M icrosoft is running what it calls a “Virtualization Challenge.” The program is running until May 31, 2012 and anyone is free to participate. An MCTS certification can add some flair to a resume so why not give it a shot?
Here’s how it works:
The Virtualization Challenge means that for a limited time, you can take Exam 70-659: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, at no cost, from a Microsoft Learning Partner near you. If you pass, you’ve earned your Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification. If you don’t pass, you may enroll in a class offered by the Learning Partner to acquire additional virtualization skills. Then retake the exam, free of charge. What do you have to lose? Find a Learning Partner near you, and ask to take the Virtualization Challenge.
To get the free voucher for this test you will have to visit a testing location in person and ask about the “Virtualization Challenge.” The terms and conditions state that each voucher is good for 2 free attempts at the test. They will probably try to sell you a training class package but you are not obligated to purchase or attend them.
- Find a testing location near you and setup an appointment.
- Review what the test will cover.
- View classes that cover this test.
- E-book study material (465 pages, 10.1mb)
Jump Start Class and Study Materials
If you feel like you need some training before taking the test Microsoft is offering Jump Start classes for $99.
Also in case you weren’t able to snag a free voucher the class automatically includes a test voucher (normally $150 by itself).
Class dates are:
- April 12, 2012, 10:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M., Pacific Time
- May 9, 2012, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Pacific Time
- >>Register here