If you were considering it, now is the right time to get your MCAD, MCSD or MCDBA Certification. Microsoft announces the retiring of the certification exams which are required to earn you these certifications on March 31, 2009. If you are in the middle of your certification or If you have already started preparing for these certifications, you can register for a retiring exam by March 31, 2009, you have uptil May 31, 2009 to complete it. For further details about the retiring exams, kindly visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/status/examstoretire.mspx 

Does retiring of an exam affect my certification status ?

Not at all, the certification do not retire when the related exams are discontinued. The MCAD, MCSD and MCDBA certifications will remain on your transcript even after the related exams retire on March 31, 2009. You can register for the exams which are being discontinued before the March 31, 2009 and you have time uptil May 31, 2009 to give that particular exam. The certification will not retire or be removed from your transcript when these exams do, but you will no longer be able to earn them if one of your required exam retires.

What are the requirements for these certifications?

For knowing the complete requirements for certifications, please visit the following links:

uCertify Offers 50% Discount on the following PrepKits ! HURRY! Offer Ends on March 31, 2009

As time is limited, uCertify offers a 50% discount. Buy the Prepkit, avail this opportunity  and get Microsoft Certified in the first attempt! The offer is valid on the purchase of the following PrepKits.

70-300: Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures
70-305: Developing and Implementing Web Applications with VB .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
70-306: Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with VB .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
70-310: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft VB .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework
70-315: Developing and Implementing Web Applications with C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
70-316: Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
70-320: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with C# .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework
70-228: MCDBA SQL Server 2000 Administration
• 70-229: MCSD.NET SQL Server 2000 Design

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Artemakis Artemiou works as an Analyst/Programmer and Consultant for H.S. Data Ltd, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, based in Nicosia, Cyprus. He works with Microsoft SQL Server and related .NET technologies. One of his main professional duties is to develop database applications using SQL Server. Within the context of his duties, he also provides consulting services for SQL Server both in terms of Development and Administration.


Artemakis has a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a M.Sc. in Advanced Information Technologies from the University of Cyprus.


He is a MCP, MCTS: SQL Server 2005 and a Charter Member of MCTS:SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance. Artemakis is the president of the Cyprus .NET User Group (http://www.cdnug.net).Artemakis writes technical articles on Relational Database Management Systems with emphasis on SQL Server. He also participates as a speaker in various events presenting SQL Server. Additionally, he maintains a blog dedicated to SQL Server where he publishes several articles related to SQL Server Development and Administration. His blog can be found at http://aartemiou.blogspot.com.


While reviewing the uCertify’s Prepkit for exam . 70-443: MCITP PRO: SQL Server 2005 Design, Artemakis said My overall comments after this review, during which I reviewed the uCertify PrepKit M70-443, is that the specific PrepKit is excellent; it provides the candidate with a lot of content relevant to the target exam, and also provides many alternative ways for acquiring the necessary knowledge related to the technology featured by the exam. The Graphical User Interface, the navigation and the rest of the features make it really easy for the candidate to use the product and get a proper preparation for the target exam” 

For reading the complete review, kindly visit http://aartemiou.blogspot.com/2009/03/ucertify-prepkit-070-443-review.html


Jimmy Bergmark has been working for over 9 years for the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) company Pharmadule Emtunga as an Architectural and Structural Engineer; CAD Manager, Database Manager, Development Manager and System Manager. He developed an enterprise engineering database application including support for Mechanical Completion (MC), Commissioning and Validation.

Jimmy Bergmark, Owner/Manager and Senior Developer have used, customized and programmed AutoCAD based products since 1989.

Jimmy is also blogging once in a while with news, tips & tricks, links and more.

Jimmy Bergmark is member of ADN (Autodesk Developer Network) and an Autodesk Architectural Desktop 2006 Certified Expert (continuing keeping up with the latest versions).

While reviewing the uCertify Prepkit for 70-548-VB – VB.NET 2.0 Windows-based Application Development, Jimmy said I have developed professionally for many years but the way the certification tests are done and what they might cover I found that to pass I would really need something like uCertify”.




Henrik is an experienced administrator and a senior consultant with working knowledge of UNIX and Open Source environments throughout his professional career of more than 15 years. He has experience with many technologies in the UNIX environment as well as common UNIX operating systems with other senior skills in IT-Security, Mac OS X, OpenBSD, AIX, and Linux.

Presently Henrik teaches and works as an IT consultant in infrastructure security and auditing for customers in Private and Public sector.

As far as the work experience is concerned, Henrik has worked with computers since his childhood days and it was then only when he decided to target a career in computers. Henrik completed his formal education from the University of Copenhagen DIKU during which he got his first programming job and later on he moved into consulting in Unix and information security. In January 2003, Henrik founded his own private company with focus on security, IPv6, networking and Unix-Security6.net.

On the personal front, Henrik loves to spend time with his wife and kids. He is a health freak and loves running and training in Martial arts like Taekwondo and laido. He also has interest in Asian culture from a very young age which makes him read and watch resources about asian culture, mostly Japanese.

After reviewing the uCertify Prepkit for the exam 640-802: CCNA: ICND 1 and ICND 2, Henrik said “The positive for this product is that it covers multiple exams and vendors, is a very stable and mature software with a beautiful look – making it easier NOT to skip studying. Having the possibility to sample modules, a reasonable price per module and having the money back guarantee is also a nice bonus for this product. I will certainly consider buying this for future exams since this product is a mature certification preparation kit which will help you prepare for exams“.

Henrik’s complete review can be read on