So I just had a meeting with my boss and I've been offered one of 2 positions as a Microsoft Engineer, which position depends on which team would be in the end wanting/getting me.
While I'm not really keen on doing MS work, I do know my shit for the most part as far as it comes to working with MS products, a lot more then I did when I was offered the Hyperion position a month ago.
I decided to go with it. While again it's not the network team, which I've been wanting to move to, I also don't have my CCNA yet and they really want that. I can still work on getting my CCNA over the next few months, as I have been planning on, even while doing the work of an MS engineer, and I can switch teams when I'm ready.
Either way, with this news and work sending me to Vegas for 2 weeks to work on our new datacenter, I'm pretty happy.
Update. Unlike the last offer I had and accepted, and the last 3 times I was told I would be transitioning to an engineer, this time it's actually happening. I have a hard date for my transition to our Enterprise Delivery team (basically like a smaller company within our company that handles a smaller set of customers who just happen to be our largest clients) as a Microsoft Engineer. I'm transitioning on Feb 1st and my transition period ends 2 weeks later and from that point on I'm full time as an Engineer and no longer have to deal with helpdesk work! woohoo!
Sadly, this new position also means that I will no longer be going to Vegas as I'll be filling in for my new partner while she's on Vacation during that time.
Now I just need to finish negotiations about pay and start the process of acquiring proper elevated credentials and my desk, phone, and company laptop. This is exciting times and I'm finally in a position that coincides more closely with my skills and experience. Oh, and finally being back on a standard weekday work schedule will be nice. I just have 1 more week of 3rd shifts to pass through in my current position and I get to say bye bye to flexible scheduling and hello to naming my own hours