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    Default The road to MCM: Exchange Server 2010

    I am going to attempt to tackle the Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2010 program. There are currently only 77 people in the world with this certification. This thread will track my progress on this journey.

    Along the way I will pick up a few other certifications, some of them are prerequisites to this certification. Others will be just because it'd only take me 1 or 2 extra exams to get them, so why not?

    The prerequisites are:

    I am going to build a road map that will show what order I plan to take all the required exams in, as well as what study materials I plan to use. While I am fortunate enough to have free access to all of this stuff, I know a lot of people don't, or may need to show costs to get their employer to pay for it, so I will be tracking the cost as if I did have to pay for it, as well as how much time it takes.

    I plan to take a practice test for each exam BEFORE doing any studying for that particular exam at all, then another one after completing study materials, to try and get an idea of how effective the study materials are. I will use study materials and practice tests from the same provider whenever possible to try and keep things consistent.

    These will be the first Microsoft certifications I've done in over a decade (last one was Windows 2000 Pro MCP).
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    Going for MCM Exchange while only having Sec+ and god knows how much experience you really have under your belt. First glance, it sounds like someone aiming too high. I hope you understand how coveted that exam is.

    Of course that could all change if you respond back with "I have 20yrs exp from exchange 2000 to 2010 etc."
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    I have 13 years experience ranging from Exchange 5.5 to 2010, and I work for Microsoft as a Premier Field Engineer, specializing in Exchange.
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    Good luck, man. I hope you get it. How long do you think it's going to take?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tr1x View Post
    Good luck, man. I hope you get it. How long do you think it's going to take?
    Thanks. At least a year... I'm trying to figure that out now as I put together my road map. I know my boss said it will be next year at the earliest before I can go to the MCM training. I'd like to get all the prerequisite certifications out of the way before I go to the training. They will send me to it without doing them first, but I won't get awarded the cert until they're all done.

    Also the training is not currently required to get the MCM for Exchange 2010, so I may try to get it without going to the training, and save my MCM training for Exchange 15 when that comes out... actually it will be MCSM for that version. So if I can get my MCM on Exchange 2010 before the MCSM for Exchange 15 comes out, I can just upgrade to it.
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    I look forward to your feedback on this and best of luck to you!
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    Ev this thread is exciting. I am going to follow this thread very closely. Good luck I brother I wish you the best!

    Everyone quick question. Do you need feel you need the server operating system certifications to learn exchange messaging and adminstration?

    If you have a solid understanding of Windows server/client environment
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    Quote Originally Posted by vsecgod View Post
    Going for MCM Exchange while only having Sec+ and god knows how much experience you really have under your belt. First glance, it sounds like someone aiming too high. I hope you understand how coveted that exam is.

    Of course that could all change if you respond back with "I have 20yrs exp from exchange 2000 to 2010 etc."
    MS pays him more than many CCIEs make. He is only even on this path because he works for MS. Almost all MCMs work for Microsoft, with a few working for enormous enterprise partners (e.g. HP).

    Everyone, I think you'll knock it out of the park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2IT View Post
    Ev this thread is exciting. I am going to follow this thread very closely. Good luck I brother I wish you the best!

    Everyone quick question. Do you need feel you need the server operating system certifications to learn exchange messaging and adminstration?

    If you have a solid understanding of Windows server/client environment
    IMHO, the only time you "NEED" a certification, is if it is required for your career advancement. You do need the knowledge those certifications are a check for if you want to be really good at it.
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    I meant experience but didn't capture that in my question. Thanks for the answer.
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    Subscribing. This should be fun. Best of luck!
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    I created my "Roadmap" in Excel, which isn't something I can attach here, so I'm going to try and copy and paste it... if that doesn't work out to well, I'll throw it up on my web server and link to it.


    Certification Exam Study Material
    Practice Test Pre-Study Score Post-Study Score Final Exam Score Estimated Time to Completion Actual time to Complete Cost
    MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
    MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring 70-662: TS:Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring $125.00
    MeasureUp $109.00
    10186AE: Configuring and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 20 $399.00
    70-663: Pro: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 $125.00
    MeasureUp $109.00
    10186AE: Configuring and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 20 $399.00
    10197AE: Upgrading Core Skills to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 12 $239.99
    10204AE: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 20 $399.99
    MCITP: Enterprise Administrator
    MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring $125.00
    MeasureUp $109.00
    MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring 70-642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring $125.00
    MeasureUp $109.00
    MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Application Infrastructure, Configuration 70-643: TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring $125.00
    MeasureUp $109.00
    70-647: Pro: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator $125.00
    MeasureUp $109.00
    MCTS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deployment 70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying $125.00
    N/A
    Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2010
    N/A
    3 Week Classroom Training in Redmond? (Optional) $18,500.00
    Knowledge Exam $500.00
    Lab Exam $2,500.00
    Totals: 9 Exams 72 $24,466.98
    Extras
    MCSA: Windows Server 2008 70-646: Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator $125.00
    MeasureUp $109.00
    MCSE: Private Cloud 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 $125.00
    70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 $125.00


    I was planning on using the Microsoft E-Learning as my main source of study material, however it seems that isn't available for all the exams, so I may have to figure something else out for those. I may end up just using TechNet and MSDN. I'll come back and add links to whatever resources I do end up using. For right now I just want to get started.

