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1  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / 70-296 XXXXX session... on: September 01, 2005, 09:42:53 AM
The exam was a bit trickier than I anticipated and I guess I should have studied a bit more.  I took it last night and "sub-optimized" it.  It was my first failed exam and I am a pretty bitter about it.  I scored a 920+ on 70-216 first try for the 2000 track so this was very annoying.

I have two major issues with the exam.  First was that there was a disproportionate amount of security related questions.  This is not an exam for the Security track so there should be a representative amount of security and 60% is not representative.  The lack of AD and Network Infrastructure questions was apalling.

My second beef is with the splitting of the exam into two sections, the first was 24 questions which were somewhat realistic and they had a separate time limit.  I was wondering why they would have two sections and then I thought "Cool they are going to do cases like the design exams".  Not bloody likely.

They then came in with 26 questions which were all security, certificate services, etc and this section had a separate time limit.  I can imagine that a full body cavity search could be slightly less enjoyable.  There was absolutely no reason to split the exam into separate sections.

They also had questions about "other" MS products, routers and other hardware.  My opinion is that an MS Server 2003 exam should be about MS Server 2003, not Exchange, not SMS or any other product that you have to give Money$oft additional $$$'s for.  It should be about the product out of the box on hardware that supports the product.

Very annoying...  and if I ever see a terminal contrator in real life, I am taking a hammer to it!!!

All in all, I probably should have studied a bit more Smiley  Have a nice day...
2  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / Not me... on: September 01, 2005, 09:35:01 AM
Congratulations on passing a tough exam and another congratulations for the MCSE 2003.
3  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / 297 helps... on: September 29, 2004, 07:29:36 PM
I took 70-297 as my 2000 Design elective so I think the material will be fresh in my head.  I guess I question what the 296 exam will be all about.  I have not had a chanc to look at it myself but I would venture to guess that it could not be harder then 216 and I would guess that 293/294 would be sort of like 216/217 but then again I have not looked at them too carefully.

RM
4  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / 70-292 Wrapup on: September 29, 2004, 09:14:10 AM
Know ASR, there were three questions on ASR.  Lots of SUS questions (<5), a pair of VSS questions, one VBScript question whick blew me away that they would put it on there, I think they should have scripting questions but the problem arises as to which flavor, there are several scripting options out there and they can't expect you to know all of them.  Fortunately for me, I know VBScript so I was in luck.

All in all the exam was good and it seemed fair, they exam was 56 questions and it was LONG.  I usually walk out of exams an hour early and this one took mee an hour and forty minutes out of the 2 hour limit.  After doing the design exams for a while and then going back to the standard format, I would have to say that they should make all of thier exams case studies.  I think that people should not take this exam too lightly, it was not really difficult but there was a lot of material on the exam to cover on one exam.

Take Care,

RM
5  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / Congratulations... on: August 05, 2004, 06:12:42 PM
Way to go on 296, now you don't have to take an MS exam for 2 years...
6  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / 297 Wrapup... on: August 05, 2004, 05:54:21 PM
Passing Mark is 700.

The Transcender is almost identical to the actual exam.  The format of the exam is a bit jerky.  There is a left side bar with access to all of the scenario data.  Keep in mind that the first item for each testlet is the instructions not a question so when you start on item 2 of 12, that is actually the first question.  Time allowed was 130 minutes and each testlet is individually timed and you ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GO BACK.  This is very annoying but there really was no need to go back to previous items since there really was no overlap.  There were several questions about DNS forwarding and disabling recursion (actually disabling root hints).

I don't want to go into it too much so I don't spoil it for anyone or violate the NDA.  Lets just say that my last two exams before this were 219 and 216.  This one was marginally more difficult than 216 but only due to the fact that it was my first 2003 exam which contains a lot of "new" material.  In all actuality, if you have passed 216, 217 and 219, this one is really not too hard, the main difficulty is the length and breadth of material (this is really 219 and 221 combined for 2003).  I used the Transcender and the MS Press book and felt adequately prepared.
7  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / 297 Followup on: August 03, 2004, 08:54:08 AM
Still here, have not taken it yet.  Scheduled for Thursday, its my third appointment, we have a nationwide domain rollout which has been consuming all of my time.  I have the transcenders for this exam and I got an 812 on Exam B last night which is fairly promising although Transcender calls this a "Fail", go figure.  I have heard som brutish things about this exam but then again, anyone who fails an exam wil cry the blues because it is not thier fault...  right Wink

Has anyone taken it yet, any recommendations...

