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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
It is the perfect class if you are looking for the closest thing to real hands on experience with practicing and learning about active directory and managing GPO's.
Over the past six weeks, some of the knowledge that I have taken away includes the different operations that are available in active directory and implementing GPO's. I feel that this class built on the installing/configuring windows server class that I already took. I definitely feel much more comfortable working with Windows Server by knowing where to go to change, add, and remove options and permissions.
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I wanted to post a few tips about preparation that may be helpful for those planning to take the 70-411 certification test. Everyone learns in different ways, and you have to find the methods that work best for you. First, it's important to clearly understand the exam you'll be taking and upon which areas they focus. A good starting point to learn more about the 70-411 exam is Microsoft's website: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-411.aspx The material we've covered in this course is definitely a good start to preparing to take the 70-411 exam. In particular, I believe the LabSims are a particularly effective learning and studying tool. However, people learn in different ways. If you would like a good written study guide, a word of advice: BE SURE to get a text based on 2012 R2. Microsoft's exams heavily focus on the new features that were made available in R2 -- at least that was the case with 2008 Server. I completed the 2012 certs before R2 came out; however, when I took my first 2008 exam, it was based on R2, and I had been studying and practicing with the base release. I failed on that attempt because there were many questions related to R2 features I'd not seen. If you're a visual learner, I'd encourage you to check out CBT Nuggets at http://www.cbtnuggets.com/. CBT Nuggets provide video demonstrations that walk you through features of the OS in a hands-on way. Practice exams can also be beneficial. Take a look at http://www.transcender.com and http://www.boson.com for a couple of examples. The final exam in this course is also designed to mimic the actual exam. When you take the course final, you have all resources at your disposal. However, the real exam, of course, does not allow any texts, notes, etc. My final word of advice would be to not get discouraged if you fail the first time. I hold a number of certifications, but I did not pass them all on the first try. If you fail, keep studying and preparing -- and then give it another go when you think you're ready.