM

Muhammad Awais Akram said:


I am not surprised. I knew that you would pass it.  

January 5, 2013 3:15 PM

Koen Verbeeck said:

Congratulations Rob!

You now have officially lost your privileges to doubt yourself ever again :)

January 7, 2013 2:16 AM

Fabiano Amorim said:

Congrats Rob

January 7, 2013 11:07 AM

Audrey Hammonds said:

Congrats!  I think you might be the only one who was surprised that you passed on your first attempt.  


January 7, 2013 11:21 AM

Rob Farley said:

I’m not big on New Year resolutions. I can’t say I respond particularly well to “everyone’s doing something,

January 7, 2013 7:03 PM

Alejandro Mesa said:

Congratulations, Rob!!!

January 7, 2013 9:21 PM

Ekrem Önsoy said:

Congratulations Rob, well done!

January 9, 2013 4:41 AM

Nguyen Tuan said:

Congratulations Rob!!!

January 9, 2013 5:31 AM

Kendra Little said:

I'm a little late on my official congratulations. WAY TO GO, ROB! I knew you could do it!

January 23, 2013 1:29 PM

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