Passed it

nielpeelnielpeel Member Posts: 77 ■■□□□□□□□□
Took the 70-290 today and passed; I've gotta say it was harder than I thought it would be, and the experience wasn't pleasant, so I'm well chuffed about achieving a 928 score in around 2 1/2 hours.

I got six sims, the funny thing was that my preparation didn't include any sim material, so I was quite surprised when I was confronted with a full-on desktop by the first simulation question! I thought sims were the 'drag and drop' questions I had been performing in Transcender... oh well now I know.

I thought that the questions were quite evenly spread over all subject areas, if there was one topic that featured more than others it was share/NTFS permissions.

For studying I used the Microsoft Press Training Kit (old version), Transcenders, and of course the Techexams tech notes. I found that the Microsoft guide didn't cover everything, for example Software Restriction policies, which I read up on independently. It's coverage of IIS was also very light, this may have been because I was using a first edition copy, I don't know.

Because I work term-time only in a school IT department I do get lots of time off throughout the year, therefore I have just spent the last two weeks (Easter break) doing nothing but studying for this exam, I do have experience with Server 2003 from work, which helped.

Next move is 70-291, I get a month off in August for the summer holidays which seems like an ideal time to bite the bullet and make MCSA!

Good luck to everybody else taking this exam soon, my advice is to do as many practice questions as you can, and make sure you re-read every question at least once.
"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice".

WIP: 70-284

Then: no more 2003 stuff, Win7 here we come!

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