00:00:00 - Microsoft exam 417, Upgrading
Your Skills to MCSA Windows
00:00:05 - Server 2012.
00:00:07 - My name is Tim Warner and I'm
very grateful to be your
00:00:09 - instructor for this series.
00:00:11 - Welcome to Windows Server
00:00:13 - In this introductory Nugget
we're going to start with a
00:00:16 - nutshell history of Microsoft
00:00:19 - For sure Microsoft has tweaked,
tuned, and completely
00:00:23 - revamped their IT pro
certifications over the last
00:00:27 - several years.
00:00:28 - There's a lot to know.
00:00:29 - You're not going to be asked
questions on the certification
00:00:32 - program on your exam, of course,
but it's important
00:00:36 - from an IT professional
standpoint that you be fully
00:00:39 - apprised as to what's new and
what's changed with these
00:00:43 - certification titles.
00:00:44 - I'm going to give you the need
to know information on how to
00:00:47 - upgrade your current MCITP and
Windows Server 2008 to Windows
00:00:52 - Server 2012.
00:00:54 - Again, we have a name change
with the certification so
00:00:57 - we're building on this material
sequentially as such.
00:01:01 - And then I'm going to describe
to you how I've structure this
00:01:03 - course, and give you some
practical advice on the best
00:01:07 - way to approach the course as a
student, for maximum return
00:01:10 - on investment.
00:01:11 - That's going to ebb and flow
naturally into the final
00:01:15 - portion of this Nugget in which
we discuss the exam
00:01:17 - specifically and I share with
you again some hard won,
00:01:21 - best-practice suggestions for
not only minimizing your study
00:01:25 - time but maximizing your score
on the certification test.
00:01:29 - Let's get to work.
00:01:29 - The evolution of Microsoft
IT pro certification.
00:01:33 - Now I got into information
technology as a career
00:01:36 - full-time in 1997.
00:01:38 - I earned my first MCP
00:01:41 - And then eventually the MCSE,
the Microsoft Certified
00:01:45 - Systems Engineer in Windows
NT 4.0 in the late 1997.
00:01:51 - The way the old school Microsoft
00:01:54 - program worked was, after
passing a single technology
00:01:57 - test, it could be Windows 95
support, it could be TCPIP,
00:02:02 - networking essentials was an
old classic back then, you
00:02:05 - would earn the Microsoft
00:02:07 - Professional or MCP title.
00:02:10 - You could put the logo on your
business card, you were given
00:02:13 - an MCP ID that is Microsoft's
analog to the social security
00:02:17 - number, you'd have a wallet
card, of course a frameable
00:02:20 - certification, and access to
the protected MCP website.
00:02:24 - That gives you access to the
community of Microsoft
00:02:27 - certified professionals.
00:02:28 - Now, At that time, late '90s
into the early 2000s, the
00:02:32 - golden credential
for IT pros--
00:02:34 - and by IT pros I'm talking about
00:02:38 - Microsoft has an entirely
different suite of
00:02:41 - certifications for developers
and even going on into some of
00:02:45 - their other packages like
their dynamic suite.
00:02:47 - Of course we're concerned only
with IT Pro, in which we're
00:02:51 - concerned with Windows Server,
Windows desktop OS, and other
00:02:55 - Microsoft enterprise
00:02:58 - Exchange server, SharePoint
00:03:00 - server, and so forth.
00:03:01 - But the MCSE had a lot of
cashe, a lot of industry
00:03:06 - power, and frankly a
lot of prestige.
00:03:09 - I really looked up to folks had
exerted the blood, sweat,
00:03:12 - and tears, and knowledge to
amass that Certified Systems
00:03:15 - Engineer title.
00:03:16 - And you know, interestingly,
after all these years in 2012
00:03:20 - going into 2013 those letters
still carry with them the idea
00:03:26 - of competence in Windows
00:03:29 - More on that in just a
second, because I'm
00:03:31 - sure Microsoft agrees.
00:03:33 - In time, when the Windows
Server 2003 came along,
00:03:37 - Microsoft gave us a lower level
credential called the
00:03:40 - Microsoft Certified Systems
00:03:42 - And I think the point, the
general trend that Microsoft
00:03:45 - learning picked up is, they
wanted candidates to be able
00:03:49 - to more granularly define their
skill sets for potential
00:03:52 - employers, clients, whomever.
