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Microsoft Certification Benefits

Tonight I was looking for some certification logos, and in my visits to various vendor sites, obviously I hit the Microsoft MCP site (www.microsoft.com/mcp).

Did I miss these benefits previously or are they new?  The list at https://www.microsoft.com/learning/members/en/us/mcp/mcp-default.aspx shows “Third Party Offers”, which include:

  • Free first day of training with NetCom Learning
  • Complimentary NFR License of Cayo | Suspend for Active Directory
  • Get a $50 credit on ScreenshotMonitor.com
  • Get a NFR copy of LoadMaster VLM-2000 from KEMP Technologies
  • Visit O’Reilly to get 50 percent off Microsoft Press e-books and 40 percent off print books
  • Exclusive offer: SQLBackupAndFTP Professional
  • SqlBak.com discount available to MCPs
  • Use MCP coupon code MCP20 during checkout, and save 20 percent off any MeasureUp practice test.

Also the Microsoft Offers include:

  • Save 25 percent, and upgrade your certification to MCSA: SQL Server 2012
  • Upgrade your MCSA to MCSE, and take advantage of one free exam and two chances to pass
    I’ll be honest, that’s more than the logos I was hoping to find.  The VLM-2000 load balancer is an awesome benefit – a 2Gbit/sec load balancer capable of Layer4/7, optimized for Exchange and supporting GSLB is a great thing.
    Also, the MCSE upgrade is great – buy 2 exams, get 3 total, and the two have Second Shot.  This looks like it might apply only to MCSA 2008 upgrades, but if you already have an MCSA 2012 then you just need the same 70-413 and 70-414.  Can’t hurt to get two second shots and an extra exam. 
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Categories: Certification, Microsoft
  1. March 20, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Your mention of this made me notice and now I’ve grabbed the 70-413 and 70-414 exam vouchers with the second shot. Good eye man.

    • March 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Nice! Good luck bud. I’m going EMC/Cisco for the next while so I’ll have to try MS next year….

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