I recently found out purely by coincidence about the CHARTER member status awarded to individuals who successfully complete “new” Microsoft Certifications.
From the website:
Charter Members are the pioneering group of individuals who achieve a certification within six months following the retail release date of the certification. (People who pass the beta exams will receive the Charter certificate after the certification is commercially released.) Charter Members are recognized by being given the Charter version of the certificate acknowledging their early adoption of the technology solution. The Charter version of the certificate includes the word “Charter.”
I passed my 70-342 Exam yesterday and received this status, below my certificate:
Not as flashy as the golden certificates I received for my Lync 2010 and Exchange 2010 MCITP certifications, but I still feel very proud to have it.
For those wondering about preparation for these exams at this point in time, perhaps to grab a Charter status for yourself or for other reasons, below my preparation materials:
Teched 2013 – Attended mostly Exchange sessions – Very valuable for * new * features and concepts
Exchange, Office & Office 365 Ignite – Presented by Nicholas Blank (MCM ) in South Africa and *free* , more information and labs available here
Exchange 2013 Compiled Helpfile – Updated April2013
Teched Exchange 2013 Pages – Lots of documentation and guides available from here
MSEXCHANGETEAM.COM – All happenings direct from the Exchange Team, very valuable resource, worth visiting daily
Last and most definately not the least, my HP Microserver home lab, Running Server 2012 and bumped up to 16GB RAM, fitted with SSD and Sata discs. This inexpensive Gem has been instrumental in my preparation for this exam, if finances allow I would recommend 2 of these to do some interesting clustering and additional role tests. I lost out on some of the DAG lab experiments, but since I work in a Enterprise Enviroment I deal with HA in exchange Daily. A note on this server, with all my labs for Exchange 2013 still running, ‘production’ – accessable from the internet, outlook anywhere, owa, oac, activesync etc, I am currently deploying my Lync Labs to hopefully achieve Lync 2013 Charter Status aswell.