I passed the 70-410 with a score of 804/900.
This is truly a difficult test compared to the others I have taken in the past. I would rate this on ICND2 level in terms of complexity. I was getting worried up until the test as there were many, many failed threads posted here. The wording on the questions were really lengthy and at times had multiple correct answers. You just had to do it with the “least” effort. A lot of drag and drops and “where do you click” type questions. I also noticed a few questions had content from the 411!
I took courses on the 410 and 411 at University of Maryland-University College from August to Christmas 16’. Unfortunately, there was no way the 410 class could squeeze all the content into 8 weeks. I knew that I had to go above and beyond the required syllabus. Fortunately, being in a class flooded me with discussions and assignments dealing with the topics. Having the 411 class really completed what was left hanging in the 410. That, and I had a few 411 questions on my test. I also relocated to Denver in this time frame.
My resources for the 410 were:
- Don Poulton 70-410 Cert Guide – Wonderful book that is a much easier read than Microsoft’s guides. It is hardcover and 1000 pages, so it is quite heavy at times. Lots of info!
- PluralSight 70-410 Videos - Greg Shields and Jason Helmick are great teachers! Much much better than CBT Nuggets. We all know how James Conrad can get at times.
- TestOut Videos, Quizzes and Text - Shad is a great lecturer and has great demonstration videos. The quizzes are a little easier than the exam and the readings are more of a review.
- LabSim Simulator – This thing is so useful! I get to lab from anywhere and it is so close to the real thing. I can barely tell the difference. The lab scenarios for each topic are well worth the price.
- Technet Articles – Helped me out when stuck, but very dry stuff.
- Networked Minds Youtube Channel – Thank you to our fellow user here, Bohack.
- ITFreeTraining Youtube Channel - Another great resource.
- Handwritten Notes – SO Crucial! Notes=retention! Use different colored pens!
My main method of learning each new topic/chapter had this particular order:
(You will notice that it is always easier to watch a video and THEN do the reading)
- Watch TestOut Video
- Read TestOut Text
- Do labs in LabSim
- Take Testout Quiz. By this time, I’ve done plenty of discussions and proposal papers for school.
- After completing the entire objectives, I began watching PluralSight Videos mid December.
- I would take notes watching the videos at 1.5x speed.
- Read Poulton Book while taking more notes. (I filled up a 70pg notebook).
- Redo Labs in Testout
- Take full practice quizzes on TestOut and the Book.
- Anything I didn’t know, I would supplement with Youtube or Technet.
The things I would reinforce going into the exam are:
- Subnetting – Thank goodness I’m a CCNA and this was just a review.
- PowerShell and cmds – There really is a good amount of it in this exam. Also learn dism and ntdsutil and the other ones.
- HyperV- I think Microsoft expects you to know every click location of this damn thing. Including knowledge on VHD/x and snapshots, resource allocation, vnetworking etc.
- Remote Management- Know what’s involved with managing remote servers and nondomain servers.
- Group Scopes- A very tricky yet essential topic that you need to have down. I had a few questions on this that would trip me up. Domain Local, Global, Universal, etc.
- Group Policy- Learn about linking and Security Options. Besides wanting to know Applocker, it isn’t too crazy of a topic.
- DNS – Know you types of zones and situations where you would configure things differently.
Hoping to pass the 70-411 in two weeks. I am actually glad I studied for both before taking the 410.