MCITP Windows Server 2008 Exam Experience

Sander told me that he has found some info about the upcoming (for me at least) Windows Server 2008 exams (the 71-646 & 71-647). Lukas Beeler took both the exams and below you can see what the main subject were :

First some info about the 70-647 a.k.a. 71-647 :

A few days ago i posted that I will attend the 70-647 and 70-646 betas.

But luckily i was able to shuffle the 70-647 date back into this year – so i attended the 70-647 (Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator) this morning.

I’m currently not in Horgen, so i attended the exam at a different Prometric testing center – this time at Alpha Solutions – the room was well lit, an older 15″ TFT at 1024×768, and a PC with acceptable performance. I was even provided a free drink.

So, what was in the exam?

This was an exam in the Pro-Series, so there were very few directly technical questions which required a direct answers – almost all questions focused on design or which tool to use.

  • I’ve had many questions related to the usage of RODC, on their placement and which “parent” domain controllers they need, etc.
  • A lot of question centered around applications and how they can be deployed – the answers usually involved GPO deployment, Softgrid Application Virtualization and of course Terminal Servers
  • NAP was of course extensively covered, plus placement of remote access servers and NAP servers in a network
  • Remote access and all of its possibilities (L2TP, PPTP, SSTP, TS Gateway, RPC over HTTP)
  • The usual Active Directory design questions, which have gotten a bit more complex (Three functional levels: 2000, 2003, 2008)

There were no simulations, but i encountered a single Drag&Drop question. There were a lot more exhibits than in the TS exams, a few questions were worded awkwardly, but I didn’t find a question which I thought i answered wrong. I’m a lot more confident that I passed this exam than 70-649.

And some info about the 70-646 a.k.a. 71-646 :

A few days after i did 70-647, i attended 70-646.

My biggest worry was if Microsoft was able to really create distinguishing exams between the Enterprise Administrator and the Server Administrator part – and i think it worked out really well.

I attended this exam at BCD Sintrag, which isn’t my usual testing location either. Service was okay, no free drinks though.

The shift in focus on the Server Administrator exam is quite visible:

  • There was a lot regarding to storage design and configuration – RAID levels, iSCSI, VDS, IO MultiPathing, iSCSI, FibreChannel
  • Permissions, permissions, more permissions – Active Directory delegation and delegation of administrative privileges on servers
  • The usual Terminal Server questions, and also several RAS questions (VPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP, TS Gateway, etc.)
  • PKI questions till you puke – make sure to know about the PKI changes in Vista SP1 and how to administrate bigger PKI environments
  • No design questions!
  • A few firewall / IP configuration questions
  • DHCP and a few basic subnetting questions

With this, i’ve got the two new MCITP exams done. Yay.

So enough to study for the next few days….

MCITP Windows Server 2008 Beta PromoCode Available

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I already received the codes, but tonight when I was checking Trika’s blog again I saw that she has posted them also so their public at last (as I announced in my former post).

I already posted the skills that will be measured here so I’m just posting the info about how to register for the exams now :

You are invited to take the following beta exams.

  • 71-646: PRO: Windows® Server 2008, Server Administrator counts as credit towards Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator
  • 71-647: PRO: Windows® Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator counts as credit towards MCITP: Enterprise Administrator

If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. By participating in beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about exam content, which is integral to development of exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals and developers as we continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Microsoft certifications. Please remember that participation in the beta process is completely voluntary and Microsoft makes no promises or guarantees regarding the beta exam process. You can expect to receive your score on the beta exam within 12 weeks of taking the exam, although in some instances, beta exams may take longer to score and your results may be delayed.

Availability

  • Registration begins: December 21, 2007
  • Beta exam period runs: December 21, 2007–January 18, 2008
  • Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately. Beta exams have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all beta slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.
  • Testing is held at Prometric testing centers worldwide, although this exam may not be available in all countries (see Regional Restrictions). All testing centers will have the capability to offer this exam in its live version.
  • Regional Restrictions: India, Pakistan, China


Registration Information

  • You must register at least 24 hours prior to taking the exam.
  • Please use the following promotional codes when you register for your exam.
  • 71-647: use Promo code 647Q at registration
  • 71-646: use Promo code Q646 at registration
  • Look for the prefix “71” at registration
  • Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the beta; we recommend that you register immediately.
  • To register in North America, please call: Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)
  • Outside the U.S./Canada, please contact: http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp


Test Information and Support

So just for the record :

71-646 : Use Promotional code : Q646
71-647 : Use Promotional code : 647Q

Where are the beta codes for the Win2k8 MCITP Exams?

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As you probably know I passed the three TS Windows Server 2008 exams. Just as all the other IT Professionals I would like to participate in the two MCITP Windows Server 2008 exams which should become available today (December 21st).
Yesterday Tino replied on one of my blogposts that he had received a promotional code to attend the 71-646. I e-mailed him with the question if he could share the code with me, but he told me the code was private (only available to MCTs). I start e-mailing my Microsoft contacts and this morning I received a reply from one of them that the beta codes probably will become available to the public this friday!

So sit tight and wait for the codes….now let’s hope they will become available today!

What do you have to know to pass 71-646 & 71-647?

Trika published some more information about the upcoming Windows Server 2008 MCITP exams. As I told before, the assumed date is December 21. Let’s hope I’ll be invited!

When you want to pass the 646 and/or 647, here you got the stuff to be learned :

Try the Windows Server learning portal or Windows Server 2008 info on TechNet for help brushing up on items below.

