When you think about Exchange Server 2010 skills for IT pros there are two ways to look at it.
- Skills needed to operate and maintain Exchange 2010
- Skills needed to design and deploy Exchange 2010
Anyone running an Exchange Server 2010 environment would naturally tend to go for the skills to operate and maintain it. Those skills are assessed by Microsoft exam 70-662.
But it may not occur to them to also train themselves on design and deployment of Exchange Server 2010. I see a lot of value in those skills even for someone who is managing an established Exchange environment, for these simple reasons:
- You need to understand the design fundamentals of your Exchange environment (in other words, why it is the way it is)
- You learn a lot about the inner workings of a product by deploying it yourself in a training lab (multiple times if necessary, since you don’t risk breaking a production environment)
- You may need to design and deploy expansions for the Exchange environment as the business grows
And of course if you want to work as a consultant who designs and deploys Exchange Server 2010 for customers then it’s a no-brainer; you need these skills.
I recently sat (and passed) Microsoft Exam 70-663. Yes, I’d worked with Exchange Server 2010 already. And yes, I’d deployed it in my training lab and for customers. I figured I knew enough to get by with a pass. But I didn’t want to just pass the exam, I wanted a good score too.
I used to be a reader of big technical training books. But having learned how impractical it is to carry those around on public transport, not to mention every time I’ve had to pack them up to move house, I started looking at different training materials.
Let’s face it, these days most of us are carrying iPhones, iPads, or at least our laptops with us, and thats a lot more convenient then a 1000+ page book. So now I mostly go for training kits that come with video and audio lessons. Being able to watch a video on the train ride to work, or listen to the audio lessons while driving around on weekends, really helps me absorb the info a lot faster.
For exam 70-663 (Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010) I used this training kit from Train Signal.
Aside from the excellent coverage of the exam topics I also benefited a lot from going through some design and deployment scenarios that I hadn’t encountered in the real world yet.
The training is delivered by J Peter Bruzzese, an Exchange MVP who really knows the product in depth as well as being a great trainer.
Did this training help me pass? No doubt about it. And I scored 962 too!
If you want to pass exam 70-663 order the Train Signal Exchange Server 2010 Design and Deployment Training Kit.
You can also get free beginner’s training on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 in the Exchange 2010 Boot Camp.