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  1. Senior Member cyberguypr's Avatar
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    Default Passed 70-659 - tips + resource list

    I just passed 70-659 this morning with 850. Not my best score but given I don't work with Hyper-V every day I'll take it. I started studying for this early December and built a lab at home and one in the office a week before Christmas. My labs are definitely overkill but I really wanted to learn this stuff, not just pass the exam. The test is fair and lines up nicely with the objectives. I didn't find any major surprises other than obscure commands that I haven't seen in my studies. Storage and networking are key areas so make sure you understand features and limitations. VMM is also an important area. I'm glad I decided to add the Mastering SCVMM book to my resources. It definitely paid off.

    I may entertain going for the VA cert as the other thing on my radar is CISSP but just don't have the time right now. We'll see.

    Resources:

    - Reviewed all TE posts regarding 70-659, started here: 70-669 Resources
    - Amazon.com: Mastering Microsoft Virtualization (9780470449585): Tim Cerling, Jeffrey Buller: Books
    - Amazon.com: Mastering Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (9780470463321): Michael Michael, Hector Linares: Books
    - Courses 10936 through 10940 (free for MS registered partners)
    - Aidan Finn, MVP
    - Exam 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
    - Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Virtualization


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    - Freenas 8 on an old IBM x336
    - Openfiler on old IBM x306
    - ESXi 4.1 on an old HP D7600

    Work Lab:
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    - NetApp FAS2040 for iSCSI, CSV, etc.
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    Congrats! What's next? Any plans to take the 70-403 (SCVMM) exam?
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    Congrats!
    2013 Goals:
    CEH [X] RHCSA [X]

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  5. Senior Member cyberguypr's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MentholMoose View Post
    Congrats! What's next? Any plans to take the 70-403 (SCVMM) exam?
    I'm very tempted to complete the MCITP:VA so most likely 70-669 followed by 70-693.
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    Congrats on pass!!
    2014 Certification Goals: VCP-Cloud [] Linux+ [] CCNA: Security []
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    Very nicely done. Go get that VA!

    EDIT: Or maybe look at the VCP, seems to offer a lot more ROI.
    Got a blog going - http://virtualizati0n.wordpress.com/

    En route to the VCDX with a totally fictitious design. Yep, totally fictitious.

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    Congratulations.
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    Congratulations friend!
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    Congrats on the pass and thanks for the tips! I will be taking it at the end of the month.
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    Congrats on pass and thanks for sharing - it is very helpful resources. I was studying for month already, but felt that I need to work more on SCVMM. Now I'm definitely getting Mastering SCVMM book.
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    Congrats on the pass. I'm studying for it right now. How would you rate the test?
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