RM
8  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-216 / 216 Wrapup and Analysis on: May 13, 2004, 08:44:46 PM
I took 216 today and what people were saying is relatively true.  No Subnetting, lots of Unix DNS, two or three NW questions, five or six NAT questions and not a sniff of ICS.  About four or five Certificate questions.  Two or three DHCP questions which were revolving around and unauthorized server.

I was very happy to see that scoring was returned to the test.  When I took the exam it said that 700 was passing.  I still question how my score could end in a 1.  The score reporting transcender style was excellent.  All in all I didn't think the content was too appropriate but they really have cleaned up the test format, there were no ambiguous questions, they were all pretty much you know it or you do not know it, there was only one question which really needed more information and required a "reach".  The formating was excellent and there were no "technical issues" with the exam that I have seen in past Microsoft offerings.

My only real problemn with the exam was the omission of subnetting which while I know really should be covered elsewhere, allows people who don't know subnetting to get away with five questions versus past offerings which required four or five relatively tough subnetting questions.

BTW, other than the obvious 700 answer, what is a good score on these exams since I was a bit surprised with my score.

Take Care,

RM
9  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-216 / Congratulations on: May 13, 2004, 08:18:52 PM
Congratulations on the pass, it feels good doesn't it.  I am glad to see they returned the scoring on the exams.  I was surprised that there was absolutley no subnetting and a load of Unix DNS stuff.

Take Care,

RM
10  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-216 / What type of CA are you using... on: May 07, 2004, 03:29:49 PM
the answer to this question may answer yours...  I tested the pre-shared key with a client outside of the domain w/o a CA and it worked fine.
11  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / 70-297 Exam Forum on: April 19, 2004, 06:47:41 PM
OK, I am about a week away from taking 70-216 and after I slay the Beast for my MCSA, I will be taking 70-297 to complete my MCSE, there is only one problem.  I can't seem to find the forum for the 70-297 exam.  Who do I contact to have one created or is there a way I can do it.  I assume that the second option is a "no" so how do I petition the powers that be to get the 2003 AD design exam on board...

Thanks,

RM
12  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-216 / 2k3 upgrades... on: February 23, 2004, 01:31:23 AM
The upgrade from the MCSE 2000 seems more practical than the MCSA 2000 to MCSA 2003 to MCSE 2003 route simply due to the fact that you have to take the same number of exams but get less certs.  Once you guys pass 216 for the MCSA 2000 cert, you have three exams to go MCSE 2000 then two more to get the 2003 ups (70-292 and 70-296) and then will have four certs as opposed to three.

Really a simple technicality but there are a lot of shops still on NT at this time so 2000 will be a viable technology for several years to come.  Many jobs will require 2000 skills as well as 2003 skills and it is worthwhile to understand the inherent limitations of 2000 to more fully understand many of the new features in 2003.

Just my opinion...


Take Care,

RM
13  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-216 / I am proud to say that my route was not hard nor easy... on: February 10, 2004, 04:47:11 PM
Just XXX backwards :p

217
218
215
210
219

now I am working on 216 which will get me the MCSA 2000...

It had something to do with working on the certification stuff that I was working on at work at that given time...  Oh well, I hope to knock down 297 after the beast for the MCSA.

An interesting point, 297 counts as a design elective towards the 2000 Cert but not a free elective.  Coincidentally, the 219 exam counts as both...

Take Care,

RM
14  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-219 / It's done... You can find me in the 70-216 forum now... on: February 10, 2004, 04:37:08 PM
It wasn't so bad.  There were a few poorly written questions.  One really good question which was a major trick question which I got very lucky I re-read the question.

All in all, it was not nearly as painful as I thought it would be.  Now for 216.  I have put that one off for too long also...

Take Care,

RM
15  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-219 / I've put this off for too long... on: February 10, 2004, 07:59:20 AM
:confused: ...I'm going in.  I have no idea what I'm getting my self into but this forum has given me a few ideas.  I woke up at 5:00 but my exam isn't until 9:00...  Time for some coffee and exam notes before I go.  Any idea what the scoring is like on this one...

My reward if I pass, a date with 216.  If I lose, a $125 non-charitable donation to Wild Bill Gates.

Cheers,

RM
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