Windows Server 2003 MCSA

Discussion in 'MCSA' started by henke, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. henke

    henke Guest

    HI
    I have about 2 years experience working with Windows SBS 2003 in a
    small networking environment. I have started working towards a Windows
    Server 2003 MCSA cert. I have a MCP 70-210 cert at the moment and I am
    studying a training book for the 70-290 exam. I was wondering if my
    goal is achievable (MCSA cert) by using SBS 2k3 on a daily basis and
    studying for exam 70-290 or would I need to be working with Windows
    Server 2003?
    Thanks for any info
    henke, Sep 11, 2006
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  2. henke

    Montreal MCT Guest

    Hi Henke,

    I am going to preface my comments by saying that I am one of the true SBS
    Evangelists. It is where I spend most of my time and my energy and I love
    it. I cannot say enough positive about Microsoft Windows Small Business
    Server, period.

    Having gotten that out of the way: no, you cannot pass your MCSA based on a
    strong knowledge of SBS because there is too much other information required
    outside of the Small Business space. You need to know routing tables, IP
    subnetting math, remote sites, and a plethora of other information in order
    to pass 70-291.

    I run a study group in Montreal for the MCSE track, and since June we have
    been covering that exam (70-291). In the class there are six or seven people
    who run SBS on a daily basis for themselves or for their clients, and I field
    a lot of questions about the differences. It is not an uncommon occurance
    for me to have to sidebar that the particular technology or theorem in
    question are different from what people have learned for their SBS world.

    At the same time, in July I taught a three day class of 12 on SBS, and a few
    of the students are members of the study group and I remember having to do
    the same the other way. Though they are based on the same technologies, it
    is vital to understand the differences created by the scale.

    My suggestion is you set up a virtual machine with Server 2003 Standard and
    go through the labs in the Microsoft Press Self-Paced Training books. You
    will learn a lot, and should gain the knowledge needed to pass your exams.

    Good luck and let us know how you do!

    M
    --
    MDG, MCT
    MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    Certified Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx


    "henke" wrote:

    > HI
    > I have about 2 years experience working with Windows SBS 2003 in a
    > small networking environment. I have started working towards a Windows
    > Server 2003 MCSA cert. I have a MCP 70-210 cert at the moment and I am
    > studying a training book for the 70-290 exam. I was wondering if my
    > goal is achievable (MCSA cert) by using SBS 2k3 on a daily basis and
    > studying for exam 70-290 or would I need to be working with Windows
    > Server 2003?
    > Thanks for any info
    >
    >
    Montreal MCT, Sep 11, 2006
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  3. henke

    henke Guest

    Cheers Montreal for that information.
    I've just about finished my first read through of the McGraw Hill
    'Managing & Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment' exam 70-290
    and, to be honest, I didn't notice any big differences from SBS? But as
    I say, that's my first reading and I'm certainly no expert. How would
    I go about setting up a virtual machine? Would I have access to this
    via purchasing a copy of Microsoft Press Self-Paced Training books?
    Does Microsoft do an evaluation copy of Server 2003 standard?
    Thanks again for the help

