Microsoft Certified Me

On Wednesday, I went to sit my exam for ISA Server 2004 to complete my MCSA – Just over half of the way to my MCSE. Unfortunately I failed the exam, much to my disgust.

With my head in the sand over the horror of failing an exam, I spoke to my boss Colin to kindly agreed to letting me take the exam again today before I went away on holiday next week and my brain turned into sun burnt goo and I forgot everything I learnt in the last couple of weeks.

I spent Wednesday and Thursday night revising hard and making extra notes for the exam and I’m pleased to say that it paid off, as little old me is now a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator.

Sure it doesn’t quite cut the mustard compared to Colin’s MCSE, MCTS and MCITP but its a step in the right direction. Fortunately my next exam will be the Active Directory one which I think I will find a hell of a lot easier than the ISA Server one just passed. Active Directory included, I have only two exams left to do for my MCSE and three for my MCSE: Security and I’m hoping to churn them out at a decent rate unlike my recent performances.

Night x


Richard works as a Cloud Consultant for Fordway Solution where his primary focus is to help customers understand, adopt and develop with Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and System Center. Richard Green is an IT Pro with over 15 years' of experience in all things Microsoft including System Center and Office 365. He has previously worked as a System Center consultant and as an internal solutions architect across many verticals. Outside of work, he loves motorbikes and is part of the orange army, marshaling for NGRRC, British Superbikes and MotoGP. He is also an Assistant Cub Scout Leader.