'Tis the Season: More Answers to Questions

Liberty Munson (Microsoft)

As 2010 comes to a close, I wanted to share a few more answers to your questions that I was able to track down.

Q: Will there be an different self-study book for 70-659 other than 'use the one for 70-652?

A:  (provided by Jeff Koch) No self-study book for 70-659 is planned. 

Q: When will the TKs and Windows Server 2008 books be updated with information related to Windows Server 2008 R2? 

A: (provided by Jeff Koch) All of the books are currently being updated to R2 with the exception of the 648/649 upgrade combo book, which wasn’t affected by the R2 updates. The remaining 2008 TKs should be shipping around the end of June 2011.

Q: Do we give out VMs in the TKs or is it trial software?

A: (provided by Jeff Koch) Nothing like this is shipped with books, but we do include instructions for people to set up their own VMs/systems for labs covered in the books. In the past, we have included trial software, but I don't believe that we do anymore as everything is so readily available through the Microsoft download site.

 Q: Any estimated dates / quarters for 70-162?

A: (provided by J Seymour) Beta should happen in March (be sure that you update your SME profile (or create one) if you want to participate in the beta!). The exam should be live in May.

 Q: I'm surprised no TMG exam will be developed. There have been exams for each version of ISA since it was still called Proxy Server. The recent added functionlity to TMG would - in my opinion - warrant a new exam. Is this a clue as to the demise of TMG (in favor of UAG)?

 A: (provided by J Seymour) The TMG exam (as well as the FIM/UAG and the RMS exams) were canceled due to BG funding reprioritization. At this time there are no plans to make a new TMG exam.

Q: About a year or two again, Prometric use to have this crazy (after discount code) price for an exam, $25. Will they ever be doing that again?

A: (provided by Ken Rosen) Never say never but not likely. Keep watching Born to Learn, though, because we announce significant promotions that readers will likely benefit from here.

Q: Whatever happen to those contests, answer some questions (not easy by any means), get them right, get a free voucher?

A: (I'm answering this one) I'm guessing that this is a reference to the contests that we did around the release of Windows 7 (I posted old Windows questions and the first person responding with the correct answer recieved a voucher.) Nothing is currently planned, but we usually have these ideas on the spur of the moment. So, to steal a little from the answer answer above, keep watching Born to Learn because if do something like this again, it will be on this blog.

The only question (unless you submit some more--please do!) outstanding is this one: When is my "MCTS - Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deployment - Charter Member" certificate going to show as that instead of "Windows 7, Deployment - Charter Member"? I know that this is being investigated to determine when the correction will take effect. I'll let you know when I get the answer.

You can now happily ring in the new year knowing that I continue to search for answers to your questions. By the way, keeping asking your questions. I'm learning a lot in the process!

Wishing you all the best in 2011!

  • Anonymous
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    Thanks Liberty for working hard on New Year's Eve to give us some answers! Hope that you have a fabulous New Year!

  • Whizzkid -
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    Hey Liberty,

    Thanks for giving us the oppertunity to ask all these questions!

    I'm wondering if the Number of MCPs Worldwide page will ever return. I always liked seeing how many other people had passed the same exams as I had.

    Happy 2011!

  • Anonymous
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    Why wasn't the 648/649 training kits updated with R2 content? Since the the underlying exams (e.g. 70-640 AD) are testing for R2 content, why isn't 648/649 testing for R2 content?  Does this mean that there is no R2 content on either 648 or 649? It's straight 2008?

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    Hi Brian,

    We are working to update the content of the upgrade exams to include R2 content that is now included on those exams.

  • Anonymous
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    Thanks Liberty!  Will there be an announcement that R2 content is included on the 648/649 exams? or is it just a change to the exam syllabus that eagle eyed test takers will need to discern?  I would vote for the notice.