I have mentioned previously that Microsoft certifications are not to be taken lightly. It is Microsoft’s position that their examinations are based on one year of practical experience. Personally, I would take that with a grain of salt.
As I heard another MCT in a conversation with a student that had just ‘done reconnaissance mission’ on 70-646, I had to giggle. The conversation went like this:
Real-time candidate: “I can’t believe it! I have five years experience!”
MCT: “tell me, do you have five years experience or one years experience five times?”
That comment knocked me on my head. It did so because it really brought home the ugly reality of a Microsoft certification. Yes I would agree that it is theoretically possible a test candidate could survive and pass 70-646 with one years experience. I would also further state that the theoretical possibility hover somewhere between a chance known as slim or none.
This can only be accomplished by a candidate who was following around a mentor doing completely different tasks. It is much more common for an employer hiring someone to only do a subset of all the possible situation that can be found on the test.
This is where a good MCT comes in. To me, without a doubt one of the best in the business is Ed Leiberman. Over at http://trainsignal.com he has 19 lessons for this exam covering almost 16 hours.
Thankfully the 19th lesson covers the dreaded R2 questions. If you training material does not specifically cover
New Hyper-V Machine Configuration
Creating a New Single Volume
Installing Hyper-V Role
Creating a New Hyper-V Machine
Virtual Machine Connection Window Buttons
Installing Virtual Windows 2008
Installing Virtualization Extensions
Save you money and the embarrassment of a reconnaissance mission.
As a career trainer and author I can appreciate the efficiency of learning by video. I was a little surprised to find out that the material trainsignal.com puts out also gets a copy of Transcender®.