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BizTalk Certification Exam (70-595) Guide Is Now Available!

I wish they had this when I was preparing for this cert… 

Anyway, thanks to the folks at Packt Publishing for getting this out.  If you’re looking at getting certified with BTS 2010, you now have at least one source outside of the the standard MSDN articles to help you.

Buy it here:  http://www.packtpub.com/mcts-microsoft-biztalk-server-2010-certification-guide/book

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Azure Certified!

I just passed the Microsoft exam for Windows Azure (70-583).  Obviously because of the non-disclosure agreement, I can’t go into the specifics of what was on the exam but I found Chris Hay’s and Brian Prince’s book Azure in Action to be very helpful.  Just add some additional studies about AzureConnect, Data blob types, and legacy upgrades and you should be set!

Certified!

I just took and passed BizTalk 2010 Certification exam (70-595) today. Unfortunately, because of the Non-Disclosure Agreement we make when we take the test I can’t give out any of the specifics regarding the exam.  However, I can say that a solid understanding of configuring BizTalk and WCF will go a long way.  😉

Overall, it’s a pretty thorough exam, but most of you who are already BizTalk gurus should do just fine with some study focused on some of the new features that distinguish BTS 2010 from previous versions.

Windows Azure Learning Plan for Exam 70-583

-updated, June 28, 2012

On February 15, 2011, Microsoft made the MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer) certification for Azure available by releasing Exam 70-583 (PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications).

As with any certification exam, preparation resources can be pretty tough to find.  Microsoft has supplied a “Learning Plan” for preparation for this exam.  As a caveat, I must admit that this “learning plan” isn’t that great for exam preparation.  It mostly walks you through a bunch of Channel 9 type presentations on high-level Azure topics.  It is, however, fun to watch the presenters argue and get annoyed with each other in the presentations.  That alone makes it worthy of a look.

You can find it at: 

http://learning.microsoft.com/manager/LearningPlanV2.aspx?resourceId=30f78dea-f126-4b01-82eb-52cbc908e4ec&clang=en-US&cats=d4e8e42c-3d5a-4a6e-915d-d99556a49bd7

A better resource would be Hay and Prince’s Azure in Action, although this is a bit out-dated now.  Finding an “up to date” resource can be pretty tough regardless, as Azure is always changing and I hear the test writers have been actively updating the exam.

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