Home of Chicken and Waffles

70-648 and 70-649 are now live; commence 2008 upgrade frenzypalooza. I just tested it on the Prometric site and was able to nearly, just almost, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink register, so I feel confident telling you those exams are now live in English, worldwide.

If you would like your beta results, "a source close to the team" tells me that they are in the hands of our exam partners for finalization and reporting (i.e. this afternoon or later this week). The same source reported that Paris Hilton is fine, despite her recent near-accident

For reals, VUE and Prometric should be posting your results very soon. Why they are not available today (we're just a few hours from close of business here) or earlier, as promised, I don't know, I'll ask, I'm sorry. I know many of you are really looking forward to your results! To keep from banging your head against the wall checking your results every few minutes, finding that it still says tested, then posting here to say so, you can keep an eye on this poast and I'll report when I hear the scores are available from VUE and Prometric. Or you are welcome to Keep Bangin'.

<November 5, 2007> I'm embarrased that you're still on hold for your results. Not because we owe results on a certain day (as much as we plan to have results out on or before the live date, there are a lot of steps and pieces and it is a beta, with some unknowns...) but because we do owe you straightforward, accurate communication about what's going on. And we haven't managed that here. I'm sorry about that. The current situation is that we screwed up some kind of data transfer, which held up scoring. There should not be any problems with the scoring - just the delay that you have, obviously, already noticed. It was supposed to be addressed by November 2, but clearly was not. I won't put forth another date until i'm 100% confident that it is right. We will send an e-mail to everyone affected so people know what is going on.

<November 6, 2007>It is my understanding that 71-648 has now been scored by both VUE and Prometric, the mailed resports started sending out yesterday (but scores should be showing up with your provider and in your MSFT transcript now). 71-649 was finished by Prometric on Monday morning, so that's why you're seeing results with them. Mailed reports to go out later this week and your MSFT transcript should show your results within 48 hours-ish (by Wednesday mid-day or so). 71-649 was on track to complete scoring at VUE by yesterday close of business (which is why those scores are still outstanding). We heard that there are a few buggy reports on both exams with Prometric, so if you have NOT gotten your score - please don't spin your wheels calling the helpdesks. SIt tight (i know it is painful!) for a few days--Prometric is working on those reports and will publish the scores as soon as they are able. We will not send a status e-mail, at this point, since the scores are 99% in customer hands now. 

<November 13, 2007> VUE had a problem with their 71-649 scoring (I obviously don't need to tell you that). What some of you have already heard is correct, they plan to complete the scoring today, then it is up to 48 hours for them to publish their scores, then more time for that data to come back to us to update your transcripts. Please note that this is the PLAN. Actual timing we'll see, hopefully it will happen as planned. Know that it is being worked on, it is not just languishing somewhere. That's crap, I know, sorry.

If service centers are telling you to talk to Microsoft, that is not the case. Your final scores originate with VUE or Prometric, they publish them or send them, and feed the data back to us where it will show up in your transcripts. Sometimes, they would point to MIcrosoft if we are the hold up in providing the scoring model, or if there is a problem with an individual result that we need to look at, etc. But as a rule, the exam delivery partner is where to go for beta results.

i'm sorry you guys are getting the run around from our service centers, and the VUE and/or Prometric centers. There is a lot of back and forth between MSFT and VUE/Prometric for each beta, so on any given day it could be in our hands or theirs. It takes at least a few days for information from us (in headquarters) to disseminate out through many different companies in many different countries in different languages to reach the people answering your calls at the helpdesks, so an up to the day status on changing beta results is not realistic. What they should be clear on is the process, major issues (like this delay) and how to escalate for help. Or maybe we need to have a dedicated e-mail address for beta-related queries or something (besides mine...) that will work.

RE: exams showing on transcripts but not certificates, I hear you. Looking for the answer.

<Captain's Log, November 29, 2007> This is hopefully my wrap up mail, confirming everything is done, right? Everyone should have their results. Check your transcript and VUE/Prometric reports. There were bugs with a handful of Prometric reports; Prometric has contacted any of those affected. If you do not have a Pass/Fail showing on your MSFT transcript or exam partner transcript, and have NOT been contacted by MSFT or Prometric, please send me an e-mail with your MCP ID, test center name, and date you took the exam. I sincerely hope I do not hear from you. Even though I like you.

If you would like your 40% upgrade savings code, "a reliable, rosy-cheeked, kind-of-tired-after-the-weekend source close to the team" tells me you should get a notice about that tomorrow.

