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  • From the little that I've read, it seems that there will be no separate MCTS/MCITP certification for Windows 2008 R2.  I assume that no exam questions will be added for any of the R2-only functions. 

    The biggest reason that I have pursued certifications is because it's a way of forcing myself to learn the respective technologies fairly thoroughly.  So even if there are no R2 related questions on the exams, I am hoping that training materials are updated to reflect the changes in R2.  Does anyone have any idea whether or not the MS Press study guides will be revised for R2?  If anyone knows the same about any of the 3rd party study guide providers, that would be a plus.

    Thanks.
    Monday, December 28, 2009 7:00 AM

Answers

  • Some of the R2 technology has made it into new exams

    There is the new series of R2  virtualization certs discussed here:

    http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/2009/11/virtualization-exam-updatewhats-in-the-box

    the questions in those exams require knowledge of Hyper-V R2 and APP-V/MED-V

    So technically MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization and MCITP: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator
    are Windows 2008 R2 Certs. (But only covering part of the new technoligy in Windows 2008 R2)

    Rob.
    • Marked as answer by ChasBoston Tuesday, December 29, 2009 8:27 PM
    Monday, December 28, 2009 10:40 AM
  • The Exam Prep guide HAS been updated, specifically both the Overview and Skills Measured sections:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-640&locale=en-us

     

    I have noted the changes below in bold underlined red text.

     

    OVERVIEW TAB:

    The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Windows Server 2008 credentials are intended for information technology (IT) professionals who work in the complex computing environment of medium to large companies. The MCTS candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2008 R2 in an environment that has the following characteristics: …

     

    SKILLS MEASURED TAB:

    Skills Being Measured

    This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.

     

    1. Configuring Domain Name System (DNS) for Active Directory (17%)

                 Configure zones.

    o             May include but is not limited to: Dynamic DNS (DDNS), Non-dynamic DNS (NDDNS), and Secure Dynamic DNS (SDDNS); Time to Live (TTL); GlobalNames; Primary, Secondary, Active Directory Integrated, Stub; SOA; zone scavenging; forward lookup; reverse lookup

                 Configure DNS server settings.

    o             May include but is not limited to: forwarding; root hints; configure zone delegation; round robin; disable recursion; debug logging; server scavenging

                 Configure zone transfers and replication.

    o             May include but is not limited to: configure replication scope (forestDNSzone; domainDNSzone); incremental zone transfers; DNS Notify; secure zone transfers; configure name servers; application directory partitions

     

    Configuring the Active Directory infrastructure (17 percent)

                 Configure a forest or a domain.

    o             May include but is not limited to: remove a domain; perform an unattended installation; Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) ; change forest and domain functional levels; interoperability with previous versions of Active Directory; multiple user principal name (UPN) suffixes; forestprep; domainprep

                 Configure trusts.

    o             May include but is not limited to: forest trust; selective authentication vs. forest-wide authentication; transitive trust; external trust; shortcut trust; SID filtering

                 Configure sites.

    o             May include but is not limited to: create Active Directory subnets; configure site links; configure site link costing; configure sites infrastructure

                 Configure Active Directory replication.

    o             May include but is not limited to: DFSR; one-way replication; Bridgehead server; replication scheduling; configure replication protocols; force intersite replication

                 Configure the global catalog.

    o             May include but is not limited to: Universal Group Membership Caching (UGMC); partial attribute set; promote to global catalog

                 Configure operations masters.

    o             May include but is not limited to: seize and transfer; backup operations master; operations master placement; Schema Master; extending the schema; time service

     

    Configuring Active Directory Roles and Services (14 percent)

                 Configure Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (AD LDS).

    o             May include but is not limited to: migration to AD LDS; configure data within AD LDS; configure an authentication server; Server Core Installation

                 Configure Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS).

    o             May include but is not limited to: certificate request and installation; self-enrollments; delegation; create RMS templates; RMS administrative roles; RM Add-on for IE

                 Configure the read-only domain controller (RODC).

    o             May include but is not limited to: replication; Administrator role separation; read-only DNS; BitLocker; credential caching; password replication; syskey; read-only SYSVOL; staged install

                 Configure Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS v2).

    o             May include but is not limited to: install AD FS server role; exchange certificate with AD FS agents; configure trust policies; configure user and group claim mapping; import and export trust policies

     

    Creating and maintaining Active Directory objects (18 percent)

