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    Cool Passed 70-291!!

    I passed my final exam on Windows Server this morning for MCSA!! It was definitely the hardest Microsoft exam so far I have taken but not impossible. The beast has been defeated and I'm now MCSA certified. I used the MS press kit book, Exam Cram, TechExams TechNotes, and Microsoft TechNet articles which had good information to expand on DNS, DHCP, and RRAS topics. I'm now deciding if I should take a break and get the MCDST certification before it expires in June or skip it and continue on my MCSE certification track.

    Good luck to everyone taking the exam!!
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    Congrats. If I was going to do some MS exams, 291 would be on the list because it looks cool. What's up next for you ?
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    Congrats on your pass! The MCDST should be easy after the 291.
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    Great job on passing the 70-291 exam.
    I recommend going to Windows 2008, starting with 70-642.
    A lot of 70-642 tests objectives look to be the same as what 70-291 covered (concept wise).
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    I plan on upgrading to MCITP once I finish my MCSE/CCNA certification track since I'm almost finished.
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    Well done mate! This is a nice exam to get under your belt. I remember it well for being the only MS exam that required a retake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakinggamer87 View Post
    I passed my final exam on Windows Server this morning for MCSA!! It was definitely the hardest Microsoft exam so far I have taken but not impossible. The beast has been defeated and I'm now MCSA certified. I used the MS press kit book, Exam Cram, TechExams TechNotes, and Microsoft TechNet articles which had good information to expand on DNS, DHCP, and RRAS topics. I'm now deciding if I should take a break and get the MCDST certification before it expires in June or skip it and continue on my MCSE certification track.

    Good luck to everyone taking the exam!!
    I am gonna take the exam this month, any tips!!!
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    I am gonna take the exam this month, any tips!!!
    Don't suck.

    JK. This exam is tough and has earned it's reputation as the beast. Based on the passed/fail notes that I see on these forums it looks like about half of people fail on their first time. So if it happens, don't get discouraged.

    This exam requires lots of labbing and hands on experience. You can't understand this by just reading a book. So if you don't have a lab in place, be prepared to build one for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsbane View Post
    Don't suck.

    JK. This exam is tough and has earned it's reputation as the beast. Based on the passed/fail notes that I see on these forums it looks like about half of people fail on their first time. So if it happens, don't get discouraged.

    This exam requires lots of labbing and hands on experience. You can't understand this by just reading a book. So if you don't have a lab in place, be prepared to build one for this.

    Thanks alot for the tips i will keep in mind all the things u said!! Also, is the 'BEAST' the toughest only in the MCSA or the whole 7 exam MCSE? Thanks again!!
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    From what I hear, 293 is much tougher.
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    293 makes 291 look like a walk in the park. I thought 291 was fairly easy with a lot of short answer questions and the material was pretty straight forward. 293 had 50 VERY long questions and it took me almost the whole time to take the test. I was very glad to be done with 293...

    To use a runner analogy 291 was a hilly 10K with 70 degree weather and 293 was a hilly marathon in 85 degree weather.
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    Also, is the 'BEAST' the toughest only in the MCSA or the whole 7 exam MCSE? Thanks again!!
    Not even close. For me the higher you go the harder they get. In my opinion at least, the 299 (optional exam for the security specialty) was harder than the 294 which was harder than the 293 which was harder than the 291.

    I have the 298 scheduled for Monday and I expect this one to be harder than all of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsbane View Post
    Not even close. For me the higher you go the harder they get. In my opinion at least, the 299 (optional exam for the security specialty) was harder than the 294 which was harder than the 293 which was harder than the 291.

    I have the 298 scheduled for Monday and I expect this one to be harder than all of them.
    so 298 is the toughest! Best of luck for your exam and tell us how did it go.
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    70-298 was similar in content to 70-299 - it was just a totally different format. I am not a big fan of the testlet format and 298 uses this format, so find some practice exams and get used to the format.

    You'll love it when you get a testlet that has large amounts of info about one subject (like say remote access) and then there are ZERO questions in the testlet about remote access. Just a lot of worthless material to make you waste time and add confusion.

