Sudar Blogs: My Certification Experiences

A record of my experiences with certifications. Starting with BrainBench, moving on to Microsoft (MCP, MCDBA, MCAD) and … surely one day with Sun (SCJP), together with things I come across my day to day life.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Received My MCDBA Welcome Kit

I just received my MCDBA Welcome Kit. It was quite thrilling to see my name in the certificate which is signed by Bill Gates. I thought of uploading the scanned copy of my certificate. But then the thought of connecting my scanner, dusting it off and switching it on delayed that (ya it’s been a while since I used it last). Probably I will upload it this weekend. But I am not sure whether this violates Microsoft’s Certification Agreement. Can any one more throw light on it?

In addition to the usual contents (like tie pin, MCP card etc..) the welcome kit also contained gift and discount coupons. As an MCDBA I get 1 year free subscription for SQL Server Magazine and discounts for MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. I have filled and posted the coupon for my SQL Server Magazine.

I am now seriously thinking whether to take up MSDN and TechNet subscriptions or not. The reason is that they are costly and I am not sure whether I will be able to use them effectively, as I am mostly working in J2EE nowadays at my work. Anyways I have around 3 months to decide. (The offer holds good for three months from the date of certification)

PS: BTW can anyone of you who have already subscribed, tell me whether it is worth to subscribe for MSDN or TechNet or both.

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  • At 5/26/2005 03:01:00 AM, Anonymous Fred said…

    Congrats on Getting an MS Certification.
    It seems you r also like me, unable to do the great work of cleaning up and starting the Scanner.

    Congrats, and continue...

    BTW, about the MSDN Subscription, if the Subscription is for the MSDN Library or plain MSDN,it is well worth it. The DVD or CD is worth more than it..

    But, if it is only the MSDN Magazine subscription, I would not go for it, since all the important articles on the MSDN Magazine are available online..

    Best Regards, Bye.

  • At 5/29/2005 09:47:00 PM, Blogger Sudar said…

    Thanks for the comment Fred, BTW the offer is 20% off on either MSDN Professional or MSDB Universal


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