    The "Extras" are exams I may or may not take depending on time. They aren't required for my end goal. I am anticipating having a waiting period between finishing the prerequisites, and being able to take the MCM, so these will just be filler while in that waiting period.

    I have a lot of time available for this between now and May 18th, so hopefully I can knock as much of this out as possible before then. After that, it will be more difficult for me to find days I can schedule tests on, and study time will be limited to evenings in hotel rooms after finishing up with customers for the day.
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    Just a thought, but I created an Excel roadmap with the slightly different purpose of mapping out when I'll take what. The A row was quarters and the rows below that were what I'd do. Like so:
    Q1 ......|...... Q2 ......|...... Q3 ......|...... Q4 ......|...... Q1 ......|......Q2......|
    70-643.|....70-647....|......SSCP.....|......CCNA...|......ITIL F....|......70-xxx...|
    ..........|..................| College........................................... .........................................

    It was just a nice way to budget out exams based on quarters based on how long I thought each exam would take me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vsecgod View Post
    Going for MCM Exchange while only having Sec+ and god knows how much experience you really have under your belt. First glance, it sounds like someone aiming too high. I hope you understand how coveted that exam is.

    Of course that could all change if you respond back with "I have 20yrs exp from exchange 2000 to 2010 etc."
    How dare you question Everyones competence? ...just kidding! Seriously though, he is on another level. I've read some of his past post.
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    ^^ What he said. Everyone can school a lot of us any day.
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    Everyone has just become a Chuck Norris Meme.

    No for real man, I wish you the best of luck. I had no idea you worked for MS itself...I could have used you for the third paper I had to write this semester on corporate culture...guess which company was highlighted? LMAO. (I had to find a credible source for Microspeak....lmao......)

    Best of luck brother! Look forward to hearing more about this.
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    I saw the thread title and knew this would be good.

    Best of luck to you Everyone. You're a great example of what one can achieve in IT.
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    That'll be fun - good luck. Very inspiring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptilsen View Post
    Almost all MCMs work for Microsoft, with a few working for enormous enterprise partners (e.g. HP).
    I was curious so I looked it up... out of the 77 people that have the Exchange 2010 MCM, 36 of them work for Microsoft, so that's roughly 47%.

    Quote Originally Posted by erpadmin
    Everyone has just become a Chuck Norris Meme.

    No for real man, I wish you the best of luck. I had no idea you worked for MS itself...I could have used you for the third paper I had to write this semester on corporate culture...guess which company was highlighted? LMAO. (I had to find a credible source for Microspeak....lmao......)

    Best of luck brother! Look forward to hearing more about this.
    Quick, write an IT version of "The Expendables", I'll play myself.

    I've only been working for MS for about a month now, I think it was about 2 months ago that I announced that they had hired me. We actually have an internal glossary for "Microspeak"... I've had to reference it a few times already.

    Now back on topic...

    Thanks all for the encouragement...

    After talking to a few co-workers, I have decided to use both Self Test Software AND MeasureUP for practice tests. I'll do 1 of each before and after studying. I am going to try and take a Self Test Software (they are easier for me to access) test today, and if I can get access (I have to register and request it) to MeasureUP today, I'll take one from them too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Everyone View Post
    I was curious so I looked it up... out of the 77 people that have the Exchange 2010 MCM, 36 of them work for Microsoft, so that's roughly 47%.
    Really? I was under the impression that most were MS employees. Still, the lions share work for MS.
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    Default 70-662 Practice Test (Self Test Software)

    I took a 70-662 Practice Test from Self Test Software today... scored 66%. This is without doing any studying at all.

    I was not a fan of all the "Choose all that apply" type questions, I hope the real test doesn't have so many of these. I'd get 2/3 or 3/4 choices correct on them, but it seems to score those as 0 points for the question which lowers overall score.

    Definitely need to study the Edge Transport role, and Federation. I've never used either anywhere before, and got pretty much every question related to either wrong.

    Going to try the MeasureUP practice test before I start studying to see what I score on that one.
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    I wish I had about $25,000 to do the MCM.

    Plus, the exams are $150 now. Up from $125
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_erickee View Post
    I wish I had about $25,000 to do the MCM.

    Plus, the exams are $150 now. Up from $125
    Are they? I'll have to update that... They're all free for me.
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    If you got an iPhone / iPad .. get yourself the Visual Cert designer .. you can create your own exams .. instead of making notes, create questions while you reading the book. You can also get a client for iPad and iPhone so you can keep studying "on the go" ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibbajabba View Post
    If you got an iPhone / iPad .. get yourself the Visual Cert designer .. you can create your own exams .. instead of making notes, create questions while you reading the book. You can also get a client for iPad and iPhone so you can keep studying "on the go" ..
    I don't have any Apple products. I currently have an old Droid X, and I'm required to replace it with a Windows Phone.
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