Book ’em, Danno – the Windows Server 2008 exams caught stealing from Server 2008 R2

November 12, 2010 at 9:51 am | Posted in Microsoft, Vendor news | 19 Comments
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I’ve recently had to face two startling facts. First, CBS is airing a remake of Hawaii 5-0, the TV series that starred Jack Lord as Detective Steve McGarrett and ran from 1968 to 1980; and second, the Windows Server 2008 tests have been updated to include 2008 R2.

News of the series remake is all over the TV, but I didn’t see any shiny, flashy TV commercials alerting me of the R2 update release dates. The test numbers remain the same and as far as we know, there were no 2008 R2 beta tests released. But I have heard from many of you who’ve recently taken the 70-640, 70-642, and 70-643 tests that the test included a disclaimer about some of the questions not counting toward the score. This usually means a beta pool of questions was tested in the live exam. I’ve since confirmed that these tests were indeed updated to include topics specific to Windows Server 2008 R2 servers and Windows 7 clients.

No one is really comfortable with change, but it’s a part of life. For my money, Jack Lord will always be Steve McGarrett. I think that if they wanted to create a new TV show about hip surfing cops on the Honolulu police force, they should have given it a different name, but they didn’t. I have to live with it. Microsoft has essentially created tests on a different operating system with the same name. I would have preferred they asked for my opinion before releasing said updates, but they didn’t. I just have to live with it.

Now that I’ve had some time to get over it and accept change as a fact of life, I’d like to help you get on top of it. This change is a lot more far-reaching than switching the words “Windows Server 2008” and “Vista” with “Windows Server 2008 R2” and “Windows 7.” There are many functional and practical differences between 7 and Vista, and a few fairly significant ones between 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008.

An upgrade from Server 2008 to Server 2008 R2 is not free, unless you have software assurance. You have to pay for it. However, there are a few ways to prep for the Windows Server 2008 R2 tests without paying extra money:

To be successful on any Microsoft certification exam, you MUST know the objectives and sub-objectives on the Skills Measured tab on the prep guide for the test. I’ve gone over the old and new versions, and cataloged a few of the big updates on the 70-640, 70-642 and 70-643 tests for your convenience.

70-643 TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring

The Configuring Remote Desktop Services objective, which is 26% of the test, has changed. In Windows Server 2008, there was no Remote Desktop Services. It was called Terminal Services. Although Remote Desktop Services is very similar to Terminal Services, it’s not 100% the same, and smart money will bet that Microsoft quizzes you on the differences. I certainly would pay attention to Windows Server Resource Manager, IP Virtualization, and RemoteFX.

IIS is covered on this test. Remember that IIS 7.5 includes a new FTP server that supports IPv6 and SSL.

SharePoint 2010 was not released when Windows Server 2008 was first released. There are two new subobjectives on this test:  Configure SharePoint Foundation Options and  Configure SharePoint Foundation Integration. Obviously, you will need to know a little bit about SharePoint to pass the 70-643.

70-642 TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

There are two new sub-objectives here, called Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security and Configure DirectAccess. You will need to know all the topics under each of these sub-objectives. One change worth mentioning is that DirectAccess integrates with the Network Access Protection (NAP) feature of Windows Server 2008 R2 so that client computers that need to connect must meet your system health requirements for your network.

The sub-topics for the Configure Network Policy Server (NPS) objective have changed as well. The File Services feature has been improved in Windows Server 2008 R2 over Server 2008. You will need to be familiar with the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) and the new Windows File Classification Infrastructure (FCI).

70-640 TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced a new Active Directory schema. You will need to know how configure and use the new AD recycle bin feature to restore deleted objects. Microsoft has placed a lot emphasis on administering an Active Directory environment. Please be familiar with the Active Directory Windows PowerShell cmdlets that can be used to provide Active Directory administration.

The Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services objective has changed. You will need to know how to deploy multiple forest certificates, provide authentication mechanism assurance, and provide x.509 certificate mapping.

AppLocker was introduced to most people in Windows 7. You will need to know it for this test, as per the Deploy and manage software by using GPOs subobjective.

I’ve focused only on these three exams in this blog post. I do believe all the certification tests specific to Windows Server 2008 will eventually be updated to cover the new topics of Windows Server 2008 R2. If you are prepping for any of these tests, do not fret. It will be fine. The tools that you need to prepare such as the test prep guides ( 70-640, 70-642 and 70-643),  the e-book that covers the Server 2008 R2 changes and the 180 day trial copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 are available for free. Free is good. Take advantage of it.

We can all agree that being adequately prepared for a certification test equals success. Similarly, I hope we all agree that the original Hawaii Five-0 had the best TV theme song ever!

Good luck with your test prepping.

