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    [QUOTE=TheSuperRuski;491094]Thanks, I will pretend like I know what the Beast is. I am assuming its a server cert, maybe about Active Directory lol, I am not sure.

    Well Pardon me - the Beast is the MS 70 - 291 Server Exam .
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    Awesome job. I have just started to dig into 680, and bought the Poulton book for the Kindle. Excellent read so far. Wish I could get the test disc separate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSuperRuski View Post
    MCTS Book by Don Poulton (Secondary Primary source)
    frik...

    wish i would have come across that book before i purchased the garbage MS Press one

    congrats on the great score
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    I have been(and currently) training for two different jobs at the same time...I am beat lol I can't believe i had to train on a holiday...No respect.

    @Erpadmin
    I really couldn't answer that question because I didn't use that much of the CBT Nuggets videos in my studies. I had train signal first so that was really why I used it. Like I stated earlier, the instructor for TS is a little dry at times. I almost fell asleep on the Firewalls video lol. As far as the test on the cd goes, If you(Not YOU, of course) were a dumper, memorizing the questions on his cd would do you absolutely no good. but understanding the concepts of each question would benefit you greatly. You can definitely do it with out the cd. I only took a few test from it. A few being 2. Its one big question bank broken up into chapters. The exam at the end of the book has the same amount of questions, they might be the same. I will have to get back to you on that one.

    @N2IT
    Thanks man. I just started two different gigs on the same week with a 5 month at home(He is starting to crawl, it's pretty exciting lol) so I know what you mean. Good luck with the SQL gig.

    @Apena7
    Not a problem, I am glad to help.

    @Ally_uk
    I didn't use his deployment section in its entirety. I did from creating the WinPE disc to using imagex to capture the image. Everything else I followed along on TS or CBT. But for those that know, you wouldn't have gotten past the WinPE part in the MS press book lol. I wish i could say it is 100% solid but I didn't go that far.

    @Dr_IT
    I figured it was a server exam. Well it is probably called the beast for good reason, so good luck to you.

    @TranSignalEric
    Thanks. I gotta ask...Do you work for them or just an advocate for there products?

    @Bokeh
    Thanks. I kind of dropped the ball with the deployment section lol Hopefully you or whoever else uses the book can give a better answer to that question.

    @ODNation
    Well I have heard the MS press book ,BESIDES THE DEPLOYMENT SECTION, isn't that bad of a choice. People have past using it before and I am sure they still do.

    Well...I'm off to go fix ATM's lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bokeh View Post
    Awesome job. I have just started to dig into 680, and bought the Poulton book for the Kindle. Excellent read so far. Wish I could get the test disc separate.
    How do you find studying on the kindle? I have one and am skeptical on using it for studying.

    By the way, congrats Ruski!
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    How do you find studying on the kindle? I have one and am skeptical on using it for studying.
    I found it to be a Godsend...I used the Kindle (2nd Generation) to study for Security+ and Project+ and both in different ways.

    With Darril Gibson's Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead, I was able to read the Kindle version straight through and answered his end of chapter exams on Notepad plus the end of book final exam. It was an easy read and I got an 870 on the exam. I had other resources, but after seeing and taking the exam, that book was all I needed.

    With the Project+ Sybex Guide, I had to turn on Text-To-Speech (unlike Darril's book) and read along that way...just to get through the dryness. I spent about 10 days on that book before I invoked my testicular fortitude and sat for that exam. Passed with a 794, but a pass is a pass.