00:03:54 - So the way Microsoft separated
these two credentials, you
00:03:57 - needed I believe four exams for
the SA and seven for the
00:04:01 - MCSE in Windows Server 2003.
00:04:04 - But the SA is the implementer,
the day to day systems
00:04:07 - administrator, the SE, at least
according to Microsoft's
00:04:11 - product literature, is the
Active Directory Architect.
00:04:14 - The person who plans and designs
an Active Directory
00:04:18 - infrastructure.
00:04:19 - Now in practice, in my
experience most folks tend to
00:04:22 - go directly--
00:04:23 - do not pass go, do not
00:04:26 - they go right for the MCSE.
00:04:28 - The MCSA is a nice stepping
stone to the MCSE because the
00:04:33 - four exams that you'd pass for
your SA directly apply to the
00:04:37 - SE, if that makes sense.
00:04:39 - So this schema, the old school,
ended with Windows
00:04:42 - Server 2003.
00:04:44 - As of Windows Server 2008
Microsoft changed up their
00:04:48 - credentialing significantly,
replacing the single exam
00:04:52 - specific MCP with the Microsoft
00:04:56 - specialist, or MCTS.
00:04:58 - They replaced the MCSE, the
systems engineer with
00:05:02 - Microsoft Certified
00:05:04 - And going further there are
actually two separate MCITPs,
00:05:09 - Server Administrator and
Enterprise Administrator for
00:05:12 - Windows Server 2008, which
caused a lot of confusion
00:05:16 - among candidates.
00:05:17 - Which one should I go for?
00:05:19 - Do I need to have
both of them?
00:05:20 - And I need to tell you quite
honestly, friends, I
00:05:23 - recommended going for SA.
00:05:25 - It took fewer exams
to get there.
00:05:28 - And quite honestly, nobody is
going to inquire, for instance
00:05:32 - a hiring manager, now do you
have the MCITP EA or SA?
00:05:36 - I've never heard that and I've
never heard anybody tell me
00:05:39 - they've been asked.
00:05:40 - What they've been asked, these
job candidates, is do
00:05:43 - you have the MCSE?
00:05:44 - And of course that's a retired
00:05:47 - Bottom line is, the MCITP
was largely, I
00:05:50 - think, a market failure.
00:05:51 - It never caught on in terms of
name recognition to the point
00:05:56 - that MCSE has.
00:05:57 - Poor market adoption,
in other words.
00:05:59 - Oh, one more thing
I wanted to say.
00:06:01 - The fact that Microsoft split
the MCITP into variants and
00:06:05 - the fact that there are
so many MCTS exams--
00:06:08 - I don't mean to sound bitter
here because I'm genuinely
00:06:10 - not-- but I want to make sure
you understand that IT
00:06:14 - certification is a for-profit
00:06:17 - That these vendors, Microsoft,
Cisco, even CompTIA are in the
00:06:21 - certification business not so
much to help you succeed and
00:06:25 - get advanced positions in the
industry, as much as it is to
00:06:29 - make money.
00:06:29 - So I've always been suspicious
of this dual MCITP because it
00:06:34 - just doubles, effectively,
Microsoft's revenue stream.
00:06:37 - So we have to look at this
00:06:40 - critically.
00:06:41 - Yes, I believe firmly
in IT certification.
00:06:44 - I believe it can help give you
a leg up in the industry.
00:06:47 - But go into it with
eyes open, OK?
00:06:50 - That's really what I'm saying.
00:06:51 - Now let's look at the most
recent advancements, 2012 era
00:06:55 - advancements with Microsoft
00:06:58 - Now we're talking Windows
Server 2012 the current
00:07:02 - version of the Windows
00:07:05 - What you'll find is
now we have a
00:07:07 - resurrected retooled MCSE.
00:07:11 - Now what's up with that?
00:07:12 - What you want to know, first
of all, is that MCSE means
00:07:15 - something different now.
00:07:16 - It now stands for Microsoft
00:07:19 - Solutions Expert, OK?
00:07:22 - You can tell that that's very
generic compared to Systems
00:07:26 - Engineer because if we go to the
Microsoft learning website
00:07:29 - we'll see that there are MCSEs
in other technologies besides
00:07:33 - Windows Server 2012.
00:07:35 - There's a big focus with the
MCSE, the new MCSE, on
00:07:39 - virtualization and cloud
00:07:41 - The so-called private cloud,
where you can as a corporation
00:07:45 - or a business create
00:07:47 - services for your users.
