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With the start of a new year, it is that time again to support the System Management Community, with that in mind I have made my yearly donation of $250 USD to MyITForum (MIF).
Why do I do it? Well as a past User Group leader for www.OWSUG.ca, I know how much it cost to host a small user group community. OWSUG is small in comparison to MIF! Our network traffic is nothing compared to what the MIF site gets. I’m will to bet that the network traffic to the MIF site in less than 12 hours, is the equivalent of what the www.OWSUG.ca gets in one year! I will also tell you that it cost more that $350 as year (USD) to host the www.OWSUG.ca site. Yes that is about $1 a day for a small user group site! I hate to see what MIF spends each month!
So, have you made a donation to your community yet? http://www.myitforum.com/donations/myITpaypal.asp
CTE Solutions, (Yes, the same training center that helps out with both the User & Study Groups) will donate $300,000 worth of training to recently laid off tech workers in Ottawa, equating to around 150 participants to be instructed over the coming summer months.
CTE Solutions was founded seven years ago during the depths of the last tech wreck, after its founders (yes, Kim was one of them! and so was Mia & Gerry, et al) were themselves laid off from a bankrupt firm – said late Monday that it will offer courses in various Microsoft and Java applications, among other areas, meant to increase the marketability of tech workers affected by the economic downturn.
Each class will hold up to 14 participants and will be held weekly throughout the summer, CTE said. Potential participants will need to show proof of previous full-time tech employment and are asked to apply online at http://www.makememarketable.ca/.
Examples of some of the course they are donating are:
- Microsoft SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007 (5 days)
- Configuring, Managing, and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 (5 days)
- Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Programming (5 days)
- Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database (5 days)
- Business Analysis Boot Camp (4 days)
- ITIL V3 Foundation Training and Certification (3.5 days)
- Java Programming Language (5 days)
And don’t forget to join the user group too!
This week I was introduced to a new drinking game.
In this game you take a drink each time you see Susan Ibach (from our friend at CTE Solutions) within this Video.
I Love Learning
Ok it is not really a drink game but it is a cool video. If you ever meet Susan ask her to tell you the story behind this video and how her boss (Mia) first saw it!
BTW I counted 9 times! How many times did you see her?
With the start of a new year, it is that time again to support the System Management Community, with that in mind I have made my yearly donation to MyITForum (MIF).
Why do I do it? Well as a User Group leader for www.OWSUG.ca, I know how much it cost to host a small user group community. OWSUG is extremely small compared to MIF! Our network traffic is nothing compared to what the MIF site gets. I’m will to bet that the network traffic to the MIF site in less than 12 hours, is the equivalent of what the www.OWSUG.ca gets in one year! I will also tell you that it cost more that $100 as year (USD) to host the www.OWSUG.ca site.
So, have you made a donation to your community yet? http://www.myitforum.com/donations/myITpaypal.asp
Well today is 1st anniversary of me taking steps to upgrade my certifications to Windows 2003 / Windows 2008. As many of you know I have blog about my experiences with all the exams. So this blog post is designed to talk about a few things.
- Which exam I write and pass?
- Which certifications did I achieve?
- What exam tips can I give you?
Which exams did I write.
With the exception of one exam, I have passed all the exams below. The only one I have not passed yet is the 70-403 exam which is still in Beta and the results have not been released yet. (crossing finger)
- 70-647 MCITP: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator 07-Nov-08
- 70-403 MCTS: MS System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring 21-Oct-08
- 70-646 MCITP: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator 10-Oct-08
- 70-652 MCTS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring 24-Sep-08
- 70-649 MCTS: Upgrading MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 24-Sep-08
- 70-640 MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
- 70-642 MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
- 70-643 TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
- 70-298 Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network 01-Aug-08
- 70-624 MCTS: Deploying & Maintaining Vista & Client Office System 07 Desktop 06-Jun-08
- 70-294 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure 30-May-08
- 70-293 Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure 30-May-08
- 70-291 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure 04-Apr-08
- 70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment 08-Feb-08
- 70-431 SQL Server 2005 Implementation & Maintenance 22-Jan-08
- 70-622 Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians 03-Jan-08
- 70-620 Configuring Windows Vista Client 17-Dec-07
- 70-401 Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring 11-Dec-07
Yes that is 14 exams and one upgrade exam which counts are 3 exams. (17 exams)
Which certifications did I achieve?
- Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator Microsoft Windows Server 2003
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional Enterprise Administrator
- Microsoft Certified IT Server Administrator
- Microsoft Certified IT Enterprise Support Technician
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Windows Server Virtualization, Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Windows Server 2008 Active Directory: Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure: Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure: Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Business Desktop Deployment
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist SQL Server 2005
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Microsoft Windows Vista: Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Configuration
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Microsoft Windows Server 2003
- Microsoft Certified Trainer
Yes that is 14 different certifications!
What exam tips can I give you?
- Find a local User Group
- Find a Study Group or create one
- Buy your books online vs at a book store
- Book the exam in advance, this is a great motivator!
- There are NO trick questions on the exams! I could write entire blog post on this subject!
- Write a review of the exam. Like I did for 70-298
- Be proud of the exams you passed!
- Don’t use brain dumps, this only hurt you!
