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MCITP exam without hands on experience RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm considering taking the MCITP Server Administration certification track (70-640,642,646).

    I have worked in a Novell shop for 15 years and have a lot of network-related experience and have worked with MS servers but not AD.

    I read that MS suggests having at least a year of hands on experience with server 2008 before taking the exams so I was wondering from those who have taken the exam if they think this is something to pay attention to or if it can be accomplished just fine with setting up a lab environment with the servers and following lab exercises from study guides without any prior AD exposure.

    I'm employed where no AD is installed but want to move on to a place that does. Would it be better to just take 70-646 to show a potential new employer that I at least know how to do basic administration and wait until I'm working with AD to take the other tests?

    TIA

    Monday, November 29, 2010 8:19 PM

Answers

  • Best recommendation would be to set up a virtual lab.  With a 64bit computer (laptop or desktop) with enough hard disk space and 4gigs (or more) of RAM, you could install a 6 month copy of Server 2008 R2, and a couple of VM's of the same and use it as a lab to work through the exercises.

     

    Monday, November 29, 2010 9:39 PM
    Answerer
  • A virtual lab, study guides and E-Learning would all help you to achieve this as long as you have a sound knowledge with networking you will probably find there are a sections that interweave with 70-640.

    I have found of late that E-Learning is a fairly reliable way if you can afford it to study for an exam and so far I have managed to do well even if I have not had the hands on experience recommended.

    The main thing is make sure that you use the skills measured page before you decide you are ready for your exam but also note that if you fail this doesn't blacklist you from ever taking the exam again so I would suggest you just try it and if you feel you need hands on experience.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-640&locale=en-us#tab2

    Also make sure you use practice exams to identify weak areas as you can quite easily slip in to the thinking that you know enough but have not mastered a section enough to adapt to questions.

    It depends with employers but willingless to learn new skills can never look bad on a CV.

    Either way good luck whatever you decide to,

    Regards

    Kevin

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:52 PM

All replies

  • Best recommendation would be to set up a virtual lab.  With a 64bit computer (laptop or desktop) with enough hard disk space and 4gigs (or more) of RAM, you could install a 6 month copy of Server 2008 R2, and a couple of VM's of the same and use it as a lab to work through the exercises.

     

    Monday, November 29, 2010 9:39 PM
    Answerer
  • A virtual lab, study guides and E-Learning would all help you to achieve this as long as you have a sound knowledge with networking you will probably find there are a sections that interweave with 70-640.

    I have found of late that E-Learning is a fairly reliable way if you can afford it to study for an exam and so far I have managed to do well even if I have not had the hands on experience recommended.

    The main thing is make sure that you use the skills measured page before you decide you are ready for your exam but also note that if you fail this doesn't blacklist you from ever taking the exam again so I would suggest you just try it and if you feel you need hands on experience.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-640&locale=en-us#tab2

    Also make sure you use practice exams to identify weak areas as you can quite easily slip in to the thinking that you know enough but have not mastered a section enough to adapt to questions.

    It depends with employers but willingless to learn new skills can never look bad on a CV.

    Either way good luck whatever you decide to,

    Regards

    Kevin

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:52 PM
  • thanks kevin
    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 7:16 PM
  • How much memory would you recommend allocating to each VM for 2008 server?
    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 7:17 PM
  • WinServer 2008 R2 will run on as little as 512megs of RAM.  I have a 64bit laptop with 4gigs of RAM, and running R2 as the host OS with three VM's without any problem.
    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 7:22 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi there all. 

     

    Will a old desktop with 4 gigs really be enough to run all the labs for MCITP? I know you have to setup exchange and make it fully working on some of the exams. Don't think my desktop will handle all of it?

     

     


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