00:07:49 - And virtualization of course
is a very popular subject
00:07:52 - because it gives systems
administrators more bang for
00:07:55 - their hardware buck and allows
them to save money.
00:07:58 - Unfortunately there are two
MCSEs in Windows Server 2012
00:08:04 - following the lead of
the old Windows
00:08:06 - Server 2008 MCITP business.
00:08:09 - We have server infrastructure
and desktop infrastructure.
00:08:12 - And we'll look at the specific
00:08:15 - those in just a moment.
00:08:16 - Now let's take a look at
the upgrade path if
00:08:18 - you hold the MCiTP.
00:08:20 - It doesn't matter if it's
the EA or the SA.
00:08:23 - As a matter of fact this screen
shot was taken from the
00:08:26 - Microsoft learning website.
00:08:28 - You'll notice here that
they say upgradeable
00:08:30 - certifications MCSA.
00:08:32 - What in the world?
00:08:33 - At first blush, you might
think, why I'm insulted.
00:08:36 - I spent hundreds and hundreds,
perhaps thousands of dollars
00:08:39 - earning my MCITP in Windows
00:08:42 - Why isn't that listed?
00:08:43 - As a matter of fact, another
qualifying upgrade credential
00:08:47 - is in ITP in any of these
00:08:50 - And you'll notice that Windows
Server 2008 is very
00:08:53 - conspicuously absent
from that list.
00:08:56 - Well what Microsoft says in
their FAQ is that if you've
00:08:58 - earned an ITP in Windows
Server 2008 and then by
00:09:02 - definition you have the SA
in Windows Server 2008.
00:09:06 - This basically broadens the
pathway for individuals who
00:09:10 - are currently trying to earn the
MCITP and Windows Server
00:09:14 - 2008 to get them on the track
to become a Microsoft
00:09:18 - Certified Solutions Expert.
00:09:19 - I hope you can see the
business model here.
00:09:21 - Microsoft is trying to shuttle
us down the route toward
00:09:25 - upgrading our skills.
00:09:27 - And that's what we're
00:09:28 - And as a matter of fact, you'll
see of the three exams,
00:09:31 - used to be that you could
upgrade with a single test,
00:09:34 - again business model, more exam
00:09:36 - registrations is more money.
00:09:38 - We have to pass three tests to
qualify as an MCSE server
00:09:43 - infrastructure expert.
00:09:44 - 417 is the upgrade.
00:09:46 - That's of course the exam we're
studying for in this
00:09:49 - Nugget product.
00:09:49 - You also have to pass 413,
designing and implementing a
00:09:53 - server infrastructure, and 414,
implementing an advanced
00:09:57 - server infrastructure.
00:09:58 - Now you'll notice if you've
taken tests, obviously you've
00:10:01 - taken Microsoft tests because
you're currently in MCITP.
00:10:05 - Traditionally the IT pro
exams are 70 dash.
00:10:09 - If you take a beta version of
a test those tend to be 71.
00:10:13 - Microsoft appears to be moving
away from that nomenclature,
00:10:16 - instead favoring just exam
and then the integer.
00:10:20 - I'm not exactly sure why.
00:10:22 - Sometimes in the Microsoft
learning site you'll still see
00:10:25 - vestigial references to 70.
00:10:27 - If you go to the Prometric
website to register for an
00:10:30 - exam you might see 70.
00:10:31 - Just be aware that this program
is in flux, probably
00:10:35 - will be in flux for
a little while.
00:10:37 - So be on the lookout for
either of those usages.
00:10:39 - Now you'll remember that there
are two MCSE variants.
00:10:42 - As far as one being easier than
the other, you'll recall
00:10:46 - I said that you should probably
go for the MCITP SA
00:10:49 - if you were near to completing
that in Windows Server 2008
00:10:53 - because fewer exams
00:10:55 - Microsoft put some thought into
this and requires the
00:10:58 - same number of tests
for either track.
00:11:01 - Now there really doesn't seem
to be much sense to get both
00:11:04 - of them unless you're
00:11:05 - This particular track, you'll
see, has this step one, the
00:11:09 - MCITP enterprise desktop
administrator and Windows 7.
00:11:13 - And you should see here that the
focus for this particular
00:11:17 - track is more desktop support.