                 Automate creation of Active Directory accounts.

    o             May include but is not limited to: bulk import; configure the UPN; create computer, user, and group accounts (scripts, import, migration); template accounts; contacts; distribution lists; offline domain join

                 Maintain Active Directory accounts.

    o             May include but is not limited to: manage computer accounts; configure group membership; account resets; delegation; AGDLP/AGGUDLP; deny domain local group; local vs. domain; Protected Admin; disabling accounts vs. deleting accounts; deprovisioning; contacts; creating organizational units (OUs); delegation of control; protecting AD objects from deletion; managed service accounts

                 Create and apply Group Policy objects (GPOs).

    o             May include but is not limited to: enforce, OU hierarchy, block inheritance, and enabling user objects; group policy processing priority; WMI; group policy filtering; group policy loopback; Group Policy Preferences (GPP)

                 Configure GPO templates.

    o             May include but is not limited to: user rights; ADMX Central Store; administrative templates; security templates; restricted groups; security options; starter GPOs; shell access policies

                 Deploy and manage software by using GPOs.

    o             May include but is not limited to: publishing to users; assigning software to users; assigning to computers; software removal; software restriction policies; AppLocker

                 Configure account policies.

    o             May include but is not limited to: domain password policy; account lockout policy; fine-grain password policies

                 Configure audit policy by using GPOs.

    o             May include but is not limited to: audit logon events; audit account logon events; audit policy change; audit access privilege use; audit directory service access; audit object access; advanced audit policies; global object access auditing; “Reason for Access” reporting

     

    Maintaining the Active Directory environment (18 percent)

                 Configure backup and recovery.

    o             May include but is not limited to: using Windows Server Backup; back up files and system state data to media; backup and restore by using removable media; perform an authoritative or non-authoritative restores; linked value replication; Directory Services Recovery Mode (DSRM); backup and restore GPOs; configure AD recycle bin

                 Perform offline maintenance.

    o             May include but is not limited to: offline defragmentation and compaction; Restartable Active Directory; Active Directory database mounting tool

                 Monitor Active Directory.

    o             May include but is not limited to: event viewer subscriptions; data collector sets; real-time monitoring; analyzing logs; WMI queries; PowerShell

     

    Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services (15 percent)

                 Install Active Directory Certificate Services.

    o             May include but is not limited to: certificate authority (CA) types, including standalone, enterprise, root, and subordinate; role services; prepare for multiple-forest deployments

                 Configure CA server settings.

    o             May include but is not limited to: key archival; certificate database backup and restore; assigning administration roles; high-volume CAs; auditing

                 Manage certificate templates.

    o             May include but is not limited to: certificate template types; securing template permissions; managing different certificate template versions; key recovery agent

                 Manage enrollments.

    o             May include but is not limited to: network device enrollment service (NDES); auto enrollment; Web enrollment; extranet enrollment; smart card enrollment; authentication mechanism assurance; creating enrollment agents; deploying multiple-forest certificates; x.509 certificate mapping

                 Manage certificate revocations.

    o             May include but is not limited to: configure Online Responders; Certificate Revocation List (CRL); CRL Distribution Point (CDP); Authority Information Access (AIA)

     

    Sincerely,

    Ben

     

    Ben Watson

    Director, Training Products

    Microsoft Learning

    • Marked as answer by Ben Watson Saturday, August 28, 2010 6:54 PM
    • Edited by Ben Watson Monday, August 30, 2010 4:50 AM fixing formatting issues
    Saturday, August 28, 2010 6:54 PM

All replies

  • Some of the R2 technology has made it into new exams

    There is the new series of R2  virtualization certs discussed here:

    http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/2009/11/virtualization-exam-updatewhats-in-the-box

    the questions in those exams require knowledge of Hyper-V R2 and APP-V/MED-V

    So technically MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization and MCITP: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator
    are Windows 2008 R2 Certs. (But only covering part of the new technoligy in Windows 2008 R2)

    Rob.
    • Marked as answer by ChasBoston Tuesday, December 29, 2009 8:27 PM
    Monday, December 28, 2009 10:40 AM
  • For clarification, R2 has NOT been incorporated into the 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-646, 70-647 or 70-649 exams.
    • Marked as answer by ChasBoston Tuesday, December 29, 2009 8:27 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by Ben Watson Saturday, August 28, 2010 6:54 PM
    Monday, December 28, 2009 1:47 PM
    Answerer
  • Thanks for the replies.  So it looks like the only R2 related exams are the new virtualization ones, and there are no R2 questions in any of the exams that someone who is on the MCSE-to-MCITP track, such as myself, would need to take.
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 8:33 PM
  • The Exam Prep guide HAS been updated, specifically both the Overview and Skills Measured sections:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-640&locale=en-us

     

    I have noted the changes below in bold underlined red text.