    Montreal MCT wrote:
    > Hi Henke,
    >
    > I am going to preface my comments by saying that I am one of the true SBS
    > Evangelists. It is where I spend most of my time and my energy and I love
    > it. I cannot say enough positive about Microsoft Windows Small Business
    > Server, period.
    >
    > Having gotten that out of the way: no, you cannot pass your MCSA based on a
    > strong knowledge of SBS because there is too much other information required
    > outside of the Small Business space. You need to know routing tables, IP
    > subnetting math, remote sites, and a plethora of other information in order
    > to pass 70-291.
    >
    > I run a study group in Montreal for the MCSE track, and since June we have
    > been covering that exam (70-291). In the class there are six or seven people
    > who run SBS on a daily basis for themselves or for their clients, and I field
    > a lot of questions about the differences. It is not an uncommon occurance
    > for me to have to sidebar that the particular technology or theorem in
    > question are different from what people have learned for their SBS world.
    >
    > At the same time, in July I taught a three day class of 12 on SBS, and a few
    > of the students are members of the study group and I remember having to do
    > the same the other way. Though they are based on the same technologies, it
    > is vital to understand the differences created by the scale.
    >
    > My suggestion is you set up a virtual machine with Server 2003 Standard and
    > go through the labs in the Microsoft Press Self-Paced Training books. You
    > will learn a lot, and should gain the knowledge needed to pass your exams.
    >
    > Good luck and let us know how you do!
    >
    > M
    > --
    > MDG, MCT
    > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    >
    >
    > "henke" wrote:
    >
    > > HI
    > > I have about 2 years experience working with Windows SBS 2003 in a
    > > small networking environment. I have started working towards a Windows
    > > Server 2003 MCSA cert. I have a MCP 70-210 cert at the moment and I am
    > > studying a training book for the 70-290 exam. I was wondering if my
    > > goal is achievable (MCSA cert) by using SBS 2k3 on a daily basis and
    > > studying for exam 70-290 or would I need to be working with Windows
    > > Server 2003?
    > > Thanks for any info
    > >
    > >
    henke, Sep 11, 2006
    #3
  4. henke

    Montreal MCT Guest

    Hi Henke,

    To set up a virtual machine you should first download Virtual Server
    (www.microsoft.com/virtualserver). It is a free download and pretty easy to
    use.

    As for the evaluation copy of Windows Server 2003 it comes with the MS Press
    Self-Paced Training books... Most of them come with a 180-day evaluation copy
    of Server.

    Good luck!

    M
    !!
    --
    MDG, MCT
    MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    Certified Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx


    "henke" wrote:

    > Cheers Montreal for that information.
    > I've just about finished my first read through of the McGraw Hill
    > 'Managing & Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment' exam 70-290
    > and, to be honest, I didn't notice any big differences from SBS? But as
    > I say, that's my first reading and I'm certainly no expert. How would
    > I go about setting up a virtual machine? Would I have access to this
    > via purchasing a copy of Microsoft Press Self-Paced Training books?
    > Does Microsoft do an evaluation copy of Server 2003 standard?
    > Thanks again for the help
    >
    > Montreal MCT wrote:
    > > Hi Henke,
    > >
    > > I am going to preface my comments by saying that I am one of the true SBS
    > > Evangelists. It is where I spend most of my time and my energy and I love
    > > it. I cannot say enough positive about Microsoft Windows Small Business
    > > Server, period.
    > >
    > > Having gotten that out of the way: no, you cannot pass your MCSA based on a
    > > strong knowledge of SBS because there is too much other information required
    > > outside of the Small Business space. You need to know routing tables, IP
    > > subnetting math, remote sites, and a plethora of other information in order
    > > to pass 70-291.
    > >
    > > I run a study group in Montreal for the MCSE track, and since June we have
    > > been covering that exam (70-291). In the class there are six or seven people
    > > who run SBS on a daily basis for themselves or for their clients, and I field
    > > a lot of questions about the differences. It is not an uncommon occurance
    > > for me to have to sidebar that the particular technology or theorem in
    > > question are different from what people have learned for their SBS world.
    > >
    > > At the same time, in July I taught a three day class of 12 on SBS, and a few
    > > of the students are members of the study group and I remember having to do
    > > the same the other way. Though they are based on the same technologies, it
    > > is vital to understand the differences created by the scale.
    > >
    > > My suggestion is you set up a virtual machine with Server 2003 Standard and
    > > go through the labs in the Microsoft Press Self-Paced Training books. You
    > > will learn a lot, and should gain the knowledge needed to pass your exams.
    > >
    > > Good luck and let us know how you do!
    > >
    > > M
    > > --
    > > MDG, MCT
    > > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    > >
    > >
    > > "henke" wrote:
    > >
    > > > HI
    > > > I have about 2 years experience working with Windows SBS 2003 in a
    > > > small networking environment. I have started working towards a Windows
    > > > Server 2003 MCSA cert. I have a MCP 70-210 cert at the moment and I am
    > > > studying a training book for the 70-290 exam. I was wondering if my
    > > > goal is achievable (MCSA cert) by using SBS 2k3 on a daily basis and
    > > > studying for exam 70-290 or would I need to be working with Windows
    > > > Server 2003?
    > > > Thanks for any info
    > > >
    > > >

