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    @Carl - No, not yet . I have been busy at work and don't feel confident enough to take the exam. Additionally we were forced into a 2 day ITIL course and I have decided to get that out of the way as it's suddenly a work requirement....depending on how easy the ITIL is I might just cram up and write the exam.
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    Reading this book as prep for the 70-432. I am 3/4 of the way through and finding it VERY helpful and informative this far. Definitely recommend it! SQL Server 2008 Administration in Action: Rod Colledge: 9781933988726: Amazon.com: Books
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    @ Carl - nice one, I can see it's got some really good reviews. I've also had a chance to go through a friend's copy of Beginning Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administration: Chris Leiter, Dan Wood, Michael Cierkowski, Albert Boettger: 9780470440919: Amazon.com: Books and, though I would not recommend it as a study guide for the exam, I think it's a good read for a junior level dba. When do you intend to sit for your exam ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorodzai View Post
    @ Carl - nice one, I can see it's got some really good reviews. I've also had a chance to go through a friend's copy of Beginning Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administration: Chris Leiter, Dan Wood, Michael Cierkowski, Albert Boettger: 9780470440919: Amazon.com: Books and, though I would not recommend it as a study guide for the exam, I think it's a good read for a junior level dba. When do you intend to sit for your exam ?
    I still need to read the other book 'the real MCTS 70-432..'. I have it here at my house and glanced over it, I think I've already covered most of it so I can probably read in 2-3 weeks. After that, I'll plan to spend probably 1-2 weeks reviewing other concepts I don't feel confident in (Keeping a running list of things to research with BOL). Hoping to sit the exam in early December.

    Thanks for the link for that other book. If I fail the exam, I will check that book out.

    In September I took the MTA database fundamentals and passed the exam. It actually covered a lot more than I expected, including transactions, backups, indexes, ect.

    As of now, I have read the 70-432 by Mike Hotek, and will have read the Real MCTS and the SQL Server 2008 Administration in action before the exam. I have also used the orange SQL Server 2008 Unleashed book for reference with about 3 years of SQL Server administration experience.

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    I think mid December is the most realistic period I can look at sitting the exam - I just don't want to drag it into next year as I have taken long enough already. Overall how did you find the MTA ?

    My biggest problem at the moment is lack of confidence, I just feel I am not comfortable enough with all the topics covered to confidently walk into the exam room
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorodzai View Post
    I think mid December is the most realistic period I can look at sitting the exam - I just don't want to drag it into next year as I have taken long enough already. Overall how did you find the MTA ?

    My biggest problem at the moment is lack of confidence, I just feel I am not comfortable enough with all the topics covered to confidently walk into the exam room
    I used the MS official guide for the exam. It covered a ton of basics. Some of it was refresher, some was detail stuff I didn't know. The exam was less than 50 questions, IIRC. I think it only took me about 20 minutes and I scored 100%.

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    Thanks for that. True, no point in agonising and not taking the dive especially with the MS second shot still running.
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    I am 100 pages deep into Tom Carpenter's book. So far it's decent, mostly review but good to see the same stuff multiple times!
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    Cool, I do find the repetition a bit annoying at times but it is a solid book and it has better reviews than the MS Press book. Do you work with SQL databases on a daily basis ?
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    Cool, I do find the repetition a bit annoying at times but it is a solid book and it has better reviews than the MS Press book. Do you work with SQL databases on a daily basis ?
    I agree! It is very repetitive and a lot of information is given that really isn't related to the 732 but maybe it is for the 450?

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    I guess the repetition helps to drill in the information. Yeah, I work with SQL on a daily basis, I support a card payment system that runs on SQL. To be honest my work involves more running of queries than administration per say but I'd like to do 70-432, 70-433 and 70-450 before they get retired. It will be a while before we upgrade to SQL 2012 (in fact some of our clients are still on SQL 2000) so am not to fussed about the SQL 2012 certs.
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    Are you still pursuing 2008 or jumping to 2012?
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    Taking the mighty leap and jumping to 2012.....
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    I think that is a wise move. These exams aren't cheap so you may as well get the most recent one. I hit 461 strong yesterday, I was off work and I am going to hit it again today.
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    nice one.....
    yeah, I think the differences between 2008 and 2012 are not so huge that I need to restrict myself to 2008, might as well go for the latest.
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    I may schedule my exam this week, since there is the 2nd shot vouchers. Just go in with a who cares attitude but relaxed. They may be the winning receipt.

    Then you always have the 2nd voucher to fall back on. I failed 433 a few years back. 550 or so, the XML killed me. I have be reading over the XML so it shouldn't take me by surprise this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msltechie View Post
    Hey there - I have a few questions for you about your studies. Are you using the Syngress Real MCTS book you mentioned in your first post? I read somewhere, either here or in an book review, that it's riddled with errors and that you have to request errata and updates from the publisher. Did you get any of that?

    I, too, am pursuing 70-432. I ran thru the MS Press TKIT just to get a sense what MS wants us to know, but I felt it was kind of weak in terms of depth and real teaching material. I'm coming back to SQL Server after bouncing around in other areas of IT. I looked at the VTC series and completely agree with you, there's not enough there to really learn the material. I've started the Real World book that everyone mentions; it's good. After that, the AiA book looks promising.

    Do you have any practice tests? Recommend any? I was considering the uCertify folks. They've appeared 'sketchy' in the past but now they get a clean rating with certguard.com. The selftest software questions seem to be well-received, too.

    Thanks for answering, and good luck to you!

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