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    Unhappy 4th Fail Attempted

    Well the more i take this exam the more i don't want to try again. The feeling I get just really sucks, and makes me think am i ever going to pass this exam. I believe that my labbing is sucking so much. At work i don't work on servers at all. The lab work some times in these books help but need more labbing done. I'm not to upset since I didn't have to pay for it but i'm getting close the 5th try.

    I'm going to wait until 1st/2nd week of Feb to take the exam. I'm still going to continue studying and stuff. I have a new current book i started to read so I'm going to finish that one. This time around I felt much better taking the exam. I got a higher score on the GPO section. I had some powershell questions but no IP6 questions.

    I guess all i could do is study, read more , and pray.

    Thank you all for the advice, and some links to help me. My friend bought me 70-410 install and Configure "MS Official Academic Course book" She didn't know i was taking the exam today. Said to try it out since it's a lab course and I could follow it. I will have to try that and continue reading.

    SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!
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    Unlucky mate. At least you're not put off by the fail, what was your score if you don't mind me asking?
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    Man, that's not funny already.
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    My score was 544. I know it's low but to me it's a better score then my other stores I got.
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    Ah shucks! I can imagine this being a difficult test if you don't use it every day. Have you used the official training guide?
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    Quote Originally Posted by techfiend View Post
    Ah shucks! I can imagine this being a difficult test if you don't use it every day. Have you used the official training guide?
    The official training guide? Which one are you talking about ?
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    The Don Poulton book helped my immensely with the 410 so if you don't have that one I too advise getting it.
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    The books I have current are below.

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    Don Poulton Cert Guide

    Mastering Windows Server 2012r2 ebook/book

    Installing and configuring windows server 2012r2 training Guide "Mitch Tulloch"

    Installing and Configuring WS2012 - Exam Ref 70-410

    Just received this one from a friend.

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    Microsoft Official Academic Course (2014-06-16). 70-410 Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 Lab Manual (Microsoft Official Academic Course Series) (Page i). Wiley. Kindle Edition.

    You would think that with these books I would of passed the exam already.
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    Are you studying consistently or studying, taking a break days at a time then moving on the next section? How much time would you say you're spending between labbing and reading? Have you done any video training? There are some options on YouTube that might help.
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    @Louie1277

    544 isn't bad. The thing is you're sticking to it and trying to knock it out of the park! Keep up the work and you'll feel great when you finally see that PASS at the end of the exam
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    I connect to servers remotely at work, but I don't complete any major work on them, setup users, GPO ect...


    I have been studying for this exam as well.
    This isn't an easy exam.
    Here is what I have been using:

    MS Exam Reference
    Sybex 70-410 Book
    Pluralsight videos for 70-410
    ItPro TV
    Measureup virtual labs

    When I take the measure up practice tests I only get 20% right. I'm still labbing myself.

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    What are you using to study for the exam?
    when looking at the other exams attempts for the 70-410, does your score improve with each test?
    Are you using any practice tests?


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    My recommendations:
    1) Get a practice test Measure,boson, ect
    Take the first round of questions in certification mode.
    a. See what areas you're weak in.
    b. complete labs for these areas.
    c. take the test again. Did your score improve?
    d. see what questions you got wrong. Take the practice test with the minimal practice questions until you get close to 80%.
    e. review the questions you got wrong and take the test again and shoot for 80%
    F take the practice test with all questions 150 or so depending on the vendor. Shoot for 80% or higher score.


    I recommend the following for labs:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/networkedminds/playlists

    ITprotv has virtual labs and video courses
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    One thing I don't like about these exams is that it feels like you're forced to do things the Microsoft way.
    There are so many resources I have used that reference "in the real world" we do it this way.
    Sometimes I feel like we are forced to be a cheerleader for the way Microsoft would like us to use their products.
    Also, I think these exams limit the candidates , because it's more about how Microsoft wants things done, and less about how to be a Network administrator.

