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Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by jezza1970, May 9, 2013.

  1. jezza1970

    jezza1970 Nibble Poster

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    Just wondering if there is anyone else out there trying to sit and pass this upgrade exam before the July 31 retirment date? Would be keen to hear how others are getting on with it (or not)
     
    Certifications: BEng (HONS); MCP 70-290; 70-291; 70-270; 70-680
    WIP: ACSP, 70-648
  2. jezza1970

    jezza1970 Nibble Poster

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    I am hoping to sit this exam on the 19th July - not really giving me much chance of a resit should I (fingers crossed I don't) fail. Has anyone got any tips/advice they would like to offer?
    Thanks in advance
     
    Certifications: BEng (HONS); MCP 70-290; 70-291; 70-270; 70-680
    WIP: ACSP, 70-648
  3. Grim-83

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    I would love to sit this exam, but first I need to past the 291 exam on the 4th, and then I doubt I would have enough time to squeeze this one in :( Just a pain that Microsoft is killing the exam.

    But good luck with it
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, MCP 70-270, 70-290, MCTS 70-680, MTA 98-365, 98-366, 98-367
    WIP: CCENT / CCNA
  4. jezza1970

    jezza1970 Nibble Poster

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    Oooh the BEAST! I remember that one! One tought cookie!
    Just found out that more Server 2008 exams are being retired in January 2014 including 70-640, 70-642 & 70-646 so Microsoft are effectively putting the MCSA 2008 to bed!
     
    Certifications: BEng (HONS); MCP 70-290; 70-291; 70-270; 70-680
    WIP: ACSP, 70-648
  5. jezza1970

    jezza1970 Nibble Poster

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    Well I have finally taken the plunge and booked the 648 for the 19th July! Fingers are already crossed.
     
    Certifications: BEng (HONS); MCP 70-290; 70-291; 70-270; 70-680
    WIP: ACSP, 70-648
  6. Grim-83

    Grim-83 Nibble Poster

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    Good luck with it, I hope you pass
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, MCP 70-270, 70-290, MCTS 70-680, MTA 98-365, 98-366, 98-367
    WIP: CCENT / CCNA
  7. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    I saw the same retirements but when I double checked a few days ago only the 70-640 and the 70-642 are on there now. Not sure what happened to the 70-646 but after speaking to a MS guy on the chat he confirmed that the 646 is not scheduled in for retirement as yet. While that's good news for myself and many others I'm sure, I am a little miffed as to why only 2 of 3 are retiring Jan 31st.
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  8. jezza1970

    jezza1970 Nibble Poster

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    Thanks Griff!

    @nXPLOSi - I am very miffed about it all too... but on the plus side it has given me the kick up the backside I needed to get these done.

    Apparently - from what I have read there could be quite a bit of ADCS questions in the exam - so now just brushing up on that and a few other bits and bobs too!
     
    Certifications: BEng (HONS); MCP 70-290; 70-291; 70-270; 70-680
    WIP: ACSP, 70-648
  9. nXPLOSi

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    I'm with you on that one, made me wake up a bit and get cracking too! I've read the 640 is quite heavy on AD CS as well, although I haven't got to that chapter just yet! :blink

    Good luck on the 19th! 8)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  10. Deadhead

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    Just had a look at the Microsoft site and it appears that the 70-291 retired on the 31st of Jan 2013 but is also due to retire on the 31st of July 2013. Microsoft at its best!

    Retired exams
     
    Certifications: A+, MCDST, MCSA
    WIP: 70-642
  11. jezza1970

    jezza1970 Nibble Poster

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    Well they don't call it the BEAST for nothing.... they have to retire it twice before it dies!
     
    Certifications: BEng (HONS); MCP 70-290; 70-291; 70-270; 70-680
    WIP: ACSP, 70-648
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  12. nXPLOSi

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    Further to the 70-646 coming off the retirement list, the 70-640 and 70-642 seem to have been removed as well now! I guess this means the MCSA 2008 is not being retired Jan 14 any longer.

    I will keep checking the list, it seems to change on a weekly basis!
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  13. jezza1970

    jezza1970 Nibble Poster

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    Good spot nXPLOSi!! Welcome to the wild crazy world of Microsoft certifications - where anything goes!
    I think it is a good thing - surely it was far too early to retire those 2008 exams.
     
    Certifications: BEng (HONS); MCP 70-290; 70-291; 70-270; 70-680
    WIP: ACSP, 70-648
  14. jezza1970

    jezza1970 Nibble Poster

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    Well I am sitting this exam on Friday -taken a few days off work to cram in those last minute details. Just wondering if anyone out there has any last-minute-nuggets-of-gold pieces of advice. Anything would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance
     
    Certifications: BEng (HONS); MCP 70-290; 70-291; 70-270; 70-680
    WIP: ACSP, 70-648

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