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Question from an Exchange Newbie

Discussion in 'Exchange Exams' started by gbhpboy, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. gbhpboy

    gbhpboy Bit Poster

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    Thanks for taking time to read this post

    Wonder if anyone can answer some basic questions about 70-284 from someone who knows nothing about it.

    I work in IT, mainly on NT supported systems, but have some practical WIN2K commercial knowledge, but no email tech experience. I have passed 270 290 and 291.
    I have a test lab at home with 3 WIN2003 servers and one WIN2K pro client.

    Would this be a good elective to take to complete MCSA, I have an interest in messaging?

    Can anyone compare this course in length and complexity with exams I have already taken ?

    Is the exam a real beast ?

    Any ideas on how it may take, to complete from scratch to passed exam ?

    Is the exchange software available from MS, with the MS Press book ?

    If so, what sort of lab config do you need to run it ? 2 of my servers are bare min spec for WIN2003 ?

    I do have a possible opportunity to get involved with supporting Exchange ‘cos our account has just converted a whole load of Notes systems to Exchange, so I will probably get some help from my employer with some training time.

    Many thanks
     
    Certifications: MCSA2003(Messaging)
  2. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi,

    Hopefully one of our more experienced members will be around soon to help, sorry i can't :oops:
     
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  3. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    I was put off doing Exchange by a person I have the utmost respect for, a Tutor on another IT related site.

    IMHO the exchange exam is very difficult in comparison to the ones you have taken thus far. It is a beast!

    I jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire and took ISA instead. That took me a year, it was a killer too :eek:

    They tend to get tougher as you progress.
     
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  4. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

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    it took me two months start to finish to learn exchange well enough to start studying for the exam, study for the exam, and pass it
    its a beast, for some people that stuff comes a little too easy, and i still spend a fair bit of time on my exchange gear learning it and troubleshooting it, as an exam will never prepare you for a real exchange environment when things go wrong

    it is a handy elective, as lots of orgs use exchange, especially MS houses looking to employ MCSA/MCSE folk
     
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  5. gbhpboy

    gbhpboy Bit Poster

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    Thanks for the prompt and very useful replies.

    I've found it very stressful and tiring this year studying in my own time, with no help from employer. The fact that I will get support (study time and on-line courses) with the Exchange course from my employer may well tip the balance in it's favour.

    Thanks again.
     
    Certifications: MCSA2003(Messaging)
  6. Sandy

    Sandy Ex-Member

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    I took the Exchange W2K exam and found it to be very fair. Consider the fact that EVERYBODY has e-mail.
     
  7. MarkN

    MarkN Nibble Poster

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    I took 70-284 and 70-285 a couple of months ago and they are hard but fair exams. As far as resources for studying go I used:

    Sybex 70-284 Study guide http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos...8770/sr=1-8/ref=sr_1_11_8/203-1918419-5175134

    Tony Redmond's
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos...852/sr=1-14/ref=sr_1_2_14/203-1918419-5175134

    and this from Microsoft
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos...8888/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_11_1/203-1918419-5175134

    and frequenting sites such as

    http://www.slipstick.com/exs/index.htm as well as the Technet Virtual labs at:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/exchange.mspx

    I would also recommend trying to get hold of some instructional videos - they are often listed on ebay.

    As far as the practical aspect goes hooking up a couple of machines would suffuce, play around with things like routing groups, admin groups, policies,OWA etc and you should be ok -

    Let us know how it goes...
     
    Certifications: MCSE NT4\W2K,CNE,CCEA,ASE
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