Comments (178)
  1. Helmer says:

    Thnx Trika! We just have to wait a few more days πŸ™‚

  2. pedmil says:

    70-648 & 70-649 are both live, I wonder if they will get the result … @the.moment πŸ™‚


    Just a few more days wont harm anyone … loosing my nails, and my hair is gone already 😐

  3. Ken W says:

    Thanks for the heads up πŸ™‚


  4. packetboy says:

    fingers crossed for a 649 pass!!! πŸ˜€

  5. Peter Read says:

    Likewise packetboy πŸ™‚

  6. Wayne Anderson says:

    This reliable, rosy cheeked, rather tired resources…. would that be Saint Nick?

  7. Yanze says:

    Will today be the day?

  8. ebratz says:

    thanks for the e-mail trikah! πŸ˜€

    fingers crossed now! hehehe

  9. Dave Franklyn says:

    It’s halloween!  I want my beta test results!  Pass would be fine.  Taken is not.

  10. Lukas Beeler says:

    Still nothing πŸ™


  11. CTGOH says:

    the result out already?

  12. dliu says:

    still no result yet….

  13. Alice says:

    We’re running out of week for "later this week". πŸ˜‰ Nothing yet.

  14. Jeff says:

    As far as the beta testing goes, I personally find it ridicoulous that a company like Microsoft with its size and resources, cant simply issue a notice of some kind. We are all (myself included) standing around checking every day for our results. It is stupid and I cant believe that they cant get their act together and get things done within the time  alloted time (8-12 weeks).I understand problems arise, but when they do, let us know! COMMUNICATE to the actual people making it all happen, US!!! Instead, we are all just in the dark, checking the internet daily like idiots!The MCPhelp is an absolute joke. They can never help with anything. I do not know what they are even there for. I am all for Microsoft and their technologies but as far as the certification division goes, it seems like they need to ditch the entire process and start from scratch!!!

  15. Patiently Waiting...still taken...waiting...still taken... says:

    I’m failing to understand how the beta tests are weighed against the live test considering I could go take 648 or 649 right now and know the results when the test is over. Yet, the beta tests haven’t been scored.

    If they have been scored already, I’d have to agree with Jeff that I’m highly disappointed in the complete breakdown of communication in when to expect those results. Also I’d like to tell whoever is in charge of releasing those results "Your hustle could use an upgrade".

  16. Thorsten says:

    I could easily tolerate many kinds of delays in processing beta exam scoring but I cannot accept the final exam version to be available live in public while I still need to wait for my own results (meaning their *effective* availability at Prometric *and* MCP transcript). That’s 100% ridiculus.

  17. Frowny says:

    Trika: Do you allready have some more info on when the results will be available?

    Also the comments could be a bit more constructive (Patiently Waiting…still taken…waiting…still taken)…

  18. Ken W says:

    While I am disappointed that I haven’t received my results yet (I was expecting them to come by the latest 5 days ago – Monday).  I’m still hopefully that this won’t turn into the Vista beta exam experience.


  19. Patiently Waiting...still taken...waiting...still taken... says:

    Constructive? I’m merely looking for answers just like everyone else. I am in no way holding this against Trika. She has so far been the only person even willing to help with this. Both Vue and MCPhelp have been useless in that they each point to the other for details. Without Trika we all would be completely in the dark about this. I very much appreciate her updates and that is why I post here.

  20. pedmil says:

    70-648 is OUT …. I have a pass πŸ˜€ thanks …

    waiting for 70-649 :S

  21. pedmil says:

    Sorry … I was talking about 71-648 … BETA … now waiting for 71-649.

    Done 71-648 on Wed, 25 Jul 2007 at 18:15

    fow whatever it matters

  22. Tango says:

    Have you been notified by mail or something else?

    Why have you taken both?

    Cheers, Tango

  23. pedmil says:

    Not yet, neither is on Microsoft transcript.

    yes i’ve taken both

    I’m like a dummy … I was checking VUE every 2 seconds πŸ˜› …. hihi

  24. Alice says:

    Pedmil’s posts were kind of unclear… to clarify: No notifications have been sent out yet, and people who passed are not seeing the results on their Microsoft transcript yet. However…

    The results ARE now available on the PearsonVue history page!

    Unfortunately, I didn’t pass, but at least I finally know. (Not a big surprise, since the timing didn’t work out very well for me and I only had three days to prepare.)

  25. pedmil says:

    Sorry Tango, this is why …


    Pedro is MCSE 2003. He thinks he’d pass 648, but not sure he’d pass 649 because he doesn’t feel as confident on application platform as he does on Active directory and Net. Infrastructure. So, he’d like to take both exams during the beta to make sure he comes out with something.

    Pedro, you can take both exams. We have cautioned customers NOT to, mainly so you understand there is duplication in the resulting certifications, so you aren’t upset about sitting two exams and getting the same result.

    In upgrade are these MCTS credentials evaluated apart of each other? i.e. Doing 71-649 I may get AD credential not getting any of the others ? NO, YOU GET ALL OR NOTHING.

