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Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by Theprof, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Well I finally went ahead and scheduled the exam for the 22nd of august. I know I've been procrastinating for the last 6 months or so, but it's because I wanted some experience before taking the exam. So now that I got some experience I feel comfortable taking the exam.

    The other day I did a practice Measure up exam that's included with the MS press 290 book and I managed to get around 60% with no studying what so ever, so I figure if I cram for the next 3 weeks I will do well, at least I hope :rolleyes:.

    Wish me luck!:biggrin
     
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  2. Fergal1982

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    good luck.

    hope you used the second shot...
     
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  3. craigie

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    Good luck on the exam.

    Just started working on this myself, and have to say, I'm thoroughly enjoying it!
     
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  4. NightWalker

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    I really enjoyed the 290. It was my first Server 2003 exam. That first look in to the server side of things and Active Directory really made it a good one to study.
     
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  5. Sparky
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    Best of luck mate 8)
     
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  6. Theprof

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    Thanks guys. To be honest I am kind of nervous but I know I have to get it done. What was your experience like? did you find it surprising at all? or its similar to the workstation client exams like 270 in any way? I know there will be sims, but the formation of the questions are similar?
     
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  7. NightWalker

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    From what I remember the questions were a little bit longer to read, you have to pick out the real question from the text, but overall I found it was no harder than the 270.
     
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  8. Theprof

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    I see, thanks. I wish I had money for the transcender practice exams. I'll speak with my boss tomorrow about it maybe I can get a discount.:twisted:

    I used the transcender practice exams for 270 and it was great helped a lot.
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Thanks for the props; that product was done during our tenure. ;)
     
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  10. Sparky
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    No major surprises although you will get some sims. Nothing to worry about though. 8)
     
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  11. Theprof

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    You're welcome!

    Thanks Sparky.


    I am setting up the lab right now, about to install the server 2003 trial edition. Hopefully things go smoothly.
     
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  12. Finkenstein

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    Best of luck to you!
     
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  13. Theprof

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    So I took the exam today, I had reschedule because I didn't have the time before... Anyways I didn't do so well, I failed with a 600 but that's because I didn't study what so ever. At least I know that I am pretty close to passing, it's just a matter of reviewing for me to be honest. I know I aced all the simulations I had as they were pretty easy. I had 4 simulation question 2 on permissions and 2 on AD. The thing that made me fail is implementing disaster recovery such setting up of backups, etc. I am really weak in that area, I always have and since I don't really implement it at work (the network admin does) I don't really have experiene. So I pretty much know what I have to do. I am weak in regards to disaster recovery so I just have to study it, everything else I am pretty good at.

    Anyways I will reschedule the exam for two weeks from now and hopefully pass with some studying. Good thing I have the second shot coupon!
     
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  14. zimbo
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    Hard luck prof! :( like you say you are close - but remember next time you could get totally different questions so dont rely too much on just backups go over everything one more time - think an ideal resource for you could be an exam cram just refreshen up and practice practice practice!! Good luck for next time! 8)
     
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  15. Theprof

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    You're right, I should review everything. I'll get the exam cram 2 book for the 290. It's funny the first 10 questions I had was all on backups and I had 30 questions on the exam in total! so 1/3 of the material that was tested on the exam I didn't have much knowledge in.

    Thanks for the advice Zimbo, appreciated.
     
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  16. BosonMichael
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    Best of luck on your next attempt.
     
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  17. Theprof

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    Thanks Mike!
     
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  18. wagnerk
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    Best of luck for your next retake, good thing that you had the 2nd shot voucher :)

    The good thing out of this is that it's shown you where your weaknesses are.

    -ken
     
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  19. craigie

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    Sorry to hear about the fail.

    The good news is that you know what you need to do to rectify it.

    Good luck with the Second Shot!
     
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  20. Sparky
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    Unlucky mate, best of luck next time! :thumbleft
     
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