–George Monsalvatge

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Book’em Danno… The Windows Server 2008 tests are changing to reflect Windows Server 2008 R2.

A few weeks ago I was startled by two things. The Windows Server 2008 tests were changing and there was a new TV show called Hawaii 5-0. What? This is not new. The TV series starred Jack Lord as Detective Steve McGarrett and ran for 281 episodes from 1968 to 1980.  What? The Window Server 2008 tests changed? The test numbers did not change. There were no beta tests offered. I did not hear anything about it on CNN or Fox News. However the news is true. An updated version of Hawaii Five-O is on the fall schedule and the Windows Server 2008 certification tests of 70-640, 70-642 and 70-643 are being updated to include topics specific to Windows Server 2008 R2.

Recently when candidates have taken the 70-640, 70-642 or 70-643 tests they were greeted with a message that possibly some of the questions on the test would not count toward the final score. The word Windows Server 2008 will be replaced by “Windows Server 2008 R2” and “Windows Vista” will be replaced by “Windows 7”. Be forewarned, there is a lot of difference between Windows 7 and Windows Vista and there is some difference between Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008.

No one is really comfortable with change, but it is part of life. For my money, Jack Lord will always be Steve McGarrett. If they wanted to create a new TV Show about hip surfing cops on the Honolulu police force, they should have given the show a different name. If Microsoft wanted to create a new test on a different operating system, they should have given the test a different number. However, they did not. Get over it. An upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 is not a free upgrade, unless you have software assurance. You have to pay for it. However there is a way to get prepared for the Windows Server 2008 R2 tests without paying extra $$$$. You can download a trial copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 for free. You can download 180 day trial versions of the operating system that are in ISO form and even in a VHD image, sweet! You can check the Skills Measured tab on the prep guide of each test ( 70-640, 70-642 and 70-643) to see what is covered on the test. You can also download a free e-book that covers the changes from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2.

To be successful on any Microsoft certification exam, you MUST KNOW the objectives and sub-objectives on the Skills Measured tab on the prep guide for the test. Here are a few of the big updates on the 70-640, 70-642 and 70-643 tests.

70-643

The Configuring Remote Desktop Services objective which is 26% of the test has changed. In Windows Server 2008, there was no Remote Desktop Services. It was called Terminal Services. Although Remote Desktop Services is very similar to Terminal Services, there are aspects that are different. I would bet that Microsoft will focus on what is different. I certainly would pay attention to Windows Server Resource Manager, IP Virtualization and RemoteFX.

IIS is covered on this test. IIS 7.5 includes a new FTP server that supports IPv6 and SSL.

SharePoint 2010 was not released when Windows Server 2008 was first released. Two subobjectives on this test are on Configure SharePoint Foundation options and  Configure SharePoint Foundation integration. You will need to know a little bit about SharePoint.

70-642

You will need to know how to use the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security and be familiar with Direct Access. There are new sub-objectives called Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security and Configure DirectAccess. You will need to know all the topics under each of these sub-objectives. DirectAccess integrates with the Network Access Protection (NAP) of Windows Server 2008 R2 so that client computers that need to connect must meet your system health requirements for your network. The topics for the Configure Network Policy Server NPS have changed as well. File Services has been improved in Windows Server 2008 R2. You will need to be familiar with the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) and the new Windows File Classification Infrastructure (FCI).

70-640,

Windows 2008 R2 Server introduced a new Active Directory schema. You will need to know how configure and use the new AD recycle bin to restore deleted objects. Microsoft has placed a lot emphasis on administering an Active Directory environment. Please be familiar with the Active Directory Windows Powershell cmdlets that can be used to provide Active Directory administration. The Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services objective has changed. You will need to know how to deploy multiple forest certificates, provide authentication mechanism assurance and provide x.509 certificate mapping. Applocker was introduced to most people in Windows 7. You will need to know it for this test.

I believe all the certification tests specific to Windows Server 2008 will be updated to cover the new topics of Windows Server 2008 R2 eventually. If you are prepping for any of these tests, do not fret. It will be fine. The tools that you need to prepare such as the test prep guides ( 70-640, 70-642 and 70-643),  the e-book that covers the Server 2008 R2 changes and the 180 day trial copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 are available for free. Free is good. Take advantage of it.

I may argue that the Server 2008 R2 tests should be given a new test number since it is a different operating system. You may not agree. However, we can all agree that being adequately prepared for a certification test equals success and Hawaii Five-0 had the best TV theme song ever!  Good luck with prepping.

 

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  1. Thanks for the heads up!

    Does this mean that Transcender will update thier 3 exams mentioned in this article to included exam questions on Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7?

    If so, for customers who have purchased this 3 exams in the past, will there be a free update available?

    Please advise.

    Thanks!

