Patting myself on the back…

I finally bit the bullet and took Microsoft Exams 70-292 and 70-296 today, upgrading my MCSE credential to Windows Server 2003. I’ve been experimenting with 2003 since the Beta days, and using it regularly since a couple days post-RTM. Didn’t manage to find any time to actually study, so I probably could’ve done better, but I came away with 2 “Pass” printouts.

The list now stands as:

MCSE Microsoft Windows 2003 15-Jul-04

MCSA Microsoft Windows 2003 15-Jul-04

MCSD For Microsoft .NET 23-Sep-03

MCAD For Microsoft .NET 5-Sep-03

MCSA Microsoft Windows 2000 16-May-03

MCSE Microsoft Windows 2000 31-Aug-01

MCDBA Microsoft SQL Server 2000 31-Aug-01

MCP 23-Sep-00

I go for certifications mostly as a personal challenge. They help motivate me to learn new things, and I’ve found studying for certs to be a good way to fill in the knowledge gaps that occur through OJT (i.e. you learn _one_ way to do things and never learn the other three that might be better in certain situations…)