When I was previously working for Xerox I got into a great little routine â€“ I would churn out an MCP exam to the tune of one every month or other month. This meant I was well on my way to achieving my MCSE, and with my MCSA already in the bag I had only two exams left:
- 70-294: Active Directory
- 70-298: Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network
When I moved to Vocera we all agreed that I could carry on with my training to complete my MCSE and maybe even aim to move onwards to an MCITP for Windows Server 2008 which suited me perfectly as I was planning this all along with or without backing.
Itâ€™s amazing how time blazes by you without a second thought until it dawned on me recently!
I was looking at my Microsoft Learning transcript just a week or so ago and I realised that it is now over a year since I sat my last exam â€“ 70-350: ISA Server 2004. This made me realise how behind I have gotten, especially when you consider it may only be another year or so before the Server 2003 exam line is discontinued.
As a result Iâ€™ve got my butt into gear and this week I have taken one dayâ€™s holiday already, with another to come on Friday with the sole premise of training for the 70-294 exam. After Monday itâ€™s all going well and I was achieving about 80% on the practice exams, so assuming all goes well after more studying on Friday I will be checking myself into the test centre on Monday afternoon to take the exam.
I think that finishing the Active Directory exam will be great weight lifted from me, because I actually started to study for this one prior to leaving Xerox, and having only one exam standing between me and MCSE, I think I should be able to master it up pretty quickly.