6-30-06 I slayed the "Beast"

seuss_ssuesseuss_ssues Member Posts: 629
Well I finished my exam about 20 minutes ago and decided to give a quick writeup. It took me around 2 hours, contained 40 question, and 3 of those were sims.

I surprisingly finished with a very high score of 935 considering i was only 100% sure on around 20 questions. I do think that i got the luck of the draw and the majority of my questions were really short and rather easy to decipher. My 290 exam questions on average were probably twice as long in length.

As someone else had mentioned earlier be sure and know your security. I probably had 8 questions that dealt with security and lucky for me its something that I do have experience in.

Of course know your DNS and DHCP the bulk of the questions were based around those topics (dhcp relay agents, what type of DNS zone, etc)

The 3 sims I had were very nice and straight to the point. It was fairly easy to determine exactly what they wanted and get it done. I had sims which envolved editing a GPO for a SUS server and configuring the server. I had to create and edit some MX records. Lastly i had to create and configure some DNS zones.

Im rather low on funds at the momment (student loans are knocking) so i only purchased 1 book to prepare. It was the QUE book with ISBN: 0789729482;. I found it hard to just sit and read the book because of the number of screen shots and step by steps on how to do things, but it is a decent book if you can actually sit at a 2003 server and play around. Additionally I read alot from the built in windows help. I used the windows help to actually learn how to do most of the DNS that i know along with just learning some basic DNS theory.

Well my MCSA is over and i dont know where to go next, but i know im taking the next week off plus its July 4th next week.


  • seuss_ssuesseuss_ssues Member Posts: 629
    On a side note for any MCSAs out there. Do i have to request my MCSA certification like I had to for my MCP or will they automatically mail it to me?
  • TeKniquesTeKniques Member Posts: 1,262 ■■■■□□□□□□
    First, Congrats on the fine pass and great score! I was hammered with security questions as well on the exam(s) I took.

    Have a great 4th!
    On a side note for any MCSAs out there. Do i have to request my MCSA certification like I had to for my MCP or will they automatically mail it to me?

    Yes, I had to request my MCSA kit from the MCP site.
  • shamrocker98shamrocker98 Member Posts: 79 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Congratulations! Great score!!!
  • bbbngowcbbbngowc Member Posts: 61 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Congrats. That is a great score. I just passed today as well. As far as the next step, I'm going to look at CCNA, then go to security+ and 299 for MCSA: Security.

    Good luck on future exams and have a safe 4th.
  • Ricardo1Ricardo1 Member Posts: 66 ■■□□□□□□□□
    That was a job well done seuss_ssues.


    Thanks for your contribution.
    It'll be of great help to us who are to enter the battle field.

    Much appreciated.
    “Be generous without thought of reward”.
    “It takes two to see both sides of a Problem”.
  • bbbngowcbbbngowc Member Posts: 61 ■■□□□□□□□□
    On a side note for any MCSAs out there. Do i have to request my MCSA certification like I had to for my MCP or will they automatically mail it to me?

    Where do you request the MCP/MCSA Certification from? I didn't know I had to do this. I thought they sent it automatically.
  • seuss_ssuesseuss_ssues Member Posts: 629

    go to that site and create/login

    then on the left side i belive its under program benefits
  • Danman32Danman32 Member Posts: 1,243
    If you registered your email address, you should get an email with a link telling you what you need to do. I just got one for my MCSE, then I realized there was one for my MCSA's also.

    You will need an account registered for the MCP member site: https://mcp.microsoft.com/mcp/default.aspx
  • bbbngowcbbbngowc Member Posts: 61 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I know what my MCP ID is, but I don't know what "Access Code" they're looking for. Where can I get this?
  • seuss_ssuesseuss_ssues Member Posts: 629
    If i remember correclty (its been about 6 months) i got the informaiton in an email from MS after i passed my first exam and achieve MCP status. You can probably contact them and get it resent if you deleted it.
  • bbbngowcbbbngowc Member Posts: 61 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Will do. Thanks.
  • jkstechjkstech Member Posts: 330
    congrats on the pass!!
    get back to studying!!!
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