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MCTS 70-652 – Study tips and links

November 17th, 2008

I’ve just this afternoon passed the Microsoft 70-652 exam, making me an MCTS for Windows Server Virtualisation.

I didn’t get a lot of time to study and basically spent the best part of yesterday and this morning using the exam preperation guide, technet and google to piece together everything I needed to know. There is not a lot of published material out there at the moment,  most of the books on amazon, etc appear to be due out later this month, so it was a bit of a struggle.

With this in mind I thought it would beneficial to publish some of the websites that I used for studying and clarifying specific points.

 

Other pointers I can give you,  well brush up on the following especially

  • Disks – know the different types and how they work, IDE and SCSI controllers
  • Snapshots – really know this, even snapshots for deployment?
  • Networking – know the different types and how they work.
  • Larger Networks – Think of ISCSI host connections and cluster heartbeats.
  • Failover Clustering – It’s key to Hyper-V availability so make sure you know it.
  • SVCMM – SCOM integration and migrating VMs between hosts.
  • Hyper-V – know how to install both full and server core versions.

 

I’m glad I took the time and did the exam, unfortunately I won’t get much of a chance to use the skills in the day job as we currently utilise VMWare.  However I have seen enough during my revision and lab testing to see that Microsoft have got themselves a very good base product.  With the Windows 2008 R2 release being worked on I can only imagine it will get better.  Enjoy studying…. (if that’s possible!!)

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