MCSA Windows 7….getting ready for MCSA Windows 8 / Server 2012?

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Earlier today I received an e-mail from Microsoft telling me that I earned a new certification.

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Just like the MCSA Windows Server 2008 Certification it’s an another name for an ‘old’ certification, one of the two ‘MCITP Enterprise Desktop’ Windows 7 exams. With the MCSA Windows 7 Certification, I just can’t wait to add the two other MCSA certifications to my list : MCSA Windows 8 and MCSA Windows Server 2012, from which the results are expected next week! Or should we expect the Windows 8 and (first) Windows Server 2012 results somewhere this week…?

What do you think? Please leave your response in the comments…

Download Two Microsoft Press E-Books For Free

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Because Microsoft Press is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year, you can download two e-books for free every month! (I’m not sure when it will end though).

This month (it’s just a couple of more days, so download it now!) the following two e-books will be available for free:

Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit, by Christa Anderson and Kristin L. Griffin with the Microsoft Presentation Hosted Desktop Virtualization Team (PDF, 38.0 MB). In-depth and comprehensive, this Resource Kit delivers the information you need to set up, deploy, and manage a Terminal Services farm using Windows Server 2008. For more information or to buy the print version of this title, visit the Microsoft Learning website.

The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention, by Marc McDonald, Robert Musson, and Ross Smith (PDF, 4.3 MB). This practical, hands-on guide captures, categorizes, and builds a process of best practices to help avoid creating defects during the development process—rather than fixing them after extensive analysis. For more information or to buy the print version of this title, visit the Microsoft Learning website.

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Note: You will need to temporarily allow pop-ups in order to download the free e-books, and you need to register to download the free e-books!

Isn’t it cool : The first book that was published by Microsoft Press was (back in 1984) The Apple Macintosh Book (by Cary Lu – http:// en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Cary_Lu).

NEW: 2nd Performance based testing pilot (70-113)

Yesterday I received an e-mail Radomir about my earlier posts (Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3) about this subject. At that time I didn’t know that Trika would blog about the new pilot period just a few hours later.

Just to be sure you know :

  • It’s a pilot exam, not a beta. So you won’t get a score by taking this exam and it will not show up on your transcript.
  • Not all Prometric centers offer the exam, so I’m not sure if it’s available in your region.

You should be familiar with Active Directory, that’s the subject matter.

Here’s the invitation (as it’s posted on Trika’s blog

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Register for New Performance Based Testing Pilot Exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

Microsoft Learning is testing a new Performance Based testing system that will be integrated into the existing certification programs in order to better evaluate and validate candidates’ skills using Microsoft products and technologies.

The Performance Based testing method we are piloting is an exam which emulates a Windows Server 2008 infrastructure. In this infrastructure you will be tasked with completing a series of tasks. Once complete, the system will evaluate each tasks end-state to determine if the tasks have been completed and correctly implemented. This process is different from simulations because you will have every tool and path available that you would normally have in a real world scenario. Simulations restrict you to a small number of expected paths, whereas emulations allow for any path, as long as the end result is correct.

This pilot exam will not provide you with a score as with normal beta exams. This pilot is a test of the exam experience, delivery system and infrastructure, so only a portion of the final exam will be presented to you during this pilot. This pilot exam will not be added to your transcript and you will need to take the exam in its released form in order to be awarded the credential.

By participating in this pilot exam, you have the unique opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about your exam experience, and exam content, which is vital to the future development of Performance Based exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals as we continually improve and expand our certification program and testing technologies to grow the value of Microsoft certifications.

Upon completion of this pilot exam, the first 3000 candidates will receive a free exam voucher that can be used to register for any Microsoft Certification exam delivered at a Prometric testing center.  The voucher will be distributed electronically 4 weeks after the end of the Pilot.  If you have not received your voucher within this timeframe, then unfortunately, you were not part of the first 3000 candidates.


Availability

  • Registration begins: July 29, 2008
  • Pilot exam period runs: July 31, 2008– September 12, 2008
  • In order to facilitate exam availability in as many testing centers as possible for this pilot, registrations must be made 7 days in advance.
  • Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in this pilot; we recommend that you register immediately. This pilot will have limited availability and are operated under a first-come-first-served basis. Once all pilot slots are filled, no additional seats will be offered.
  • Testing is held at Prometric testing centers.

Registration Information

  • You must register at least 7 days prior to taking the exam.
  • Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: H640
  • Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the pilot; we recommend that you register immediately.
  • To register for this pilot: Go to the Prometric Website: http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp
  • Find Microsoft exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • Use Promo Code H640
  • if you have any issues registering or taking this pilot exam please email Performance Based Exams (pbexam@microsoft.com).


Test Information and Support

  • You are invited to take this pilot exam at no charge.
  • You will be given four hours to complete the pilot exam. Please plan accordingly.
  • Though not all of the exam will be presented to the pilot candidates, we would appreciate it if you were familiar with the exams objectives. This will help us better evaluate the data from this pilot.
  • Find exam preparation information: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-640.aspx

MCTS : Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Beta

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I already receive a comment about it, but Trika posted the promotion code on her blog today. So everybody can schedule the 71-654 – TS: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring today.

About EBS: “Windows Essential Business Server 2008 combines software for management, messaging, and security features into one integrated server solution that will help customers increase the manageability and reliability of their IT systems, and boost businesses productivity and growth.”

