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1  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-221 / A mighty close run thing, but .... on: August 13, 2004, 02:59:53 PM
... a pass is a pass!

Well, I just finished this and after 4 hrs in front of a screen I've got a pounding headache. But I'm now an MCSE, so I've only time for a few quick notes before I have to go out and get very, very drunk!

My first surprise was that the pass mark was 700 - not the 550 mentioned on earlier threads. It was the 4 case study format though - I think they were called Parnell, Blue Sky Airlines, State University and Hanson Brothers. There were a lot (maybe 10 - 12) Build-a-tree type questions, and it's worth noting you lose marks for placing a wrong item in the tree. Download and look over the Transcender Demo to get a really good feel for the format.

I found this a tough exam, and I don't think either of the main books I used (the Sybex and the Microsoft Press ones) were particularly good preparations. If I was doing it again I'd make sure I had more practice doing on-screen case studies.

Good luck to anyone lining themselves up to take this exam. For me its time to take a break from Microsoft exams and have a look at Cisco. Does anyone have a feel for how difficult the combined 640-801 exam is compared to those in MCSE?

Now, about that drink ....
2  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-214 / Is there anybody out there on: July 26, 2004, 05:02:13 PM
Hi All,

Not much activity on this forum, but having taken this exam last I thought I'd put up a few notes for anyone interested.

For a relatively new exam I was surprised it was so traditional - 50 questions in 120 minutes, all multiple choice - maybe 2 checkbox type, otherwise all radio-button.

I took the exam because I thought security would be a good thing to know as bit about, and I quite enjoyed the new ground covered - for me that was wireless, SUS, ISA server, ... I was really disappointed with the exam though - it was overwhelmingly about group policy, security templates and auditing. And who is it group policy applies to? Yes, that's right - only to people that choose to allow it to apply to them. So not really very secure then.

I'd hoped for more of a balance between this and security against attack - I reckon I'd been tested enough on group policy on other tests.

Never mind - its another step towards MCSE, only one more to go now.

So long, and good luck to anyone about to take this one.
3  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-217 / Glad to get this one out of the way on: June 10, 2004, 01:26:48 PM
This one seems to collect together all the things I've found most boring in other exams, so its a relief to have passed it today (even if I still don't know what permissions to set for RIS - see my earlier post).

For those interested there were 43 questions in 125 minutes, pass mark 700.

For reference I mostly used the Sybex and Microsoft Press study guides, but I don't think there was anything in them (or in the exam) that I hadn't already covered for the 70-215, 70-216 and 70-218 exams. I was a bit nervous the exam would be full of questions on permissions required to do obscure things - there were a few but nothing unreasonable.

I also looked at the following demo software:




2000 Trainers

If you're about to take the exam I'd strongly recommend you take a look at these.

Good luck to all!
4  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-217 / User Permissions for Remote Installation on: May 27, 2004, 06:18:10 PM
Thanks guys - I really appreciate the suggestions.

I think I've already seen the MS Press server book (the 70-215 book?) but I'll have another look to see if I've missed anything in it.

At first glance the technet article is the same text as the Microsoft Press book for 70-217, but it gives some extra links so I'll have a look at them and see where they lead...
5  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-217 / User Permissions for Remote Installation on: May 26, 2004, 07:35:12 PM
Hi there,

Does anybody know a good reference that explains what permissions are necessary to use RIS and where to set them. I've read about this in the Sybex and Microsoft Press books for this exam, and in this microsoft article and I'm pretty confused.

The Microsoft article just says delegate the task 'Join Computer to the Domain' for the domain.

The Microsoft Press book says this would only work for computer accounts in the Active Directory Computers container - for OU's it says you need to grant the 'Add workstations to the domain' user right.

It also talks separately about permissions for creating computer accounts - which sounds to me a different thing from joining to the domain but it still says for this that you need to delegate the task 'Join Computer to the Domain'.

And there's now a reference on QoD today that the 'Add Workstation to the Domain' right has a quota limit of 10 so you need to add the 'Create Computer Objects' right to be able to install more than 10 machines.

If anyone can help me out of this fog it would be really appreciated.
6  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-216 / And this one makes MCSA! on: May 18, 2004, 06:25:06 PM
Hi Fobulous,

70-218 is mandatory for MCSA, so you can't use it as an alternative for 70-216. The only real alternative to 70-216 in the elective list is 70-214 (to me the rest are too specialised - Exchange, ISA Server ...), but I already had the books for 70-216 and I thought what the hell....
7  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-216 / And this one makes MCSA! on: May 17, 2004, 06:19:55 PM
Passed this one today, so thanks to all you guys on this forum for the advice I've read here. If I'd come here sooner I'd have known not to waste time and money on the Microsoft book and Readiness Review for this subject, the Sybex book must have been OK though to make up for it!

There seemed to me to be a very large number of DHCP related questions - also a lot of DNS (and integration with DHCP) and some Remote Access (and integration with DHCP) and NAT (and integration with DHCP). Only a few on CA, WINS and IPSec. Some of the DNS questions seemed ridiculously complicated for two minute questions - but this was made up by quite a few very short direct questions.

So, on to MCSE - I suppose 70-217 and 70-214 are ones to go for, but I'm not sure which Design option to go for. Any thoughts?
8  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-215 / What worked for me on: March 02, 2004, 07:33:18 PM
Hi All,

I was lucky enough to pass this exam last week and thought I should come back and offer my thoughts to anyone interested.

I based my preparation on two books - the Sybex one and the Microsoft Press one (and a good bit of front-of-screen time).

I've seen reviews that say the Sybex book is all you need - mmm maybe. It's does what it does well but the Microsoft book covers more ground and in greater depth. The Sybex book is clearer, but I think you need the extra depth.

Whichever you use don't forget to download the errata pages from the publisher - there are some basic and important errors in both books. If you're still hungry for more you might look for more details on GPO's and on configuration problems in networks with W2K and NT (and maybe other) clients.

You also need practice tests - the Sybex ones are much easier than the exam so don't give a very realistic practice. The Microsoft Press ones probably just about OK - the explanations for the answers are certainly useful. Of the free sample tests on the web the Transcender ServerCert 2000 test seemed to me closest to the real thing. I tried several others but they asked harder questions and gave too little time and seemed designed just to prove how badly you need to buy the training products.

The study guide is also a very good summary - I read through it several times during my preparation as well as the night before. There were a few questions I had on it - would this be the right place to raise these?

Good luck to you all
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