I am reading blog posts in my hotel this morning before going for breakfast. I noticed that Trika has posted a note about ConfigMgr / System Center and Exam.
What about a certification for Data Protection Manager or other System Center solutions? Will there be a related job-role certification?
What I hear: "We are working on the future plan for System Center exams and more details will come out later this year… but at the moment, nothing else to announce for other System Center solutions like Data Protection Manager. However, we are working on a Hyper-V certification that may include VMM, at a minimum." More on that soon, too.
A professional-series certification for the operations role is in consideration, as I think we've mentioned before, but the details aren't all worked out. If and when this certification—an MCITP—is announced it will likely require one or both of the System Center MCTS (Operations Manager, Configuration Manager) certifications as part of the path. There is nothing scheduled in this area through June 2008, so don’t sit and wait by the phone.Can 400 or 401 be used as elective credit for other things?
Both 70-400 and 401 will apply to your MCSA or MCSE on Windows Server 2003. This isn't showing up in your records yet, I don't think, but it will apply retroactively when they update the database rules (I believe this should happen in the next week or so).
Also she talks the Bikram Challenge, since this would take a full blog post just to explain what the Bikram Challenge is and why you should do it. I recommend checking out her blog.
To see her full blog post or to find out more about Bikram Challenge.