     

    OVERVIEW TAB:

    The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Windows Server 2008 credentials are intended for information technology (IT) professionals who work in the complex computing environment of medium to large companies. The MCTS candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2008 R2 in an environment that has the following characteristics: …

     

    SKILLS MEASURED TAB:

    Skills Being Measured

    This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.

     

    1. Configuring Domain Name System (DNS) for Active Directory (17%)

                 Configure zones.

    o             May include but is not limited to: Dynamic DNS (DDNS), Non-dynamic DNS (NDDNS), and Secure Dynamic DNS (SDDNS); Time to Live (TTL); GlobalNames; Primary, Secondary, Active Directory Integrated, Stub; SOA; zone scavenging; forward lookup; reverse lookup

                 Configure DNS server settings.

    o             May include but is not limited to: forwarding; root hints; configure zone delegation; round robin; disable recursion; debug logging; server scavenging

                 Configure zone transfers and replication.

    o             May include but is not limited to: configure replication scope (forestDNSzone; domainDNSzone); incremental zone transfers; DNS Notify; secure zone transfers; configure name servers; application directory partitions

     

    Configuring the Active Directory infrastructure (17 percent)

                 Configure a forest or a domain.

    o             May include but is not limited to: remove a domain; perform an unattended installation; Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) ; change forest and domain functional levels; interoperability with previous versions of Active Directory; multiple user principal name (UPN) suffixes; forestprep; domainprep

                 Configure trusts.

    o             May include but is not limited to: forest trust; selective authentication vs. forest-wide authentication; transitive trust; external trust; shortcut trust; SID filtering

                 Configure sites.

    o             May include but is not limited to: create Active Directory subnets; configure site links; configure site link costing; configure sites infrastructure

                 Configure Active Directory replication.

    o             May include but is not limited to: DFSR; one-way replication; Bridgehead server; replication scheduling; configure replication protocols; force intersite replication

                 Configure the global catalog.

    o             May include but is not limited to: Universal Group Membership Caching (UGMC); partial attribute set; promote to global catalog

                 Configure operations masters.

    o             May include but is not limited to: seize and transfer; backup operations master; operations master placement; Schema Master; extending the schema; time service

     

    Configuring Active Directory Roles and Services (14 percent)

                 Configure Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (AD LDS).

    o             May include but is not limited to: migration to AD LDS; configure data within AD LDS; configure an authentication server; Server Core Installation

                 Configure Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS).

    o             May include but is not limited to: certificate request and installation; self-enrollments; delegation; create RMS templates; RMS administrative roles; RM Add-on for IE

                 Configure the read-only domain controller (RODC).

    o             May include but is not limited to: replication; Administrator role separation; read-only DNS; BitLocker; credential caching; password replication; syskey; read-only SYSVOL; staged install

                 Configure Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS v2).

    o             May include but is not limited to: install AD FS server role; exchange certificate with AD FS agents; configure trust policies; configure user and group claim mapping; import and export trust policies

     

    Creating and maintaining Active Directory objects (18 percent)

                 Automate creation of Active Directory accounts.

    o             May include but is not limited to: bulk import; configure the UPN; create computer, user, and group accounts (scripts, import, migration); template accounts; contacts; distribution lists; offline domain join

                 Maintain Active Directory accounts.

    o             May include but is not limited to: manage computer accounts; configure group membership; account resets; delegation; AGDLP/AGGUDLP; deny domain local group; local vs. domain; Protected Admin; disabling accounts vs. deleting accounts; deprovisioning; contacts; creating organizational units (OUs); delegation of control; protecting AD objects from deletion; managed service accounts

                 Create and apply Group Policy objects (GPOs).

    o             May include but is not limited to: enforce, OU hierarchy, block inheritance, and enabling user objects; group policy processing priority; WMI; group policy filtering; group policy loopback; Group Policy Preferences (GPP)

                 Configure GPO templates.