    Ben

  2. We plan on updating all Server 2008 exams to include the new content for Server 2008 R2. Unless Microsoft changes the test number, which I highly doubt, the upgrade for the Transcender product will be free.

  3. So, when will the updates become available?

  4. I can confirm that 70-649 (Upgrading from MCSE 2003 to 2008) has changed to Win7 and R2 as well. This is no surprise as this test is an aggregation of the 3 tests mentioned.

    • Thanks Sandra, agree w/ you on expecting these changes to the Upgrades once the other 3 exams were updated. Appreciate the update!

  5. when are the new update being available

    • Hi Harrison, updates for the 70-640 practice test were released earlier this month. The 70-642 practice test R2 updates should release on Nov 30th, and the 70-643 updates are scheduled for early December.

  6. If they include r2 then I will not be happy. I am just about to complete the classroom course and every time I ask about r2 i am told that its not covered in this course! Bit of a waste of money there!

    • Hey Jobby – curious to know what course you’re taking? I know these changes mid-stream can be frustrating, but we’ve tried to share Microsoft’s message to students which is to trust in your knowledge & experience, becoma familiar w/ the exam objectives and take advantage of the free resources available. Making the most of the tools available and expecting to see a few R2 references on exam day will really help ease that test day anxiety. You may already have these, but here are some references you can check out for more R2 info:
      FREE eBook: XPS file, 28MB
      PDF, 11MB

      Also see: Microsoft Press post

  7. It has been 11 days since this post by transcender, however, this is still no updates to the exams we purchased.

    I would appreciate if transcender would have the updates ready first and then post a blog about it so we do not have to wait.

    • Hey Ben – shared some revision release dates in a reply to Harrison below, hope that helps! Sorry for the confusion here, but our purpose w/ this post was really to address some of the specific questions George had been getting from students regarding the R2 changes in the actual Microsoft exams. Since we’d taken some time to compare exam versions and Skills lists, and we’d seen some official announcements by Microsoft along w/ some great free resources we thought this would be the best place to pull that info together for our readers (who may or may not have bought our products).

      But I know the updates to our products are George’s priority these days, so we’ll certainly share more release dates and R2 info as we have it!

  8. when you launch the trancenders program be sure to tell it to check for updates. I found this out a day to late. 70-640 was updated, now the practice test covers R2/win7. I am anxiously waiting for 70-646 to be updated, since that was the one I failed.

  9. I got the 70-643 and 70-647 Transcender practice tests as part of a package deal with Trainsignal Videos. When the 70-647 practice tests get updated (you didn’t give a prospective date for that test by the way) will I get an update to my practice exam?
    Good to see you guys actually gave some type of official announcement of the change. The only announcement MS gave was a mention on the born to learn blog and they changed the Skills Measured (with no real mention that they were updated unless you happened to glance at them and notice the difference) I’m one of those unhappy people who were caught off guard on test day back in September with a 70 question test that said R2 and windows 7 all over it. Since I spent most of my time studying the new stuff for my retake I proceeded to fail it also. Going for it again this week, I wish your updated 70-643 had come a little earlier.

    Glad to see you guys posted some of the new stuff here to look for.

    • Hey Irvin, great question! There’s an easy way to check: Log into your Transcender Club account, click on Access Products, and if the 70-647 product is in your products list you’ll be ready for a product update as soon as it becomes available (at no additional cost). If you didn’t create a Club account or can’t access your Products list (depending on the Trainsignal package) we may need to take some additional steps to get you those updates, so let me know and I can point you in the right direction!

  10. Thanks Arotella

    Sorry to be so farward about this topic,but, your readers are the paying customers, non-paying customers do not require such information from transcener, they can get if from microsoft, also free information is irrelevant here since the paying customers are entitled to free update from transender NOT free information from microsoft.

    If we were to use free information from microsoft why would we pay to buy transcender products in the first place?

    Again, I apologize if I am being forward about this.

    Ben

    • Hey Ben, no worries & certainly no need to apologize! Offering links to the free Microsoft materials was just our way of passing along the info Microsoft was offering to their blog readers & forum participants who were caught off guard by the R2 updates. This material is not meant to be in lieu of an update to our product. We’re still working on product updates and are committed to making those available as soon as we can get them through our process.

    • I am a paying customer and I feel that the Transcender updates were available in a very timely manner. I think Ben needs to take a chill pill. Transcender is a third party vendor. They have little or no advance notification when Microsoft is going to make unannounced changes. You frustration and forwardness should be directed to Microsoft who, at the time of this posting have STILL not updated all of thier MS Press material.

  11. Question for arotella

    Did ya’ll release 70-642 yesterday?

    • Hey Dan, that just released this morning. Be sure to check for your free update if you already have the practice test product!


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