    In 71-649 exam aren’t (MCSE) aren’t AD and NI questions harder (than in 648 version?)? Since this is Engineering Upgrade?

    In this case, shouldn’t we (MCSE 2003 candidates) take both so that BETA analysis can be checked with stronger and less stronger people to check what level should you leverage to these MCTS credentials?

    Or really are the same questions towards the same MCTS credential in both upgrade exams?

    Still have no answers, for most of these questions.

    But since BETAs are for helping Microsoft constructing a more appropriate e exam, and If Beta are in this case free for us … then Why NOT ? Everyone wins .. I just have to sit down for a little more time …

  26. mooncalf says:

    Ok So there are on Vue but not Prometric…interesting

  27. Tango says:


    now I understand. 71-649 is still pending on VUE for me. Let’s wait and hope…

  28. Helmer says:

    Still no news πŸ™ Is there already anybody who has failed to pass? (maybe they first let the passed show and then the failed?)

  29. Charlie says:

    W00T Passed 648 beta with what I learned thanks to Tech-Ed and MS Connect. Shows up on VUE. I didn’t know there was a 649 beta…

  30. Charlie says:

    W00T Passed 648 beta with what I learned thanks to Tech-Ed and MS Connect. Shows up on VUE. I didn’t know there was a 649 beta…

  31. packetboy says:

    yea still taken on prometric… now we can turn our hate from MS to Prometric!!! hahaha

    Prometric make with my beta results or I will go to VUE.. oh wait but I cant now since MS has ditched vue hahaha

  32. Frowny says:

    648 results are also showing up on Prometric. At least I heard from a couple of fellow Dutchmen. Heard nothing about 649 though and also my 649 isn’t showing yet! Yeah it says "tested" but I allready knew that ha. I’ve been checking all through the day… Will be checking again tomorrow.

  33. Wayne Anderson says:

    Speaking for myself, lets show some patience folks.  You were offered a free opportunity to take a beta exam for a highly desirable new test.  This beta opportunity held no direct exam cost to you  and was intended to secure Microsoft a statistically significant analysis set from which to analyze tester approach to new material.

    yes, I certainly agree that it is something of an annoyance to wait for exam results while people are taking the live test.  Do I think this is optimal?  No.

    But its a free test, guys.  You can always go back next week sometime and take it for real if you find out 3 days from now you did not pass.  In terms of actual impact on yourself or your career, I have difficulty crediting any real damange that a few days of waiting for results from an unwarranted *free* offer from the guys (and gals) at Microsoft learning.


    Deep breath.

    You will find out soon and I am very confident that you will have done fine.  If you have to take it again, prepare a little slower now that there is more material and then give it another go.

  34. Thomas says:

    648 passed – thanks to all for the information!

  35. Helmer says:

    Hmm…still nothing. All the guys that passed the exam? When did they do it? Before august 3rd?

    All the guys i know who did the exam and don’t have the results all did the exam on august 3rd. πŸ™

  36. pedmil says:

    071-649: TS: Transitioning your MCSE on Windows Server® 2003 to Windows Longhorn Server Technology Specialist


    Mon, 30 Jul 2007 at 14:15

    still taken …

  37. Alice says:

    Helmer – I took 71-648 on July 21, 2007, and the results showed up earlier today (1:28pm in the "Trika Blog Timezone"). So that’s another data point agreeing with that theory.

    Also, it’s looking like so far, people have only said they have their results for 71-648. So it could either be a matter of the exam, the day taken, or both.

  38. pedmil says:

    Helmer and Alice

    I took

    71-648 – Wed, 25 Jul 2007 at 18:15  – pass

    71-649 – Mon, 30 Jul 2007 at 14:15  – taken

    So the I would go with theory of only 71-648 are showing up, but still has anyone took 71-649 before or on 25 July ??

  39. @Pedmill/Alice

    Yeah…or maybe something went wrong with the results of the 649? Maybe we just have to wait some more days…

  40. packetboy says:

    71-649 – 1 Aug 2007, 11:45 , Prometric – Taken

    So I guess we wait till next week now…

  41. Yeah…I think that’s the best we can do πŸ˜‰ I’m sure Trika, George and colleagues are doing everything they can…

  42. pHennyWise says:

    71-649 – Tue, 24 Jul 2007 at 13:45, VUE – Taken.

    It’s times like this that the need is high for an application that can just check if the content of a certain web page has changed and you would just receive a message if it did. Instead of checking every 3 nano seconds to see of you passed the freakin’ beta exam. πŸ˜‰

    Anyone? πŸ™‚

    At least it is good to hear I’m not the only one having this twisted behaviour. :-).

  43. Peter Read says:

    I took 649 on 2 August, so if it is being processed in order of tests taken….

    Although a test can be scored in seconds when you do the live version, are the test providers processing the marking on an old P2 box or something?

