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  1. Audentis Fortuna Iuvat veritas_libertas's Avatar
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    Default MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2 Complete Study Guide (Exams 70-640, 70-642 and 70-643)

    I'm probably a little late on this, but I thought I would share it anyhow:



    Amazon.com: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2 Complete Study Guide (Exams 70-640, 70-642 and 70-643) (9780470948460): William Panek: Books


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    Looks like it may be available already in e-format for nook (Barnes & Noble) thing. Hard copy street date is 4/26/2011. I'm anxiously waiting for this myself.

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    I will be picking this up soon as it is released
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    Hopefully I don't need this after Saturday...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by earweed View Post
    Hopefully I don't need this after Saturday...lol
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    Very nice. Hopefully they get this on Books24x7. I have no room for any more print editions but kindle editions lack bonus disc.
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    Just an update. Received an email from Amazon today. This book (hard copy) is being released earlier than originally scheduled and I should have my copy sometime next week (email said between 20th and 22nd).

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    it's about time
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    Quote Originally Posted by spd3432 View Post
    Just an update. Received an email from Amazon today. This book (hard copy) is being released earlier than originally scheduled and I should have my copy sometime next week (email said between 20th and 22nd).

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    Yep mine has been ordered and should be here next week as well. Can't wait!
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    Whether scanning of the books is interdicted?
    If not, whether somebody from you, guys, can scan the book and send it on a e-mail?
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    Or you could buy the book(s) and get the PDF copy of them.
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    Well according to the USPS it's been delivered. However knowing my local mail carrier it's still on the truck. They'll try and deliver it tomorrow when no one is going to be here, so they'll leave a notice. Then it'll be probably Friday before I can actually pick it up, oh well i've got other things to do first before I can even crack it open to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hackmer View Post
    Whether scanning of the books is interdicted?
    If not, whether somebody from you, guys, can scan the book and send it on a e-mail?
    They now have a Kindle edition available. You can use that on your PC.
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    Received mine yesterday, doesn't come with a pdf version on disk. Haven't had a chance to read it yet but will over the long weekend this week.
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    According to tracking info, mine is being cross-decked from FedEx to USPostal Service this morning. It's been 50 miles from me since Monday. I'll probably get it Friday.
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    Has anyone had a chance to crack it open yet? I am getting close to taking the test and need to know if this book has tons of hands-on labs or not.

    I'd buy it if there are walk-through labs of R2-specific concepts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew2000 View Post
    Has anyone had a chance to crack it open yet? I am getting close to taking the test and need to know if this book has tons of hands-on labs or not.

    I'd buy it if there are walk-through labs of R2-specific concepts.

    I only read the first couple of sentences...lol. Just enough to verify that R2 is mentioned.

    I can't immerse myself in it though until after Friday when I (God Willing) pass the CIW Javascript exam. Panek would not write a book without labs though and I am sure they're in there.

    The book is written in three parts to correspond with the 640, 642, and 643. Since I want to read them in order, it looks like I'll be taking the 640 first instead of the 642 like I previously wanted to do. I'm pretty confident that I'll slay the 640 in short order though.

    BTW, I want to apologize for starting this thread with the same name when Veritas had already done so. I didn't see this thread until much later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drew2000 View Post
    Has anyone had a chance to crack it open yet? I am getting close to taking the test and need to know if this book has tons of hands-on labs or not.

    I'd buy it if there are walk-through labs of R2-specific concepts.

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    Opened it last night, ready a couple of pages or so. Although it's gonna have to sit until I can finish up BAC1 and the CCENT. So probably another month or so before I can even really dig into it. Did sign on to do a 08 r2 deployment for a client up here at work however, should give me some good hands on experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drew2000 View Post
    Has anyone had a chance to crack it open yet? I am getting close to taking the test and need to know if this book has tons of hands-on labs or not.

    I'd buy it if there are walk-through labs of R2-specific concepts.

    Thanks,
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    Mine has been delivered. There's a foldout inside the front cover that has the "skills being measured" right off the Microsoft certification web pages with notations indicating in which chapter(s) the skills are presented in. Since I've already taken the 640 and 642 exams, I jumped straight to the beginning of the 643 exam coverage.

    There are eight exercises in chapter 19 (storage - first chapter of 643 exam stuff). The exercises are low level (install storage related features). Only a couple of paragraphs on iSNS and the exercise to install it but nothing that really explains it or how to use it, but really nothing new in this chapter.

    Chapter 20 has coverage of remote desktop services -- 44 pages including review questions and answers, with 25 exercises that appear to be more in depth than those in chapter 19.

