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    Angry 70-640 Failed

    Hi All!

    I Failed my 70-640 exam today for the second time, I got 643 + 644 in the exams,

    I am really gutted to be honest, because in the areas I failed on in the first exam I excelled in the second exam and vice versa,


    I think when I studied for the second exam I did not touch up on the areas I was strong in on the first exam, and I should of gone over EVEYTHING again!

    Does anyone have any training tips? Good practice exam site? MS exams labs! Or just general advise because I would like to say it might be 3rd time lucky for me!

    Any advice would be appreciated!!
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    Sorry about the fail....

    I'm taking mine tomorrow any tips?
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    i had 5 question on FSMO roles that i was unsure about so make sure you know them, and there was quite a lot of DNS stuff, just take your time and make sure you understand what the questions is asking becasue there are some quietsions that have a list of 9 answers.

    good luck tomorrow!
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    Sorry to hear that dude, I'm in the same boat, failed my 70-640 this morning, what a bastard exam!!! There is so much material to go through its a tough one thats for sure. Not sure what to do about re-sitting as I need to get the 642 and 646 nailed as well and feeling a bit down with it at the moment as I was feeling confident on the lead up and prep for this one!
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    Sorry to hear that, I failed my first attempt last month.

    Taking my second next week, I feel more confidant but it really took a while to get my head right afterwords.
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    nosoup4u, good luck with the resit! Know what you mean, I feel proper shitty after failing this morning, never failed an exam before and its proper messing me up, just gotta work on weak areas and try again I guess!
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    Yeah FSMO and DNS i am OK with my biggest isue seems to be with certs...

    thanks for the heads up. Hopefully you have a free 2nd shot?
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    that was like me i was not to bothered on the first on becasue i was so close, but then when i took it again i failed with the same score! just need to revise more! such a hard exam i think! nah i didnt get a free one Ł99 and exam
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    Hey dude, how is the preparing going, when are you taking the exam again? After failing last week I really don't want to do the resit but know I need to get it in at some point after going through what I can! It certainly is a hard exam and there is so much material to go through too that they can test you on!
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    I think seeing so many of these "Failed 70-640" threads is why I've never been able to sit down and go hard at studying for this exam since I took a break about a year ago to knock Sec + out.
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    sometimes it takes a kick up the backside to get you going again

    my kick was finding out the exchange 2007 exams got retired

    there are second shot offers going atm
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    I failed this exam for the THIRD time today!

    And I was really confident that I have passed it, but when I clicked on "End Review", it told me I got 340/1000! WTF??

    Feels to me like either :

    1. Microsoft is forcing me to study for Server 2012
    2. Microsoft is forcing me to buy new books .... R2 variety
    3. VUE exam centre is making a killing out of me

    I really felt sure I passed this exam and have totally lost confidence in VUE exam centres.
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    Sorry to hear about the fails - realize you guys aren't in the boat alone. MS has really made their exams MUCH more difficult than just a few years ago.

    To kingrob - don't give up. Realize that you have to truly understand the material to pass these exams. Just going through practice exams isn't enough. MS says you should be in a Server Admin role for 6 months to a year before taking these exams. I know that isn't the case for most people taking it, but MS is expecting your knowledge of this stuff to be on that level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingrob View Post
    2. Microsoft is forcing me to buy new books .... R2 variety
    This right here maybe your biggest issue. If you are not using R2 study material you are setting your self up for failure. quite a bit of changes came into R2 and that is what MS will test you over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruwl View Post
    This right here maybe your biggest issue. If you are not using R2 study material you are setting your self up for failure. quite a bit of changes came into R2 and that is what MS will test you over.
    I doubt it.

    Have downloaded the Microsoft 200 page document that highlights all the changes between 2008 and 2008 R2.

    Didn't get anything in the exam that I didn't know about.

    The scariest thing is that I'm still without my results. When I wrote yesterday, the VUE exam centre gave the lame excuse that their print server is offline and they can't print my results. WTF?

    I'm still waiting for my results & you would have thought they would have a backup in place if something like that happens.

