70-640 and 83-640 TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

One of the key certifications for those that want to prove their skills in Windows Server 2008 technologies is the 70-640 exam. Recently, Microsoft has updated the exam with 83-640, which is based on emulation technologies. What that means is that the exam asks that you perform a task, and then they give you a remote session to a Windows Server 2008 server and you have to actually perform the task. In the past, people used to complain that Microsoft certifications were too often paper-based and didn’t really test your skills to do the job. Well, now, they can test your ability to perform the job.

Both exams have the same knowledge requirements, and in this blog, I am going to try to go through the Microsoft website for the exams and provide links and resources so that you can achieve the skills required to not only pass the exam, but to do the job in the real world.

From this link, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-640#tab2, you can see the skills that are being measured by the exam. Below, I have taken the higher level skills and provide links that can help test candidates review and study based on the information in Microsoft’s own websites.

Configuring Domain Name System (DNS) for Active Directory (16 percent)

Configuring the Active Directory infrastructure (25 percent)

Configuring additional Active Directory server roles (9 percent)

Creating and maintaining Active Directory objects (24 percent)

Maintaining the Active Directory environment (13 percent)

Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services (13 percent)

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