    I credit my Kindle with passing both of those certs and I really have nothing but praise for it. With text-to-speech, certain words will be pronounced messed up and are read in that Stephen Hawking voice (male and female), but that's why I read along with it turned on. I wish all of my books were available on the Kindle device. So easy for me to absorb material. A real good study aid.
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    Ive had my Kindle less than a month. So far so good on studying. The DX makes a difference, since the screen is larger and handles PDFs easier.
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    Thanks for the replies. I noticed that the Security+ book on the kindle is only $9.99. I just may go for it.
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    Congrats on the pass and thanks for all the helpful information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSuperRuski View Post
    ... Microsoft is horrible by the way. That pause when you finish your test for the first time is ridiculously long. AND THEN...it takes you back to the first question asking for comments. I thought the test went down and I had to do it all over again lol. ...
    Actually, I was thankfull that it took me back to a list of all questions (didn't go back to the first one) as I easily forget to mark them for review.
    On my last exam I skipped 3 questions without marking them.

    My previous exam was also the 70-680. It actually crashed on me twice during the exam.

    Anyway, great score!
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    Thanks. I gotta ask...Do you work for them or just an advocate for there products?
    I do work for Train Signal. I like to check these forums out to get great feedback on our courses and read about all these great people passing exams.
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    Congrats on the pass Ruski.

    I am also reading the Cert Guide book for the 70-680, and thus far I really like this book. I find the information easily understood after reading the chapters and going through the practice questions.


    How helpful would you say the practice questions in the book are? Are they similar to what we can expect on the test, or are they easier?
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    Th questions before the chapters in my opinion were easier than the actual test, but then I thought the questions on the CD were harder.

    @Cookie0879
    Well i guess in that case it really helped you. Three questions can add up to a lot on these test. I think I got maybe 5 wrong and that was almost 100 points lol

    @TrainSignalEric
    Well that's cool. At least your not super promoting it or blasting a different vendor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSuperRuski View Post
    KANYESHNA!!!!! lol. That will be 3 certs in 3 months for me. I am on point. Microsoft is horrible by the way. That pause when you finish your test for the first time is ridiculously long. AND THEN...it takes you back to the first question asking for comments. I thought the test went down and I had to do it all over again lol. But it is finally over and I can relax this weekend. Before tackling some more WGU certs.

    So for a detailed review(As promised) of what I used and how effective it was(I thought that prompted for a new thread) Here we go....

    Train Signal (Primary Source)Extremely informative, I really enjoyed how in the first videos it outlines the hardware you will need to do the labs. The way they focus the exam objectives around a fictitious company Globomantics(The way Microsoft uses contoso) was helpful for me because it gave all the objectives a real world application as to when you would use it in the real world and helped cement the idea in my mind.

    MCTS Book by Don Poulton (Secondary Primary source) I personally thought the exam in the book was harder than the actual test. Not the chapter exams, the exam on the CD. With that being said, I would say if you can pass the test on the CD, you can pass the actual exam. Not the "golden ticket"(In my eyes but then again i used a lot of resources) like Darril Gibsons book but a close second. I really enjoyed the pre-test format of the book. Each chapter began with a pre-test that would help you determine if you should read the entire chapter, a section of the chapter or just skip to the review topics point in the chapter. Every chapter also included a memory table with keywords that you were asked to fill out from memory. I did that for every chapter and it really helped when I saw questions I didn't recognize but could eliminate due to knowing exactly what a option was or what it did.

    CBT Nuggets (Second Source)
    I used these primarily because the instructor in Train Signal, although very helpful, was a bit dry at times. The instructor of CBT Nuggets was kind of like Professor Messer in the Net+ videos. He opens with a joke and to me it helped keep me focused, and laugh at times. Especially the story about his sisters diary lol. I didn't watch the entire series so I can't really review them for this test, but I did watch them for the deployment section. I used it to follow along for the labs. And I watched a few videos scattered around. Besides some pretty spotty handwriting they are good videos.

    Professor Messer Videos (Review Source) As stated I used these videos as review videos but they could be used for main source study if you had a good book and did labs. Not currently though, because he is still adding videos. I was lucky enough that he JUST added Resource Access to the collection.

    Miscellaneous material (Review/Passing the time material) I had a Mega Guide from Prep Logic I bought awhile ago when they had a sale on them for 1 dollar a piece. I used the upward mobility app on my ipod, only did about 50 questions or so. Not so bad to pass the time on the subway or wherever you are.