00:11:19 - So I think what Microsoft is
saying here is if you're a
00:11:22 - traditional MCITP on a Windows
server infrastructure you
00:11:26 - should go for the other path,
the MCSE and server
00:11:30 - infrastructure.
00:11:31 - If you're more of a desktop
support individual, given that
00:11:34 - step one is having the top-tier
00:11:37 - enterprise desktop support, you
can then pass our exam 417
00:11:41 - and then 15, implementing a
desktop infrastructure, 16,
00:11:45 - implementing desktop application
00:11:48 - earn that top tier credential.
00:11:50 - You know the more I think about
it the more this makes
00:11:52 - sense, because individuals may
want a top-tier Microsoft
00:11:56 - credential but maybe
their own skill set
00:11:58 - is in desktop support.
00:12:00 - This track definitely is geared
more heavily toward
00:12:04 - that environment.
00:12:05 - Although of course, 417 is
quite a beast in terms of
00:12:09 - Windows Server technology.
00:12:11 - So I would think if somebody has
these skills already under
00:12:14 - their belt--
00:12:15 - whatever.
00:12:16 - I guess the bottom line,
friends, is that this is a
00:12:18 - discussion you're going to have
to have with your boss,
00:12:21 - with your stakeholders, and of
course with yourself in terms
00:12:24 - of which MCSE, or both, you
want to pursue for Windows
00:12:28 - Server 2012.
00:12:29 - What if you hold the
00:12:32 - That is, you're certified
in Windows Server 2003.
00:12:35 - What is the upgrade path
to Windows Server 2012?
00:12:38 - Well as you can see,
this isn't exactly
00:12:41 - tongue-in-cheek--
00:12:41 - you're hosed.
00:12:42 - Upgrade is supported only from
the Windows Server 2008 level.
00:12:48 - So if you're still an MCSE, a
systems engineer holder, you
00:12:52 - better get upgraded to at least
Windows Server 2008 or
00:12:56 - frankly you'll just need to
start the server 2012 track
00:13:00 - from scratch.
00:13:01 - Sorry about that bad news.
00:13:03 - Microsoft seems to have gotten
much stricter about their
00:13:06 - upgrade paths.
00:13:07 - Before we discuss how best to
approach this course I do want
00:13:10 - to revisit that 417
is a pretty good
00:13:13 - exam just on its own.
00:13:15 - I mean, the title of this
training series is, "Exam 417,
00:13:19 - Upgrading Your Skills To MCSA."
So the MCSA title is
00:13:24 - still around even in Windows
00:13:27 - And studying this course and
passing the 417 is quite a big
00:13:31 - feather in your cap, something
to put on your resume, just
00:13:35 - having earned the MCSA level
in Windows Server 2012.
00:13:39 - I just wanted to say that.
00:13:40 - Now in this slide I'm going to
share with you how I think you
00:13:44 - should approach this course
for maximum return on
00:13:46 - investment.
00:13:47 - I want to share with you what
I call Warner's recipe for
00:13:50 - exam certification success.
00:13:52 - Like I said, I've been
certified since 1997.
00:13:55 - I've worked on both sides of the
certification scheme, as
00:13:58 - the certification candidate as
well as working directly with
00:14:02 - the certification vendors.
00:14:03 - So I've peered behind the
curtain, so to speak, and I
00:14:06 - can tell you that success on any
IT certification program
00:14:10 - is going to require three basic
skills that are all
00:14:13 - interrelated.
00:14:14 - We can look at them as sides
of a triangle, however you
00:14:17 - want to visualize this.
00:14:18 - One, there's theory.
00:14:20 - Understanding the theory behind
the subject matter.
00:14:23 - Two, there's the ability to
00:14:24 - practically apply your knowledge.
00:14:26 - Actually do the skills that are
referenced in that theory.
00:14:30 - And then third, there's test
taking skills proper.
00:14:33 - Understanding how computer-based
tests work and
00:14:36 - how to approach questions using
logic and reason to make
00:14:40 - sure you're answering those
00:14:42 - So how does this
course fit in?
00:14:44 - Well understanding the
theory means watching
00:14:47 - these Nugget movies.
00:14:48 - I'd recommend you watch them
in order because I tend to
00:14:51 - build upon previous knowledge
as we go along and make
00:14:54 - assumptions later in the course
that we've already
00:14:57 - mastered material that was
00:14:59 - I also like to sprinkle my
Nuggets with references to
00:15:03 - relevant websites.
