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  1. Junior IT Security Guy
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    #51
    I too, am interested in the Windows Server 2012 hangout group. Please pm me or w/e I need to do to be added.

    My prep material for the Windows Server 2012 (MCSA) track is as follows:

    1) Testout's MCSA: Windows Server 2012 (I actually have the library suite, but it contains this) The courses for each exam module is roughly estimated at 43hrs each, for a total of approx. 129hrs.

    2) Exam Ref 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2

    3) Exam Ref 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2

    4) Exam Ref 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services

    5) Mastering Windows Server 2012 R2 (this book is a beast, can be used as a weapon, it is 1668 pages)

    6) Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Configuration, Storage, & Essentials

    I plan to attempt 1 month prep/sit for each exam, and hopefully get MCSA in 3 months. I have already started on the 70-410, and have put in approximately 8 of 43 hrs of 70-410 on testout's course. I have installed evaluation version of windows server 2012 on my VMware workstation machine. I have been following allong with the courses, attempting to reproduce some of the "labs" and such, and using the books to supplement the testout course.
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    #52
    I'd like an invite to the group as well. Working on 410 now.
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    Anyone wanting to join PM me your gmail address and I will send an invite.
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    Greetings,

    I cant send you a message, its say i dont have permission to do that.
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    #55
    Kr1ps, here the same. It seems that we need to have at least 10 posts to be able to use the PM system. (kind of spammers protection).
    This is what I've received after the registration:
    "To prevent new users from sending unwanted private messages to other members new member won't be able to use the PM functionality till they have 10 posts in the forums. (If you are an actual person with no intention to spam, reply to this message and we'll speed up the process. Note this is not required for posting in our forums.)"
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    #56
    I would like to join the group too. Currently studding for 70-412. 410 & 411 already taken.
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    #57

    Default Using a complete Server 2012 R2 Environment.

    Quote Originally Posted by sbhawk View Post
    Hey guys, I am currently studying for the 70-410. I'm a domain admin in my 2008 R2 domain functional level. I work in and out with Server 2008 R2 all day.

    I have a lab on my PC
    AMD FX-8350 8-core CPU
    16GB RAM
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    2x2TB Raid 0 = 4TB
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    I also have a technet subscription

    I am using the Sybex: Master Server 2012 R2 by Mark Menasi
    VERY good book IMHO. However, there really is no designation for 70-410/411/412 material. It's just one gigantic book.

    1. Can you invite me to google hangout?
    2. Anyone using this book to study for the exam? If so, did you read the entire book then take each exam? Or take the 70-410 after certain chapters.

    Much help appreciated! Good luck all!
    You may want to consider running your 2012 VMs LAB inside 2012, there may be some slight differences about running VMs in 2008 R2 and 2012 R2, which may be worth noting for the exams. I completely rebuild my VM enviroment. Installed 2012 R2 and just started making SysPreped 2012 R2 VMs from the ISO. I am using some 2008 R2 VMs also. The great thing about 2012 R2 VMs, is dynamic RAM, with 16GB, you can load them with 1GB to 1.5GB and turn off VMs if not used. Just a suggestion
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    #58
    I've decided to dive into MCSA 2012 as well, with the end goal being a MCSE. I'm going to try and get all this done by December!
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    Yes,

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    Quote Originally Posted by EspiOne View Post
    You may want to consider running your 2012 VMs LAB inside 2012, there may be some slight differences about running VMs in 2008 R2 and 2012 R2, which may be worth noting for the exams. I completely rebuild my VM enviroment. Installed 2012 R2 and just started making SysPreped 2012 R2 VMs from the ISO. I am using some 2008 R2 VMs also. The great thing about 2012 R2 VMs, is dynamic RAM, with 16GB, you can load them with 1GB to 1.5GB and turn off VMs if not used. Just a suggestion
    I'm running my hyper-v manager on Windows 8.1 so it has the same features as 2012 R2 Hyper-V including NIC Teaming, Virtual Switches, Dynamic Memory, and Generation 2/VHDX VMs. You better believe there are benefits! Also, I'd be missing out on a large portion of the exam.