    Does anyone else feel the same way?
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    I don't think you're being forced to do anything. These exams are 100% optional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkingStudent View Post
    One thing I don't like about these exams is that it feels like you're forced to do things the Microsoft way.
    There are so many resources I have used that reference "in the real world" we do it this way.
    Sometimes I feel like we are forced to be a cheerleader for the way Microsoft would like us to use their products.
    Also, I think these exams limit the candidates , because it's more about how Microsoft wants things done, and less about how to be a Network administrator.

    Does anyone else feel the same way?
    I imagine that's to be expected for a Microsoft exam. They'll have their own specific products and the way they want things done. I think employers will obviously know that you won't be doing everything 100% the the Microsoft 'Best Practices' and everything, but at the same time, certifications help them see that at the very least, they'll just be training you on the way they do things, and not the foundation items, like how configuring DNS works. Then they can just say "Here's how our DNS is setup, make the changes" rather than "Here's how DNS works, here's the Server 2012 interface, and here's what we want".

    For Louie1277, do they show you specifically where your scores were lower? I have the test in January, and I'm curious if it's going to show me specifically where I struggled, so I can say "Oh, well I guess I need to work on Group Policy more".
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    Sorry to hear that. I failed one of the O365 exams two times and I took a break and work on another vendor cert before attempting again and I passed on the third try.

    A break can be good to get a refresher. You're very persistent and that is commendable.

    Just be aware that if you fail the exam five times in one year you will have to wait an entire year before you are allowed to attempt again.
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    The Official Microsoft MOAC guide book/lab books are superb and you can get them second hand on eBay. I really would recommend these.
    The green exam ref books are really dry in my opinion and not really easy to learn from. I find best way of learning is from CBT Nuggets and Pluralsight. Watch the videos carefully and do some labbing after the video and then watch the video again. Good luck and don't give up....
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    Quote Originally Posted by seth479 View Post
    Are you studying consistently or studying, taking a break days at a time then moving on the next section? How much time would you say you're spending between labbing and reading? Have you done any video training? There are some options on YouTube that might help.
    I study every day at least 1/2 hrs depends. But some days i skip. Now i read more then labbing because the books some times doesn't have enough examples or "Follow ME" sections. I would say I have less lab work then reading.

    @Kore

    Yes that's what I'm afraid of. But I'm going to wait until next year to take it again. That would reset on how many times I have taken it.

    @culpano
    I will have to see which book you are talking about.

    I'm going to take a like 2 days off from reading then starting over again. I will pass this dam exam NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!!!
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    I would hate to play you in anything that focuses on endurance.....I would get my butt kicked
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    Are you someone who learns better by reading or actually using the material?

    I saw on another thread I think where your boss handled most of the server stuff and you were trying to do it on a laptop?. Have you thought about seeing if your employer has some old systems you could install an eval version on and truly dive in to it?
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    I learn better doing stuff.. creating and breaking stuff is how i learn. like i said I plan on practicing on my laptop more.
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    Not sure what resources you are using, all of these are listed in this forum, but I will do you the favor and repost them. the official Microsoft books are useless.

    Book:
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    From some online friends who've taken the 410 they recommend studying for 411 as well before taking the 410. Apparently there's quite a bit of material on the test that is covered by studying the 411 material. Doesn't make any sense, but as they have their MCSA's and I don't I can't really dispute it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mguernsey View Post
    From some online friends who've taken the 410 they recommend studying for 411 as well before taking the 410. Apparently there's quite a bit of material on the test that is covered by studying the 411 material. Doesn't make any sense, but as they have their MCSA's and I don't I can't really dispute it.
    This is true. Domain CONTROLLER Cloning is one thing I would make sure you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knownhero View Post
    This is true. Domain Cloning is one thing I would make sure you know.
    Well, that's going to be fun if I have to add even more stuff to my study list.

    I've been frustrated enough while trying to take my practice exams, because it's hard to limit the knowledge to just the stuff I've worked on.

    I noticed things like NIC teaming and DHCP showing up in my testing for "Configuring Servers" since it's definitely something you would do to configure a new one. Unfortunately, I've only read/watched the first half of the 410 videos, so that's all stuff I have yet to hit yet.
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