Passed 70-643

SamHawkinsSamHawkins Posts: 43Member ■■□□□□□□□□
Passed 70-643 today with a score of 746 so not great but atleast it is a pass. what are peoples opinions on 70-680 as that is my next exam towards MCITP EA

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  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Congrats on the pass! I'm working on this on now.
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
  • SamHawkinsSamHawkins Posts: 43Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    good luck. how long have you been studying? how close do you think you are?
  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    I've been studying about 2-3 weeks off and on (actually spent over a week not touching anything). I've been busy and having a hard time getting motivated. I'm just starting the IIS and it looks like that'll be the hardest part for me. I'm scheduled for Sep 7 to take the exam.
    I spent a lot of time labbing the early chapters as I set up Hyper-V and have been playing with it a lot. I've done some really neat stuff way beyond the normal MS Press kit labs with storage, deployment, and availability. I'm setting up a server farm later today just to get a hands on feel. Doing extra labbing is helping me to get back on track with my studies.
    I did a lot of extra reading in the terminal services resource Kit as I've heard the test is heavy on TS.
    I've got 5 weeks to finish the last 2 areas (Configuring a web services infrastructure and configuring network application services) and then do my final revise and start practice testing and reviewing.
    I probaly should have scheduled my test earlier but work has been keeping me busy and family obligations and all.
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
  • texasittexasit Posts: 147Member
    SamHawkins wrote: »
    Passed 70-643 today with a score of 746 so not great but atleast it is a pass. what are peoples opinions on 70-680 as that is my next exam towards MCITP EA

    Congrads man. As far as the 70-680 its not as hard as any of the server level tests but it is not a walk in the park either.I used the mspress book and the testout videos for this test.
  • za3bourza3bour Posts: 1,062Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congratulations on the pass, what are the books that you used ? it's next on my list how do you rate it's difficulty comparing to 640 and 642 ?

    As for 70-680 I used only one book the MS one and it was pretty good but make sure you get the list of corrections because there were many errors in the first edition.

    The book itself is enough but you need to lab (get Win 2008R2) and you will be fine. I got 860 for it after studying for one month (3-4 hours daily)

    Good Luck
  • beany101beany101 Posts: 20Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Good work - I found this the hardest of the MCSA/MCITP:EA track.
    MCSA and MCITP:EA - hooray!! (29th July 2010)

    70-270, 70-290, 70-291, 70-680, 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-647

    :thumbup:
  • SamHawkinsSamHawkins Posts: 43Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    The only book that i used was the MS training kit book. i unfortunately dont have any spare computers to lab things up but the book seemed to cover everything. i was able to do the 640 and 642 in the upgrade exam so some parts i didnt have to cover. i found the topics easier in 640 and 642 as alot was building on what i had covered for my MCSA 2003. so for that i would say 643 was harder as it was more new topics for me.

    hope that helps and good luck
  • Michael.J.PalmerMichael.J.Palmer Posts: 407Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass, as for the 680 it's actually a beast as far as OS configuration exams go so don't take it lightly.

    I used the MS Press Book and did every lab in it to make sure I understood most of the objectives. Along with that I also watched the LearnKey videos for it (which are excellent btw) and managed to get a 914 on it after about 4 weeks of studying.
    -Michael Palmer
    WGU Networks BS in IT - Design & Managment (2nd Term)
    Transfer: BAC1,BBC1,CLC1,LAE1,INC1,LAT1,AXV1,TTV1,LUT1,INT1,SSC1,SST1,TNV1,QLT1,ABV1,AHV1,AIV1,BHV1,BIV1
    Required Courses: EWB2, WFV1, BOV1, ORC1, LET1, GAC1, HHT1, TSV1, IWC1, IWT1, MGC1, TPV1, TWA1, CPW3.
    Key: Completed, WIP, Still to come
  • SamHawkinsSamHawkins Posts: 43Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Cheers I will remember that. how many hours a day were you putting in as i never seem to be able to get the study done that quick
  • Michael.J.PalmerMichael.J.Palmer Posts: 407Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I've got in class study two nights a week (four hours a night) and at home I probably studied an additional 15-20 hours throughout the week (never did break it up evenly per day, just whenever I could study I did). I'm a strong visual learner so the videos really did it for me, I was able to see it, hear it, and do it in labs and that just solidified everything to me enough to get a decent score.

    I'm sure no matter what you are able to use, whether it's just the MS book or that plus other sources that you'll do just fine.
    -Michael Palmer
    WGU Networks BS in IT - Design & Managment (2nd Term)
    Transfer: BAC1,BBC1,CLC1,LAE1,INC1,LAT1,AXV1,TTV1,LUT1,INT1,SSC1,SST1,TNV1,QLT1,ABV1,AHV1,AIV1,BHV1,BIV1
    Required Courses: EWB2, WFV1, BOV1, ORC1, LET1, GAC1, HHT1, TSV1, IWC1, IWT1, MGC1, TPV1, TWA1, CPW3.
    Key: Completed, WIP, Still to come
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