Go watch Family Guy (or, 71-652)

Looking like 70-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring is set to hit the market on August 25ish. Or so. What this means to you is that you can crack a beer and watch some Family Guy and not worry about your 71-652 beta results until on or after that date, because that’s the guideline for when your results should most likely be out. You might find out before hand!! But until then, good friends, put your feet up. Maybe take a nap. We’ll wake you if it’s posted before then.

Or you can kill some time reading about how the beta process works, now that it’s been edited and published on Microsoft.com.

Your options, again, while waiting for your results:

  • Beer and Family Guy
  • Feet up and nap
  • Read about betas

It sounds so fun! I wish I were waiting for my 71-652 result, too.

Comments (62)

  1. I do love your thinking. Sign me up for the next beta, whatever it is!

  2. Pieterrrman says:

    Have never seen no Family Guy so i’ll guess i’ll be watching something else then for the next 5 days 😉

    Just checked for the results anyway on Prometric but it still shows as tested, as could be expected.

    Is Roel also waiting for the result??

    Thanks for the update Trika!

  3. Yanze says:

    Well … 5 days and counting …

    Any update on upcoming betas?

  4. Yanze says:

    WTF, how did you know that I was gonna post something Pieterrrrrr?


  5. wheelca says:

    Any word on 71-653 TS: Windows Small Business Server, Configuring?  I just noticed yesterday that it is listed on Prometric.

  6. bob says:

    registration starts not until august 22.

  7. Yanze says:

    Correct, I saw 71-653 also listed on Prometric.

    Maybe the promocode will be made public the next few days?

  8. Packetboy says:

    Ooh, let me have some of that Cool Hwhip.

    What’d you say?

    You can’t have a pie without Cool Hwhip.

    Cool Hwhip?

    Cool Hwhip, yeah.

    You mean Cool Whip.

    Yeah, Cool Hwhip.

  9. Garth Jones says:

    Hum.. This is interesting! How would you like to get training for the 70-652 exam for free! Rod, posted

  10. Garth's Blog says:

    Hum.. This is interesting! How would you like to get training for the 70-652 exam for free! Rod, posted

  11. Jim K says:

    No results yet for me…

    Never really got into Family Guy.

    My son (2) is watching Curious George this afternoon…

  12. Yanze says:

    No results yet … and it’s August 26th!

  13. Packetboy says:

    still tested.. 🙁 i was pressing refresh all weekend..

  14. Anselm says:

    I noticed that you can now register for 70-652, so any moment now for results, I guess

  15. wojcieh says:

    Still waiting – I hope results will be available soon 🙂

  16. Jim K says:

    Still showing tested 🙁

    I think Trika should get the marketing folks to fork over a hat or something to the 1st person who poasts a passing result…

  17. Yanze says:

    Still tested @ 2008-08-27 9:16 AM GMT +1:00

  18. packetboy says:

    hurrrry uppp

    upside down upside down

  19. Lukas Beeler says:

    Come on, i failed the free MDOP exam, now i want to look at something positive 😉

  20. Prashanth says:

    still shows as tested…any news on when it will be available ?

  21. packetboy says:

    maybe its better to pay the £90 and get your results right away than go through the anxiousness of waiting!!  🙂

  22. Felipe says:

    Exactly what I was thinking about…

  23. Gonzalo says:

    C’mon and the excitement of sitting in front of a Beta Exam?


    Gonzalo "Tested"


  24. pattyfudge says:

    I found a bunch of episdoes online here: http://tv.blinkx.com – no dowlnloading required or anything.

  25. Frank says:

    Aug 28, 13.46 GMT+1, still tested. I’ll have another beer…

  26. wojcieh says:

    Trika any comments? Do You have any idea when we will get our results?

  27. Jim K says:

    Arrrgggghhh, still showing at "tested" as of this morning…

  28. Jim K says:

    Just emailed MCPHelp@microsoft.com to see if they have an ETA…

  29. patrix says:

    i called today to prometric and they didn’t know when results will be available

    hum, i’m a little bit impatient

  30. Packetboy says:

    thats it! im off to buy esx 🙂

  31. Josh W says:

    "thats it! im off to buy esx :)"

    Am I the only one that read that wrong on first glance?

  32. I’m as anxious as the next guy, but come on! Why get so frustrated about this? Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to go watch some Family Guy and wait patiently for the results to come in….. Right after I check my candidate history one more time.

  33. Packetboy says:

    I hope we get the beta results before Sep 10th when the world ends anyway…


  34. Shawn says:

    We all know MS can’t hit deadlines – why would this be any different?

  35. patrix says:

    I’ve received an answer from MCPHelp@microsoft.com

    "We value your time and want to provide you with excellent service.

    We would like to inform you that you will be receiving the confirmation after 3 months, if you pass the exam."

    there is a french expression to describe this answer : "rien de nouveau sous le soleil" which means in a word to word translation : "nothing new under the sun" but in english it probably means nothing

    waiting is the key ….

  36. Ray Aslin says:

    I have committed to not checking my prometric history tomorrow.  I will wake, come to work, do my job, and not once will I examine my history, or this blog.

    I will do it…I will do it…I will do it…

    <repeating affirmations on my way to prometric’s website>

    Dang it – I just checked it AGAIN!

  37. Jim K says:

    It is like standing in front of a pot of water on the stove, waiting for it to boil.  It just never happens till you walk away.

    That being said, if I had a dollar for everytime I checked the site today, I’d be able to buy myself a really nice lunch.  Or one of those Certified Chuck Norris Fan hats or something like that…

  38. Felipe says:

    It doesn’t make sense the exam is available for registering and we don’t have the results yet. I have doubts if I’ll take beta exams in the future, even being invited. In my opinion, they are more difficult than the final version.

