Today I took my first exam of the year on Microsoft Server Virtualization and succeeded in getting a quite good score (942/1000). This earned me the certification "Microsoft Certified Specialist: Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and System Center".
- The exam itself was not too difficult: if you have at least some hands-on experience with the Microsoft System Center suite and if you already are (like me) a VMWare Certified Professional (VCP), you'll see that having a strong knowledge of all that virtualization is about helps a lot. As Brad Anderson explained on his blog last October, there is an increasing demand for Hyper-V experts, and being comfortable with Microsoft and VMWare platforms can boost your career.
- I have learned a lot from the labs I made to prepare this exam, since the exam comes up with a lot of real life situations. Labs, labs, labs!
- I am very happy to see so many Powershell questions on this exam, which confirms (if you didn't know) that my favorite administration language has become a central block of the whole Microsoft strategy
- There are a few tricks in the wordings, and you may be miss-directed to points that are not essential to the question being asked, so be careful
- The 2-days show by Symon (@SymonPerriman) and Cory (@holsystems) on MVA is your best bet to success, since they cover most of the exam topics
- There is a virtual lab for the exam on technet
- Last but not least, Bjorn Houben has collected lots (all of them?) of resources on his blog. Check it out!
Good luck to everybody sitting this exam in the future!