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Exam 70-281, released to general public March 2, tests project management skills.

Microsoft Corp. has released Exam 70-281, Planning, Deploying, and Managing an Enterprise Project Management Solution, to the general public on March 2. The exam counts as an elective toward the MCSE on Windows 2003 track.

According to the exam guide, Microsoft targets IT professionals tasked with managing medium and large-scale projects, typically using Microsoft Enteprise Implementation Framework. Those environments typically involve the deployment of IIS 6.0 (IIS), Windows SharePoint Services, SQL Server 2000, Project Server 2003, Project Professional 2003, and OLAP data services, among other technologies.

Microsoft currently offers one training course related to this exam: Course 2732: Planning, Deploying, and Managing an Enterprise Project Management Solution; it's a five-day, instructor-led course available at Microsoft CTECs worldwide. (Click here for more info.)

To view the 70-281 exam guide, Click here; for MCSE requirements, Click here.

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Tue, Jun 6, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Question #1: The budget for Project X is $11M. The project expenditures to-date are $5M, but the Planned Expenditures are actually $6M, provide the cost and schedule variances along with CPI and SPI.

Question #2: Based on the numbers used above, provide the BAC, EAC, and ETC.

Question #3: If Estimates for a future contract range from $7M to $12M, with an expert estimate of $10M, provide the following: Expected cost; Standard Deviation; Variance and final range.

Question 4: Your project includes an IT Manager, and IT Coordinator, two technicians and a consultant. You hire 2 additional consultants. How many additional lines of communication do you now have?

Examples of simple questions you may encounter on the test. ;-)

Mon, Jun 20, 2005 ahmad Anonymous

please give me free pmp questions sample

Fri, Oct 1, 2004 RS Hi

Is there certification exam version similar to the old MS Project 2002 exam? ie not large Global Enterprise.

Mon, Mar 15, 2004 Anonymous CA

Re: the debate posted here. This exam was poorly named. 70-281 will not help anyone in the pursuit of being a project manager but then no one looks to Microsoft to provide that kind of training or assessment. PMI holds the standard for Project Management certification; MS exams are intended to measure ability to work with MS software. With all the bobbing little heads pouring out of "point and click MCSE" puppy mills and remedial "return to work" rehab centers, what scares me most is the presumption that the MS certification, much less one with limited application, will make a difference in your standard of living.

Thu, Mar 11, 2004 x01 NJ

I think all these certs that Microsoft comes out with is just another way for them to make money. If they really want people to take these certs and believe that their sole purpose is to make sure that people have credentials why can't they make them cheaper or free for IT Pro's. What about the people who want to take them but can't because after paying for school and books they don't have any more money to take the certification. Just like I said just another way for Mr Gates to pocket some money.

Wed, Mar 10, 2004 Tom Southern Indiana

The tag line on the article is quite misleading. Go read the exam guide and the course guide. This is meant to implement a platform so the project management gurus have something to work with, as a previous comment pointed out.

There are easier ways to get MCSE electives than with this exam. Not for the faint of heart. :)

Mon, Mar 8, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

With so many new exams on offer I'm not sure how my boss will keep track of it all, there seem to be way too many exams.

Sat, Mar 6, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

are you guys reading what you write? the PMP certification is totally different than the MS certification. One is certification in PM standards and principles......the other is certification in a MS based PM software tools.

Thu, Mar 4, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

Hmm, I wonder if you get a (plus) project management on you mcsa certs if you pass this?

Thu, Mar 4, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

What scares me most is the presumption of anyone that PMI certification is meaningful for anything. This exam establishes minimum competency for implementing the enterprise project menagement platform. I suggest you attempt to pass the exam. You're feeble attempt will give you a dose of reality about your abilities to "follow the practices and patterns" while implementing Project Server.

Thu, Mar 4, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

Gee, this is nice for the IS people out there, but what about the Project Managers for development projects? This certification really doesn't correlate to this position too well. Also, does this follow the practices and patterns of project management as outlined by the Project Management Institute (PMI)? If so, does PMI recognize it to help fulfill the requirements for the PMP Certification? If not, I do not see the benefit of trying to achieve this certification when the PMP certification is gold crown for Project Management professionals.

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