Why do I do this to myself?
It’s not for the paper, badges or logos. IT is an ever changing environment and one way of keeping up with it is learning parts of products, applications or tools is to study to pass an exam in it. That way you get to see the bigger picture rather than the “get it working now” stuff.
The Bits of Paper:
Every delight MS backoffice product I touch links, touches or has integral working with Ms SQL. I have a Theory by 2010 any of the serious MCSE crowd with have to have a solid understanding of SQL.
I really do live in the fast lane of fun
SharePoint Server 2007
Isn’t the world one big web page?
Windows Forefront 070-557 One down, an entire upgrade path to two totally different products to go!
Who doesn’t love a new security tool that you need to know how to look after SQL, MOM 2005, WSUS and deploy software to every Ms OS? Sleep is for the weak!
ISA 2006, Configuration 070 351-Love that firewall, love thy web parts.
Stuff to make the day shorter:
Powershell and VBS
Powershell is the future (or so the marketing blurb tells me) and VBS for those darn repetitive jobs I love to hate.
Stephen Sims was the SANS instructor taking the course. He rocked it! I manged to pass the exam, which was nice.