Exchange Server skills have been in strong demand for a very long time. There are a few reasons for this, firstly that Microsoft Exchange Server is the leading messaging and collaboration product in the IT industry today. The other reason is that while a lot of people know a little about Exchange, not many have a real in-depth understanding of it.
I’ve sat and passed Microsoft exam 70-662, which earns you the MCTS credential for configuring Exchange Server 2010. When I sat the exam I had been using Exchange 2010 already, and was writing about it here on this website, but I still wanted to make sure I had all of the exam requirements covered.
To prepare for the exam I used the Exchange Server 2010 training kit from Train Signal. There were a few strong points about this training package that attracted me.
First, the training kit includes video, audio and written lessons. This was perfect for me because it meant I could watch the videos while I was at a computer, then listen to the lessons on my iPod when I was driving or taking the train to work.
I also knew that the lessons would be first class because they are written and delivered by Exchange MVP J Peter Bruzzese.
When I ordered the kit I actually started working through the lessons before the DVDs had arrived at my house thanks to the instant online access you’re given to the videos.
I was really impressed by the depth of coverage of the lessons. Even though I’d already been working with Exchange 2010 there were some concepts that I hadn’t yet looked at, and some of the ones I had only gone a little way into on my own.
For me this kind of training has real value. I don’t have a lot of free time, and even though I like self-training and discovering how to use technology on my own, when it comes to exam preparation I want to get ready fast and know that I’ve covered everything that I need to know.
By the way, I scored 978 on the exam, so I know this training helped.
If you want to pass exam 70-662 order the Train Signal Exchange Server 2010 training kit.
You can also get free beginner’s training on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 in the Exchange 2010 Boot Camp.
Hi Paul, i have a question i am planning to install exchange 2010 sp1 in one VM, i have a stand alone domain controller my question is shall i member the VM to domain controller and after the membership what else should i do it is not clear for me.
I installed exchange 2010 sp1 in a BDC backup domain controller but i can’t installed in a member server, please advice.
Thanks in Advance,
I would suggest you watch some of the videos here:
The Exchange server needs to be a member of the Active Directory that you created with your domain controller.
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I personally prefer instructor-led training, and my employer usually feels the same way and is happy to sponsor me on it. I’ve been very happy with training through DDLS here in Melbourne, and usually just fork out for a cram book before my exam.
My next buy will be a Kindle, I think. This will allow me to transport thick books with me wherever I may be.
Hi Chris, I usually enjoy the classroom training as well but every time I go on one something gets missed due to lack of time or we move too slowly for my liking. Still, if you’ve got an employer willing to send you on them then you’re more fortunate than most 🙂
Wow, even with their limited time discount of $397, I don’t see many who pay out of pocket getting on this train.
Hi Kevin, I think everyone is different when its comes to this type of training. Some people are willing to seek out the info for free on TechNet and other places. Some people want instructor-led training (which is expensive!). Some people will read an 800-1000 page book.
I can only say what works best for me, and these Train Signal kits are it. I prefer video above all, but love the convenience of the audio versions. I enjoy not having to cart around a heavy book with me on the train to and from work, and I also don’t like instructor-led training because aside from the cost they tend to move at the speed of the slowest student in the class.
But to each their own. We all learn differently 🙂
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