    If they’re doing it by hand in excel someone needs shooting…

  44. packetboy says:

    haha Peter they are probably using one of the crappy old boxs we normally sit our exams on….

  45. Kjetil says:

    649 – Fri, 3 Aug 2007 – Vue – Taken

    I can accept alot if I only get information. Worst thing is to now know what is happening! Youre doing a good job Trika, but maybe we have to discuss how you can get the rest to do the same over a drink in Barcelona :-).

  46. Edith says:

    I read all these comments and they make me really lauch!!! How can grown up people be so inpatient!?

    These examens where free, therefore I do not care if MS counts my points manually, mechanically or digitally πŸ™‚

  47. Jonathan says:

    Strange Pedmill/Alice see both the exams. I also took both but I’m only seeing the 649. For what I read if you are MCSE the 648 exam is not beeing valid even when you made it?

    Ah well, we’ll see…

  48. Tommy says:

    Edith: Yes you do not have to pay for the exam in money, but you do spend time on it providing something to Microsoft.

    The cost of the exam is no big deal.. the amout is not alot. I just want to know if i should spend time reading up and prepping to retake the exam or focus on something else.

  49. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    I’ll update this original post with anything I learn about your beta results.

  50. Helmer says:

    Thnx for the update Trika.

  51. Yanze says:

    Thanks for the UPDATE, I hope it will be solved the next few days …

  52. Pieter Tielemans says:

    Looks like Roel is just as eager to get his result as I am..

    Roel, beste collega πŸ˜‰

  53. speedyb says:

    Looks like there are more GPR employees waiting on their results….

    Lets hope we receive them soon…

  54. dvd76 says:

    Just checked again at Prometric and now got the result for 649: Passed !

  55. Heber says:

    Prometric shows me Passed on 71-649

  56. Tango says:

    Still no information on VUE…

  57. John Miller says:

    Just checked VUE

    71 649 Taken June 8th

    the long wait continues

  58. pedmil says:

    Still Taken ..on VUE for me πŸ™

  59. Yanze says:

    YES, passed πŸ™‚

  60. packetboy says:

    71-649 on Prometric PASSED!!! It just updated about 30mins ago… Whoo hoo im very happy ok now i need to study for 620 in prep for the EA beta πŸ™‚


    11:45 AM TS:Transitioning MCSE on Wndws Serv 2003 to Wndws Serv 2008 Microsoft

    071-649 Passed

    Thanks alot guys πŸ™‚ Congrats to DVD76 and Heber also…

  61. Peter Read says:

    Oh well at least we know.  Hopefully they aren’t far away as many people are now getting theirs.

  62. Gary says:

    Just spoke with VUE

    I was told that the results should be sent out in the mail today.  No ETA on when the site will be updated with the results

  63. Frank says:

    Prometric, 71-649: passed!!!! :))))

  64. Frank says:

    Prometric, 71-649: passed!!!! :))))

  65. Frank says:

    Prometric, 71-649: passed!!!! :))))

  66. Olavo Borges says:

    Passed to!!!! Hurray! :)))

  67. OMG Still ‘Tested’ overhere πŸ™

  68. Pieter Tielemans says:

    Also passed the 71-649, it’s showing on Prometric ! Going to celebrate now (a couple of "triple’s" will do fine πŸ˜‰

  69. Dave Franklyn says:

    Oh, Gary, you’ve GOT to be kidding me!

    Vue is going to MAIL them?  Is this revenge for Microsoft dumping them?  LoL

    Hey Vue, it wasn’t my idea!  Really!  (sotto voice)…and if I had the choice, it wouldn’t have been Prometric!(end sotto voice)

    Snort…  I guess well simply have to wait for the repults in our transcript, or snail mail, whichever happens first.

  70. Still no ‘passed’ or ‘failed’….

    Why is Microsoft teasing me so hard πŸ™

  71. goh says:

    still taken in VUE? gosh… will it be whoever taken in Prometric will have passed and who taken in Vue will received fail? omg…..

  72. I took it at Prometric (and still ‘Tested’ instead of ‘Passed’)

  73. Yanze says:

    I can see that the MCP Member Site is updated with the information.

    But it only shows it under exams, not (yet) under certifications … why?

    Still nothing Helmer?

  74. Tango says:

    Vue status is still taken. They have sent no mail and my MCP transcript is showing nothing…

  75. pedmil says:

    Same here, taken on VUE for 71-649.

    BUT, Jonathan, 71-648 is showing on my Microsoft transcript, so there is no problem on taking both exams if you have MCSE 2003. You can do 71-648 and as far as I can see is perfectly valid

  76. Kent A says:

    I took the 71-648 (was confused at the time which exam was needed for MCSE/MCSA in 2003) on August 3 @ Vue, and received word yesterday that I had passed.  I had to call both Microsoft and Vue yesterday, and they said it might take 2-3 days to straighten out.  However by the end of the day it was listed in my passed exam with 2 TS, but not yet under the certification listing.

