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Anyone else get the invite for the Server+ 2009 beta?

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    TravR1TravR1 Member Posts: 332
    Anyone that hasen't got a voucher yet, don't worry. I just barely got mine.

    They are taking a while getting them all out. I got my confirmation email along with all the first groups of people.

    It's just taking them awhile, they are working like government employees.
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    Megadeth4168Megadeth4168 Member Posts: 2,157
    TravR1 wrote: »
    Anyone that hasen't got a voucher yet, don't worry. I just barely got mine.

    They are taking a while getting them all out. I got my confirmation email along with all the first groups of people.

    It's just taking them awhile, they are working like government employees.

    Hey! Watch it! This Government Employee is one that actually gets things done on time! icon_cool.gif

    Anyway, My friend got his a couple days after I got mine, so there is still hope.
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    TravR1TravR1 Member Posts: 332
    Hey! Watch it! This Government Employee is one that actually gets things done on time! icon_cool.gif

    Anyway, My friend got his a couple days after I got mine, so there is still hope.



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    undomielundomiel Member Posts: 2,818
    I did the test today. For CompTIA questions they were a lot better than my previous experiences, except for a couple questions that I made sure to comment on. There were still a few where they weren't clear with their subject i.e. hdd A or hdd B, but still over all they were pretty clear about what they were talking about and they covered a good portion of the material. Some questions probably could have been reworked to be less vendor specific too.
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    KGhaleonKGhaleon Member Posts: 1,346 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Read that as "Windows Server 2009."

    I was about to start smacking people since I still have 2008 as a backlog. :D
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,052 Admin
    undomiel wrote: »
    ...except for a couple questions that I made sure to comment on...
    This brings up an excellent point: this beta exam is not (just) a free ride to a cert. All of us candidates need to take the time to fill out any comments and questionnaires that are part of the beta exam and will help CompTIA improve it. You should be able to mark exam items and go back to them later, so take the full time to really make judgments and give your opinions on what you think and see of the exam.
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    undomielundomiel Member Posts: 2,818
    That was something I was fully peeved about. The commenting time was combined with your exam time. Now I did have it all answered in 15 minutes but that still annoyed me. It put more pressure on me to answer the question and move on than to think about marking them to really review and analyze the question later on for commenting. I feel I could have done better in commenting, but I made sure to pick on the problem questions and give them something that was a bit thought out.
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    TravR1TravR1 Member Posts: 332
    This will be my first beta test... it says my exam appointment is 1 hour 50 minutes. That should be plenty of time I think.

    How many questions were there?
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    Megadeth4168Megadeth4168 Member Posts: 2,157
    TravR1 wrote: »
    This will be my first beta test... it says my exam appointment is 1 hour 50 minutes. That should be plenty of time I think.

    How many questions were there?

    130 questions. I think that I ended up having 20 to 25 minutes left when I was done. I commented on several questions, but I didn't really keep track of how long I took to comment on each question.
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    PC509PC509 Member Posts: 804 ■■■■■■□□□□
    I made sure to comment on all the questions that needed it. I'm don't feel that I'm only helping out CompTIA. I'm helping out the future test takers from questions that are asked weirdly or not enough information or whatever.
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    jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    How long did you guys have to wait for the voucher ? I got an email from Sharon asking to confirm my test center and that I am willing to go for the exam before June 15. That was over a week ago and still no voucher icon_sad.gif
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    qwertyiopqwertyiop Member Posts: 725 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Gomjaba wrote: »
    How long did you guys have to wait for the voucher ? I got an email from Sharon asking to confirm my test center and that I am willing to go for the exam before June 15. That was over a week ago and still no voucher icon_sad.gif

    Are you sure that you wher told June 15 because im pretty sure mine said May 15
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    Non-Profit TechieNon-Profit Techie Member Posts: 418 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I would just reply to that old email again. It has to be taken by the end of the month.
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    meadITmeadIT Member Posts: 581 ■■■■□□□□□□
    qwertyiop wrote: »
    Are you sure that you wher told June 15 because im pretty sure mine said May 15

    Yep, mine said June 15th also:
    Thank you for responding to the FREE Server+ Beta offer from CompTIA.

    Please respond to this email which confirms that you plan to take the Server+ Beta prior to June 15th, 2009.

    In addition, please indicate, once again, your preferred TSP. Our records indicate that you have chosen Pearson Vue.

    Upon receipt of your confirmation, we will send you the free voucher.

    Thank you once again.

