Are exams based on RTM products or updates?

Discussion in 'MCTS' started by Peter, May 26, 2009.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Hello everyone,
    I am taking my 70-620 exam in about 2 weeks. I was wondering if this exam
    (and the Server 2008 exams) are based on the RTM version of the product or
    the current version such as the current service pack or R2 version.
    Thanks.

    Peter
     
    Peter, May 26, 2009
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  2. It depends when the exam is released. I took the Windows Server 2008 exams
    before product's RTM date. If I remember right, some of the Windows Server
    2000 exams were not released until two years after the product's RTM date.
    And after a couple of years, the 70-292 exam was completely rewritten (this
    caught a lot of people by surprise).


    The only thing you can do is check "Skills Measured" section of Microsoft's
    70-620 preparation guide.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-620.aspx
     
    Harvey Colwell, May 26, 2009
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  3. Generally the exams are based on the release version of the product.

    However, it's generally an insignificant question because the level of
    functionality rarely changes with a service pack addition.

    R2 is not yet a released product -- it's not testable -- though there are
    beta exams for Windows 7 on the radar. I've seen nothing to indicate there
    will be a new set of exams for Win2008 R2, but the current exams are most
    certainly based on Win2008SP1.


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    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)

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    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], May 26, 2009
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  4. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Lawrence,
    I'm a little confused by your response. Initially you say exams are based
    on the release version, then you say the Server 2008 exams are based on SP1.

    In some situations there are real differences in functionality. For example
    Bitlocker in Vista SP1 allows encryption of non-OS drives, RTM did not allow
    that. That could make a difference on the exam if they are asking about
    protecting data on a non-OS drive.

    Peter
     
    Peter, May 31, 2009
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  5. It's a trick answer. The original release version of Windows Server 2008
    includes SP1.

    A point that every Win2008 admin should be familiar with -- especially now
    that SP2 has been released.


    --
    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)

    MS WSUS Website: http://www.microsoft.com/wsus
    My Websites: http://www.onsitechsolutions.com;
    http://wsusinfo.onsitechsolutions.com
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Lawrence.Garvin
     
    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], Jun 1, 2009
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