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Yesterday I took the 70-291 test and I failed. And this is after some pretty intense studying! Can anyone recommend a good study guide? I'm thinking of setting up a lab in my house with a few computers. I'm just not sure I can afford to buy 3 copies of Windows Server 2003.
You may learn something!
Sorry man, but as you should know it's one of the most difficult exam in the MS pack (THE BEAST).
I like your preparation idea for the next attempt at it, u might also want to consider other resources such as Trainsignal or CBT Nuggets.
good luck next time man
What was your score and where were your challenge areas?
I skimmed the MS Press book, and am going to go back hit it hard here soon. It doesn't seem that difficult, but there's just a ton of information that gets covered. I'm planning on doing 293 to get more familiar with the concepts before I tackle 291.
Anyway, the VM route is definitely the way to go. Just throw in an additional gig of ram, and you'll be able to support four Server 2003 machines easily (256mb per machine is more than enough when all they're doing is essentially pinging each other).
I personally use VMWare workstation. I have a Technet ($349/year for the download version) subscription, which allows me to download any MS product with no time or feature limitations. It's probably not legal, but I just install one copy of Server 2003, activate it, and then clone out as many machines as I need. I don't feel too bad about it since it's just my virtual lab, and I typically delete all the machines after a couple of weeks.
I also love my Safari subscription. $50/month for a huge library from well-known publishers (MS Press, Cisco, O'Reilly, etc.): http://safari.oreilly.com/
As mentioned earlier, you can download the trials for free. I thought that they were 180 day, not 90, but that might have changed recently. Plus, you can use them for 30 days without activating them. 30 days is adequate time to setup and work with a configuration. After that, just wipe the drives and start over
Sorry to hear you did not pass. We all make mistakes, and now is the time to correct this mistake. Looking at the quote above, it clearly becomes apparent to me why you did not pass the exam. Reading and actually doing it, are 2 completely different things. You need to do hands on stuff to properly learn the material! As others have stated, you do NOT have to buy the server operating system to do this, as their are evaluation copies out there. You can use several evaluation copies and virtualize it all to get a better understanding on how multiple servers can co-exist with each other.
There are couple popular choices for virtualization software, and they are free!
Virtual PC 2007 (Supports Vista as your host OS):
Vmware server (Does not support Vistas your host OS):
Server 2003 R2 SP2 Evaluation:
Several books will also have Server 2003 Evaluation copies.
I didn't see any mention of this, so I figured I would add it; You can also go through the simulations on practices exams (that have them) such as TestOut, Trancender, etc. Although nothing beats toying around with the real thing and going through practice scenarios, practice simulations could be the next-best thing - and it will get you in the gear to complete the simulations on the exam.
Best of luck on your continuing studies. I've also failed, and restudying for 291, so I feel your pain. If this is the hardest exam in the track, then the rest should be a cakewalk
I've used it for all my exams, and I'm 3/3 thus far...