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    Thumbs up Windows Server 2012 MCSE Beta Exams

    Check your email, the beta codes for 71-413, 71-414, 71-415, and 71-416 are out. I got registered for all of them.
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    Thanks for the heads up, I registered for 413 and 414.
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    Registered for the same exams here as well. Time to get studying!
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    Anyone have any info on study materials for these exams or what the 2008 equivalent exams are? I too registered for all 4. I have some new hardware so I'm thinking of putting it to use over the next couple of weeks setting up a lab/test environment, or as I've indicated to management, a "burn-in".
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    Are the beta codes publicly available guys? Are you able to pm me with the codes or are the betas by invite only or something?
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    For now it looks like it is invitation only. You'll want to make sure that you have your SME profile up to date. https://connect.microsoft.com/Survey...spx?SiteID=862
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    Anyone take the exams and have impressions? I think I failed 413 since I didn't focus enough on certain topics. If so, once there is a study guide available I'll use it to study for a retake. It seemed very passable as long as you study the right material it. I feel better about 414 but you never know. Hopefully I passed at least one of them since MS exams are expensive and I am not sure my employer will reimburse me for taking MS exams.
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    I have to concur, I had a similar experience. I only got a night's study time for each one unfortunately so I focused on the wrong areas. It did have the benefit of highlighting a few of the really interesting features of Server 2012 though. I think I have a shot of having passed 414 but 413 is most likely a fail. I like that it felt like they were returning to the difficulty of the 2003 MCSE exams. The 2008 exams, at least back when I took them, felt like they were entirely focused on what's new rather than a more big picture look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MentholMoose View Post
    Anyone take the exams and have impressions? I think I failed 413 since I didn't focus enough on certain topics. If so, once there is a study guide available I'll use it to study for a retake. It seemed very passable as long as you study the right material it. I feel better about 414 but you never know. Hopefully I passed at least one of them since MS exams are expensive and I am not sure my employer will reimburse me for taking MS exams.
    The beta results are on Prometric. My results are the opposite of what I expected... I passed 413, but failed 414. Hopefully they will send a score report so I can see how close I was and determine what to focus on for a re-attempt, if I decide to go through with it. For 417 I'll wait for the MS Press book:
    Exam Ref 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012: J.C. Mackin: 9780735673045: Amazon.com: Books
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    Thanks for reminding me, I completely forgot I was waiting on results for this. I can report the same as MentholMoose, passed 413 and failed 414. Looking back I had the same prediction as well. I guess I had better get to work on the 417, I've got a bit of free time right now to study.
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    I am disappointed in myself. I failed them all. I came out thinking that I might have passed 1 or 2 of them. So I will be taking 417, 413, and 414. I am not sure if I will get the 417 book or the books for each 410, 411, and 412.
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    Default Passed 71-412 - Advanced Windows Services

    I passed the above beta back in August. It must have been by the skin of my teeth or due to much 2008 R2 applicable knowledge. I am taking 70-417 tomorrow, so hopefully I remember much of what I knew the first time since I think some of the same questions will be asked again.
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