    I take beta exams because I like to be certified before the others. It’s my way to be ahead. In my team, now there are some people certified before me. It’s not my differential anymore.

  39. Ray Aslin says:

    The difference between this and the pot of water:

    I control the knob on the stove!!!!

    Yes – I checked again (hanging head in shame).  I have no control.  I am weak.

    For the record – I take the beta’s because it proves that I didn’t use a brain dump to take the test, its free, and its a challenge to study without a braindump or even a textbook.  I know its frustrating to wait for results, but I guess that’s just how it goes.


  40. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    The scores are in process, they’re not done yet (I’m sure that’s obvious), and we’ll send out a notice to those concerned as soon as I get a little more info. In the meantime, thanks for your patience. I know it is hard to wait, and that you put time and effort in to this (which we love). We have tried to say over and over again that the betas don’t adhere to a perfect schedule, because they are betas, and sometimes things get slowed down or mucked up or otherwise wonky, in the process of creating somethign new. Your scores are being finalized and transferred and that’s where we are. Thanks again for your humor and understanding; the beta process is what it is and we hope the benefits of participating outweigh the hassles for you, over time.

  41. Yanze says:

    Just wanted to check the Prometric website again and now it says my login can’t be found …

  42. Pieterrrman says:

    Roel: If you can’t remember your wife’s name I guess there is no point in using it as your password 🙂

    It is very secure though hahaha..

    Still waiting for the results.. hope to see me pass this one!

  43. cnfuzzd says:

    Thank you for taking beta exam 71-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring. We are writing to let you know that your results are being processed and are not yet available from Prometric or Microsoft.

    The exam was released in its live form on August 25, 2008. Although, in general, we hope to make beta results available on or before the release of the live exam, delays or changes to the process are inherent in a beta. In this case, the processing of your individual scores was delayed beyond the exam release date, and we wanted to let you know the status of your scores to hopefully avoid any confusion or frustration on your part.

    To learn more about the beta process, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/status/beta.mspx.

    We anticipate that your scores will be available within a few weeks, but we are not able to provide an exact date. There is no action required on your part; your scores will be available at Prometric and on your Microsoft transcript as soon as our processing is complete. Thank you for your patience.

    We sincerely appreciate the contribution you make as a beta tester in the Microsoft Certification program.


    The Microsoft Certification team

  44. cnfuzzd says:

    Maybe an explanation of why they are delayed. I for one will not be deterred from participating in betas regardless, but it would be nice to understand exactly where the hold-up is.

  45. tarul@hotmail.com says:


    Your results will be available within a few weeks!

    Trika, Is this a trick to keep us from bothering you with all these comments?:-)

    According to the process in the link, once the scoring model is determined and handed over to Prometric, there is nothing more to do from Microsoft’s side. Prometric should be applying that scoring model to our test answers and provide the results to us and Microsoft.

    70-652 being live means that this scoring model is done and handed over.

    Then why the uncertainty and the delay of another few weeks?

    Am I missing something?

  46. bob says:

    i do not understand whats going wrong with the beta information. maybe its lost or something? in my opinion we all fail the exam and maybe can took a second shot for free on the released form. maybe. but hope will never die! still waiting…

  47. Bibble says:

    Failed 🙁

    never mind, I’ll take the full thing at some point or other i guess. Good luck everyone else…

  48. Thomas says:

    Just checked Prometric – and…

    I’ve passed!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity to attend the Beta-Exams!

    Thomas, the Beta-Junkie

  49. Passed  🙂


    Thanks for the fun of setting in front of a Beta Exam… and the anxiety of waiting the results :p


    from Chile 🙂

  50. Ray Aslin says:

    Bibble – sorry to hear that – good luck on the full exam

    I passed – so much for the email I got today that said it would be weeks still before I had results.

    I hope the world adopts hyper-v as fast as I think they will, maybe next year we can look at a hyper-v mcitp 🙂

    20% hyper-v

    50% scvmm

    30% ms clustering (for quick migrate)


  51. Passed too !

    Congrats to all people who passed the exam !

  52. tarul@hotmail.com says:

    To all those who didn’t pass:

    Good luck next time!

    At least no waiting for the results next time!

    It would be nice if MS gave out a 40% off coupon to those who didn’t pass (Something similar to the ‘First To Know’ offer for Windows 2008, VS 2008 and SQL 2008 exams).

  53. Antonio Checa says:

    just checked prometric like all of you guys and I was glad when I read the sweet words… "passed" thx MS 🙂

    Congrats to you all!

  54. Powershell says:

    pass!, (as expected, the exam was really easy if you had any experience with the product)

  55. bob says:

    failed 🙁

    was to lazy to learn something^^ i know…

  56. Covax says:

    Passed! Thank for the news! I’m having another beer! 😛

  57. Gregory Smith says:


    I have to give you credit on communications this time.

    – Blog that it won’t be before 8/29. (thanks, Trika!)

    – email that results are delayed.

    – email with Pass/Fail status (my son took it too and did not pass).

    I don’t think you guys have done status emails before (I know you didn’t for last summer’s betas) and I’d like to think that the increased communication is partly a result of the pain we put Trika through in earlier betas.

    Sharing pain with someone who can do something about it is generally a good idea. And… If that’s how it happened, kudos also for not raising our expectations beyond what could be delivered.

    I have to say it’s an improvement. Incremental, not radical.. but enough!

  58. AspiringGeek says:

    I’ve been tracking this blog for a while, & I have to say unequivocally that Trika ROCKS!

  59. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Congratulations all of you what passed. And to those what didn’t, thanks for taking the beta and good luck on your next round.

    @ Gregory S: glad you think so.


  60. MeMeMe says:

    Just got email that I passed!  Sweeeet!

    Thanks for the opportunity to take the exam!!!