Turn About On Certification

Written by Richard Lowe

On October 11th I was reading my email as usual when I opened one which stated something so unbelievable that I had to read it three times. I will admitrepparttar news was nothing compared torepparttar 133594 events going on inrepparttar 133595 rest ofrepparttar 133596 world (the September 11th terrorist attack and aftermath). However, it was very welcome nonetheless.

Microsoft has changed their policy on retiring certifications.

If you will remember, over a year ago Microsoft had announced thatrepparttar 133597 Windows NT 4.0 certifications were being retired on December 31st, 2001. This meant that everyone who had slaved for months or even years to pass their exams had to rush to takerepparttar 133598 new exams forrepparttar 133599 newest operating system (Windows 2000).

Needless to say, this announcement caused quite a stir in much ofrepparttar 133600 computer industry. There were hundreds of thousands of MCSE's, and all of them were effected by this decision. What made it even worse wasrepparttar 133601 fact that most of us were not even upgrading to Windows 2000 anytime inrepparttar 133602 near future. Thus, we had to get certified yet we didn't really need to get certified to do our jobs.

There were quite a few annoucements. The two regarding MCSE's state exactly what I had suggested in a previous article "Microsoft's ^@&^#&@ W2K MCSE Policy", so I was very happy indeed.


...on Windows NT 4.0, which designatesrepparttar 133603 related certification as based on Windows NT 4.0. This designation applies torepparttar 133604 following certifications: MCP, MCSE, MCSE+I, MCP+I, and MCP+Site Building. Thus, this MCSE would formally be called "MCSE on Windows NT 4.0."

...on Microsoft Windows 2000, which designatesrepparttar 133605 related certification as based on Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, or Windows Server .NET. This designation applies torepparttar 133606 following certifications: MCP, MCSE, MCSA, and MCDBA (except forrepparttar 133607 latter, it's called "MCDBA on SQL Server 2000" instead). Here, this MCSE would formally be called "MCSE on Microsoft Windows 2000."

The bottom line is simple. Those of us who haverepparttar 133608 MCSE certification do not need to worry about losing it atrepparttar 133609 end ofrepparttar 133610 year. It also makes things much easier for me as an employer - now I will be able to look at a certification and get a little more information. Instead of just finding out someone is an expert on Microsoft operating systems, I will now find out exactly which operating system.

Microsoft also added a new certification, called MCSA, or Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator. This certification is great news, as it provides something between MCP and MCSE. Why is this necessary? The new MCSE for Windows 2000 is a very tough exam and it might take someone (especially those of us who work for a living) quite some time to get it done.

Microsoft Passport? Good or Bad for the Internet?

Written by Richard Lowe

If you are anything like me, you've got dozens or even hundreds of accounts spread all overrepparttar internet (andrepparttar 133593 planet, for that matter). Each account has a different username and password combination, which adds up to one big headache, trying to keep it all straight.

I am aware of security, so I tend to create a different username and password for each and every account. This makes it impossible for a malicious person to break into one account and thus getrepparttar 133594 information from all of my accounts.

Most people do not go through this much trouble. In fact, most people simply create all of their usernames as their own first and last name (perhaps with a number to make it unique) and use very simple, and easily guessed, passwords.

Microsoft has now come along and proposed a solution to this situation. Well, proposed is notrepparttar 133595 right word - Microsoft is implementing a solution. It's actually a key component of their .NET strategy.

What they are doing is creating a "passport", called "Microsoft passport", which is more or less intended to becomerepparttar 133596 standard way of gaining access to objects and information onrepparttar 133597 internet.

The concept is very simple indeed. You merely create a passport account and give it a unique username (your email address). You also give it a password. >From that point forward, you can userepparttar 133598 exact same username and password to access anything which supports passports (everything on a Microsoft web site, atrepparttar 133599 least).

So far this is no different than any other account identifier. For example, on Yahoo you create a Yahoo ID, which can be used to access any feature operated by that company. Excite has something similar as do many other web sites.

What is different about passports isrepparttar 133600 intention to turn it into a standard to access everything onrepparttar 133601 internet. Microsoft also intended to use passports as a centerpiece to it's .NET initiative - passports will berepparttar 133602 focus of it's security model.

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