This credential is designed for information technology (IT) professionals working in or consulting with medium sized businesses that use Windows Essentials Server 2008. A candidate for this exam should have at least one year of experience deploying, configuring, and managing network solutions in an environment with the following characteristics:

  • 75+ company network connections
  • Company networks with Internet connectivity
  • Individual users or user groups that connect to the company network from remote locations
  • Messaging (Internet, and Exchange)
  • Anti-spam

The promo code is “EBS08

The beta is initially scheduled from 7/22  to 8/12.

No prep guide yet.

How-To : Register for the 70-113 (New Performance Based Testing Pilot Exam)

Today I had an e-mail conversation with Jim Clark (Product Planner / Certification / MS Learning) about the pilot of the 70-113 : TS : Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring (the new type of Microsoft exam). He told me that the exam isn’t available in all countries, but there will be another pilot in a few weeks.

If the exam is available in your country and you want to register for the exam, but didn’t receive the invitation e-mail? Just leave a comment with your e-mail (or e-mail me at helmer@hznet.nl) and I’ll forward you the information!

Click Read More for more information about the new exam types.

What about the new exams?
Microsoft Learning is testing a new Performance Based testing system that will be integrated into the existing certification programs in order to better evaluate and validate candidates’ skills using Microsoft products and technologies.

The Performance Based testing method we are piloting is an exam which emulates a Windows Server 2008 infrastructure. In this infrastructure you will be tasked with completing a series of tasks. Once complete, the system will evaluate each tasks end-state to determine if the tasks have been completed and correctly implemented. This process is different from simulations because you will have every tool and path available that you would normally have in a real world scenario. Simulations restrict you to a small number of expected paths, whereas emulations allow for any path, as long as the end result is correct.

This pilot exam will not provide you with a score as with normal beta exams. This pilot is a test of the exam experience, delivery system and infrastructure, so only a portion of the final exam will be presented to you during this pilot. This pilot exam will not be added to your transcript and you will need to take the exam in its released form in order to be awarded the credential.
By participating in this pilot exam, you have the unique opportunity to provide the Microsoft Certification program with feedback about your exam experience, and exam content, which is vital to the future development of Performance Based exams in their released version. We depend on the contributions of experienced IT professionals as we continually improve and expand our certification program and testing technologies to grow the value of Microsoft certifications.

Important Update : Performance Based Testing Pilot Exam (70-113)

Last week I told you guys about the new Performance Based Testing Pilot Exam for which I received an invitation. Because I was not able to schedule an exam (because I live in the Netherlands) I e-mailed Jim Clark, who initially e-mailed the invitation, asking him when (and if) the exam will become available in Europe. As you can read in the comments of the former post the exam isn’t available in Great Britain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands (at least!).

It’s available….
Today I received an answer in which Jim told me that there has been a issue with the Prometric scheduling system (that now has been corrected). So if the exam wasn’t available to you last week, you should check again because it’s available NOW (at least) in the Netherlands.

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…but you can’t schedule an exam
That is : It’s shows up in the exam list, but in the Netherlands there are no testing centers (yet) where you can take the exam. Jim told me that new testings centers will be added every day, so if you want to attend the exam just check the Prometric website the next couple of days

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Another chance in a few weeks
If you’re not able to attend the exam in this pilot period (runs till July 9th), there will be another chance in a few weeks when Microsoft will run the final test phase. Prometric is adding 1000 test centers worldwide that will support this testing format moving into the next phase.

Microsoft’s Hyper-V goes RTM!

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Following the launch of Windows Server 2008, Microsoft reached another milestone today with the release of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization technology that is a feature of select versions of Windows Server 2008.

Download Hyper-V FINAL update (KB950050)

MCP: Performance Based Testing Pilot Exam (70-113)

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Today I received an invitation to register for the new performance based testing pilot exam 70-113 : TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring.

While trying to register for the exam I found out that the exam is not available (yet) in the Netherlands, so can’t attend the exam. But you probably wondering (just like me) what a Performance based test is. The e-mail I received tells us the following about the new exam type :

Microsoft Learning is testing a new Performance Based testing system that will be integrated into the existing certification programs in order to better evaluate and validate candidates’ skills using Microsoft products and technologies.

The Performance Based testing method we are piloting is an exam which emulates a Windows Server 2008 infrastructure. In this infrastructure you will be tasked with completing a series of tasks. Once complete, the system will evaluate each tasks end-state to determine if the tasks have been completed and correctly implemented. This process is different from simulations because you will have every tool and path available that you would normally have in a real world scenario. Simulations restrict you to a small number of expected paths, whereas emulations allow for any path, as long as the end result is correct.

This pilot exam will not provide you with a score as with normal beta exams. This pilot is a test of the exam experience, delivery system and infrastructure, so only a portion of the final exam will be presented to you during this pilot. This pilot exam will not be added to your transcript and you will need to take the exam in its released form in order to be awarded the credential.

So in normal English : This way you can really show Microsoft what you know, because you are really working in a emulated environment. Let’s hope this method ends cheating (Testking, etc.).

UPDATE : I Passed the MCITP : Win2k8 – Server Administrator & Enterprise Administrator

Today my former colleague Kay asked me if I received the MCITP Win2k8 Server Admin scores, so I checked the Prometric website. And yesss I passed! Kay passed the exam too! Congrats Kay!
So now it’s just waiting for the MCITP : Windows Server 2008 – Enterprise results as they still say Tested on the Candidate History page.

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And just a few minutes ago the page was updated again….and I also passed the MCITP Win2k8 Enterprise Admin exam.

So right now I’m completely certified on Windows Server 2008!