    And just got word that I'll be getting 4 free sticks of 8GB = 32GB of RAM in my desktop. Just had a nerd moment. True story.
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    #61

    Default Mastering Server 2012 R2

    Got my copy of "Mastering Server 2012 R2" last week, WOW that is one thick book.

    May sound like a simple answered question, but should I be using as a reference book or a guide book, I only ask because this gonna take me forever..

    I have currently reading thu the MS Press and Sybex and working on some of the labs, but honestly most of the lab are installing Server and Server Core, which I already did. Getting thu, 70-410. But both books are for 70-417.

    Any comments would be appreciated.
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    EpsiOne:

    I used mastering server 2012 for my MCSA and i found it very useful as a secondary resource. I used CBTnuggets as my primary resource. For objectives that i needed to delve into a little futher, i would reference the book as well as technet.

    I would say it is sufficient to use as a primary resource as it gives an overview of most, if not all of the objectives. However, it depends on your preference, as i find most of the exam books to be longer and dryer than i would prefer. So i relied on CBTnuggets to get me through most of the meat and potatos while referencing additional material.

    If you are following along with labs, i would recommend doing your own "spin" on them and ensuring you are making notes of menus and settings during the installations etc. Just doing simple service setups and installs like many of the labs offer is likely not enough of a prep.

    Hope this helps!

    good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn1986 View Post
    EpsiOne:

    I used mastering server 2012 for my MCSA and i found it very useful as a secondary resource. I used CBTnuggets as my primary resource. For objectives that i needed to delve into a little futher, i would reference the book as well as technet.

    I would say it is sufficient to use as a primary resource as it gives an overview of most, if not all of the objectives. However, it depends on your preference, as i find most of the exam books to be longer and dryer than i would prefer. So i relied on CBTnuggets to get me through most of the meat and potatos while referencing additional material.

    If you are following along with labs, i would recommend doing your own "spin" on them and ensuring you are making notes of menus and settings during the installations etc. Just doing simple service setups and installs like many of the labs offer is likely not enough of a prep.

    Hope this helps!

    good luck
    I agree with this. I am using CBT Nuggets 70-410 with R2 updates as my primary source, and Mastering Server 2012 R2 as my secondary with Technet for deeper insight. I am creating my own lab as I go through the videos. Once I finish the videos I will read through the related chapters and additional sections in the Mastering Server 2012 R2. Then finally take practice tests and I should be more than ready.

    To be honest, watching the videos before reading the book is a great way as Glenn1986 put it.
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    #64
    Guys, do you use any material for lab works? If YES then which ones?
    Best, sacredboy!
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    Hi guys! I'm new to the community here and would like to join the Hangouts group. I think it will help me stay focused and really on track to finish this cert. Looking forward to meeting you all!
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    Sure thing just inbox me your gmail account and I will add you to the group.
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    Not seeing any options to do that--I saw a post earlier saying new users can't...is that true?
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    I would also love to join. This would be a great opportunity to stay focus with like minded people.
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    I would like to join the hangout group but do not have enough posts yet to PM.

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    Go ahead and send me an email with your gmail account.
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    Can you send me another invite shy, I don't know what happened to mine
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    Default System Center, Good Overview or basic knowledge??

    As I am preparing for my 70-417, how important is System Center for this exam. I realize, since I am on the Desktop Infrastructure route, System Center will fall into play for 70-415/70-416.

    I am just wondering if I should set up an addition VM server with SCCM?

    Any input on this, would be appreciated.
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    I am working on my mcsa 2012 right now.

    Right now I am chugging away on the 70-410.
    -wrapping up the book exam ref 70-410 R2 by Zacker today or tomorrow
    -Starting cbt nuggets after above
    -I might also purchase the 70-410 training guide from ms press
    -Purchasing practice test after cbt (not sure measureup or trancender yet)

    Hoping to take the test by the end of July. Whats everyone's thoughts on the training book and practice test?
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    Have not checked on the forum for a while, but I was review the objectives of 70-417 and noticed this, which I am not sure it was there before.
    But this answers my previoius questions, but concerning 70-417.

    So I guess I should install System Center 2012 on one of my VM Servers.

    "Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.This exam has been updated to cover the recent technology updates in Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Centre 2012 R2. For more details, you may review the documents on the exam detail pages for exams 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412."


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