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    2 down, 5 to go!

    Just passed my MS 070-270 (XP admin) this morning. It's now £10 a minute if you want to talk to me! Yup, I'm a Microsoft Costly Professional

    EDIT: Renamed due to passing MS 70-290

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    Only a tenner?

    Well done. Linux+ next?

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    ajbritton: well done

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    Quote Originally Posted by ajbritton
    Just passed my MS 070-270 (XP admin) this morning. It's now £10 a minute if you want to talk to me! Yup, I'm a Microsoft Costly Professional
    Well done and... ...Welcome to the world of the MCP... now you just have to start studying MS 6,000,000,000-666 (Vista Admin) and then you'll be up to date!!

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    AJ i am studying for this at the mo...can you give me any advice on the exam...easy/hard anything in there that surprised you?


    How long did you study/prepare for, what materials did you use?

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Only a tenner?

    Well done. Linux+ next?
    Thats one I have been looking at a while. That or the other one whos name escapes me anyway I have both the books

    If you have been working with XP a while the first client exams are fairly easy its the later ones you have to worry about :P .

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    Vista Exams should be avalable in February I think it said in some info I got the other week (subject to MS releasing the courseware), so there ya go. I am tempted to sit the MCDST stuff for XP as I suspect I could probably just pass it without must effort, i've been supporting it for 5 years now so I must be fairly good on it I would hope! But with Vista in the new year, I could race ahead and be at the top of the new Vista pile of people.....

    Anyway you can by all means pay me £10/min to talk to me

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle
    AJ i am studying for this at the mo...can you give me any advice on the exam...easy/hard anything in there that surprised you?


    How long did you study/prepare for, what materials did you use?
    Hi Kyle,

    I use the Thomson NetG Live online training software. The XP course was OK, but didn't cover everything that was on the exam. There are two sample exams included with the NetG package and to be honest, they helped me prepare more than the course did. The kind of questions on the test exams are very similar to the ones on the actual exam.

    If you've been using/installing/troubleshooting XP for a while then you probably know most of what you need, and doing a couple of test papers should give you a good idea of where your weak spots might be.

    It's important to read the questions very carefully. There are often a couple of possible answers and only by looking for the clues in the question can you home in on the right answer.

    I found the questions relating to VPNs the hardest as I've never really had to set them up or troubleshoot them.

    Some key areas...

    Installation (unattended, RIS)
    Hardware (installation, driver signing, driver rollback, hardware profiles)
    Printing (installation, permissions, priorities)
    Disk Management (basic, dynamic, fault tolerant, spanning)
    File Management (permissions)
    Networking (tcp/ip, dns, wins, vpn, ICS, ICF)
    Remote Support (config, troubleshooting)

    Not exhaustive by any means though.

    Hope this helps. Best of luck..

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    Just when you've passed the XP exam, Microsoft come along and make all your training obsolete!

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    Just when you've passed the XP exam, Microsoft come along and make all your training obsolete!
    'twas ever thus!

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    Thomson NetG Live online
    HOw much does this sort of thing cost AJ?

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    I'll have to check when I'm back at my office PC, but off the top of my head I think it was about £2,700 for a years access to all the courses. That figure does not include the exams, which are currently £88 each (7 required for MCSE).

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    @Kyle

    When I did my 270 (back end of last year) I found most of the questions where based around NTFS and Windows Share permissions this caught out alot of people as they were expecting NTFS only so you have to know what impcats what permissions and the overall effective permissions based on a given ruleset.

    They are very sly in the questions so just make sure you really read the question, saying that if you have been supporting desktops for more that a year you should have most of it covered.

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    Thanks guys for the advice

    @AJ how long do you reckon ing/preparing for the exam?

    @ICTNUT how did you study/prepare?

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    Re: 1 down, 6 to go!

    Just checked my notes and the NetG course was £2,200 + VAT (not including exams).

    @Kyle: For the 270 course, I did each module (13 modules between 1 and 2 hours for each) and then both test papers (about 2 hours each). I did most of this in the evenings and spread it out over about 6 weeks.

    For those that have done a recent MCSE, which exam should I tackle next?

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