Book ’em, Danno – the Windows Server 2008 exams caught stealing from Server 2008 R2November 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:
- You can download a trial copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 for free. This includes a 180 day trial version of the operating system in ISO form or even in a VHD image — sweet!
- You can learn about the new features and functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2 with Microsoft’s free E-learning clinic 10183: What’s New in Windows Server 2008 R2.
- You can also download a free e-book from Microsoft Press (requires registration) – Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2
- You can (and should, regardless of how many of these other tips you choose to ignore; THIS here is a very important test prep tip!) check out 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.
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.