Best way to train at home
I've decided to train for Microsoft Server 2008 and Microsoft workstation support. The exams I decided to focus on are basic (70,680, 70-685, 70-686 and 70-640, 70-642, 70-646). Ive decided to try the self study route. I assume the Microsoft Press books on these subjects are adequate for the texts. I'm concerned about experience while training.
My idea is to download a trial of Server 2008 and use it for practice on a spare computer. It lasts 180 days. If I need more time I assume I can just reformat the drive and reload or move to a newer version of Windows Server.
My questions: Is this a good approach? What is not being considered that is important? Where are the gotchas? I really don't want to invest a lot of time and money only to find out I missed something important. Are there any good study plans available on a web site somewhere from others who took this approach? Should I include more areas to study, such as some specialized networking (CCNA, voice, wireless, etc?) or virtualization. My overall goal is to get a foot in the door as an old guy who has been around computers all his life, is quite capable on his home system, but would be considered pretty green at this in a professional setting even after training and exams. I'm also a CPA with an active license, so this will provide some help in getting started, I assume. I don't plan to compete with the kids as an administrator or at a help desk. I'll probably do some lightweight consulting in this area.
Thank you very much in advance. You experience is a resource.