  77. Gary says:

    I guess it depends on who you talk to.  Yesterday, I posted here and said that VUE told me the results will be mailed yesterday.  I checked back with them in the afternoon, and a different person told me that HOPEFULLY, they would get the results mailed out by the end of the week.

    I checked again this morning, because this is eating me alive, and the person told me that the results were mailed out on Friday.


  78. Helmer says:

    @Roel : No still nothing πŸ™ I called MCP Support AND Prometric and their both pointing to each other πŸ™

    They are saying the results AREN’T AVAILABLE YET…and I’ll have just wait another week πŸ™ OMG…wtf is going on here…

  79. Bikkelbink says:


    I also took both exams. The 648 is indeed on my transcript!

    For the third time Mickeysoft of VUE made a mistake, when I look at VUE the exam 649 was scheduled with another/new MCP ID. And the 648 with my own MCP-ID. Thats why I didn’t see the 648 exam in my list and only on my transcript.

    So I passed the 648 and hopefully the 649 also, that’s 1 MCTS cert more. After that I’ll try to go for the MCITP Enterprise Administrator title…

  80. Tango says:

    Can anyone tell me why vue can’t manage to put them online? Maybe MS can just the results for VUE?

  81. For what I heard Prometric has problems also putting them (all) online. I’m still waiting for the results, and I did the exam at a Prometric Center πŸ™

  82. Thomas says:

    649 is still "taken" on vue,

    648 is passed and listed in MCP Transscript!

    But no logos available for 648 πŸ™‚

  83. Olavo Borges says:

    649 listed on Transcript (Exams Completed Successfully list), but still no MCTS Windows 2008 on Microsoft Certification Status list πŸ™

  84. pedmil says:

    Olavo Borges, did you also got information that you’ve passed on your exam provider?

    Was it VUE or Prometric?


    Still have taken on VUE πŸ™ … waiting waiting … waiting …

  85. Lukas Beeler says:

    Here’s what Vue told me:

    Dear Lukas

    Thank you for your email.

    These exam results were rejected when we sent them to Microsoft.

    I have requested that these be resent, so your transcript will be updated in approximately one week.

    If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.

    Thank you

  86. Peter Read says:

    Ouch – is that for all 649 results from VUE ?

    I’m almost considering sitting the exam tomorrow just to get a result…

  87. Dave Franklyn says:

    There are a lot of responses from Vue as to why the reslut still shows as taken; sadly, each one is different!

    I suggest you wait it out before signing up for the real exam.  

    Hoepfully, we’ll get results soon!

  88. Tango says:

    Maybe MS can speed things up and maybe we can also get some vouchers like the people waiting for their MCP KITs πŸ˜‰

  89. Heber says:

    The exam 649 listed in my transcript but the MCTS hasn’t been displayed yet

  90. Peter Read says:

    Heber – you’re doing better than some of us then!  Not even that bothered if the MCTS’s don’t show for a month once I know the result.

  91. Helmer says:

    Hmm…still tested πŸ™‚ hehe hmm…maybe they mean next Wednesday…

  92. Olavo Borges says:

    pedmil ,

    Yes I got the passed result on Prometric Website, and the exam is already listed on my Transcript… But no MCTS yet.

  93. Helmer says:

    Hmm…let’s check the prometric website again πŸ™‚

  94. Gaza says:

    no result yet for 71-649 on Vue

  95. Kjetil says:

    Still taken on 71-649 with Vue. Same goes for 3 friends of  mine.

    Maybe the last 1% was to much work to be worth the hassle πŸ™‚

  96. Helmer says:

    Still nothing with the 649 on Prometric πŸ™

    BRrr….waiting sucks…

  97. Gaza says:

    I am going to get crazy/mad if I have to check Vue website any longer!


    Nothing yet on Vue – status still TAKEN

  98. Egan says:

    I guess I’m part of the 1% also.  Still waiting for 649 from VUE.

  99. Dave Franklyn says:

    I emailed Vue and asked for the latest clarification on the 71-649 results.  Quoted below is the reply.  I hope this helps the VUE’ers of us still waiting.


    Thank you for contacting Pearson VUE.

    I am sorry to hear about your experience with your exam results. After checking with the Microsoft Program Coordinator, I was informed we have received these results from Microsoft and are processing them now. By Monday, the results should be mailed out and the status should change in your VUE account.

    If you have any further questions or inquiries, please contact us again.

    Thank you,

    Pearson VUE Customer Support


  100. Frank says:

    The results appear now in my transcripts, but still no any new credential. Is it normal?

  101. Yanze says:

    I think that’s the case with everyone Frank, they show up under Exams, but not under Certifications.

