mossj (14th July 2009)
Multiple choice tests, with some simulations.
Books can be picked up from Amazon fairly cheaply, and its worth at least picking up the ExamCram and working through it.
While a lot of people say that the tests are easy and anyone could pass them I personally believe that without the background, you would probably have some difficulty. If you fail though you can always take a second shot, which gives you a free second attempt at the exam.
The people who say that generally know the products well, if you don't it's hard anything is hard if you don't know the answers, simple as that.While a lot of people say that the tests are easy and anyone could pass them I personally believe that without the background, you would probably have some difficulty.
The key is to read some test questions from exam cram and MS press this will get you in the MS frame of mind this is key as some answers may "seem" correct and indeed might be but MS might be looking for a certain answer probably related to how one of their products differ from other similar products (be it for better of for worse).
This is how i found them,
70-270 - Fairly easy, but still some suprises.
70-290 - I actually found this easier than the 270, but i do a lot of account administration.
70-291 - HARD, HARD, HARD. I don't have alot of experience with configuring DNS, DHCP etc.
70-284 - I found this one fairly hard also. But again i don't do that much exchange (just works most of the time).
The best books IMO are the MS press books, they come with a digital version of the book, exam voucher and some exam practice questions and it is probably a good idea to get some form of CBT too.
You will need to setup a test lab, i did this with VMware, as i don't have the space at home for physical machines.
For each exam i studied for about 2 hours a day (every single day) for about 2 month, then took the exam (the 291 and 284 took me about 3 months each).
Last edited by big_nath; 14th July 2009 at 09:00 AM.
So it really depends on your RL experiance and they base there questions on situations rather than proper theory.
Would it be worth doing "Server 2003/Exchange 2003/XP/Vista" based courses considering the shift to "server 08/exchange 07/Windows 7(soon)"
It depends what you use at place of work. If you have a 2k3 network then go down the MCSA/MCSE road. If you are on 2k8 then MCITP would be the path i'd choose. The same is true for the client exams if you use mainly Vista then do the 7-620 exam, if XP then do the 70-270.
If you choose the MCSA/MCSE path, you can easily upgrade to MCITP at a later date.
Thanks for all your help!
I think the route to go for:
MCSA specialization - MCSA Messaging on Windows Server 2003 - 4 exams
Upgrade to Server 2008
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration - 1 exam (Same exam as below)
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration - 1 exam (Same Exam as above)
MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008 - 1 exam
Should take a year or two to study for but I will have some extra money for working over the summer and need something to add to my CV.
Last edited by mossj; 14th July 2009 at 10:34 AM.
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