    Just feels really suspect to me. I know I've passed the exam.
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    Didn't you see your results when you clicked finish? I get a review period every time then a big page that shows what you scored. Did you see that page?

    As for the changes, there are some large additions to the R2 material. Branch Cache, Direct Access just to name a few.
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    this post is making me cack in my pants!!! my exams on next Monday :S
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    It's an absolute beast of an exam, so you shouldn't feel too downbeat about failing it. I have failed it twice, and despite working as a server administrator for years, I just don't have the hands on experience of most of the technology. Things like RMS and FS are a nightmare to get to grips with when you've never seen them in a production environment, and they made up a fairly sizeable chunk of the exam. As Lexluethar said, you really do need to understands how the technology works. I failed 70-659 twice before finally getting to grips with the technology and learning it to the level required to pass, and so I am doing the same again with 70-640 before trying again. You've got to "lab it up" as they say, and see it all working for yourself.

    Don't be too disheartened over your previous failures, and concentrate on filling the gaps in your knowledge before you make another attempt. You'll get there if you're determined enough!
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    Thanks Saundie, will book an exam date again and start studying + test labs again.
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    Just to make you feel better; I failed it yesterday for the third time, with a score of 605. I'm pretty frustrated with it now!
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    Sorry to hear that Saundie, I failed it first time, got to get a resit it but frankly I am s***ing myself as am limited with time to study and don't want to go for it again just for the sake of it and fail- then again if don't book it in then I will just not bother! Did you find your strong and weak areas similar to previously, also how did the questions stack up with previous attempts, was there much overlap or totally different?
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    That's exactly how I felt about it, so I decided to book it and then force myself to study. Unfortunately that didn't go as well as I planned, as I've forgotten a lot more than I thought. I struggled on the RMS and FS stuff, but not as badly as last time. Rather annoyingly I've lost my results, so I can't recall which areas I was weakest in exactly. I haven't learned any of the command line stuff for managing AD DS, DNS or CS so that'll be my first point of call.

    I am not going to give up like I did last time though, because then all of the studying is for nothing. I've already booked a retake for the 16th of May, which should be enough time to go through the book and look at the command line stuff. I'm not sure how much the NDA permits us to share, but I think it's okay to say that I got some questions from my previous attempts on this latest attempt.
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    Nice one mate, get it in again and smash it next time. Let me know how it goes as my resit is the 24th May, trying to work out the best approach really as knowing me I will do bugger all then try to do stuff the last week, lol. Not sure what we're allowed to say regarding the NDA but the cmd stuff definately worth a recap I reckon- my question was more vague in terms of stuff coming up again but from my last one I know RMS/FS etc were my weakest areas so know where I need to focus more energy- my worry though is I will focus on my weak areas and they wont come up or I'll be weak in areas I previously was strong in but didn't bother to recap for the resit, lol. I admire anyone who puts everything into studying for these but its a fine balance between work, family stuff, studying and having a semblance of a life!
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    I don't know what it is about this exam. I've gotten my bachelors, masters and pmp; never failed a thing and I failed this exam the second time today. The first time my prep was lacking but this time I created a full AD environment with trusts, a two tier PKI, federation services etc. I used two books, Measureup Exam Cram without R2 and Sybex Server 2008 R2 complete study guide. Went through the CBT nuggets series twice incl. R2 update videos.

    I got 68something the first time (late last year) and 681 today with 'Strong' in all the sections.

    I'm also an actual admin, I was a domain admin in a small company before and now I administer an OU a large company now.

    I feel as though 20-30% of the questions come from absolutely nowhere (the phrasing of the question doesn't indicate to me what would be the 'right' choice) and/or reference some hyper specific scenario I've never encountered, is there a book I should buy or a practice exam I should take that can provide better preparation?
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    I had another go at it on Thursday last week, and failed it again - got 681. I thought I had cracked it this time, I really did. I have booked attempt number 5 for mid-June. I'm just glad the failures don't show up on your transcript, because it's getting embarrassing now!
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