Skills measured by Exam 70-646

Planning for Server Deployment (19%)

  • Plan server installations and upgrades.
  • May include but is not limited to: Windows Server 2008 edition selection, Rollback planning, Bitlocker implementation requirements
  • Plan for automated server deployment.
  • May include but is not limited to: Standard server image, Automation and scheduling of server deployments
  • Plan infrastructure services server roles.
  • May include but is not limited to: Address assignment, Name resolution, Network access control, Directory services, Application services, Certificate services
  • Plan application servers and services
  • May include but is not limited to: Virtualization server planning, Availability, resilience, and accessibility
  • Plan file and print server roles
  • May include but is not limited to: Access permissions, Storage quotas, Replication, Indexing, File storage policy, Availability, Printer publishing

Planning for Server Management (23%)

  • Plan server management strategies.
  • May include but is not limited to: Remote administration, Remote desktop, Server management technologies, Server Manager and ServerManagerCMD, Delegation policies and procedures
  • Plan for delegated administration.
  • May include but is not limited to: Delegate Authority, Delegate Active Directory objects, Application Management
  • Plan and implement group policy strategy.
  • May include but is not limited to: GPO Management, GPO backup and recovery, Group policy troubleshooting, Group policy planning

Monitoring and Maintaining Servers (20%)

  • Implement patch management strategy.
  • May include but is not limited to: Operating system patch level maintenance, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Application patch level maintenance
  • Monitor servers for performance evaluation and optimization.
  • May include but is not limited to: Server and service monitoring, Optimization, Event management, Trending and baseline analysis
  • Monitor and maintain security and policies.
  • May include but is not limited to: Remote access, Monitor and maintain NPAS, Network access, Server security, Firewall rules and policies, Authentication and authorization, Data security, Auditing

Planning Application and Data Provisioning (19%)

  • Provision applications.
  • May include but is not limited to: Presentation virtualization, Terminal server infrastructure, Resource allocation, Application virtualization alternatives, Application deployment, System Center Configuration Manager
  • Provision data.
  • May include but is not limited to: Shared resources, Offline data access

Planning for Business Continuity and High Availability (19%)

  • Plan storage.
  • May include but is not limited to: Storage solutions, Storage management
  • Plan high availability.
  • May include but is not limited to: Service redundancy, Service availability
  • Plan for backup and recovery.
  • May include but is not limited to: Data recovery strategy, Server recovery strategy, Directory service recovery strategy, Object level recovery
Skills measured by Exam 70-647

Planning Network and Application Services (23%)

  • Plan for name resolution and IP addressing.
  • May include but is not limited to: Internal and external naming strategy, Naming resolution support for legacy clients, Naming resolution for directory services, IP addressing scheme, TCP/IP version coexistence
  • Design for network access.
  • May include but is not limited to: Network access policies, Remote access strategy, Perimeter networks, Server and domain isolation
  • Plan for application delivery.
  • May include but is not limited to: Application virtualization, Presentation virtualization, Locally installed software, Web-based applications
  • Plan for Terminal Services.
  • May include but is not limited to: Terminal Services licensing, Terminal Services infrastructure

Designing Core Identity and Access Management Components (25%)

  • Design Active Directory forests and domains.
  • May include but is not limited to: Forest structure, Forest and domain functional levels, Intra-organizational authorization and authentication, Schema modifications
  • Design the Active Directory physical topology.
  • May include but is not limited to: Placement of servers, Site and replication topology, Printer location policies
  • Design the Active Directory administrative model.
  • May include but is not limited to: Delegation, Group strategy, Compliance auditing, Group administration,
  • Organizational structure
  • Design the enterprise-level group policy strategy.
  • May include but is not limited to: Group policy hierarchy and scope filtering, Control device installation, Authentication and authorization

Designing Support Identity and Access Management Components (29%)

  • Plan for domain or forest migration, upgrade, and restructuring.
  • May include but is not limited to: Cross-forest authentication, Backward compatibility, Object migration, Migration planning, Implementation planning, Environment preparation
  • Design the branch office deployment.
  • May include but is not limited to: certificate request and installation; self-enrollments; delegation; Active Directory Metadirectory Services (AD MDS); Windows Server virtualization
  • Configure the read-only domain controller (RODC).
  • May include but is not limited to: Authentication strategy, Server security
  • Design and implement public key infrastructure.
  • May include but is not limited to: Certificate services, PKI operations and maintenance, Certificate life cycle management
  • Plan for interoperability.
  • May include but is not limited to: Inter-organizational authorization and authentication, Application authentication interoperability, Cross-platform interoperability

Designing for Business Continuity and Data Availability (23%)

  • Plan for business continuity.
  • May include but is not limited to: Service availability, Directory service recovery
  • Design for software updates and compliance management.
  • May include but is not limited to: Patch management and patch management compliance, Microsoft Update and Windows Update, Security baselines, System health models
  • Design the operating system virtualization strategy.
  • May include but is not limited to: Server consolidation, Application compatibility, Virtualization management, Placement of servers
  • Design for data management and data access.
  • May include but is not limited to: Data security, Data accessibility and redundancy, Data collaboration

MCITP Win2k8 Beta Exams will be available this year!

Today I received valuable information that the two MCITP Windows Server 2008 Beta exams (71-646 & 71-647) will probably become available before the end of December 2007!

The date I heard is the 21st of December, but don’t kill the messenger when it’s the wrong date…

My source tells me that the exam will only become available to selected invitees!!

ps. I did not receive an invitation (yet), so don’t ask me for the Promotional code 🙂