00:15:04 - Make a note of those,
if you would.
00:15:06 - I use, or we use at CBT nuggets,
a URL shortening
00:15:10 - system such that the URL should
be pretty handy to
00:15:13 - write down.
00:15:14 - I apologize that they're not
clickable in the movies.
00:15:16 - That could definitely change
in the future.
00:15:18 - But for now you'll need to write
those references down.
00:15:21 - Definitely those will add an
enhanced your learning.
00:15:24 - In terms of practically applying
your knowledge, you
00:15:26 - could use the TechNet virtual
labs, which is a free service
00:15:30 - for Microsoft that gives you
hands-on practice with live
00:15:34 - instances of Windows
00:15:37 - You can build your own practice
lab using desktop
00:15:40 - virtualization software
Windows Server 2012 is
00:15:43 - available as a trial version, a
fully featured trial you can
00:15:46 - download and install.
00:15:47 - Alternatively, you can join
TechNet for 300 or
00:15:51 - so dollars a year.
00:15:52 - You can get full versions of
all of their server and
00:15:55 - desktop software.
00:15:56 - You're not allowed to use that
software in a production
00:15:59 - environment, but certainly for
your test and study lab you'd
00:16:02 - be all set with that,
00:16:04 - Now the third piece,
test taking skills.
00:16:06 - This means you're practicing
with practice exam software so
00:16:10 - that you can identify what I
call the Microsoft answer.
00:16:13 - Now these vendors are
concentrating on their own
00:16:16 - technologies and sometimes the
questions and answers are
00:16:19 - structured in a way that may
conflict with your real world
00:16:22 - experience with the product.
00:16:24 - You need to shelve that real
world experience and instead
00:16:27 - give the answer as you would
find it say, in a TechNet
00:16:31 - white paper, OK?
00:16:32 - As far as which study products
are good, some
00:16:35 - are better than others.
00:16:36 - You want to void the brain
dumps because number one,
00:16:39 - those are a legal, number two,
they will immediately
00:16:41 - disqualify you.
00:16:43 - Microsoft is going to decertify
you if they've
00:16:45 - learned that you prepared
00:16:47 - illegal brain dump content.
00:16:49 - So Transcender is a good example
of a legitimate test
00:16:52 - prep company.
00:16:52 - And if you are CBT Nugget
subscriber you can actually
00:16:55 - access those exams right
through your browser.
00:16:58 - Let me show you.
00:16:59 - We're at cbtnuggets.com and once
you've logged in using
00:17:02 - your account, of course we have
the video training area,
00:17:05 - which is where you're probably
watching this video right now,
00:17:08 - but you'll notice we have in the
secondary menu down below
00:17:12 - here, an exam prep area.
00:17:14 - So if we go there we can refine
the playlist by doing a
00:17:18 - search for 417 or Windows Server
2012 and the provider
00:17:22 - is Self Tester Transcender.
00:17:23 - There's actually a partnership
between those companies now so
00:17:26 - you're going to get
00:17:28 - regardless of the provider.
00:17:30 - It really doesn't matter.
00:17:31 - While we're on the web, let me
switch over to Microsoft
00:17:33 - learnings website.
00:17:34 - This is microsoft.com/learning
and I just want to show you
00:17:38 - briefly the major ways
to get around.
00:17:41 - There's quite a bit going on
here, a lot of Silverlight
00:17:44 - animations and so forth.
00:17:45 - Bottom line is, if you hover
over the primary navigation
00:17:48 - menu, certification, you can
come down and look at
00:17:51 - certification from a few
00:17:54 - You can go to By Product,
00:17:56 - there's Windows Server.
00:17:57 - You can go by name and go
to Solutions Expert.
00:18:01 - In fact, let's go
there right now.
00:18:03 - And you'll get the skinny.
00:18:04 - You'll be able to look
at the exam blueprint
00:18:06 - for all these tests.
00:18:07 - This is the MCSE reinvented
for the cloud.
00:18:10 - I mentioned that virtualization
and cloud is
00:18:13 - the deal here.
00:18:14 - So I'm not going to repeat what
already taught you, but
00:18:16 - just be aware that this is
definitely your first party
00:18:19 - source if you want to learn
more about the Microsoft
00:18:22 - certifications.
00:18:23 - I'm also going to, while
we're here, go to
00:18:25 - prometric.com/microsoft.
