I'm very pleased to say that as of 21st December, I passed my VCP510 exam and am now VCP5 qualified! It's something that I've wanted to do for a long time (since VCP3) but have never been able to get funding for the required course. My current employer sent me on the vSphere 5 Fast Track course earlier this year, so I was all set to take the exam.
My exam experience was somewhat marred by a very poor first attempt which I narrowly failed. The exam I sat had dozens of spelling and grammatical mistakes, inaccuracies and other problems and I spent far too long commenting on those than concentrating on the questions. Fortunately I was eventually able to speak with VMware Education and they issued me with an exam voucher (they will also be releasing a new version of the exam soon, which I'm assured will resolve these problems). My second attempt was a lot better and I smashed the 300 point pass mark by 128 points, which went some way to restoring confidence in my own knowledge of the subject!
I'm now looking forward to studying for the VCAP-DCA and DCD exams with a view to completing them in 2013...
I've been learning my vSphere 5 config maximums before my upcoming VCP5 exam, so in a supreme effort of procrastination I thought I'd write a PowerShell quiz script: here it is!
Save the QuizMe.ps1 file into a folder and then place one or more text file in the same folder containing a comma delimited set of questions and answers. Then run QuizMe.ps1!
On Monday I took the two Exchange 2010 exams, “70-662 TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring” and “70-663 PRO: Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010” and I am pleased to say that I passed both of them, scoring an 812 on the 70-662 and 960 on the 70-663. I am especially pleased with the score on the PRO exam!
Overall, there’s quite a lot of overlap between the two exams, with the more heavily theory and design based PRO exam being a “high-level” of the more hands-on management and cmdlet based TS exam.
Study materials I used were Technet, SAMS Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Unleashed and a test installation. I used practice exams from MeasureUp and also spent time answering peoples 2010 based questions on Experts Exchange and Technet Forums.
I’m pleased to say that yesterday I took and passed two Microsoft Certified IT Professional exams, the Server Administrator (70-646) and the Enterprise Administrator (70-647). Hopefully I can take a bit of a break from study and write a few more technical posts here now!
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve passed the 70-649, which gives me the following MCTS certifications:
Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
Next I’ll be looking at the 70-647 to get the full MCITP: Enterprise Administrator (I already took the 70-620 exam for my MCSE).
As is normally the case when I’m studying, I haven’t had time to post much on here lately. I’ve been studying to pass the ICND1 exam (snappily titled “Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1”)
I’m really pleased to say that neglecting this site paid off, or rather the study did – I passed with a score of 930! It was a LOT harder than I had expected, I thought I’d walk out after 20m! It does now mean that I am CCENT. I’ll be taking the ICND2 exam early in the new year which will move me up to CCNA.
Also in the exams category, I’m taking a beta exam “PRO: Design & Deploy Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010”. Another snappy title and another bundle of fun!
Well, I've been away with my friends at Firebrand again and guess what...MCSE Windows Server 2003!
- 70-293 Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
- 70-294 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
- 70-298 Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, that’s for various reasons, one of which was that I have been preparing for, and taking, my MCSA exams. So here it is…
- MCTS Windows Vista, Configuring (70-620)
- MCP Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment (70-290)
- MCP Implementing, Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (70-291)
- CompTIA Security+ (SYO-101)
Which all add up to an MCSA Windows Server 2003 Security+. I’ll add the links to my online certificates as MS sort them out.