70-680, passed and thoughts

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Passed today, was a very fair exam. There were some things on there that I hadn't come across in the material that I used to study, but those could have been beta questions, so I don't know whether or not that had an impact on my score.

Materials used: MS Press 70-680 (with the errata novella), Don Poulton's book, Gibson's 685/686 book, along with his W7 Portable Command Guide. I also spent quite a bit of time labbing deployment.

My advice for anyone taking this exam (sounds obvious, but somehow I managed to screw it up) is to spend equal amounts of time on each objective. I spent the vast majority of my study time on deployment because I kept hearing about how many people struggle with that. In hindsight, I realize I shouldn't have focused on that to the exclusion of the other objectives. I full barred deployment and a couple other areas but fell short on the details with some of the monitoring tools icon_redface.gif.

Anyway, good luck to all taking this.


  • NOLAJNOLAJ Member Posts: 490
    Congrats on the pass!!
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  • simtechsimtech Member Posts: 213
    Congrats on the pass!
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on pass!! icon_thumright.gif
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  • Excellent1Excellent1 Member Posts: 461 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Thanks, guys. I've been studying for this one for almost 2 months. I could have probably passed it a month ago, but this was my first MS exam, so I was pretty nervous about it.

    This is the first cert I had to put a lot into, personally. Unlike many of you folks, I don't work in IT currently, so setting up a domain and labbing deployment was a lot of fun and a lot to learn, but it was definitely worth it.

    Anyway, I'll be back to MS fairly soon, but I think I have a few CIW certs to knock out next, so we'll see.
  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaMod Posts: 5,163 Mod
    Congratulations on the pass, and thank you for the excellent write-up. Don't forget to update your profile with your new MCTS cert. icon_thumright.gif

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    Congrats man!!!

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