    o             May include but is not limited to: user rights; ADMX Central Store; administrative templates; security templates; restricted groups; security options; starter GPOs; shell access policies

                 Deploy and manage software by using GPOs.

    o             May include but is not limited to: publishing to users; assigning software to users; assigning to computers; software removal; software restriction policies; AppLocker

                 Configure account policies.

    o             May include but is not limited to: domain password policy; account lockout policy; fine-grain password policies

                 Configure audit policy by using GPOs.

    o             May include but is not limited to: audit logon events; audit account logon events; audit policy change; audit access privilege use; audit directory service access; audit object access; advanced audit policies; global object access auditing; “Reason for Access” reporting

     

    Maintaining the Active Directory environment (18 percent)

                 Configure backup and recovery.

    o             May include but is not limited to: using Windows Server Backup; back up files and system state data to media; backup and restore by using removable media; perform an authoritative or non-authoritative restores; linked value replication; Directory Services Recovery Mode (DSRM); backup and restore GPOs; configure AD recycle bin

                 Perform offline maintenance.

    o             May include but is not limited to: offline defragmentation and compaction; Restartable Active Directory; Active Directory database mounting tool

                 Monitor Active Directory.

    o             May include but is not limited to: event viewer subscriptions; data collector sets; real-time monitoring; analyzing logs; WMI queries; PowerShell

     

    Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services (15 percent)

                 Install Active Directory Certificate Services.

    o             May include but is not limited to: certificate authority (CA) types, including standalone, enterprise, root, and subordinate; role services; prepare for multiple-forest deployments

                 Configure CA server settings.

    o             May include but is not limited to: key archival; certificate database backup and restore; assigning administration roles; high-volume CAs; auditing

                 Manage certificate templates.

    o             May include but is not limited to: certificate template types; securing template permissions; managing different certificate template versions; key recovery agent

                 Manage enrollments.

    o             May include but is not limited to: network device enrollment service (NDES); auto enrollment; Web enrollment; extranet enrollment; smart card enrollment; authentication mechanism assurance; creating enrollment agents; deploying multiple-forest certificates; x.509 certificate mapping

                 Manage certificate revocations.

    o             May include but is not limited to: configure Online Responders; Certificate Revocation List (CRL); CRL Distribution Point (CDP); Authority Information Access (AIA)

     

    Sincerely,

    Ben

     

    Ben Watson

    Director, Training Products

    Microsoft Learning

    • Marked as answer by Ben Watson Saturday, August 28, 2010 6:54 PM
    • Edited by Ben Watson Monday, August 30, 2010 4:50 AM fixing formatting issues
    Saturday, August 28, 2010 6:54 PM
  • What about 70-647?  I prepped for it and took it in late October only to find that it had a ton of R2 stuff on it.  When will the objectives etc. be updated and fed out to the field for update of preparation materials.  Why was there hardly any notice this time of the updated material being placed into the actual test (not just "practice" questions)?
    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 5:46 PM
  • Apparently all of the exams have been moved to R2 but the certifications do not reflect R2 in the title.  I feel that there was not a lot of communication regarding this transition and they are still printing and selling the outdated training material.  I was thinking of contacting Microsoft about getting a rebate/refund on the training material that I purchased for the 70-649 exam which is essentially inaccurate material at this point.
    Monday, March 21, 2011 6:57 PM
  • Although the certifications don't directly say "R2" in the title, the "Skills Measured" include content specific to R2.

    That said, you're correct that none of the study materials have been updated to include R2.  And in many people's view, Microsoft has been negilgent in providing any updated study materials to address this.

    Monday, March 21, 2011 7:17 PM
    Answerer
  • When I took 70-649 last September, there was no sign of R2, probably because it was too early.  I took 70-647 a little over a month ago and the questions always referenced "Windows Server 2008 R2", but there wasn't a single question relating to any of the features unique to R2.  70-647 was one of the most difficult MS exams I have taken and I was able to pass using the "outdated" MS Press Training Kit.  I think a new edition is scheduled to be out soon, and I would bet that it will include the R2 technologies.  Maybe they eventually will include applicable questions.
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 11:28 PM
  • This is a bummer and very poor show from Microsoft...I only found out today the certs have changed for R2 had a look on the usual sites for training material and nothing refers to R2 in the titles! another way for microsoft to rob us of money through not having the write materials for the exams...double hit coz you pay for both!....how do we get a rebate then?
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011 6:24 PM