# Thursday, July 19, 2007

Yesterday I registered for the transitioning beta-exam for MCSE 2003 to three MCTSes for Windows Server 2008, I also started my preparations towards this exam.

First thing, create a new virtual machine with Virtual Server 2005 and install Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 on it. This takes a while, so I started hunting for resources. By looking at the prep-guide you’ll learn that 70-649 is comprised of the exams 70-640, 70-642 and 70-643 (oh yeah, for the people transitioning their MCSA 2003, leave out 70-643).

I looked at the topics and most of them already are familiar from Windows Server 2003, but there were a few where I know I have to dig in to:

  • IPv6.
  • UDDI.
  • WDS (though my first guess I’ll find a lot of similarities with RIS).
  • Windows Activation (currently I just hate it, if it is what I think it is).
  • The whole story on Server Roles.

Some resources are directly pointed at from the prep-guide, others I already know and I think it’s useful to share them here. I’ll just restrict myself to the free resources:

IPv6-stuff start’s here, has a White Paper from MS and somehow I have a gut feeling this page will be important.

Windows Activation, I’m tapping a bit in the dark currently on what this is. My first (dreadful) guess is nagging product activation. But searching the Microsoft sites I also found some references to phrases like “Windows Activation Service” and “Windows Process Activation”. If anyone could shine a bit of light on the subject, you can comment on this blog for free.

Not free, but worth mentioning: 6416A, both as Instructor Led Training ($/€ = ?, Three day course) maybe at a CPLS near you or as E-Learning ($ 319.99, Three year subscription).

That’s it for now, though I have little time left for my preparations, I will blog about them as much as I can. Including other resources I encounter and the impression and result on the exam. So stay tuned on RSS or Atom.