    So no Welome Kits either ;-(

  102. GOH says:

    The results appear now in my transcripts, but still no any new credential. Is it normal — meaning to say you have passed your exam? otherwise i am sure it wont appear in your transcripts.

  103. FS says:

    My idea for those MS baseball caps:

    "certified choosen few"

    (for those who from the 1 % like me)


  104. Peter Read says:

    "Certified on 2008 (maybe…)"

  105. Helmer says:

    LOL @ FS

    Hmmmm..I think I’ll make another phonecall to Prometric this afternoon…

  106. gaza says:

    No login possible to Vue website since Sunday 2:00 am UK time

    It is 9:00 am now…

    So no way to verify if they released the 71-649 beta exam result!

  107. GOH says:

    Not yet released ;(

  108. tbessi says:

    .Still waiting for 649 from Prometric.

  109. Helmer says:

    This morning I received an e-mail from Prometric :

    Dear Mr. Zandbergen,

    With regards to the conversation you had last week Friday with one of my colleagues, I hereby confirmed to have sent your details onto our Reconciliation department in the US, in order to resend the exam result of 071-649 (P07DUS5178) to Microsoft.

    As soon as we receive confirmation that this has been done, we will inform you.

    For your reference, incident number MTXXXXXXX refers to this issue.

    I hope to have provided enough information.

    Kind regards,

    Frank P.

    Candidate Care Representative

    So….I have just have to wait a few more days πŸ™‚

  110. Gaza says:

    Again no login possible at pearsonvue website – so no beta exam 71-649 result!

  111. Gaza says:

    Login working now on Vue website but no result!!!


  112. Peter Read says:

    Helmer – presumably it’d show on the prometric website whether they’ve sent to MS or not though?

    Maybe I misunderstand the logistics here.

  113. Peter Read says:

    From VUE this morning;


    Hi Peter,

    Thank you for your email enquiry.

    Your results have been sent to Microsoft and it has been accepted.


    Light at the end of the tunnel? πŸ™‚

  114. Gary says:

    Just spoke with VUE as well.  I was told that the results were definitely mailed out on Friday 11/9.  I was told the site should have been updated as well on Friday but for one reason or another, it wasn’t.  So we should start seeing the results by the end of the day today or tomorrow.

    We’ll see!

  115. Tango says:


    what do the mean by mailed out? I haven’t got any email from them…

  116. Peter Read says:

    Tango – they got a slice of tree, encased it in an additional folded tree slice and put it into a sack…

    Yes seems a little odd to me too πŸ™‚

  117. Tango says:


    That’s what I feared. Next time they could send a owl πŸ˜‰

  118. Monday, November 12, 2007 4:58 AM by Peter Read

    # re: Home of Chicken and Waffles

    Helmer – presumably it’d show on the prometric website whether they’ve sent to MS or not though?

    Maybe I misunderstand the logistics here.

    @Peter Read : Indeed that’s what I thought, but Prometric is waiting for the results. BTW the MCP Helpdesk is pointing to Prometric (that’s what I think is the right way to point to).

  119. Patiently Waiting...still taken...waiting...still taken... says:

    My guess is that MCP Helpdesk doesn’t know what they’re talking about considering neither VUE nor PROMETRIC have results posted. That alone would suggest the problem lies with Microsoft.

  120. CTGOH says:

    mailed out? i havent received too till now.

  121. CTGOH says:

    hey guys, i received an email from VUE which i am totally confused now.

    Thank you for contacting Pearson VUE APAC Services.


    We received your inquiry on 11/13/2007.  Please be informed that the

    071-649 exam is a Beta exam. The result is sent by Microsoft directly in

    6-8 weeks after the delivery end date, and the result will not be

    showing in Pearson VUE system. If you have any inquiries, please contact

    Microsoft as follow:-

    My god … they are point each other now

  122. gaza says:

    Sorry, but I received a few days ago my results for 71-648 exam by mail…

  123. CTGOH says:

    heh, we are talking about 71-649 πŸ˜‰

  124. Peter Read says:

    Yeah VUE tell me my result was mailed Friday & should be on the website, but it isn’t…  They offered to get me a score report by e-mail but not heard back from that either.

    I’ll check end of the day and see if I got it then.  It’ll wind me up if I’ve failed as I could’ve retaken and got the result by now….

  125. CTGOH says:

    Hey Peter,

    for me its weird, VUE keep telling me Microsoft should be the one who provided me the Report after 6 to 8 weeks of my beta result. but hey!!! its already almost 10 Weeks!!! can i know which email you are sending to VUE ?

