SharePoint Certifications and Expirations

So recently on the Twitter, the question appeared, “When do the SharePoint 2007 certifications expire.” My first thought was, “Well they don’t really expire, they’re just retired,” as I thought back to some of my Windows XP and Server 2003 certifications that were now lifted to the rafters of the Microsoft arena. After a little research it would appear that the SharePoint 2007 certifications expire on 30 September 2012 – the same time as mainstream support.

For more on this check out these couple of links out on the Microsoft Learning site:

Certifications you have earned remain valid even if qualifying exams have been retired. When an exam you passed is retired, your transcript retains the record of the exam and identifies the exam as retired.

Today, most of our Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) exams retire when Microsoft discontinues mainstream support for the related technology.

Thanks to Todd Klindt for the assist on the second piece of information regarding mainstream support timelines.

Princeton SharePoint User Group

This evening, Scott Hoag and I presented a session on the Pitfalls of Migrating to SharePoint 2010 up in Princeton, New Jersey at the Princeton SharePoint User Group (PrincetonSUG, not PrincetonSPUG). If you live in the Princeton area, be sure to register on the Princeton SUG Meetup.com site so that you’re in the know about the presenters and meeting times.

Nevertheless, the topic – our tried and trusted fun with Migration Pitfalls with SharePoint 2010.  Interested? Check it out at your convenience 🙂

Thanks to Greg Hurlman, Jason Gallicchio, and Tom Daly for the invite – fun times and we’d love to come back sometime next year for another thrilling and exciting session… we’re not sure on what yet 🙂

Remembering our Wounded Warriors

The other day I popped on Facebook and noticed in the stream of thoughts that are displayed something in Shannon Bray‘s postings that caught my eye. For those of you that don’t know Shannon, he’s a thoughtful guy that’s darn sharp in the SharePoint field. What he shared was something that definitely hit home for me – the Wounded Warrior Project.

While I won’t get into details of how it relates to me, I cannot stress enough how much we owe to our wounded warriors. The Wounded Warrior Project is definitely an organization that has well intentions and works to help those that have given so much for us as Americans in terms of our freedoms and liberties.

I urge you as Americans to do the right thing and support our Wounded Warriors through either the WWP financially or with your time through volunteering at one of the numerous events throughout the country. They have given on our behalf so selflessly, why is it that we find it so hard to give back something to them?

Take a moment and check out the WWP web site and consider how you can support…

The Wounded Warrior Project – http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

SharePoint Saturday Philly Slides…

So if you’re one of the four readers that come here regularly, you’ll notice that the slides for the session that Edmond Avanesian and I presented on are already available below… however if you’re curious about some of the other sessions from #SPSPhilly, then look no further than the Agenda listing and slides – http://go.spdan.com/rroto.

Also if you did attend and wanted to leave feedback then check your inbox, there’s a note there from David Mann with a link to contribute your thoughts.

Filtering through the noise…

Do you ever find yourself banging your head against the wall wondering why it is that non-technical folks try to provide technical solutions? Definitely recommend if you’re hitting that wall or getting advice that you don’t feel you can trust, feel free to remember to bust out your best resource – TechNet. More often than not TechNet has the majority of the answers that you’re looking for – it’s continually being updated and examples are being added by the respective product groups to assist system integrators and engineers be able to make the product shine. So before you go and start using your search engine of choice, consider checking out TechNet for your solution.

SharePoint Saturday Philly

If you’ve not been to Philadelphia for a SharePoint Saturday event – you really should consider checking it out sometime here in the near future.  Why do I say this? Because these folks have it down to a science – David Mann, Peter Senescu, Michael Mukalian and Bill Wolff. It’s a fantastic event that is well put together and I’ve gotta say – packed with speakers that are rockin’ solid.

I was honored to be selected with my colleague Edmond Avanesian and to present on Worst Practices – that’s right, worst practices. Why Worst and not Best? Because everyone tells about the good things to do – why not enlighten folks as to the things to avoid 🙂

So if you’re curious, here’s the slide deck: