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Free ‘second shot’ on Microsoft Cert Exams is back!

From today (5th January 2015) until the end of May this year Microsoft is once again offering those wishing to sit a Microsoft Certification Exam a second shot at passing the exam if they fail the first time around.

There are of course conditions associated with the offer but these are clear and reasonable such as booking the retake within 30 days of sitting the first attempt.

Full details can be found at the Microsoft Born To Learn blog


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Second Shot at passing your Certification Exams on offer again!

You may not be aware of it but Microsoft are again offereing their ‘second shot free’ deal for Microsoft certification exams. Here’s how it works:

  1. Order a Second Shot Voucher at:
  2. Schedule you initial certifcation exam using the voucher at:
  3. Take your exam
  4. If you don’t pass the exam at first, simply register for free to retake the exam using the same voucher number.

The Second Shot deal is available for the regular-priced individual Microsoft technical exams with a prefix of 070 or 071, and for the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exams administered through Prometric.

The Second Shot offer is available until May 31, 2014.

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November 1, 2013 · 10:47 am

Usergroup Discount to the Microsoft Remix09 conference

The ReMix conference is on again this year on June 11 in Sydney. Registrations are now open and a special price for User Group (UG) members organised. The special price will only be valid until early bird registrations close on 21 May so you need to register now!!  The cost to UG members will be $149 incl GST.  The Early bird rate is $199 and the “standard” after 21 May is $299 (by which time it may have already have sold out)

Note: to take advantage of this special discount you will need a discount code to supply when registering. If you are planning on going let me know and I will supply the code for you to use.

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WDNUG Site Back up and running

We’ll after it took some extended leave over Christmas the WDNUG web site is back up and running at In the next few weeks it will again respond to as well.
Now I just have to get it all set up for the VS 2008 launch wave events!

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October .NET User Group Presnetation

Well the October Wollongong .NET Users group meeting was on last night and yours truly was the main presenter. I did a presentation on Workflow in the Office 2007 environment to provide a lighter view of workflow after last months excellent presenation by Justin King on State Based Workflow development. The primary focus was on what can be done out of the box and then building on this to show how SharePoint Designer enables more customisation and functionality around workflow development. We also touched on InfoPath forms development hooking into Forms Services and workflow in MOSS.
Stiven SKoklevski also did a short presnetation at the start of the evening covering Microsoft Certification, what it is, what it means and how to acheive it. Plenty of interest generated during this talk.
Information abou the night and copies of the presentations can be found at the WDNUG site.
Attendance was down a little on usual due to the school holidays but, based on feedback, everyone who attended enjoyed the night.

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July WDNUG Meeting Cancelled

Seems like the combination of School Holidays and the flu that’s doing the rounds mean that we will not have enough members tonight to make it worthwhile running the meeting so I’ve decided to postpone the July WDNUG meeting. August is all lined up with Adam Cogan coming to talk about Visual Studio for Database Developers. See you then.

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June WDNUG Meeting Wednesday 13th

Title:   Solution Development Using Office OpenXML
Time:  6:30pm
Date:  Wednesday, 13th June, 2007

Andrew Coates from Microsoft will be visiting the Gong to present on Solution Development Using Office OpenXML.

Come along and learn about the huge change that will affect the role Microsoft Office documents can now play in business processes and solutions. Previously the binary formats had meant Microsoft Office documents were treated more like a "black box," but that is no longer the case, as these open formats allow documents to serve as a first class source of data as they travel through workflow and other business. Document content can now directly integrate with systems new and old. Generation of documents based on business data for up-to-date and accurate rich content is now possible throughout your own solutions. This session delves into schemas, solution code, and numerous examples.

This is our first meeting at our new home in the brand new CSC Wollongong offices. We will no longer be meeting at the University of Wollongong.

Note: please RSVP to if you plan to attend so we can ensure there is enough pizza and coke for everyone.

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