The last question that might be asked is what is next for me.
Well, I still plan to finish the exams outlined in my blog posts System Center Configuration Manager Enterprise Administrator and System Center Operation Manager Enterprise Administrator. Which are 70-400, 70-122 and a packaging exam. I’m starting to regret adding that one to the list, mostly because it is hard to find CBTs for that one. On top of those, I might pick up 70-432 (SQL 2008) and 70-635 (MDT). Yes, it is a never ending battle.
Why did I do this? The biggest reason was to put my money where my mouth was! I was preaching to other User Group members about you should get certified but I was not doing it myself! Plus I always feel that I learn something new while studying for each exam!
So what are you doing about becoming certified?
Make sure that you stop by the OWSUG Job forums. There have been 10 new posting within the last month with more that half of them for Microsoft!
Another questions that comes up in every study group session is, “What type of question can I expect?” I never been able to true explain what type of questions someone should expect on the exam.
I finally found a way to explain what type of questions you can expect on the exam. Here is a simulation of all the exam question types.
Hot area questions - This kind of question asks you to indicate the correct answer by selecting one or more elements within a graphic.
Active screen questions - This kind of question asks you to configure a dialog box by changing one or more elements.
Drag-and-drop questions - This kind of question asks you to drag source objects to appropriate targets within a work area.
Build list and reorder questions - This kind of question asks you to indicate the correct answer by building an answer list. In a build list and reorder question, you need to build a list by dragging the appropriate source objects to the answer list and then placing them in the correct order based on criteria defined in the question.
Create a tree questions - This kind of question asks you to create a tree structure. You indicate the correct answer by dragging source nodes to the correct locations in the answer tree. Nodes consist of text and a small icon.
Testlet exam format - The MCP program has developed types of questions for Microsoft Certification exams that are very different from other exam formats currently being used. We strongly urge MCP candidates to download the demo and try the testlet exam format to become familiar with this new exam format.
Simulation questions - This kind of question asks you to indicate the correct answer by performing specific tasks such as configuring and installing network adapters or drivers, configuring and controlling access to files, and managing hardware devices. Many of the tasks that systems administrators and systems engineers perform can be presented more accurately in simulations than in most traditional exam question types.
To try them out for yourself, check out this demo!
BTW This simulation seem to be missing one type of exam question, “Multiple select check boxes” however this is one of the easiest questions to handle mostly because as part of the question (on the exam) MS tells you how many answers to select.
I get this question a lot, so here is the basic answer I gave to someone else. (emails has been edited)
From: Ottawa Windows Server User Group
Sent: June-05-08 10:11 AM
Subject: RE: 70-299, 640, 642, and 643 self-study group Information and Schedules
There is no right answer to this. However I will say, this is what I use to for determining which exam to do next:
- Pick the exam that you are interested, if you are not interested in the exam then why do it?
- Pick the exam that will help you with your job, if it will help you with your job then you can get support from your boss to work towards that exam
- Pick the exam that you think that you can pass, this is more for your first exam than anything else after you get your first one then you will know what to expect.
- Pick the exam with a study group that you are interested in, Having a group of people will help you with any areas that you don’t understand and to motivate you.
- Pick the exam that will give you a higher certification, ie don’t do 70-622 before 70-620. However once you have passed 70-620, why not pass 70-622? That will give you both an MCTS and MCITP
Sent: June-02-08 12:37 PM
To: Ottawa Windows Server User Group
Subject: Re: 70-299, 640, 642, and 643 self-study group Information and Schedules
I initially want to join the groups, but I do not know what exams we should prepare for for .net 3.5 and visual studio 2008 and SQL server 2008 or 2005?
Last night I was check replying to a email from Reed before shutting down my PC for the night, when I caught a glimpse of a new blog posting from Trika, I took quick look at it.
Trika Blog basically says that the 70-402 Exam aka cert name MCITP: Operations Manager (I never did like that name) has been put on hold for now. Well that is sort of good news as of Friday morning I had 11 exams on my list to complete ASAP, 70-089, 294, 298, 400, 402, 624, 640, 642, 643, 646, and 647, maybe replace 649 for 640,2,3. Anyways I passed 294 yesterday so now I at 10 exams on my list and with the announcement of 402 being put on hold that drop me down to 9 exams left!
But Trika, didn’t stop with the announcement of 402, she also announce that 70-652 TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuration is going into beta any day and that a new exam 70-403 might be created for Virtual Machine Manager, so Now I’m back to 11 Exams on my list. I hope to try and book the beta exam for 70-652. So now I’m back where I started at 11 Exam on my list! Based on Reed’s advice I hope to be down to 10 very very soon. J
One last thing she also announced was Live Meeting event on August 20th, (see below for detail) I will be there for sure. I kind of wish I was at TechEd to talk to her directly but Who haws time for it?
System Center and Virtualization Certifications
· August 20, 2008 at 7:30 A.M. Pacific Time (What time is this in my region?)
· August 20, 2008 at 5:00 P.M. Pacific Time (What time is this in my region?)
Or come to my session with Jim at TechEd on Friday, the 13th** of June (LUN59). We'll be so reckless and devil-may-care--so transparent--you won't know what hit you.
To see the full test from Trika Blog.