The Official Windows Server 2008-to-R2 FAQ for Y-O-U

January 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news, Microsoft, Vendor news | 15 Comments
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As I sat and pondered my approach to the new year, I looked back at what had happened in 2010. An oil spill off the coast of Florida derailed my summer vacation plans. My excellent prognostication abilities on various sporting events did not bring me riches this fall. And Microsoft updated the Windows Server 2008 exams to include Windows Server 2008 R2 content this winter. Since these updates started showing up in exams, I have been bombarded with questions about when Transcender will update the 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-646, 70-647, 70-648, and 70-649 practice test products to include Windows Server 2008 R2 content. Not that I don’t enjoy replying to each of you individually, but I thought this might be a great place to bring some of the most common questions together…so let’s give it a try:

When are you updating your products?

The management team at Transcender has grouped all of the Content Developers in a dark and dingy room, chained us to desks, and ordered us to stay until the updates are finished. (Of course we get lunch and bathroom breaks every 12 hours. They’re not unreasonable.) With this incentive, we released updated versions of 70-640 and 70-642, and by press time, the updated 70-643 should be available. We have begun updating 70-646 and 70-647, with a projected release date of February 2011.  I hope to leave this room and see my family at that time.

I bought the old version of 70-64x. What now?

This is an unusual situation, and we are doing our best to accommodate both new & existing customers. The good news is that because Microsoft did not change the exam numbers (for example, 70-64x was not renumbered as 70-64y when the content was expanded to include R2 material),  you are entitled to free updates for the practice test product that you purchased.

If you bought Transcender products for the 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-646, 70-647, 70-648 or 70-649 exams PRIOR to our updating the content, then you will receive updates for that product according to the format that you purchased:

  • Online products are automatically updated once our new content is published. You do not have to do anything to update your product.
  • Download versions must be manually updated.

If you have the download version of a product, for example 70-640, you can download the 70-640 R2 updates by doing the following:

  1. Go to and log in to your Club account.
  2. In your Club Account, choose Access Products.
  3. Download and install the latest version of the test engine (if you already have the latest engine version you can skip this step).
  4. Download and install the exam file.

If you have issues with any step of this process, contact our Customer Service team and they will gladly troubleshoot the issue with you over the phone.

I bought the old version in online form, AND I’m past the license period. What now?

If you have purchased online access to the Cert-70-640, Cert-70-642, or Cert-70-643 tests, have NOT taken your exam yet, and have run out of online access time,  please email us.  We can either deactivate your access and allow you to initiate access when the new content is published, or we can extend your online access so that you have ample time to prepare for your exam using the latest material.

I got an error using the automatic update feature.

If you receive an error trying to use the automatic update feature, you may be behind a firewall/proxy server which is preventing the process from completing successfully. We have created an alternate method so you do not have to change your system settings. Refer to this FAQ on our website, and contact a customer service representative if the problem persists.

Should I wait for the new content to be published before I take my exam?

No clear answer here, only some advice.

You can choose to take your exam today if you feel you are ready, or you can wait for the new practive test content to published and review the new R2 content. Either way, Transcender still offers a 90-day pass guarantee.

Most of the objectives and sub-objectives for the exams have not changed from the original versions to the “new” version. The only difference is that the exam will cover Windows Server 2008 R2 instead of Windows Server 2008.  So this is really a judgment call on your part, depending on how familiar with the material you are.

You should take the exam when you’re comfortable with all the topics covered in the objectives and sub-objectives published by Microsoft in the prep guide for the test. For example, if you plan on taking the 70-643 exam, you should know all the information on the Skills Measured tab on the prep guide.  The Skills Measured tab is the Microsoft blueprint for the exam. You will see what the percentage breakdown of each objective will be on the exam.  Transcender builds questions for our practice exams based on the information on the Skills Measured tab on the prep guide.   Remember, these objectives will cover Windows Server R2, not Windows Server 2008. You should review the free e-book Introducing Windows 2008 R2 to see what may have changed between Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  You should review the explanation of each practice test question and go through each flash card question.  Once you master the Skills Measured tab of the prep guide and have gone through the practice test, you should be ready for the exam.

If you have any other questions, please send us a telegram, card, a fax, email or just plain call us; we would love to answer any question.

–George Monsalvatge

How do you pronounce that name again?


Just kidding. It’s “mon-sal-VAH-chee.”

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