    There are additional chapters on the remainder of the subject areas on the exam (wds, media server, sharepoint foundation 2010, hyper-v, iis, etc). The chapters are not very large, but since the "MCTS candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering ..." there are bound to be many things that will only be mentioned in passing with the caveat "beyond the scope of this book".

    Since I didn't already have anything formal for 643 (no earlier books, so was using the links in the sticky) this appears to have everything in one package but if there are (concepts / features / command-line tools) a reader isn't familiar with, then additional research would be required (as it should be anyway).

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    Quote Originally Posted by spd3432 View Post
    Mine has been delivered. There's a foldout inside the front cover that has the "skills being measured" right off the Microsoft certification web pages with notations indicating in which chapter(s) the skills are presented in. Since I've already taken the 640 and 642 exams, I jumped straight to the beginning of the 643 exam coverage.

    Since I didn't already have anything formal for 643 (no earlier books, so was using the links in the sticky) this appears to have everything in one package but if there are (concepts / features / command-line tools) a reader isn't familiar with, then additional research would be required (as it should be anyway).

    Sean
    I've got the Sybex 70-643 version of this book series by Joel Stidley which is fine but its not got the R2 stuff. Would it be worth buying this book just for the 643 R2 stuff? (although could be used as a reference book for the other two exams, not doing those as I did my 70-648 instead.

    The other problem is that this book has not yet been released in the UK
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    Quote Originally Posted by spd3432 View Post
    Mine has been delivered. There's a foldout inside the front cover that has the "skills being measured" right off the Microsoft certification web pages with notations indicating in which chapter(s) the skills are presented in. Since I've already taken the 640 and 642 exams, I jumped straight to the beginning of the 643 exam coverage.

    There are eight exercises in chapter 19 (storage - first chapter of 643 exam stuff). The exercises are low level (install storage related features). Only a couple of paragraphs on iSNS and the exercise to install it but nothing that really explains it or how to use it, but really nothing new in this chapter.

    Chapter 20 has coverage of remote desktop services -- 44 pages including review questions and answers, with 25 exercises that appear to be more in depth than those in chapter 19.

    There are additional chapters on the remainder of the subject areas on the exam (wds, media server, sharepoint foundation 2010, hyper-v, iis, etc). The chapters are not very large, but since the "MCTS candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering ..." there are bound to be many things that will only be mentioned in passing with the caveat "beyond the scope of this book".

    Since I didn't already have anything formal for 643 (no earlier books, so was using the links in the sticky) this appears to have everything in one package but if there are (concepts / features / command-line tools) a reader isn't familiar with, then additional research would be required (as it should be anyway).

    Sean

    Thanks Sean. I ordered a copy last night. I am hoping to find some decent labs in the 70-642 section, just for more practice with 2008 R2-specific topics.

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    So I have gone ahead and started reading the new R2 book.

    One of things I'm reading in the "Tip" section describing the Microsoft exams (before I get to the real stuff) is that Microsoft no longer offers a score. And I quote:

    "Also, Microsoft no longer offers a score. Now you will only be told if you pass or fail."

    I don't know if this is a recent change or not, but I could swear I've read posters saying they got 900, 700, 6xx on their exams. Is this accurate?

    It's not like I'm not going to keep reading if it is or isn't, but I'm just curious, is all.
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    My last exam was on 7 april. And it was scored. May be in near future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by erpadmin View Post
    So I have gone ahead and started reading the new R2 book.

    One of things I'm reading in the "Tip" section describing the Microsoft exams (before I get to the real stuff) is that Microsoft no longer offers a score. And I quote:

    "Also, Microsoft no longer offers a score. Now you will only be told if you pass or fail."

    I don't know if this is a recent change or not, but I could swear I've read posters saying they got 900, 700, 6xx on their exams. Is this accurate?

    It's not like I'm not going to keep reading if it is or isn't, but I'm just curious, is all.
    This has caught my attention too in the past, I believe this is actually an old statement that they didn't remove or update.

    We would've heard of it if it's something new (like the price increase)
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    Quote Originally Posted by za3bour View Post
    We would've heard of it if it's something new (like the price increase)

    I don't have to (as of yet) worry about the price increase as I get vouchers for the exam. This becomes a concern when I gun for the DBA-2008 exams, and if things go according to plan, I might actually have that by year's end. I may or may not do the 646 but I gotta see if I can fit that in my schedule. My primary concern is doing the EA, which are already covered by vouchers.



    BTW, I know I'm terribly late, but congrats on your EA [I can't remember if I did or not already.] I've been so busy with my other classes that I haven't been following the MCITP thread.

    I still plan on going what I call the "za3bour" track of one exam a month... I know you had to deviate from that, as you got a new job...but you are still my hero. In my case, I have to do it if I plan on graduating by the end of the year.
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