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    Thanks. At least a year... I'm trying to figure that out now as I put together my road map. I know my boss said it will be next year at the earliest before I can go to the MCM training. I'd like to get all the prerequisite certifications out of the way before I go to the training.
    Shockingly, the training isn't even a pre-requisite anymore, makes me wonder if there is anyone able to pass the lot without seeing those 900 slides and doing 25 labs and tonns of coffee in the blood
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibbajabba View Post
    Shockingly, the training isn't even a pre-requisite anymore, makes me wonder if there is anyone able to pass the lot without seeing those 900 slides and doing 25 labs and tonns of coffee in the blood
    I know, but everybody tells me the training is really good. If I can go to it for free, why not? I have a limited number of free attempts at the exams. Under the instructor led training, it says I get 2 free attempts. Under the self paced, it says 1 free, then I get charged for each additional one. I need to get clarification. I want to find out if I fail taking it under the self paced program, do I still get 2 attempts if I switch over to the instructor led? If so, I will probably give it a go self paced first. If I pass, I'll save that training time for something else. I get 160 hours for training every year.

    Also, even though the training isn't a prerequisite for the certification anymore, I think it may be required for the position I have, but I'm not sure yet.

    The other thing about doing it without the training... I have yet to find any legitimate study material for the 88-974 and 88-975 exams. I'm going to have to ask around and see if I can find anyone who has passed it without taking the training, and see what they did to prepare.
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    Are they? I'll have to update that... They're all free for me.
    Very nice. Good luck man!
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    The unexpected failure of my stupid Verizon MiFi wireless hotspot has put me a week behind. Last week I was out of state and onsite with a customer shadowing another PFE, and the MiFi was my only means of getting online. It decided it didn't want to work, so I had no way of getting to the practice tests or study material. Need to figure out if I can make some of this stuff available offline to avoid running into this again when I'm on the road. Sucks being in a hotel room with nothing to do but watch TV. Wanted to get some studying done.
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    I know, but everybody tells me the training is really good. If I can go to it for free, why not?
    I'm about ten years behind you in Exchange, and I would still jump at the chance to go for free. Even if half of it went over my head and only half of the remaining info stayed in my brain, that's a lot of great information.
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    Hi Everyone,

    Just wanted to wish you luck on this! I will be watching your progress because you're an inspiration plus I always read your posts and keep up with the blog too! I hope to as well take exams of this level one day as well, I am determined but financially uncertain at this point in my life. Thats awesome you get to take this for free and good idea taking advantage of it. I am surprised you've not taken an MS exam since way back when but also impressed that you didn't need that to get to where you are now. Good luck my friend!!
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    I don't have any Apple products. I currently have an old Droid X, and I'm required to replace it with a Windows Phone.

    I wondered if Microsoft employees had to get a Windows Phone... makes sense on some level... I have a Windows Phone and I like it
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    The unexpected failure of my stupid Verizon MiFi wireless hotspot has put me a week behind.
    Ouch. Nothing like infrastructure failure to mess up your study.

    Carrying on your Chuck Norris notoriety:
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    I can't believe that I missed this thread. We are in about the same boat with experience... I am further in pre-reqs (just need 662) and you are in a better spot job-wise, that's for sure. This is a great thing.

    I can been throwing around the idea... we have an MS PFE that consults with us, but he really isn't that good and didn't do well on his MCM exams after going through the training.

    I figure that I am done with technical certs after I get my VCP, other than maintaining what I have and going more in depth.

    Maybe once I am done, I will give it more serious thought... I will definitely keep an eye here.

    I have been trying to find third-party training that goes beyond the MCITP level, but Tony Redmond stopped with course... not many others out there. The only way that I could likely get the funds to do training is to do an internal program here that awards extra training funds to participants. Either that or convince them to let go of some marketing money to get our firm's name on the list (which would certainly be worthwhile for them).

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    Interesting Thread... I will be following closely. I have often toyed with the ideal of taking either the Exchange 2010 MCM or Active Directory MCM. But no company that I have worked for would ever consider spending that kind of money. Free....WOW....I need to work for Microsoft!
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    Update on this...

    Been extremely busy, haven't had time to work directly on this, but have done a few things that will indirectly help me with it.

    Also recently found out that getting my CISSP is now above working on my MCM as far as certification priority goes. So MCM is on the back burner until I finish CISSP, which actually may be very soon.

    I got an e-mail today that gives me some motivation to focus on certs a little more... company is doing a monthly cash drawing. To be entered into the drawing, you have to complete an eligible certification.
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    That's very surprising. I would think they would want you to focus largely on Exchange certifications, and entirely on Microsoft certifications. Very interesting.
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    Interesting. If you can comment, is the CISSP driven by client requirements?
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    Driven by pending/potential shift in my position. Cat got out of the bag that I also happen to have a lot of experience with, and a passion for, Information Security. Probably just going to be a lateral move, but if the opportunity pans out, could help fast-track promotion when the time comes. Too early to tell. Been finding out how interestingly unique my overall/combined skill set is.

    Also my ANG unit wants me to get my CISSP, so I can kill 2 birds with 1 stone so to speak by getting it.
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    So update on this (yes I'm still alive). Guess I will not be getting MCM/MCSM after all. If you haven't heard, the program has been killed, after October 1st 2013 you can no longer get this certification. I'm pretty upset about that, I really wanted to do this. No way I could finish before October 1st, just haven't had the time.
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    Ahh missed that, still not long enough for me to get it done, schedule is full to the end of the year.
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