Preparing for Microsoft exam 83-640, Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

Since I finished up my exam 70-642 right at the end of 2009, for one of my resolutions going into 2010 would be to finish up my MCITP this year.  In that regards, I am giving myself 45 days to prepare and pass the 83-640 exam.  I am going from today (Jan 3rd 2010), so I am going to set my exam for Feb 17th which will work well for my schedule as luck would have it.

This exam replaces the 70-640 exam in the US because a part of the exam uses the performance based testing that I did the pilot for.

I am going to use the following resources to study:

I will start by going through Train Signal’s video courses first, then using the self paced study guide and virtual machines to get more of a hands on feel to deal with more of the performance based testing.

I feel this schedule will be tough, but I just got done designing and implementing a Server 2008 Active Directory network for a small business not to mention I have been working on Active Directory since 2000.  I am going to document regularly here as I go through the study material.

Passed 70-642 Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

mcts[1] I have been so busy at the office that I have been putting off taking some of the exams I need to get done, when I noticed that one of my vouchers was going to expire I quickly registered to make the expiration date.

With the holidays and family commitments it was tough to get studying in but I managed to squeeze some on.  Today even though I was knee deep in drama at the the office (another post on that in the future), I managed to squeak at a 850 to pass.  This adds another line to my MCTS.

The next exam on my list is the 70-640, hopefully it wont take 6 months for me to get around to taking that one!

Windows 7, Configuration Certified! Passed Beta Exam 71-680

So I got the email this morning that proudly states:

Congratulations on earning your Windows 7, Configuration certification!

If you remember from a previous post I took the 71-680 beta exam back in early June. I was glad to get confirmation, and it didn’t even take that long really. Im just happy to have it out of the way, and I was glad to be able to give feedback on the exam and hopefully help refine the process.

Exam 71-680 Windows 7, Configuration Passed!

Windows 7 Beta Exam 71-680

Well it has been quite a while since I started playing with Windows 7 by installing it on my main production machine, and recently I have reinstalled it to put RC on.  I have to say that I am very much liking Windows 7 on almost all fronts.  When I heard about the beta exam for 71-680 from the MS Learning blog Born To Learn, I called in to secure one of the limited spots available.  I was lucky to grab one and quickly scheduled for today May 6th.
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Exam 70-113 Vouchers Arrived Today!

I have been holding up doing my next Microsoft cert because I wanted to use the free vouchers I got for taking the pilot 70-113 and today is the golden day I got the email with my 3 codes so I am going to sift through my schedule and set a hard date for the 70-642 exam.  I guess I was one of the first 3000 people, but I don’t believe they hit the full quota yet since they keep extending the pilot phase.  You can still sign up till the 17th:


You must register at least 7 days prior to taking the exam. Register before December 17th to take the exam before December 31st.
Please use the following promotional code when registering for the exam: H640 (promo code is active till December 31st)
Receiving this invitation does not guarantee you a seat in the pilot; we recommend that you register immediately.

· Go to the Prometric Website:

· Find Microsoft exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

· Use Promo Code H640 (promo code is active till December 31st)

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It actually is a great preview of what I hope all the exams become.