1. April 2008 13:57
Today I passed Exam 70-631: Configuring Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. And as an added bonus, I scored a perfect 1000! (700 is passing) Sure, sure, sure… this sounds like an April Fool's joke. After-all, today is April 1st. But, today I'm not playing the role of the joker; I am officially a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)!
I plan on taking Exam 70-630: Configuring Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 within the next week. I've heard from others who've taken both tests that the WSS (70-631) exam is harder than the MOSS (70-630) exam. I expect nothing less than another perfect score for the MOSS exam… how's that for setting myself up for failure?
If you're planning on taking the WSS (70-631) exam, here are the areas I would recommend you brush up your knowledge:
- Network load balancing. There's nothing in-depth about NLB, but there is terminology that may through you off. I can honestly say that I guessed/deduced the correct answer for at least one of the NLB questions.
- Dynamic name services. Again, the DNS doesn't go too deep, but you need to understand the basic concepts of DNS such as CNAME's and host records and how to map them correctly.
- Understand alternate access mapping; i.e., when and how to use them.
- Do you know the difference between the various SharePoint recycle bins and the standard computer recycle bin?
- Get to know your logging options for SharePoint and IIS.
- One final tip: Read and understand the question! There are a few questions you really need to understand what is being asked as there are answers that look correct, but in reality are wrong.
There are several questions related to the SharePoint security model, basic SharePoint site configuration and other every-day tasks that you should be already be familiar with. If not, then you really need to ask yourself if you are truly ready for this exam or if you are taking the exam just to gain the credentials. In either case, think about why you are actually taking the exam. Personally, I took the exam to force me to gain a better understanding of the SharePoint platform.