00:18:29 - This is Microsoft's exam
00:18:30 - registration page at Prometric.
00:18:32 - Now there are two IT vendors
00:18:36 - certification exams.
00:18:37 - There's Prometric and
00:18:39 - Some vendors go with both,
others are allied
00:18:43 - specifically with one.
00:18:44 - Cisco, for instance, has an
exclusive with Pearson view.
00:18:47 - Microsoft as an exclusive
arrangement with Prometric.
00:18:50 - It's just the way to go.
00:18:51 - They both work the same way,
View and Prometric.
00:18:54 - They're just competing
00:18:55 - And again, the page
is kind of busy.
00:18:58 - You can click this Start Here
button to go through the main
00:19:01 - portal and you can schedule an
exam, locate a test center,
00:19:04 - learn how much the exams going
to cost, et cetera.
00:19:07 - So what is the 417 test?
00:19:10 - The 417 test is what's called
a composite exam.
00:19:13 - It's a model that Microsoft has
used for quite a while for
00:19:16 - their upgrade tests.
00:19:17 - What they do is take a subset
of questions from multiple
00:19:21 - separate standalone tests
and give them all to
00:19:24 - you one at a time.
00:19:25 - So basically you've got three
separate tests, what are
00:19:28 - called testlets, individually
timed and I'm not sure what
00:19:32 - the grading rubric is, and if
I knew I couldn't tell you
00:19:35 - because I wouldn't want to
violate my terms of service
00:19:38 - with Microsoft.
00:19:39 - But it's a different way.
00:19:40 - And if you've taken an upgrade
exam in the past you know
00:19:42 - exactly what I'm
00:19:44 - It's kind of an interesting
way to take a test.
00:19:46 - This 417 test is a composite
of three exams.
00:19:50 - 410, installing and configuring
00:19:53 - 2012, 411, administering Windows
Server, and 412,
00:19:57 - configuring advanced services.
00:19:59 - So if we scan some of these
domains, know that by the end
00:20:03 - of this training series you'll
know how to do all of this
00:20:06 - stuff and more.
00:20:06 - It's basically bread and
butter Windows Server
00:20:09 - deployment and administration
with a special focus on some
00:20:13 - of those advanced features
that Microsoft feels
00:20:16 - especially strongly about, like
00:20:19 - And of course we're going
to see a heavy
00:20:21 - focus on new features.
00:20:23 - That's something else that
always is a principle.
00:20:26 - Because you know, I was a little
bit skeptical earlier
00:20:29 - in this Nugget when
I mentioned the
00:20:31 - business model aspect.
00:20:32 - Another business aspect that
these certification vendors
00:20:35 - have is that they know that
certified professionals are
00:20:39 - evangelists, are product
00:20:41 - So what they think, what
Microsoft thinks, is let's put
00:20:45 - as many new and changed features
into the exams to
00:20:48 - force candidates to master
those new and changed
00:20:51 - features, and that way they'll
go out and evangelize and talk
00:20:55 - and tell people how cool those
features are, and then
00:20:57 - actually use them in
00:20:59 - environments, you see?
00:21:00 - So certification is
a sneaky business.
00:21:02 - There's no question about it.
00:21:04 - As I mentioned, we register for
this test using Prometric.
00:21:07 - The exam fee is going to vary
depending upon your country.
00:21:10 - The exam's quite fully localized
around the world.
00:21:13 - You'll want to keep on the
lookout for Microsoft offers.
00:21:16 - They've had a promotion that
they turn on and off like a
00:21:19 - faucet, like a leaky faucet,
called second shot.
00:21:23 - And what second shot is, it
basically halves the price of
00:21:26 - your exam registration.
00:21:28 - You join the second shot offer
by your initial voucher and if
00:21:32 - you don't pass the test on the
first try they give you
00:21:35 - another voucher.
00:21:36 - That's as simple as that.
00:21:38 - The thing is, they don't offer
this all the time.
00:21:40 - So you'll want to visit the
Microsoft offers page
00:21:43 - periodically, and you may want
to wait for the second shot to
00:21:46 - come online before doing your
registration and it'll
00:21:49 - potentially save
you some money.
00:21:50 - Tips for exam success.
00:21:52 - I've covered some of
00:21:54 - One, the importance of using
practice exams like
00:21:57 - Transcender and self test is
that they're going to give you
00:21:59 - confidence with taking
computer based exams.
