Microsoft Debuts Virtualized Windows Exam
If you're thinking that Exam 83-640 TS: Windows Server 2008, Active Directory, sounds familiar, you'd be right. Exam 83-640 is the virtualized version of Exam 70-640 TS: Windows Server 2008, Active Directory. Microsoft officially released the exam this week, to coincide with numerous announcements being made at this week's Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference in Los Angeles.
According to a press release, Exam 83-640 is "the first to incorporate a virtual environment with the tools and options available in a real computing environment." The exam itself incorporates multiple choice items and virtualized, performance-based questions in which test takers must perform tasks as if working on a real server. The exam objectives state that the exam maps directly with the same objectives as 70-640. Although it's available mostly worldwide, it's delivered in English only.
When Exam 83-640 was in development, a pilot test version was released to testers as 70-113 TS back in July 2008. (To read the original news on 70-113, go here; a review of the pilot version of this exam is available here.)
Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.