Small Business Server 2008 Gets New Exam
Microsoft developing new exam for IT professionals who plan to implement Small Business Server 2008; exam in beta until Sept. 12.
Fresh on the heels of the release of Small Business Server 2008
to hardware manufacturers, Microsoft's Learning Group late last week released Exam 70-653 TS: Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuring
to testing centers. The beta, numbered 71-653 while in beta format, the exam is available at Prometric testing centers almost worldwide (except in India, Pakistan and China, according to this blog post
) and runs until Sept. 12, 2008.
Exam 70-653 is aimed at candidates who have at least one year of comprehensive experience implementing and managing a Small Business Server environment, according to the exam objective guide. Those who pass this exam either in its live format immediately get the MCTS: Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuration title. (For those who pass the beta, the title will appear on transcripts soon after the exam becomes generally available.)
Exam 70-653 is expected to be generally available some time in November, soon after the SBS 2008 software ships.
The exam guide lists one course, 6445A: Implementing and Administering Windows Small Business Server 2008, that's currently available through Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions centers; no Microsoft Press self-study guides are planned or listed on the MCP site.
Beta exams are free and those who pass the exams in beta can count the exam as a live one toward a qualifying certification. To find out more, click here.
Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.