Monday, August 8, 2011
Now what do I do with this new found acronym? Ask my boss for a raise? Well I am self employed, so that won't work. Shoot for the Microsoft Certified Architect certification? Uh, that would be a big NO at this point.
Honestly, I feel like running ten miles just to stop the adrenaline flow through my body. What a rush! And after that I feel like sitting in front of the TV for a day with just the clicker in hand. Once I am acclimated back to my normal environment, maybe it will sink in then.
To all of the guys from my rotation who are still working on achieving the MCM, please don't give up! Keep at it! You can do it, I know you can!
Have you ever woken up after a long night of drinking, mouthing those words to the porcelain God?
Well I am typically the kind of guy that does a bad thing one time, like sticking a butter knife in a wall socket - been there, done that - once!
Yesterday, I did a bad thing twice - I retook the MCM Active Directory Lab again, although this time from the comfort of my home. The second time was a little less intimidating, but not painless. I had nightmare flash backs of that first dreadful day in Redmond. The nine hours dragged on while the familiar sound of audible cursing filled the room when my screen didn't refresh fast enough and when a normally simple configuration task turned into a programmed and devious diversion of "not so fast, you just thought that was going to be easy." I have to hand it to the MCM lab designers, if this were the Middle Ages and the Inquisition was recruiting, these guys would have job security.
Well, that was yesterday, and today I am feeling better...waiting for my results. Looking back at it, maybe it wasn't as bad as I am imagining. On second thought, it was, but I am not one to leave business unfinished and I paid out of pocket for the electric shock therapy, so NOT retaking the lab was not an option. I am as my wife says, the most stubborn person on the face of the earth - persistent is probably a more euphemistic word.
Crossing my fingers! Will let you know as soon as I get the word.
- James P Carrion
- Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
- I have been a techno geek for as long as I can remember. Making complex technology simple is my mantra and I enjoy teaching others that technology doesn't have to be rocket science mummo jumbo but can be expressed in simple easy to understand everyday terms.
Other MCM Blogs and Experiences
MCM Technical Preparation
- AD Administrative Center
- AD Architecture - Foreign Security Principals
- AD Architecture - Infrastructure Master
- AD Best Practices Analyzer
- AD Data Store - How it works
- AD LDS Schema Explained
- AD Module for Windows Powershell
- Admin SDHolder
- DCDIAG.EXE - What does it do?
- DFSR Health Report for Sysvol
- DNS Record Tombstoning
- Effective Audit Policy in Server 2008 and Windows 7
- Extensible Storage Engine Files
- FRS to DFSR - Migration Reasons
- Kerberos Authentication
- Kerberos for the busy Admin
- Managed Service Accounts
- Offline Domain Join
- PSOs and Urgent Replication
- Recycle Bin Step by Step
- Replication - Bridgehead Load Balancing 2008R2
- Replication - DC Guid & Invocation ID
- Replication - How it Works
- Replication - USN, High Watermark
- SID Filtering and Trust Relationships
- SP1 - What changes it makes to Directory Services
- Version Store