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Exams Under the Radar: Licensing Solutions

More competency exams available for Microsoft software licensing experts.

Unbeknownst to MCPmag.com until recently, Microsoft in December released a trio of exams that target Microsoft Certified Partners engaged in coming up with appropriate licensing solutions for Microsoft technology deployments at small companies up to large enterprises:

  • 70-121, Designing and Providing Microsoft Volume License Solutions to Small and Medium Organizations
  • 70-122, Designing and Providing Microsoft Volume License Solutions to Large Organizations
  • 70-123, Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Software Asset Management (SAM) Program

According to the exam objective guides, the exams were released simultaneously on Dec. 10. The exams have no formal study materials, but do point to licensing resources on the Microsoft site.

Each exam falls under the Licensing Solutions partner competency. Like many of the exams that are used for measuring partner competency, none of these ones will earn those who pass them a Microsoft Certified Professional designation.

To find out more about partner competency exams, go to https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40009570. (Also read, "New Exams Target Competencies" in the News archive at http://mcpmag.com/news/article.asp?EditorialsID=755.)

About the Author

Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Feb 25, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

I've always thought that there should be a Licensing training/track program for IT professionals to take. Software licensing all around is just so bloated (and stupid, but that's another story) that the customers, in the end, pay more for software that they should.

Properly trained IT professionals would serve the customers well by being able to provide them with sound software purchasing advice.

Thu, Feb 24, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

It would have been nice to seem some opinion rather than just raw facts; e.g. do the exams represent the craziness of licensing systems that are so complex they warrant exams?

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