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In this excerpt from MCSA Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (Exam 70-461) LiveLessons: Required Knowledge for SQL Server 2012 and 2014, Marilyn White introduces her video course, which is aimed at providing you with the skills, knowledge and best practices to write and implement queries as well as help you pass the 70-461 exam, Querying Microsoft SQL Server, which is required for the MCSA certification.

This chapter from MCSA 70-410 Cert Guide R2: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 focuses on installing Windows Server 2012 R2 in its basic configurations and introduces you to basic server configuration actions that you should be familiar with before you undertake any advanced actions.

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In keeping with Microsoft's stated policy of informing the certified population about planned cert exam and credential retirements, MS Learning's Liberty Munson shared planned retirements for the first half of 2016 recently. Actually, the announcements go through July 31, 2016 so we get an extra month's worth of coverage from this round of information.

Ed Tittel

It gives me great pleasure to write this week's blog post, not only because I can tip my hat to the many veterans who've so ably and nobly served this country, but because I can provide some pointers for younger vets and active duty military personnel facing the transition back into civilian employment to get certified on their way out of the service and/or into the workforce. I'm also especially grateful to my Dad, Al, who served the USA in WWII and Korea, and who managed to make a 27-year career in the US Army as a member of the reserves.

Ed Tittel

For those of you who don't already know, we've re-created my print book entitled "IT Certification Success" (which appeared in 5 paper editions between 1999 and 2005) as an e-book right here at PITC. It's available through "Ed Tittel's IT Certification Success" any time you'd care to check it out. One of its most popular features is called "Ranking Certifications" wherein we apply a series of metrics to compare over 100 IT certifications by level of difficulty, time required for completion, number of exams involved, out of pocket cost, background and experience required, and average pay for certifications holders. We've just finished updating this  massive research effort and for today's blog, I want to report on what changed since this ranking was last updated in 2014.

Ed Tittel

Almost one year ago, Microsoft instituted a so-called "AppToCert Program," wherein developers could trade some exercise of their abilities -- and a bit of elbow grease -- for credit in becoming certified in the MS development arena. As of last week, MS has re-launched this program for developer enrollment. Learn more about it in this week's blog post, which includes a description of the current incarnation of AppToCert, along with pointers to key blog posts and Web pages for previous incarnations as well.

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