I’ve just come back from the Global Knowledge Testing Centre in Wokingham, where I’ve sat the 70-403 (or 71-403) beta exam of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Verdict? Tricky.
I’d love to be able to say that I passed, but with it being a beta exam, you don’t find out instantly like you do with normal Microsoft/VMware etc exams, so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. I have a feeling I pretty much nailed it, so I should be ok. What kind of stuff does it test for? Well, from the official site:
Skills Being Measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.
So, would I say this list is accurate? Pretty much. Based on my experience, you’d need to know your Self-Service policies well, along with SCVMM Self-Service Portal usage, including setup, supported systems etc. There wasn’t much VMware stuff on my exam, and I would expect more to be added for the final release as, in my opinion, it needs more. There was a great deal of stuff about SC Operations Manager 2007 included, along with the PRO integration, so make sure you know your stuff on those 2 in particular.
If you’ve used VMM 2008 regularly since beta, you should be fine. If you’ve gone through installations where things have errored due to pre-requisites missing for example, or ports not being opened in the firewall, these are the type of things that exams try to catch you out on. Also things like Service Packs of supported Operating Systems – I don’t just mean Guest OS’s, I mean things like what server OS can the VMM Server be installed on? What about the Self-Service Portal? What Firewall ports does the SS Portal need opening? What about the VMM Server? Can Windows OS #1 be converted using P2V? etc etc etc
Best advice I can give – take that list above, go and install VMM 2008 (all the bits), watch carefully when you’re doing stuff, take notes on ports, settings, PowerShell commands even, and just tick stuff off the list when you’re comfortable with it. Just remember, VMM 2008 doesn’t just manage Hyper-V and VMware’s VirtualCenter (and thus ESX). What am I trying to say? Just don’t forget Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1….
If you still want to register and take the exam before it releases (FOR FREE), then you need to do the following:
Could you explain what is mean Windows OS #1 ??
By Windows OS #1, I just meant a generic Windows OS - so, for example, an exam question may be, which of these Windows OS's can be converted, online, using VMM 2008:
a) Windows XP
b) Windows XP SP2
Sorry - my term is a bit ambigious!
Thanks for sharing, it'll help me with my study for 71-403.
Thanks for this post, it was most informative. I sat the exam a little while ago and I think I passed (although just as you I won't know for a little while yet). Thanks for outlining each area so clearly for me, it really helped.
You're welcome Paul!