    >
    >
    Montreal MCT, Sep 11, 2006
    #4
  5. henke

    henke Guest

    Thank you once again Montreal for your help.
    Montreal MCT wrote:
    > Hi Henke,
    >
    > To set up a virtual machine you should first download Virtual Server
    > (www.microsoft.com/virtualserver). It is a free download and pretty easy to
    > use.
    >
    > As for the evaluation copy of Windows Server 2003 it comes with the MS Press
    > Self-Paced Training books... Most of them come with a 180-day evaluation copy
    > of Server.
    >
    > Good luck!
    >
    > M
    > !!
    > --
    > MDG, MCT
    > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    >
    >
    > "henke" wrote:
    >
    > > Cheers Montreal for that information.
    > > I've just about finished my first read through of the McGraw Hill
    > > 'Managing & Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment' exam 70-290
    > > and, to be honest, I didn't notice any big differences from SBS? But as
    > > I say, that's my first reading and I'm certainly no expert. How would
    > > I go about setting up a virtual machine? Would I have access to this
    > > via purchasing a copy of Microsoft Press Self-Paced Training books?
    > > Does Microsoft do an evaluation copy of Server 2003 standard?
    > > Thanks again for the help
    > >
    > > Montreal MCT wrote:
    > > > Hi Henke,
    > > >
    > > > I am going to preface my comments by saying that I am one of the true SBS
    > > > Evangelists. It is where I spend most of my time and my energy and I love
    > > > it. I cannot say enough positive about Microsoft Windows Small Business
    > > > Server, period.
    > > >
    > > > Having gotten that out of the way: no, you cannot pass your MCSA based on a
    > > > strong knowledge of SBS because there is too much other information required
    > > > outside of the Small Business space. You need to know routing tables, IP
    > > > subnetting math, remote sites, and a plethora of other information in order
    > > > to pass 70-291.
    > > >
    > > > I run a study group in Montreal for the MCSE track, and since June we have
    > > > been covering that exam (70-291). In the class there are six or seven people
    > > > who run SBS on a daily basis for themselves or for their clients, and I field
    > > > a lot of questions about the differences. It is not an uncommon occurance
    > > > for me to have to sidebar that the particular technology or theorem in
    > > > question are different from what people have learned for their SBS world.
    > > >
    > > > At the same time, in July I taught a three day class of 12 on SBS, and a few
    > > > of the students are members of the study group and I remember having to do
    > > > the same the other way. Though they are based on the same technologies, it
    > > > is vital to understand the differences created by the scale.
    > > >
    > > > My suggestion is you set up a virtual machine with Server 2003 Standard and
    > > > go through the labs in the Microsoft Press Self-Paced Training books. You
    > > > will learn a lot, and should gain the knowledge needed to pass your exams.
    > > >
    > > > Good luck and let us know how you do!
    > > >
    > > > M
    > > > --
    > > > MDG, MCT
    > > > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000), MCDST.
    > > > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > > > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "henke" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > HI
    > > > > I have about 2 years experience working with Windows SBS 2003 in a
    > > > > small networking environment. I have started working towards a Windows
    > > > > Server 2003 MCSA cert. I have a MCP 70-210 cert at the moment and I am
    > > > > studying a training book for the 70-290 exam. I was wondering if my
    > > > > goal is achievable (MCSA cert) by using SBS 2k3 on a daily basis and
    > > > > studying for exam 70-290 or would I need to be working with Windows
    > > > > Server 2003?
    > > > > Thanks for any info
    > > > >
    > > > >

    > >
    > >
    henke, Sep 12, 2006
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