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Am I ready for the 70-290

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by The_Rocker, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. The_Rocker

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    This will be the next exam I shoot for.

    I think I need to touch up on IIS and Terminal Services but at present I work as 2nd/3rd line IT support and have been in the IT industry for nearly 3 years.

    Due to team structure where I work, I do not get loads of exposure to server set up, however I do frequently use the features.. Print servers, DNS, DHCP, AD, GPO's etc...

    I have been using server 2003 and XP in my virtual labs for over a year and can confidently set up a multi-domain forest with roaming profiles, GPO's, Print servers, file servers etc...

    I have a 70-290 MS text book and the CBT nuggets.

    Do you think I am nearly ready?

    I have passed 70-270, 271 and 272.
     
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  2. loca1hero

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    You’re in a much better position then me when I gave my exam, I think you’ve got quite a good chance at giving it, as you mentioned about your role giving you a lot of practical experience n the virtual labs and study material sounds good to me. I'd say go for it if you feel confident and ready..
    Good luck with your preparations and the exam :thumbleft
     
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  3. The_Rocker

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    Anyone else want to give me their opnion? 8)
     
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  4. nXPLOSi

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    By the sounds of your post your ready to have a shot.

    In my opinion, practical experience is vital for the 290, and it sounds like you have enough there to see you through. What I would suggest is to grab a Transcender or Boson package and try the tests, they'll give you a good indication of whether your ready or not, and where you need to concentrate any future study for the exam.

    Lastly, you say you have passed the 270, 271 and 272. Just be aware that the 290 was a big step up from the level of the 3 exams mentioned, so be ready for that when you sit down and click start.

    Best of luck! 8)
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    Give it a go, while I can't say that a pass is guaranteed, it does sound like you have a good shot.

    BTW, setting up a multi-domain/forest and different sites ventures into the 70-291 exam.

     
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  6. Sparky
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    Yup, go for it mate. 8)
     
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  7. Shinigami

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    If you've been doing those things for over a year on a frequent basis, then go for it. Read the 290 book for any missing concepts and try a few practice exams if possible. You might be pleasantly surprised.
     
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  8. The_Rocker

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    Cheers guys.

    I havn't got a transcender pack or anything so I will spend some time with the MS Readiness Review suite questions.

    I have the CBT nuggets for it as well which I am going to use as touch up on my weaker areas.
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Sounds to me like you've been doing all the things you need to do to begin pursuit of the MCSA... of which 290 is the first step. As the others have mentioned, it is a bit more difficult than what you've encountered thus far... but it is passable if you know your stuff. :)
     
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  10. The_Rocker

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    Cheers for the advice. I intend to book the exam for about a month down the line next week which is payday :-)

    I am once again running my 2003/XP VM lab.

    I do have a question though, how much AD automation scripting seems to be covered in the exams? Dsadd, mod, ldifde etc....?

    Thats probably my weaker area.
     
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