Thread: Winxp Exam (70-270)
February 17th, 2007, 06:13 PM #1
Winxp Exam (70-270)
Anyone take this exam? (I'm sure there are several people out there!)
I'm taking the test at the end of the month to work towards my MCSA and was curious how others felt about the test. How long did you take to finish the test? Any simulations? What test did you go for next? I was looking at windows server 2003 next. I have played around with this stuff before and work with it at work so i wanted to get the paper.
My biggest fear is they are gonna want me to know exactly how to get to certain places. I know how to get there on my own, but trying to telling someone is a different story!!
February 19th, 2007, 10:41 AM #2
Aw come on! Nobody has taken this exam yet?!
February 19th, 2007, 11:54 AM #3
have you tried a practice exam??? if you google it, some show up... what exactly is this exam?MacBook Pro 1,2
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February 19th, 2007, 12:28 PM #4
70-270 is the course from MS that will almost guarantee that when you know and understand what's in that book, there is little you DON't know about windowsXP.
It covers from unattended over the net installs (RIS) to configuring it for TS use and all that.
I'm actually busy with the same exam, but not yet that far that I can take the test in a month.
I just started about a month ago.2 x Opteron 4280 2.8Ghz, Asus KCMA-D8, 32GB DDR3 1600, Asus 6950 DCII 1GB 2 x M4 64GB SATA600, Caviar Black 640GB, Seagate 1TB, 27"syncmaster
February 19th, 2007, 05:26 PM #5
February 19th, 2007, 05:33 PM #6
I'm going through the Microsoft Training Kit to prepare for the same exam.
February 19th, 2007, 07:11 PM #7
When do you think you will be ready to take the test 27?
What material are you using Ultima?
February 20th, 2007, 03:17 AM #8
February 20th, 2007, 03:25 AM #9
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I'm taking a class for this exam right now (at the same time as Server 2003 and CompTIA Server+). Our instructor said there's a lot of application problems and not a whole lot of straight regurgitation ones (some of the applications are probably just fancy ways of asking you to regurgitate, since it is multiple choice), so if you know the OS in and out, have read the book, and have done the labs plus played around with parts that you don't typically use, you'll probably do great on it.
The first test he gave us, I didn't do too well on, but I'm going to spend more time on it.
I'll be taking mine (all 3) in April or May.
February 20th, 2007, 03:39 AM #10
from the looks of it, I have the same book as 27 does, not 100% sure though. Mine says part of MCSE on the front. And I also have the testout mcse dvd, has video explinations and test exams for everything that is in mcse.
my boss is paying for the course, so I have the official book for the course as well.
I practice with it at home with 2 computers, my game system and my server, made them both dual boot, so I won't be accidently screwing up my normal installs.
And when I have time to spare, I can practice with it at work as well, so it's going ok. Boss will pay for the exams as well, so me is glad.
After that, I will be taking another MS course, but don't know which one yet, probably 70-294, installing, implementing and such with Active directory.
I'm doing it this way, 1st the courses I know the most of already, after that other courses.
Will laso keep you posted on my progress, and maybe sometimes a question here and there.
Last edited by Ultima; February 20th, 2007 at 03:43 AM.2 x Opteron 4280 2.8Ghz, Asus KCMA-D8, 32GB DDR3 1600, Asus 6950 DCII 1GB 2 x M4 64GB SATA600, Caviar Black 640GB, Seagate 1TB, 27"syncmaster
February 20th, 2007, 08:05 AM #11
Sounds good! I have a vmware server image that i have been messing around with. I learned a couple of days ago that XP supports creating a software raid 0. Didn't know that, now im running it on my server
February 20th, 2007, 08:29 AM #12
I've actually been wondering whether I should use virtual server 5 R2, as it is free for download nowadays, but I like the old fashion way of physical computers better I think. hahaha
btw, I have the pdf's of the following courses:
Active Directory Cookbook
They also come in handy when I need to look up stuff2 x Opteron 4280 2.8Ghz, Asus KCMA-D8, 32GB DDR3 1600, Asus 6950 DCII 1GB 2 x M4 64GB SATA600, Caviar Black 640GB, Seagate 1TB, 27"syncmaster
February 20th, 2007, 08:42 AM #13
vmware server is also free
February 20th, 2007, 10:30 AM #14
Hmm, I might have to look into that as well. Have worked with VMware before, really liked it, so.......maybe I'll go with vmware instead of virtual server if I deside to go virtual.