    I current operate Win7 64bit Ultimate edition and I have worked with it in the field for about 6 months so I am no stranger to how things operate on the system. One thing I had to figure out again was IE since I use Firefox and Opera web browsers on the norm. There were about 2 or 3 questions that I had no clue about. Maybe I forgot them or they were Beta questions.

    My print out:
    BG_70-680.jpg

    Well I think that covers everything...I hope this review was helpful.

    i need that book MCTS Book by Don Poulton (Secondary Primary source)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sa3eed_24 View Post
    i need that book MCTS Book by Don Poulton (Secondary Primary source)
    Amazon.com: MCTS 70-680 Cert Guide: Microsoft Windows 7, Configuring (9780789747075): Don Poulton: Books
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSuperRuski View Post
    KANYESHNA!!!!! lol. That will be 3 certs in 3 months for me. I am on point. Microsoft is horrible by the way. That pause when you finish your test for the first time is ridiculously long. AND THEN...it takes you back to the first question asking for comments. I thought the test went down and I had to do it all over again lol. But it is finally over and I can relax this weekend. Before tackling some more WGU certs.

    So for a detailed review(As promised) of what I used and how effective it was(I thought that prompted for a new thread) Here we go....

    Train Signal (Primary Source)Extremely informative, I really enjoyed how in the first videos it outlines the hardware you will need to do the labs. The way they focus the exam objectives around a fictitious company Globomantics(The way Microsoft uses contoso) was helpful for me because it gave all the objectives a real world application as to when you would use it in the real world and helped cement the idea in my mind.

    MCTS Book by Don Poulton (Secondary Primary source) I personally thought the exam in the book was harder than the actual test. Not the chapter exams, the exam on the CD. With that being said, I would say if you can pass the test on the CD, you can pass the actual exam. Not the "golden ticket"(In my eyes but then again i used a lot of resources) like Darril Gibsons book but a close second. I really enjoyed the pre-test format of the book. Each chapter began with a pre-test that would help you determine if you should read the entire chapter, a section of the chapter or just skip to the review topics point in the chapter. Every chapter also included a memory table with keywords that you were asked to fill out from memory. I did that for every chapter and it really helped when I saw questions I didn't recognize but could eliminate due to knowing exactly what a option was or what it did.

    CBT Nuggets (Second Source)
    I used these primarily because the instructor in Train Signal, although very helpful, was a bit dry at times. The instructor of CBT Nuggets was kind of like Professor Messer in the Net+ videos. He opens with a joke and to me it helped keep me focused, and laugh at times. Especially the story about his sisters diary lol. I didn't watch the entire series so I can't really review them for this test, but I did watch them for the deployment section. I used it to follow along for the labs. And I watched a few videos scattered around. Besides some pretty spotty handwriting they are good videos.

    Professor Messer Videos (Review Source) As stated I used these videos as review videos but they could be used for main source study if you had a good book and did labs. Not currently though, because he is still adding videos. I was lucky enough that he JUST added Resource Access to the collection.

    Miscellaneous material (Review/Passing the time material) I had a Mega Guide from Prep Logic I bought awhile ago when they had a sale on them for 1 dollar a piece. I used the upward mobility app on my ipod, only did about 50 questions or so. Not so bad to pass the time on the subway or wherever you are.

    I current operate Win7 64bit Ultimate edition and I have worked with it in the field for about 6 months so I am no stranger to how things operate on the system. One thing I had to figure out again was IE since I use Firefox and Opera web browsers on the norm. There were about 2 or 3 questions that I had no clue about. Maybe I forgot them or they were Beta questions.

    My print out:
    BG_70-680.jpg

    Well I think that covers everything...I hope this review was helpful.
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    Definitely worth bumping this post adfabus. I've got pretty much everything recommended in the opening post lined up for study!
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