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The MCM Journey

I’m not really planning on getting the MCM. Perhaps I’ll change my mind, but it’s not the time for me to do it. I’m not consulting, and not planning on doing it anytime soon. If I studied enough to pass the lab, likely my skills would atrophy without some real work. At this point in my life, I don’t have the time for getting real work.

Actually, I don’t have the time for real studying, either. However MVPs have the chance to take the written exam for free, instead of $500, and I can’t really justify passing up this opportunity. I scheduled it in January, and last week started studying by downloading some of the MCM Readiness videos from SQL Skills.

I’ve been slowly starting to watch them, and I realize how much I don’t know about SQL Server as I go through them. It’s not all bad news as I also realize how much I do know in terms of general concepts and understanding of how the pieces and parts work.

I don’t expect to pass, especially after seeing that someone like Jason Strate didn’t on his first try, but this is a good chance for me to focus on a task and also to get an idea of where I stand.

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Posted by Jason Brimhall on 27 December 2010

Good luck.

Posted by Glenn Berry on 27 December 2010

You never know. It is a multiple choice exam, and using your general background knowledge and experience, you could very well pass the exam. Good luck!

Posted by Steve Jones on 27 December 2010

Thanks, we will see. I think I might push my test back a few weeks since I'm behind on studying.

Posted by Dukagjin Maloku on 27 December 2010

Good luck, Steve!

Posted by Roy Ernest on 27 December 2010

Good luck Steve. I have been thinking about it as well, but I have to do two pre-requisite exams. Therefore I am not going to bother about it.

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 27 December 2010

Reading Roy's comment and Steve's comment about being behind on studying reminds me that I have some studying to do as well.  D'oh!!

Posted by bhanejarahul on 28 December 2010

All the best Steve. Go ahead with good ideas...


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