My MCSA Journey to Windows Server 2016
So I took the 70-740 today and failed. Scored a 680, 700 needed to pass. To be honest, I'm not that disappointed that I failed. Over my final few weeks of study, I was going over objectives that I still didn't fully understand. I ended up reading over something two or three times, and a week later I may have forgotten something from it. Even if I pushed myself a little more to scrape a 700, I still wouldn’t have felt that I deserved it.
It’s not enough to just use videos or books to pass this exam. Labbing is essential to know what the technologies are and how to configure them. I thought I had done enough just by using the CBT labs with a little bit if exposure at work, but boy was I wrong. If you are new to Windows Server as I am, then you’re going to have to practice this a lot. This exam covers a lot of content to absorb. I know some people may be reading this and think that this is an obvious point I’m making, but I think it’s important to know how much you need to practice based on your experience.
A little bit of background on me - I started as a Sysadmin 6 months ago, and only really started using Failover Clustering and VM Migration recently. I’ve got basic Server Admin skills and worked in IT for around 7 years. Passed all my CompTIA and Microsoft OS exams first time. Unfortunately, the same technique didn’t quite work this time.
I’ve got a retake which I’m going to schedule for the end of September. This first take has given me a good insight into the exam and what areas I'm weak in. I’ve got a wedding to plan for in the meantime and I think it would be beneficial to set up my own labs at home and just practice the content repeatedly. Once September comes around, I’ll then smash out my revision again and hopefully obtain a pass. As I’m working as a Sysadmin, I want to do more than just pass a test, and actually knowing how to configure these technologies will be important in my role.
Hope this helps anyone currently going for this exam or any of the others in the MCSA 2016 group