Category Archives: Exam Guides

Is IT Certification Worth Your Time And Money?

Is IT Certification Worthwhile?

Certificates aim to validate that the holder of the certificate has a certain level of knowledge and/or skills in a particular field, typically validated by a vendor or organization in the form of a paid test. This test will generally require you part with some of your hard earned cash and spend your time to study and learn new things in order to prove that you meet the specified requirements to become certified.

So the question that we are looking to answer here is are IT certificates worth spending your time and money on? Let’s find out.

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Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA EX200) – Study Guide

Today I got the results for the RHCSA EX200 exam which I took yesterday and passed with full marks, I received a score of 300/300 with the passing score being 210. This is just a quick review about the materials I used and how I studied to pass the exam, I hope that this guide will help you study! I will not be discussing any of the contents that were within the exam, if you’re interested in what is covered have a look at the exam objective page here.

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70-412 Microsoft Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services exam – Passed

Last week I passed the Microsoft 70-412 exam for Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services with a score of 865/1000. This was the last exam I needed to complete in order to earn my MCSA 2012 certification. In this post I’ll cover the materials I studied to pass 70-412 and where I’ll be going from here.

This exam was far more challenging than the others because I had a lot less time to prepare in comparison to 70-410 and 70-411. I had already started doing some light study for 70-412 and then heard that in January 2014 the exam content would be changing to include 2012 R2 content. While I’m happy to learn the changes in R2 and have read over all the great changes it introduces, I wanted to see if I could finish off the exam before the end of the year as the change to R2 would mean all my study materials would essentially be out of date, and new books including the R2 content were months away at the time.

I then went to see when the last available date for the year was for me to take the exam, and was surprised to find that it was the 12th December. This was on the 28th November, so only 2 weeks until the last day I could take the exam. So I had to make a choice, try and rush through it two weeks and finish before the end of the year, or take it slow and wait until next year and learn the changes in the content.

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70-411 Microsoft Administering Windows Server 2012 exam – Passed

I am still working towards my MCSA 2012 certification, and today I passed the Microsoft 70-411 exam for Administering Windows Server 2012 with a score of 889/1000. This means that I have just 1 more exam to go, being 70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services. In this post I’ll cover the materials I studied to pass 70-411.

At the moment I have completed 2 of the 3 exams:

70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 – Complete!
70-411 Administering Windows Server 2012 – Complete!
70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
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70-410 Microsoft Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 exam – Passed

Currently I am working towards my MCSA 2012 certification, and yesterday I passed the Microsoft 70-410 exam for Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 with a score of 984/1000, or 59/60 questions correct unfortunately just off 100% – not that it matters as a pass is a pass in the Microsoft certification world.

In this post I’ll cover the materials I studied to pass, as well as why I’ve changed over to studying for the MCSA 2012 instead of completing the MCITP Server Administrator (MCSA 2008) which I was previously working towards.

At the moment I have completed 1 of the 3 exams:

70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 – Complete!
70-411 Administering Windows Server 2012
70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
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70-642 Microsoft Network Infrastructure exam – Passed

Since passing the Active Directory 70-640 exam four months ago I have been learning all about Microsoft network infrastructure on Windows Server 2008 R2 in order to take the 70-642 certification exam. I took this exam on the 7th of May and passed successfully, now just one more to complete the MCITP.

I posted about the Active Directory exam here, so this is just a follow up to mark my current progress.

At the moment I am studying for the MCITP: Server Administrator, which basically requires the following 3 exams:

70-640: Configuring Active Directory – Complete!
70-642: Configuring Network Infrastructure – Complete!
70-646: Server Administrator

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70-640 Microsoft Active Directory exam – Passed

For the past few months I have been learning Active Directory on Windows Server 2008 R2 in order to take the certification exam. This morning I took the exam and passed it.

I have been wanting to do so many various IT related certifications for the last few years but have been distracted so much, first by going to university and then starting full time work. At last I’ve finally made some real progress on achieving the certification goals that I’ve set and by passing this one today it has motivated me to continue.

At the moment I am studying for the MCITP: Server Administrator which basically requires the following 3 exams:

70-640: Configuring Active Directory
70-642: Configuring Network Infrastructure
70-646: Server Administrator

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