  126. Peter Read says:

    sure, it’s PVEMEACUSTOMERSERVICE@pearson.com

    Not that it’s got me very far πŸ™‚

  127. Tango says:

    Actually VUE is also telling me that’s Microsofts issue. I think we will never get our scores…

  128. Jon Holvoet says:

    Just had news from both Vue & microsoft MCP desk:


    Dear mr **********

    I am writing to you regarding your results for the beta exam 071-649, which you advised us are still not showing in your transcript.

    I have heard back from our programme coordinator that the exam has not been rescored yet, but that this should happen in the next two weeks.

    Should you require further help, please contact us again


    Microsoft on the other hand confirmed me that they send out the last results towards Vue on 11 November.

    So I think we have to wait a couple of days longer…..

  129. Peter Read says:

    You’ll like this.

    I got the score report by e-mail.  Any my result is!!!!


    Thank you for completing the beta version of exam 071-649: TS: Transition from WindowsServer® 2003 MCSE to, Windows Server® 2008, Technology Specialist. We will send yourscore report by mail 1-2 days before the live version of this exam is released. Score reportsare usually sent approximately 3 months after the beta period ends. However, the processingof some beta exams may require additional time.



  130. Kjetil says:

    Talked to one of the guys at the MS Learning stand at IT Forum at Barcelona. They told me it was a MS mess, but could not give me a time when it will be fixed πŸ™

  131. Lukas Beeler says:

    Trika, i would like to thank your for keeping us up to date. Communication really helps.

    (Waiting still sucks, though)

  132. Thnx Trika for the update again (even when you’re in Barca…wauww)!

  133. pedmil says:

    71-649 … passed … VUE πŸ˜‰

    Check the history mates … πŸ˜‰

  134. pedmil says:

    And thanks Trika … as always … you’re the help we need to be … waiting … with some updates …


  135. Dave Franklyn says:

    It’s in at Vue, finally.

    Oh, yeah, I passed!

    Trika, hopefully EVERYONE now has their results.

    Thanks for letting us VENT here.


  136. Bob says:

    My results aren’t posted to VUE yet and I took the exam June 8!

  137. Tango says:

    Also passed!

    Seems MS made it easy for us to pass πŸ˜‰

  138. Bob says:


    "We are sorry…

    An unexpected site error has occured.  The problem has been logged and will be investigated. For additional assistance, please contact your regional MCP Service Center. Thank you for your patience.


    Posting HTML tags or scripts in text fields is not permitted. If you believe this is the cause of the error, please hit the "back" button on your browser to fix your inputs."

  139. Gary says:

    So I took the exam with VUE.  I am now able to see the results on their site.  Although it wasn’t the result I was looking for, at least I know now.

    So, VUE now has their act together and your results should be there.


  140. Greg says:

    VUE is showing I passed also!

    However it still does not appear on my MCP transcript

  141. @Greg : that can take upto 2 days πŸ™‚ (Syncing and stuff)

  142. Lukas Beeler says:

    Yeah, results are showing up now, and i passed πŸ™‚

  143. Kjetil says:

    Vue is finally showing results. Passed! Was worth the wait πŸ˜€

  144. khaled says:


    i took the exam on 15 June, but the results didn’t show yet

  145. Helmer says:

    Still no results at Prometric πŸ™

  146. Alberto says:


    I can see the 649 in my transcript but not the Win2008 certs… am I the only one with this problem?

  147. FS says:

    Talked with VUE yesterday morning -> fingerpointing to Ms

    Talked with MS yesterday afternoon -> they told me to send my score report for further escalation.

    Read Trikas blog yesterday evening -> process is ongoing, just wait

    Today I see a "passed" for 70-649.

    What should i say, very very bad communication from the official side. But Trika saved the day again.

    So big thanks to Trika for making this beta offer to the community, and for keeping us posted.

    Thank you Trika!


  148. Peter Read says:

    Hurrah!  Pass showing for 649 here too.  I can move on now πŸ™‚

    Will be nice to see the score report when it arrives but nothing I’ll stop moaning and can just wait for that πŸ™‚

  149. Helmer says:

    @Alberto : There are a lot of MCPs that have that problem. That should be solved automatically πŸ˜‰

  150. Helmer says:

    OEffff….ALL my colleagues that DID they exam got their results : ALL FAILED…. πŸ™ (and still no results for me ;))

  151. Khaled says:


    i took the exam on VUE, but still , the results didn’t show !

  152. Alberto says:

    Ok. then lets just wait πŸ˜‰ I just wanted to know if I’m the only one before calling VUE/MS.

    Thanks for the info

  153. DvD76 says:

    Alberto, you asked: I can see the 649 in my transcript but not the Win2008 certs… am I the only one with this problem?

    No you are not, see answer of Microsoft below:


    Thank you for your email.

