Microsoft exam 70-653: TS: Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuring exam has been available to exam candidates since late 2008 and it is designed for information technology professionals who work in or consult with small businesses that use Windows Small Business Server 2008.
There are no real prerequisites for the exam, but the testing candidate should have at least one year of experience deploying and managing interconnected systems in a business environment that has:
When you take and pass the “Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuring 70-653 Exam” you earn the “70-653: TS: Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuration” certification.
This certification is a standalone Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) credential; it does not map to any of the larger Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification tracks.
The skills that are measured as part of this exam are as follows:
The exam was published originally in November of 2008 and it has not seen any major revisions since its release.
It is a proctored exam (as outlined by Microsoft) and it is available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil).
The 70-653 exam is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exam.
The exam, along with the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) exam tracks will be retired at the same time that product support for the technology ends.
The certification will still appear on your transcript but will be listed as retired. At that point, if there is an upgrade path to the newer technology (e.g., Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008) it will be available for individuals who have that certification so that they can demonstrate their skills on the newest version of the technology without completing all exams associated with the new certification.
This exam is in the “70” class format and not the “83” class format.
The “70” format of exams from Microsoft are the traditional multiple-choice / interactive / sort and order / ordered list / item types.
The new “83” class (which has not been widely rolled out) is a lab-based exam which also includes some question types from the “70” series.
As far as training and preparing for your exam, the Microsoft Learning page outlines their instructor led classroom learning in the Implementing and Administering Windows Small Business Server 2008 course (6445A).
It is a five day course at the 300 level of learning and the audience outline for the class is “technology consultants, system integrators, and in-house technology staff that serve small and medium-sized businesses.”
On top of any on the job, professional experience that a candidate has, they are also recommended to have either taken or have the technical knowledge equivalent to the following additional courses:
The full details on the 6445A course can be found on the Microsoft website for course 6445A.
Microsoft Press has also released the MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-653): Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2008 book.
TrainSignal has their Small Business Server 2008 Training as outlined on their Small Business Server 2008 Training page. The training suite includes over 17 Hours of Small Business Server 2008 Training Videos on 3 DVDs and two additional bonus training videos on Navigating SBS 2008 and SBS 2008 Update Rollup 3. The training suite comes with multiple file formats (mp3, WMV, AVI, etc.) so that you can take the learning with you in the car or on your notebook computer. PDFs of the instructor notes are also included which allow you to follow along with the videos. If you want to review the release article on their training it is available on their “New Small Business Server 2008 Training Course from Train Signal!” page which includes an 8 minute video.
In this article we reviewed the Skills Measured for the 70-653 Exam along with some of the 70-653 Exam Details. We wrapped with Preparing for your 70-653 Exam, which took a look at some of your training options for the exam.
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