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    Default Passed the Beast

    ... Barely. The beast gave a mighty roar. The first few questions was more of a whimper. But the beast wasn't defeated so easily. The beast breathed fire of obscure subnetting and auditing questions. I deflected the breath, waved my sword of RRAS and surprised it by shooting it dead.

    I did very well on RRAS, getting everything right. I thought I'd do better on network infrastructure questions, though. For fun I'll try to find the answers to the questions I thought I missed and read up on auditing.

    All told I earned a 742 out of 1000; passable, not great, but much better than failing.

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    ExamCram SE (Diana Huggins), MCSE In a Nutshell, Microsoft Training Kit (MS Press), TechNet articles. The latter 2 were mostly reference. I didn't read the MS press book cover-to-cover, but I probably should have.

    I also prepped with MeasureUp testing software.

    Experience wise I was the only admin & desktop person for a small company managing Windows and Linux web servers, Linux dns, firewalls, cisco switches, etc. for a number of years; nothing in an AD environment.
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    Congrats on taming the beast!
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
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    Thank you!

    I am probably going to upgrade to MCITP after getting my MCSA - 2 more for MCSA. When I'm going to upgrade I'm not sure yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssampier View Post
    Thank you!

    I am probably going to upgrade to MCITP after getting my MCSA - 2 more for MCSA. When I'm going to upgrade I'm not sure yet.

    Congratz! Yeah I felt like I really accomplished something too when I passed 291. Definitely a big accoplishment. I wish you luck on your next 2 exams to complete your MCSA. 293 is the bigger brother of 291, some call it the monster! Have fun wrestling that, he may not go down so easily
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    Congrats!
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    Thanks again. I am taking 70-290 and 70-299 next (retake).

    70-293 is for MCSE, I don't need to take it. I am, however, on the security track for MCSA*, more or less. I learned 70-299 is very similar to 70-298 which is one of the required designs exams for MCSE (one of the 3).

    Getting my MCSE would be nice, but 5 more exams? Ugh. The worst part is upgrading MCSA to MCITP and upgrading MCSE to MCITP is only a difference of one exam (4 and 3, respectively).

    *I am undecided if I want to do Security+ or not, but I am very interested in security and security careers.
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    Congratulations, well done. In my opinion, the beast is more difficult than the 70-290. You can do it.
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    Well done! That's a difficult test and you did well to get through. Good luck with finishing the MCSA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssampier View Post
    Thanks again. I am taking 70-290 and 70-299 next (retake).

    70-293 is for MCSE, I don't need to take it. I am, however, on the security track for MCSA*, more or less. I learned 70-299 is very similar to 70-298 which is one of the required designs exams for MCSE (one of the 3).

    Getting my MCSE would be nice, but 5 more exams? Ugh. The worst part is upgrading MCSA to MCITP and upgrading MCSE to MCITP is only a difference of one exam (4 and 3, respectively).

    *I am undecided if I want to do Security+ or not, but I am very interested in security and security careers.
    Oh I see. Security+ might be a good idea simply because it'll be good for life if done before the year is out. And in your case it counts both as an elective and a certification of it's own. But whichever route you take, best of luck.
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    Thanks Technito. I am really interested in security since I like all aspects of networking and system administration. It seems in demand as well, since you can't have your digital bits stolen

    70-299 from Microsoft Press is a pretty good book. I liked learning about PKI, IPSec, etc. but the test threw me for a loop; it was assuming knowledge and experience I did not have. My security experience was renaming Windows admin on every computer, limiting user rights and permissions, and being in charge of the firewall.

    Security + sounds interesting, especially since it is used for DoD. However, is it really worth the $258? Decisions, decisions...

    P.S. I may just say "screw it" and try to get my MCSE after all... I am thinking of learning Exchange as well.
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    Tech has a point, these are the last months for S+. Think deeply and make your own conclusion.
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    Default You convinced me

    I just bought 2 books for Security+ via Amazon. Hopefully a couple of weeks of full time studying will be enough.

    Hopefully any future income will outset the high $258 cost. Sheeze, it's like the streets at CompTIA are lined with gold. (We already know the MS streets are lined with gold, silver, and precious gems )

    Studying for the 70-290 now. A lot is old, the CLI stuff is neat.
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    $258 for the S+? Try to search some early expiry voucher, it will definitely cost u less. Of course, be prepared at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssampier View Post
    I just bought 2 books for Security+ via Amazon. Hopefully a couple of weeks of full time studying will be enough.

    Hopefully any future income will outset the high $258 cost. Sheeze, it's like the streets at CompTIA are lined with gold. (We already know the MS streets are lined with gold, silver, and precious gems )

    Studying for the 70-290 now. A lot is old, the CLI stuff is neat.
    If you can be ready by the end of the week for sec+: Security+ Test Voucher Pearson VUE Early Expiry Bundle from GetCertify4Less.com

    If not keep checking the hotdeals on www.getcertify4less.com

    I bought mine for $200

    Didn't even notice that you are a Utah guy. PM me if you want help with the SEC+ I got some things that may help.
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    $258 is the official price, per CompTIA. Did they gather in a room and say, "Let's see we're $8 better than Cisco* - let's charge that."

    I really do appreciate all the welcome and congratulations. I barely know you guys and this already feels like home. I just need a weird Uncle Milton.

    Back to studying.

    *CCNA level anyway, I don't know what the bigger certs cost
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