Tiago Costa blog

This blog was created for sharing knowledge for Microsoft Developers and Microsoft Certified Trainers about Office 365, Azure, SharePoint and .Net.

Course 20532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solution Authoring

This has been an amazing year so far! I’m very privileged to do what I love to do. This allows me to get up every day full of energy for one more long working day that sometimes involves flying around the world. 

In the beginning of the year I had the opportunity to share with you that I had authored, together with another three amazing professionals, the 20535A: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions course for Microsoft Learning. This was my first MOC Authoring project and I loved every bit of it. If this was not enough, I just helped on authoring the update of the 20532D: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions MOC course. This project was done with Sidney Andrews has the lead SME. What a great project too. I hope that you all love this update on this Microsoft Azure course and what better way for me to celebrate this? Yes!!!! I’m going to deliver this course next week!!! It will be 4 days of an amazing delivery in the beautiful city of Sofia the capital of Bulgaria.

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MCSA SQL Server 2016

Microsoft just announced the release of 3 new MCSA: SQL Server 2016 certifications. One big difference from these certifications from the previous versions is that now we have 3 MCSA instead of just the current MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014. Microsoft brought back the MCSA SQL Server Developer Certification. Being most a Developer that uses a lot SQL Server, this makes all the sense. So this is good news for all SQL Server Developers and standard developers that use SQL Server has their main Database system.

So, this are the new certifications:

MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development

  • 70-761 – Querying Data with Transact-SQL
  • 70-762 – Developing SQL Databases

Note: If you already hold an MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification can upgrade by taking and passing exam 70-762


MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration

  • 70-764 – Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure
  • 70-765 – Provisioning SQL Databases

Note: If you already hold an MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification can upgrade by taking and passing exam 70-765


MCSA: SQL 2016 Business Intelligence Development

  • 70-767 – Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse
  • 70-768 – Developing SQL Data Models

Note: If you already hold an MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification can upgrade by taking and passing exam 70-768


All MOC courses to prepare you for this SQL Server 2016 exams are already available. MCSE certifications will be announced later this summer.

Second shoot is back! Retake an Exam for free if you fail it.

Second Shot is back! – Dates July 12, 2015 to January 12, 2016

Are on the path to become Microsoft Certified? Are you already in the middle of it? or are you just pure and simple thinking about to take a Microsoft Certification?

Just don’t wait any more, now is the time to take the next step and to take all the exams to become certified. Second Shot give you the possibility to retake your Microsoft Exam for free. To qualify as free, the retake must be to the same exam and must be schedule until 30 days after the failed exam.

Just go to https://www.microsoft.com/learning, log in, and schedule your exams! Don’t forget that we some countries, you can also take the exam at the comfort of you office or home.