Planning to take a Microsoft Certification Exam?

For those who are new to Microsoft Certifications or who have not taken a certification exam in the recent times, there are some changes in the exam format. I was looking for information on SQL Server 2012 certifications, I found 2 short videos that helps the would be exam candidate to know about the different format of questions they could see in the certification exam. I thought I would share those links in this blog. Check them out…

Microsoft Certification Exam Demo

Microsoft Certification: Microsoft Certification Exam Demo


New Innovative Item Types

Microsoft Certification Exam Demo: New Innovative Item Types

All the best for your exam and the preparation..

– Bru Medishetty

Happy New Year and looking forward to 2012

I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2012. I hope everyone had a great New Year celebrations. As with every new year, let us hope this year shall bring more happiness and prosperity to all.

I am going to list some of my goals to achieve in the year 2012 both professional and personal.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I start writing my goals is my blog post that I wrote on Jan 1st 2012 (about goals in 2010). If I look at those goals mentioned in that blog, I have to say, I did not achieve many of those goals, so this question comes to mind, Is it good to list my goals and fall short once again? I am sure it is easy to aim low and achieve it but if you aim low, you will not look higher. So I decided I shall aim for a bit higher, get motivated and achieve as much as I can.. 

Here is the list (first professional and finally personal)

  1. Write more content on my blog (at least 150 blog posts).
  2. Continue writing SQL Server Tidbits throughout the year.
  3. Finish at least 6 chapters in Learn SQL Server for Beginners Sections.
  4. Improve the content in Interview Questions and Answers Section.
  5. Participate in SQL Server Forums (at least 365 forum posts).
  6. Put every effort to make this happen, Pass Chapter in/around Harrisburg, PA.
  7. Attend PASS Summit in Seattle in November 2012.
  8. Record SQL Server Videos and publish them.
  9. Take at least 1 certification exam.
  10. Tweet more often.
  11. Do more charity.
  12. Be an improved Tennis Player.

At the end of the year 2012, I shall review how many of these goals were achieved and how well I fared on a scale of 10 for each of these goals. 

— Bru Medishetty

Bidding farewell to year 2011

We have come to an end to the year 2011 and I think you all had a fantastic and satisfactory year in 2011. I wanted to look back and see what the year 2011 was to me both personally and professionally in SQL Server.

In terms of SQL Server, I attended PASS Summit for the first time, which has been my 3 years wish. I started using SQL Server 2012 since CTP 3 ( was called Denali). I had a fabulous year in 2011 especially in the last quarter of 2011 was much involved in writing blogs @ Overall I wrote 58 blogs in 2011 (excluding this bog) out of which 52 were in the last 3 months, that shows how busy was it.

Apart from just blogs, I added a section called Learn SQL Server which focuses on helping beginners to get some  hands on the SQL Server subject area. I also made few changes to the look and feel of the blog, added a header to the blog and got rid of SQL Server forums. It was a bit pain to loose that content, but it was also relieving to get rid of those spam user registrations (there were 40,000 pending user registrations that I had to approve). For commenting on the blogs, I deployed DISQUS, which helps me saving a lot from spam comments that I had in the past. Getting rid of those few things actually helped me spend more time productively on writing content for the site and I really enjoy it…

Personally I was happy to achieve one of my long term passion, “Become a better Tennis Player” and I think I definitely achieved this by playing way better than how I played in 2010 (which was my first year of playing Tennis). I also joined USTA and played one  tournament in NTRP 3.5 level and currently playing a winter mixed doubles league at a local club. I wish to continue improve my Tennis game and be a better player in 2012.

I am going to write a list of my goals for the year 2012 tomorrow (Jan 1st 2012), so lets see what are those goals and how I will fare against those at the end of year 2012.

— Bru Medishetty