I Passed 70-227 today

TeKniquesTeKniques OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CISA, SSCP, MCSE (03), Security+, Network+, A+, Project+Member Posts: 1,262 ■■■■□□□□□□
Hi all,

Well, weird thing happened to me at the testing center today. First, I scheduled my 70-291 exam in the morning and alas I experienced my first testing center technical problem ever .... could not download the exam because an update had to be made to the test delivering software at the testing center. Naturally, the guy who installs these upgrades is not working till tomorrow. So the proctor called VUE and they said that I should be able to take my 70-227 exam that I scheduled in the afternoon because the update did not affect this exam.

So I took the 70-227 (ISA Server) exam and passed with a 748! The exam was a lot tougher than I expected. A lot of questions that were either not covered in the study material or that I overlooked it as an unimportant topic. Probably the later lol. Why did I take this exam? Well I needed an MCSE elective and I found the Sybex study guide on Amazon.com for $3.00

So I picked that up and purchased the Transcender exam (Right on key btw) and immediately after reading the study guide, playing with my home lab, and doing all the exercises I hit 82% on my first practice exam. Not too bad, but not great either. I studied for the exam for about 3 weeks and was confident I would pass, but knew I had the 2nd shot promo just in case icon_wink.gif

For anyone looking to take this exam I would really focus your studies on these areas:
-Installing ISA in an Array configuration
-Protocol rules, Protocol rules, and oh yea .. Protocol rules!
-Configuring the clients with Web Proxy, Secure NAT, or Firewall! I had a lot of questions in this area
-VPN access both to the local network and a remote network.

All in all, the Sybex study guide was great, the author was on key and the chapters really hit the nail on the head. Was a pretty easy read overall. Well I am trying to reschedule my 70-291 exam for Friday ... Hopefully I will report that I am an MCSA soon!

Thanks!

Comments

  • WebmasterWebmaster Admin Posts: 10,292 Admin
    Congrats! icon_thumright.gif
    Hopefully I will report that I am an MCSA soon!
    Will you be continuing for the MCSA:Security?
  • TeKniquesTeKniques OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CISA, SSCP, MCSE (03), Security+, Network+, A+, Project+ Member Posts: 1,262 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Webmaster wrote:
    Congrats! icon_thumright.gif

    Thanks Johan!
    Webmaster wrote:
    Will you be continuing for the MCSA:Security?

    Yes I am, I eventually want the MCSE: Security. My remaining track in order includes:

    70-291(For MCSA), 299(For MCSA: Security), 293, 294(For MCSE), 298(MCSE: Security)
    :D
  • WebmasterWebmaster Admin Posts: 10,292 Admin
    That's a nice route icon_cool.gif Have you considered going for Security+ as you probably know it's accepted as an elective for MCSA/E but also for the Security specialization.
  • eurotrasheurotrash Member Posts: 817
    yep, congrats on the pass!
    witty comment
  • Ricka182Ricka182 Member Posts: 3,359
    congrats!
    i remain, he who remains to be....
  • TeKniquesTeKniques OSCE, OSCP, CISSP, CISA, SSCP, MCSE (03), Security+, Network+, A+, Project+ Member Posts: 1,262 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Webmaster wrote:
    That's a nice route icon_cool.gif Have you considered going for Security+ as you probably know it's accepted as an elective for MCSA/E but also for the Security specialization.

    Yeah I had thought about that. The only thing that turns me off about the Security+ is the cost. The nice thing of course would be to have it for 3 things.

    1. Knowledge
    2. MCSE Security Elective
    3. Another Qualification on the resume icon_cool.gif

    I may weigh that and do it instead of the 299 as I have heard that is one bear of an exam.
  • damystrodamystro Member Posts: 5 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I'm down to do this exam on Friday to complete my MCSA on Windows 2003. May specilaise in Security afterwards. Your advice inspired and helped greatly..Good luck with all the other exams!!!!
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