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MCITP 70-640 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, I am considering taking the above mentioned course but every review I read says that you need at least a years experience in a revelent field of work. Is there any of the MC courses I can take as a foundation without having already worked in the proffession?

     

    Thanks.

    Monday, January 31, 2011 10:06 PM

Answers

  • A lot of these exams recommend a few years experience in the relevant field - but no one's going to check up on you. I took a SharePoint configuaration exam that advised a couple of years of experience when I'd been out of university for less than a year!

    Familiarity with the technology is essential but no one's going to be timing how long you've used it for. I would recommend creating a virtual environment and having a go at installing and configuring AD from scratch. Once you've had a play with the technology, figured out how to do things and got a feel for it, go through all the virtual labs and background articles.

    It's not going to be the same as real-world experience, but it should be enough hands-on practice to get the exam.

    The problem with these things is it's often a Catch 22 situation. You can't get the experience without the certificate and it says you shouldn't get the certificate without the experience!

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 10:33 AM
  • Friday, February 4, 2011 4:44 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi there,

    Jessica's previous reply is spot on in terms of experience.

    I am currently working through the 70-640 self study book and along with virtual machines I am making good progress (I also passed 70-642 using this method so it is more than feasible to do).

    I would recommend you get hold of the self study book from Microsoft Press (available on Amazon etc), download the 120 day evaluation of Server 2008 R2, download a virtualisation program such as VMware, virtual PC etc and work through the book, see how you feel with Active Directory.

    Use your virtual machines to explore Active Directory and you will learn lots as I have done.

     

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 1:37 PM

All replies

  • Friday, February 4, 2011 4:44 PM
    Moderator
  • A lot of these exams recommend a few years experience in the relevant field - but no one's going to check up on you. I took a SharePoint configuaration exam that advised a couple of years of experience when I'd been out of university for less than a year!

    Familiarity with the technology is essential but no one's going to be timing how long you've used it for. I would recommend creating a virtual environment and having a go at installing and configuring AD from scratch. Once you've had a play with the technology, figured out how to do things and got a feel for it, go through all the virtual labs and background articles.

    It's not going to be the same as real-world experience, but it should be enough hands-on practice to get the exam.

    The problem with these things is it's often a Catch 22 situation. You can't get the experience without the certificate and it says you shouldn't get the certificate without the experience!

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 10:33 AM
  • Hi there,

    Jessica's previous reply is spot on in terms of experience.

    I am currently working through the 70-640 self study book and along with virtual machines I am making good progress (I also passed 70-642 using this method so it is more than feasible to do).

    I would recommend you get hold of the self study book from Microsoft Press (available on Amazon etc), download the 120 day evaluation of Server 2008 R2, download a virtualisation program such as VMware, virtual PC etc and work through the book, see how you feel with Active Directory.

    Use your virtual machines to explore Active Directory and you will learn lots as I have done.

     

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 1:37 PM