as you know, there are no windows server 2008 exams available yet. the first opportunity will be the transition exams for MCSA and MCSE on 2003–those exams will be live on October 29. If you are one of the many MCSA and MCSE on WIndows Server 2003 who want to take them right away, here is a reminder of what you can be doing now to prepare:

  • Review the prep guides to find out what you need to study.

  • Now that you know what you might not know, look for ways to study up. This stuff is from us, Microsoft Learning, and some of it is free. 

    • 2 free “e-books” (these are not full books, but a handful of chapters/excerpts from each title) that you might want to check out. You need to register online and subscribe to the Microsoft Press newsletter to get the downloads:

      • Introducing Windows Server 2008: Usage scenarios, Windows Server virtualization, Managing Windows Server 2008, Managing server roles, Windows Server core…

      • Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step by Step: Overview of Windows PowerShell, Using Windows PowerShell cmdlets, Leveraging PowerShell providers.

    • free e-learning clinic that intros new features (server virtualization, security and policy management, branch office management, centralized application access, and server management)

    • 15% off offer on upgrade e-learning specific to those of you already up to speed on 2003. Lots of topics and includes virtual labs. Also this: Sign up for this collection now and get free registration for three upgrade collections on Networking, Active Directory, and Application Platform Services as they become available.

    • classroom courses in the market now just for people transitioning skills from 2003, in addition to a lot of “first look” clinics.

Here’s where to find all of that. Other things to be doing… check out product sites and look around for pointers from people who are already ramping up.

<added Oct 15>The marketing team is wondering if anyone around here would be up for an on-camera discussion of the early readiness material for Server 2008… so if you have used any of that training and live in the area, send me a note and I’ll pass your name along!

Comments (13)

  1. Lukas Beeler says:

    Thanks for the link!

    And the obligatory question, any news regarding the beta results? (Accourding to what i’ve read, we should know them at the release time of the official exams, that would be in roughly 30 days).

  2. Peter Read says:

    I’m getting edgy on them too 🙂

    Also wondering if beta’s for the PRO exams are likely to be coming around any time soon (I’d’ve expected them around now if they’re gonna go live at RTM+60)

  3. Gregory Smith says:

    A previous blog post from Trika said to start checking today, but no joy at this end.

  4. Citrixman says:

    Gregory how do we check if we passed the beta? Will we get an email? Or should I check my transcript in the MCP site?



  5. Peter Read says:

    citrixman – I normally use the pearson vue web page, but if you’re with prometric I think the mcp site’s your best bet.  (one of the things I’ll miss, not sure why prometric can’t/won’t provide a list of exams taken & whether pass/fail/other)

  6. Aaron C says:

    Peter says "one of the things I’ll miss, not sure why prometric can’t/won’t provide a list of exams taken & whether pass/fail/other)"

    I am sorry to say that you are wrong.

    Prometric does show history of test taken. Once you login you will see Candidate History as one of the options right below Re-schedule or Cancel an Exam.

  7. Peter Read says:

    Really??  I was sure a colleague told me they didn’t.  Don’t be sorry at all if you’ve got positive news 🙂

  8. Alice says:

    When I completed previous certifications, I got emails from Microsoft when the welcome kits became available to me, entitled "Congratulations on your new Microsoft Certification! Please claim your Welcome Kit!".

    I haven’t seen anything like that yet for the Vista betas, but I don’t have enough ‘data points’ yet to know if they’re just a bit slow and will be sending them, if they don’t do it for betas, if they don’t do it for new-gen certs, or if they have stopped entirely.

    I also don’t recall any emails specifically announcing your status on a single exam. If I recall correctly, I first had to find my result (pass/fail only, no score) by checking PearsonVue’s website, without any email to prompt me to check. The next step was for Microsoft’s transcript to display the result. Then, some time later (a couple of weeks?), I received a paper copy of my detailed score report in the mail.

  9. Dave says:

    Any more news on the makeup of ITP the SA and SE Trika?

    not sure if I’ve got the initials right anymore.

    BTW – if you search google for "Booth Babe", I don’t see you. But throw in "Microsoft Booth Babe" and you’re top of the list. So – I guess that makes you the number 1 Microsoft Booth Babe 😉

  10. jtb says:

    Just generic MSTS/MCITP certs (plus new ID yellow and orange cards) received after 70-621…  

    Nothing on paper (outside the transcript) about "Vista Configuration" or "Enterprise Support Technician"…

    Next question is when will the Certification Planner be updateed with the new certs?  Granted I feel a bit greedy asking for more–Microsoft has made computers ubiquitous and the need for support folks even more so–but I want my "I love me wall" to be explicit about my testing conquests…  😉

  11. Peter Read says:

    jtb – MS has made the need for support folk even more ubiquitous?  Could be taken more than one way 😉

  12. Transition exams 70-648 and 70-649 will be available fro MCSA and MCSE on Windows Server 2003 on October