I've looked through the list of courses btw, and saw I made an error. The course after this one will be 70-290, managing and maintaining a windows2003 server environment, is the more logical step.
But 1st 70-270, since I seem to be planning ahead a bit too much. hahaha
February 20th, 2007, 04:16 PM #15
February 20th, 2007, 05:09 PM #16
Thanks for the heads up 27, so far what im reviewing is about sp2. Ill keep a look out on bluetooth stuff
Im in the DNS section. So boring since i know this
February 20th, 2007, 05:58 PM #17
February 20th, 2007, 07:03 PM #18
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I've taken this exam and it wasn't that easy to me. Some say it is, but if you don't use RIS, USMT, or auditing policies everyday, you might not find it that easy. This exam is a lot different from the exams taken for the MCDST. This exam isn't the simple, how do you perform a Systems Restore. Most Microsoft exams, not including the MCDST since I haven't taken it and have heard that it's a VERY easy cert to get, don't test you on your memorization, but how to apply what you have learned or memorized. You might not memorize the steps to set up USMT, but if you don't know how to use that knowledge to solve a problem or implement a solution, it won't do you any good on the exam. YOu will get questions asking about the common services and what they are used for, which services should be shutoff due to security issues, what the built in local groups are used for like the Debuggers Group, etc., etc. They will ask you questions based on the assumption that you know these things and know how to apply them. With most MS exams, the BEST answer is the correct answer. YOu have to get in the MS mindset when taking these exams. There may be multiple right answers, but one best answer. The best answer will be the one that takes less time and administrative effort and usually the question will ask for it...which forces you to read all of the answers. You will have scenarios that will try to throw you off from the objective by adding irrelevant information. You will also have to watch out for the questions that throw in NT or 2000 to confuse you, so you don't answer it like you would in XP since there are many differences between the OS's. There are simulations, so make sure you study the MS ways of doing things because you might find yourslef trying to do a task the way you normally do it, but the simulation will not let you.
The Server exams are similar, but get even more confusing when they atart throwing in NT, 2000, and 2003. You will have to sometimes assume you are in Mixed mode or Native Mode depending on the situuation they present to you, which will definitely alter the correct answer. All in all...IT'S FUN!!! I'm still knee deep in it myself. I have about 3 more exams for my MCSE 2003, 1 more for MCSA:Messaging, 2 more for MCSE:Messaging, and 3 more for both MCSA/MCSE:Security.
Most of the exam material overlap, so you will get questions about user account in AD, folder/file security and structure in XP, but it will get more in detail as you progress through the core exams required for the MCSA 2003. DNS, RRAS, DHCP, WINS, IIS, WSUS, etc. are mentioned very little in the XP exam, but will be great to know to answer or understand some of the questions on the XP exam, and will definitely be heavy as you progress through the rest of the exams. After you are done with those, you will then begin taking the exams for the design portion of the MS to complete you MCSE. The networking side of the MCSA (70-291) is the known as the toughest of the core exams, but since you have Cisco experience, I don't see you haveing a problem at all!! Permissions was a REAL big deal on the XP exam when I took it...Share versus NTFS, AGDLP, Deny, Allow, etc.
EDIT: Forgot to add...in my experience...the book did not help at all other than giving me a broad perspective on the topic. I had to really dig into some of the topics using technet. Again...MS training is designed to give you the broad scope or definitions of things, but doesn't really prepare you for the exam unless you are used to using what you know from the material or through experience to resolve an issue.
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February 20th, 2007, 08:44 PM #19
Thanks Famos that is what i wanted to know!
February 20th, 2007, 08:59 PM #20
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Oh yeah, make sure you are familiar with the XP Start Menu over the classic Menu. There may be questions that may involve getting to the Mail properites within Control Panel. In Classic Mode, it is simply Mail. In XP mode, it is a category under User Accounts...tedious I know, but little details like that got me during the exam and taking the Measure UP practice exams.
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