    Still waiting on my voucher too. I responded to the original last week and I emailed her on Monday and didn't get a response from that email either.
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    apena7apena7 Member Posts: 351
    I received my voucher today!
    That's about a 3 day turn-around from the time I applied.

    Did you remember to specify which testing center in your reply to Sharon? Prometric or VUE?

    By the way, here's additional info from my voucher email:
    Please note that to meet my beta objectives, the exam should be taken no later than Saturday May 30th. This voucher expires on June 30th. However, once 400 candidates have received vouchers and taken the exam, we will terminate this offer. If we note that you have not registered or taken the exam prior to us reaching the goal of 400 exams, we will advise.
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    SlowhandSlowhand Mod Posts: 5,161 Mod
    I just got a reply, saying I had to take it before May 30th. Sadly, Pearson Vue's gone off the deep end and it'll take 24 hours to add CompTIA to my profile so I can sign up for an exam. icon_neutral.gif

    Hopefully, I can actually sign up for the exam tomorrow. Vue is closer to my house than Prometric so I thought, "what the hell?" I guess that teaches me to be practical.

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    TravR1TravR1 Member Posts: 332
    Slowhand wrote: »
    I guess that teaches me to be practical.

    The nerve of you!
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    JaggedJagged Member Posts: 67 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Just took the Beta (after passing Microsoft's 70-290 first this morning) and it seemed very easy to me for anyone with server experience under their belt.

    Made a lot of comments on tweaks, but no major errors to complain about. I took Nortel betas in the past which were not error checked before being released to the beta testers. Those betas would have spelling and grammatical errors along with things like doubled up answers.

    I did get one question that seemed outdated about SCSI (terminations on cable). It was nice to see newer technologies included.

    Got in two joke comments to hopefully give the reviewers a laugh. One was on a question about what the next step is when the first troubleshooting failed. I commented "Go to lunch?". icon_razz.gif
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    apena7apena7 Member Posts: 351
    I noticed the objectives include RAID 10 and RAID 50.
    Here's a link that has nifty diagrams for each common level of RAID.

    RAID Levels
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    SlowhandSlowhand Mod Posts: 5,161 Mod
    I just got my exam scheduled for May 29th, at noon-thirty. So that's a solid month of first going through various articles and disparate tutorials on Windows 7th for May 16, then another two weeks of rummaging through server hardware tutorials for this exam. icon_lol.gif

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    apena7apena7 Member Posts: 351
    I was going to wait until May 29th as well, but I got nervous and scheduled for the 16th. I thought by then 400 people would have taken the exam, but then I thought, "why would they waste time handing out more than 400 vouchers?"

    Oh well, I guess my score would only help to bring down the future passing grade ;)
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    jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Still nothing ... pathetic ...
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,052 Admin
    Jagged wrote: »
    I did get one question that seemed outdated about SCSI (terminations on cable).
    You haven't seen the the circa 1990 SCSI hardware I still have at the bottom of my spare parts box. I swear I'll use that stuff again one day! icon_lol.gif
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    KGhaleonKGhaleon Member Posts: 1,346 ■■■■□□□□□□
    http://certification.comptia.org/resources/objectives/CompTIA%20Server+%20Objectives%202009.pdf

    Looks kind of intimidating, I may have to step this one down while working on my MCAS. <_<
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    NinjaBoyNinjaBoy Member Posts: 968
    Got my exam booked for the 19th of May at an existing testing centre, however provided the new Prometric testing opens up next week I may move the exam to the 15th :)

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    jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Still no voucher .. is this some US only thing again ?
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    meadITmeadIT Member Posts: 581 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Gomjaba wrote: »
    Still no voucher .. is this some US only thing again ?

    Don't think so. I still don't have mine yet if that makes you feel any better, and I even responded about 5 minutes after receiving the email.
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    jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Here some more clarification about the time frame:
    It is recommended that the exams be taken by the end of May. Since we need 400 people to take the exam and we haven't reached that number by the end of May, then we will extend the offer until June 15th, at the latest.

    Please confirm if you will be able to take the exam within that timeframe, and I will send you the voucher.

    Thanks for your question,

    Sharon

    So why she hasn't answered any questions regarding the voucher but the question about the time frame - who knows icon_wink.gif
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    dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Wow, it's kind of sad that they may be unable to scrap 400 people together...
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    jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    dynamik wrote: »
    Wow, it's kind of sad that they may be unable to scrap 400 people together...

    Well if they would send out those damn voucher they might start getting people :p:p
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