Step 1: Purchase / acquire the Microsoft E-Learning courses #6320 – #6324. Study them carefully, expecting them to contain all of the information required to pass the exam. They are, after all, provided by Microsoft for this very reason.
Step 2: Schedule and take the exam. Answer the questions. Miss the questions they ask regarding installing Hyper-V onto a Server 2008 Core installation, because the bloody study guide never mentions how to do this.
That’s right – the entire “Installation” section a complete failure because I had never seen these commands, which they asked about three times:
To view the list of software updates and check if any are missing, at the command prompt, type:
wmic qfe list
If you do not see “kbid=950050”, download the Hyper-V updates and then type the following command at a command prompt:
wusa.exe Windows6.0-KB950050-x64.msu /quiet
There are three update packages. After you install the updates, you must restart the server. The Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB 950050) and Language Pack for Hyper-V (KB951636) must be installed on the parent partition of the Server Core installation.
To install the Hyper-V role, at a command prompt, type:
start /w ocsetup Microsoft-Hyper-V
To manage Hyper-V on a Server Core installation, use the Hyper-V management tools to manage the server remotely. These tools are available for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
*NOTE* – the above is for early releases of Server 2008. The R2 version has everything included, so all you need is the final ocsetup command.
Well, it wasn’t a total waste of a test. I was the first guy in the office to take the test, so I got to warn the others to study further afield and the next guy passed it.
I don’t know why I didn’t expect this, considering they asked me about Exchange clustering in a SBS exam.