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    Default Passed the 298 - MCSE

    Well, they say that every dog has his today; I suppose today was mine. I did manage to pass the exam with a 784 this morning. After about 40 minutes of technical difficulties (prometric's newest update not working on the testing machine), I got started. I actually enjoyed this as it gave me time to compose my thoughts and calm my nerves. I felt comfortable with the material as I have used Transcender to practice and it represented the exam pretty well.

    I am happy to have become a MCSE as I have thought about this for many years; just never decided to go for it. With the help of many people here, I have succeeded what I set out to do. Thank you so much.
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    Congrats...time to update your cert profile!
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    Congratulations man! I know you feel very good right now. Nice job
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    Congrats, how long did it take you to pass all of the exams?
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    good job elwood. I have hopes to be in your shoes soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamK99 View Post
    Congrats, how long did it take you to pass all of the exams?
    I passed my first one on November 21, 2008 and my 7th one today. I made best efforts to commit myself to this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElwoodBlues View Post
    I passed my first one on November 21, 2008 and my 7th one today. I made best efforts to commit myself to this.
    So about one a month, nice. I have worked extensively with Windows 2003 and Exchange 2007 over the past few years and am thinking about going for the exams, how much time a night on average do you think you studied, if you don't mind me asking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snadam View Post
    good job elwood. I have hopes to be in your shoes soon
    Whatever. You'd be lucky to pass 294 before 2010

    Congrats Elwood! What's next after the mandatory celebration?
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    Congrats. I take 298 tomorrow morning. any recommendations? I've been using transenders too. my average on them is about 87%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamK99 View Post
    how much time a night on average do you think you studied, if you don't mind me asking.
    I averaged about 40 hours on the MCSA level tracks and probably more like 60 on the MCSE level material. Those were usually more detailed and in a "structured situation setting" type questions where there may have been more than one way to obtain the objective; however you needed to pick the best choice.


    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik View Post
    Congrats Elwood! What's next after the mandatory celebration?
    I may consider the 299; however I am not sure that I know it enough to just take it at this point. I am definatly going to take an Exchange course. I am using 2003 now, but I am not positive if I will forgo 2007 for 2010 or not.

    What are your thoughts on an Exchange Course for the MCSE 2003?



    Quote Originally Posted by HarryV View Post
    Congrats. I take 298 tomorrow morning. any recommendations? I've been using transenders too. my average on them is about 87%.
    Transcenders was a good representation of the exam. Know your reasons why the answers are correct and others are not; the easy one and the hard ones. If you could start from scratch and run thru the Transcers tests and working the questions out with passing scores (not answer memorization), then you will do just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElwoodBlues View Post
    I may consider the 299; however I am not sure that I know it enough to just take it at this point. I am definatly going to take an Exchange course. I am using 2003 now, but I am not positive if I will forgo 2007 for 2010 or not.

    What are your thoughts on an Exchange Course for the MCSE 2003?
    There's really not much new material in 299; most of it is review from 291 and 293.

    The MCSE:M is still popular on job boards, and it would probably be worth your time if you're using it. I don't know much about 2003 myself; I started with 2007.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik View Post
    There's really not much new material in 299; most of it is review from 291 and 293.

    The MCSE:M is still popular on job boards, and it would probably be worth your time if you're using it. I don't know much about 2003 myself; I started with 2007.
    Well, we are using 2003; but our next step is to another version. Since 2007 is supported on 2003 (64bit), it may help with migration. However I assume that the 2010 will need to be on server 2008. Therefore I am leaning towards 2007; even though I am not using it. I'm really clueless on what to take from here (wasn't sure I would ever get the MCSE).
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    It does look like 2010 will indeed require Server 2008: Exchange 2010 System Requirements: Exchange 2010 Beta Help

    You can go from 2003 to 2010, so you may want to just wait a bit if you're going to be doing an upgrade soon: Coexisting with Exchange 2010: Exchange 2010 Beta Help
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    Awesome! Congrats on your MCSE
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    Big Congrats. MCSE is a nice achievement.
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    Congrats on passing!!! If you are going the 299, I would pick up the book, its cheap, used on Amazon. It does cover some material from 291 and 293, but touches more in depth on SSL, IPSec, PKI, etc. A month should be enough for you.
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    Congratulations on obtaining the MSCE!!!
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    Congrats - I hope to be in your shoes by the end of the year (3 exams to go before December).

    Reading your experiences of the exams has given me additional inspiration to get the MCSE 2003 finished.
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    Arrrrgh, you beat me to it Elwood!! Nice job though and congratulations!

    What would you say was is the most important thing you've taken away from the trek up MCSE mountain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by genXrcist View Post
    Arrrrgh, you beat me to it Elwood!! Nice job though and congratulations!

    What would you say was is the most important thing you've taken away from the trek up MCSE mountain?
    I have learnerd that the right answer to you is not the right answer for others.

    Well, sortof. I have learned the technology, best practices and this has given me the confidence to believe I can design a secure and effective Microsoft enviroment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElwoodBlues View Post
    I have learnerd that the right answer to you is not the right answer for others.
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    'Nuff said
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    Congratulations on the MCSE!
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    Congrats on the pass - how good does it feel to be MCSE?
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