Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Certification Regurgitation

This is the MS certification track I followed and completed…

MCSA (4 exams) – July 2008

  • 70-270 - Windows XP
  • 70-290 - Windows Server 2003 (manage & maintain)
  • 70-620 - Windows Vista
  • 70-291 - Windows Server 2003 (network infrastructure, dns, dhcp, rras)

MCITP – Server Administrator (3 exams) – October 2009

  • 70-640 - Windows Server 2008 (configuring AD)
  • 70-642 - Windows Server 2008 (network infrastructure)
  • 70-646 - Pro: Admin Windows Server 2008

MCITP – Enterprise Administrator (2 exams) – February 2010

  • 70-643 - Windows Server 2008 (app infra: wsus, iis, sharepoint, etc.)
  • 70-647 - Pro: Enterprise Admin (review test)

Normally the EA set consists of 3 exams, but the third exam is a toss-up of 620 or 680.  Since I had passed 620 already I didn’t need it.

For me, the toughest exams were 291 and 642.  However, 647 was the trickiest.  I failed it the first try by one question.  However, I did try to make it through while going head-first into a bad stomach Flu, so I tried to hurry up half-way through.  I passed it the second time about two weeks later, after studying every spare minute I had.  The trickiest part of 647 is reading the questions.  The wording throws you off.

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