00:22:02 - Working under time pressure,
00:22:04 - Taking a computer based test
can be relaxing for some,
00:22:07 - believe it or not.
00:22:08 - I'm one of those people.
00:22:09 - Can be extraordinarily
stressful for others.
00:22:12 - It really depends.
00:22:13 - Either way, using practice test
software should even out
00:22:18 - those rough edges, smooth them
out, sand them off, whatever
00:22:21 - you want to say, such that when
you go into the live exam
00:22:24 - environment you're prepared.
00:22:25 - Another exam success tip as
I said earlier, is to
00:22:29 - temporarily shelve your real
world experience in favor of
00:22:32 - the Microsoft answer.
00:22:33 - This isn't a good thing, it's
not a bad thing, it just is
00:22:36 - what it is.
00:22:37 - You may come across a scenario
in an exam question and you
00:22:40 - would solve it one way if
you were in the field.
00:22:43 - You know that TechNet and what
I'm teaching you in this
00:22:46 - course shows you an alternate
way, go with that alternate
00:22:49 - way, friend, OK?
00:22:50 - Third, don't read
into the items.
00:22:52 - Stick with the info
00:22:54 - This is a common pitfall that
more experienced systems
00:22:57 - administrators fall into.
00:22:58 - You're going to get a scenario
that sets up a problem and
00:23:01 - then you'll have multiple
00:23:03 - You're asked to choose which is
the best one, which two are
00:23:06 - the best options, et cetera.
00:23:08 - Don't take what they give you
and then add to it your own
00:23:11 - interpretation.
00:23:12 - Know that's a big pitfall.
00:23:13 - If Microsoft says you have XYZ
in your environment, assume
00:23:18 - that's all you have.
00:23:19 - Don't make any other
assumptions, and choose the
00:23:22 - best choice or choices from the
answer set based only on
00:23:26 - the information that's given
in the item stem.
00:23:28 - That's an important
piece of wisdom.
00:23:30 - It really is.
00:23:30 - Finally forget about
any other vendor or
00:23:33 - technology besides Microsoft.
00:23:35 - When you're taking a vendor's
exam it's either going to be a
00:23:37 - CompTIA where they try to ignore
vendors as much as
00:23:41 - possible because the idea with
CompTIA like the A Plus,
00:23:44 - Network Plus and Security Plus
is that it's a vendor neutral
00:23:48 - technology exam.
00:23:49 - But if you're taking a Cisco
test or a Microsoft test, it's
00:23:52 - just the opposite.
00:23:53 - Where the world begins and
ends with that vendor's
00:23:56 - software and hardware.
00:23:57 - So again, that ties back into
these previous items here.
00:24:02 - Let's review what we've learned
in this Nugget.
00:24:03 - We started with understanding
Microsoft certification, its
00:24:07 - history over time, and I hope
that by now you're fully
00:24:09 - apprised as to where you are
today in your certification
00:24:13 - journey and where you want to
end up in terms of Windows
00:24:16 - Server 2012 certification.
00:24:18 - You understand the hard truth
regarding upgrading your
00:24:21 - current credential to the MCSE
in Windows Server 2012.
00:24:25 - You may decide to pass the 417
exam and stay with MCSA.
00:24:30 - Certification, if it's nothing
else, it's not a one size fits
00:24:34 - all proposition.
00:24:35 - If you want to stay
with the SA, cool.
00:24:37 - If you want to go to the
Solutions Expert you now know
00:24:39 - that there are two of them and
we understand the distinction
00:24:42 - between them.
00:24:43 - I shared with you how best
to approach this course.
00:24:45 - I hope you'll take my advice
to get the most possible
00:24:48 - impact from your study
00:24:51 - And then we finished by
covering the 417 exam
00:24:54 - metadata, where and how to
register, tips for passing the
00:24:57 - exam, and the like.
00:24:59 - So that ends our introduction.
00:25:00 - For the rest of the training
we're going to have our heads
00:25:03 - down in the technology.
00:25:05 - In the next Nugget we're going
to discuss and work with
00:25:07 - installing Windows Server 2012
and covering server role
00:25:11 - management.
00:25:12 - So I hope you're ready to learn
some really cool stuff
00:25:14 - and prepare for your tests.
00:25:16 - I hope that this has been
informative for you, and I'd
00:25:18 - like to thank you for viewing.