Last October, I blogged about free online training for MS exam 74-409 Server Virtualizations with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center (“MS Offers Free Server Virtualization/Hyper-V Jump Start Class“). That was already a pretty good thing for prospective Hyper-V and Virtualization mavens. Just this morning, I found a post from Veronic Sopher on Born to Learn that adds a free exam voucher for 74-409 to that mix (“Earn Your Microsoft Certified Specialist: Server Virtualization Title with a Free Exam“).
If MS was interested in having lots of people take this exam before, they’re obsessed with it now!
For those who work with virtualization technologies (or are thinking about doing same), this is simply too good a deal to pass up. Free training + free exam = Free certification. This offer is available through a voucher claim page, but these vouchers must be claimed and the Prometric exam signed up for and taken, no later than June 30, 2014. Time’s a wastin! Go grab yours now!!!
The certification you’ll receive is called Microsoft Specialist. Though the 74-409 exam doesn’t appear on the program’s home page, it apparently also confers that same designation. I’m a little curious about why MS found it necessary to add this cert to its portfolio, and to learn where the 74-xxx exam designations came from (some of the exam designations on the afore-linked Microsoft Specialist page use 70-xxx exam, others use 74-xxx, and I’ll be darned if I know how or why this happens) . Stay tuned, and I’ll report back as soon as I learn more.