    I did not think 299 was that hard, but I have some security experience in my job. I agree that 293 and 294 were a pain, but I also had some AD experience so 294 was not that tough.

    Good luck on 298.
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    I am appearing for 70-291 on saturday, this is my last exam on the MCSA track,so if i pass, will i be immediately recognised as MCSA certified or i have to wait for the e-mail from microsoft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yuddhidhtir View Post
    I am appearing for 70-291 on saturday, this is my last exam on the MCSA track,so if i pass, will i be immediately recognised as MCSA certified or i have to wait for the e-mail from microsoft.
    The exam will appear on your transcript generally 1 - 2 days after you've passed it, it may then take another 2 - 3 days before it recognises your an MCSA. Don't panic, give it time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by origdav View Post
    The exam will appear on your transcript generally 1 - 2 days after you've passed it, it may then take another 2 - 3 days before it recognises your an MCSA. Don't panic, give it time!

    also i am unable to log in mcp site, i think it[my id] got expired or something, it says page not found ! they did sent me the code after my 1st exam but now it is not working. so my question is ...from where will i get my certificate? do prometric centre provides it[ of course with fees, shipping charges etc] OR it is important to get my login for mcp site.
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    I just logged in.

    Agreed with what origdav said. I passed the 70-298 last monday, saw it posted on my transcript on Tuesday night, and then got the MCSE on Wednesday night. I know it's hard, just gotta be patient and it will all go through.

    To get your certificate, you need to first log into the MCP site. I would send an email to mcphelp@microsoft.com to assist with getting you in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsbane View Post
    I just logged in.

    Agreed with what origdav said. I passed the 70-298 last monday, saw it posted on my transcript on Tuesday night, and then got the MCSE on Wednesday night. I know it's hard, just gotta be patient and it will all go through.

    To get your certificate, you need to first log into the MCP site. I would send an email to mcphelp@microsoft.com to assist with getting you in.
    DO i have to send an e-mail to microsoft? yesterday i passed the 70-291 with 760 so i completed my MCSA. I thought it takes 7 days or more for the transcript to appear, but after completing the required 4 exams u will get atleast a simple paper just like u get after the exam, that u r an MCSA. but i guess i have to wait for a week
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakinggamer87 View Post
    I passed my final exam on Windows Server this morning for MCSA!! It was definitely the hardest Microsoft exam so far I have taken but not impossible. The beast has been defeated and I'm now MCSA certified. I used the MS press kit book, Exam Cram, TechExams TechNotes, and Microsoft TechNet articles which had good information to expand on DNS, DHCP, and RRAS topics. I'm now deciding if I should take a break and get the MCDST certification before it expires in June or skip it and continue on my MCSE certification track.

    Good luck to everyone taking the exam!!

    will u please tell me how is the structure of the exam?? is it 3 or 4 hours??
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    u will get atleast a simple paper just like u get after the exam, that u r an MCSA. but i guess i have to wait for a week
    Microsoft will not automatically send you a "paper" after getting your MCSA anymore. You will have to order your transcript or certificate from Microsoft now.
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    You can print your certificate all you like after it becomes available for download.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonNOA1 View Post
    Microsoft will not automatically send you a "paper" after getting your MCSA anymore. You will have to order your transcript or certificate from Microsoft now.
    I just wanted an confirmation, that i am an MCSA just after the exam. Anyways, i downloaded my certificate from mcp site which i am now able to log in. Does everybody orders the certificate? or its just a choice? thanks for the reply
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    Quote Originally Posted by yuddhidhtir View Post
    I just wanted an confirmation, that i am an MCSA just after the exam. Anyways, i downloaded my certificate from mcp site which i am now able to log in. Does everybody orders the certificate? or its just a choice? thanks for the reply
    I order mine. I usually try to stack them up because I'm not gonna pay $10 a piece. I'm kind of upset with them now though. Placed my order back on like the 24th and was supposed to receive them last week (How long does it take to print 5 sheets of paper and stick them in an envelope?) but they have yet to arrive.
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