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    Default How do you study and prepare for your MS exams?

    Hello all,

    How do you study for your exams and how many weeks do you start taking practice tests?

    How many hours per day of studying and labbing do you do?

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    When I did my CompTIA exams I gave myself around a month to study for and take the exam. With Microsoft it's a lot harder with more technical questions so you will want to give yourself more time for those exams. I would say I gave myself roughly 3 months for the 70-680. I spent the first 2 months reading books/study notes, watching videos and doing labs - you will want to do A LOT of labs, so much until you literally know everything about what you are practicing (capturing images, setting up bitlocker, using command line applets...).

    The last month was mainly practice exams. I paced myself with these as I had a certain amount of questions and didn't want to repeat the same questions and just remember the answer. MeasreUps is the best resource for this. I customized each test and did a few questions n each section each day (Monday - study notes and do 10/20 questions on Section 1: Installing, Upgrading, Migrating. Tuesday - Section 2...). Go over all your answers, the right ones and the wrong, and see why the answer is what it is. MeasureUps give excellent explanations on these. Review the wrong answers and study those topics again. I did a few full practice tests closer to my exam date and then the full certification exam at the end. This is timed and preps it in similar exam conditions. Hopefully you should score 80%+ on that. If you do, you should be ready for the exam.

    P.S. I hate Microsoft exams!!!!!!!!
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    Thank you Sky.

    Informative and helpful as always.
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    SkylineZ92 , many thanks for your post here. I am now following your foot steps. I have finished reading the theory part of Installing, Upgrading and Migrating. The problem is that I dont know how to do labs at home, I can go to my study centre twice a week but now have to find a way to do labs at home. Any device on that ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by darius.nbp View Post
    The problem is that I dont know how to do labs at home, I can go to my study centre twice a week but now have to find a way to do labs at home. Any device on that ?
    Download a VM tool such as VirtualBox or VMPlayer and set it up as a private network so the clients can communicate with each other. Installation is fairly straight forward but I've listed a link that should help you set up the network settings without any issues.

    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads (select your OS version)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsbxw_jx1wQ

    Download a Windows Server 2008 R2 iso trial from MS and if you have one a Windows 7 iso (home premium or higher), and install both as separate VMs. You can use YouTube to configure additional settings through VirtualBox if needed.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/down....aspx?id=11093 (2008 R2)
    Windows 7 Professional Full Version Free Download ISO [32-64Bit] - Softlay (7 Pro - haven't tried this link myself, only use if you haven't got a separate copy of Win 7).

    Once you have both VMs running and connected on a separate network you can create snapshots within VirtualBox so you don't need to keep reinstalling if something goes wrong. This will be useful as you are using both to test the 70-680 content, so if anything does go wrong you can reload the snapshot in a few minutes.

    Hope this helps!
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    I highly recommend to try and get trials for Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise so you can access the full features such as BitLocker. You need Windows 7 Professional as a minimum so you can join your client computers to the domain.
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    Agreed. I had 2 Windows 7 client VMs and a server 2008 R2 client set up. That way I was able to test out different permissions and tools on both Home Premium and Ultimate from the server and verify the results. For example, testing Applocker rules on both Home Premium and Ultimate as opposed to SRPs only worked on Ultimate as Applocker rules do not apply to Professional and below.
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    I generally spend between 50 and 100 hours preparing for each MS exam. Occasionally I manage to pass exams with less preparation, but only in areas where I already have years of experience. I don't use practice exams beyond those in the Microsoft training books.
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    In my opinion, official practice tests such as Measure Up and Transcender are extremely helpful in preparing for an exam, also helps build confidence and test taking skills (read questions carefully etc).

    The practice tests in MS training books are too easy and not the kind of questions that will appear in the exam.

    I definitely recommend Transcender.
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    Many thanks, time to rock now
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    Thanks to everyone in this Thread, this has been very helpful on my way to the 70-686 exam.
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    Much appreciated. I am going for my MCP, and this guide will help me study correctly. I know it's not a big achievement but I got my MTA in February. Hopefully the MCP will go just a smoothly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svengalx View Post
    Thanks to everyone in this Thread, this has been very helpful on my way to the 70-686 exam.
    I'm currently studying for mine. How are you getting on with it?
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    @Skyline I have had an attempt at the exam but I got 670/1000 close but not close enough. So I am trying to gather more information atm using this forum as a source of information and comfort in knowing that these aren't the easiest exams for a beginner. It's hard not to be discouraged at first but then I found this forum and its been quite helpful.

    @Mike That's a great start. I wish I went that way to begin with, I jumped in the deep end, and its quite difficult. Keep up the good work and you should do great with your MCP goal. Good Luck.
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    If you are willing to use some virtual pc software it is best option for you to work virtualy. You can download Windows server and windows7 from Microsoft Officail website. You can also download iso file for windows 7 https://linuxinpakistan.com/windows-...-download-free
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