I have scheduled my first certification test for late October. I think that by putting the date on the calendar it will push me to finish my study more quickly. I have not been as vigilent as I would have liked to be so I am lighting the fire so to speak. Also with my new position I think that I will have some big SQL Server Projects down the road pretty quickly. That is a bigger fire for me but all the extra motivation is good for me. I have learned a lot over the last 8 months or so that I have been doing DBA work with Sybase, Oracle, and SQL Server but I still feel like I have so much to learn. Now I will be focusing more on SQL Server so I am really going to start getting my hands dirty on some fun big national projects. I am very excited to be in the mix more than I have been to this point. I am sure that I will have some good stories for you very soon.
Anyway I do not have much time now to get ready for that first test. I think that I am pretty much ready but I want to study more and play in SQL Server more before taking the test. I just do better once the pressure is on. Wish me luck and I will keep you in the loop.