    We may confirm that after passing 70-649, you should obtain three MCTS


    – TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

    – TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

    – TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications, Configuring

    We kindly inform this is a global technical issue that Microsoft is aware of. Many other customers have already contacted us with the same query. We understand your concern but at the moment we cannot provide any efficient solution. Your case is forwarded to our technical department, please be patient and as soon as we receive any update about that case we will definitely inform you.

    We hope this information is of assistance. Feel free to contact us again if you have further queries.

    Kind Regards

    Microsoft Regional Service Center

  154. Edith says:

    Took the examen at Vue and it showed as "passed" πŸ™‚

  155. Helmer says:

    WAUW…Is there anybody who did the exam through Prometric who DOESN’T have the results yet (besides me)…???

  156. tbessi says:

    My result : Failed

    Comgartulations for whom, tooked, 71-648/9

  157. YEAAaah….I passed the 70-649!!!!! WAUWWwwwwww!

  158. Tim Soto says:

    So I took 71-649 on August 3rd, and then took it again on October 29th because I didn’t have my results yet and wanted to make sure I passed as early as possible to try for a charter cert. I passed on the 29th and then I just found out yesterday that I passed on the 3rd as well. I wonder how that will show up in my transcript.

  159. Peter Read says:

    Ok I’ll stop soon honest Trika πŸ™‚

    The TS certs are now showing (yay!), but have the date earned down as November 15th rather than the date I done the exam.

    Ok I’m not really too worried about it, but just wondered if that was expected?

  160. Heber says:

    Yeah! The TS certs are now showing in my transcript too

    I’ve also built my logo

    Thanks Trika! You got the answer!

  161. Frank says:

    Now I can build my new 2k8 logos, put them in my certificates, but I can’t download them, neither order my new welcome kits: "An unexpected site error has occurred". Is it a matter of time?

  162. Helmer says:

    @Frank : Let’s hope so! Some problems over here.

  163. skubasteve says:

    From the MCP site….

    During the dates of November 29 through December 6, 2007, you will not be able order welcome kits or certificates from this Web site or from your Regional Service Center. This downtime is due to a system upgrade that is required to reduce shipment times for your MCP materials. Be assured that your transcript will continue to be updated during this time. We apologize for this inconvenience as we work to improve your experience with Microsoft Certification.

  164. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Heber and FS: Thanks for the thanks, but I didn’t do anything!

    All, glad your certs are now showing – if anyone doesn’t have them showing up still send me a mail.

    Tim, that is a bummer. But I’m glad you passed.

    Peter, all: Thanks for pointing out the date issue; checking on it.

    Frank, Helmer, all: Yes, a matter of time. Kits will be forthcoming.

  165. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Bob, are you still having the problem downloading your transcript? Have you tried the helpdesk? If so and no resolution, please let me know.

  166. Frank says:

    Actually, that’s the same error I’m receiving. I can’t download neither transcripts  nor certificates. Maybe it’s all related to the new 2k8 certs.

  167. Frank says:

    Update: it’s all right! (only welcome kits are still unavailable)

  168. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Frank, Bob, if you are still having trouble downlaoding transcripts, please send me an e-mail with MCP ID and full name. Thanks.

  169. helmer@hznet.nl says:

    @Trika : Thnx! We’ll just wait for the kits then.

    btw the wrong certification is still mentioned on the MCTS Win2k8 Application Platform Configuration (it should be App. Infrastructure Config ?)

  170. Frank says:

    Thanks Trika: actually the only trouble I’m having is with the xps certificates: when I download one, I get an horizontal certificate in a portrait page, so I get only half certificate! PDFs look correctly.

  171. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Frank, please send me an e-mail with your MCP ID and that description of your problem.

    Helmer, check, check, and check. Thanks!

  172. ahmad samim says:

    when i click download buttion of transcript i get an error that is

    "We are sorry…

    An unexpected site error has occured.  The problem has been logged and will be investigated. For additional assistance, please contact your regional MCP Service Center. Thank you for your patience.


    Posting HTML tags or scripts in text fields is not permitted. If you believe this is the cause of the error, please hit the "back" button on your browser to fix your inputs"

    please can anybody help me to download my transcript if you have the slotion please mail me in this


  173. If there is news on this post above, please let us all know!

  174. BALA SINGAM says:

    I’m also facing same problem!!

    "We are sorry…

    An unexpected site error has occured.  The problem has been logged and will be investigated. For additional assistance, please contact your regional MCP Service Center. Thank you for your patience.


    Posting HTML tags or scripts in text fields is not permitted. If you believe this is the cause of the error, please hit the "back" button on your browser to fix your inputs"

    MCP ID : 6183220


  175. Mazin says:

    please advice on the case above, there is an unexpected error appearing on the web page, i also cant build my logo , same error

    appreciating your help

    MCPID : 6235485


  176. David says:

    I have been getting the same error as well attempted to contact through email they just asked for screen shots of error screen but still no fix.


    MCP# 6215680

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