Introduction to the 70-282 Exam [Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer book excerpt]

Yo – Harry Brelsford here….my company SMB Nation published the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer via our imprint SMB Nation Press and we are posting up a few pages per day…have fun reading!

 

cheers…harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!

A few years ago in the middle part of the decade, Microsoft turned its attention to the small business space in a meaningful way, something you no doubt ascertained by picking up this book and thumbing through a few of its pages. This chapter introduces some key elements of the book, including certification exams and the Small Business Specialist Community program (now in its third year as of this writing). But from this paragraph forward, this book first and foremost remains loyal to its core mission: helping you pass the 70-282 certification exam: Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business. However, this book goes beyond being a simple “cram” for the 70-282 certification exam because it provides the broader context of the new Small Business Specialist partnership program. The relationship is that the 70-2 82 exam can be used to complete your certification exam requirement to join the Small Business Specialist partnership program.

But wait as there is even more. This book also rocks when it comes to helping you pass the 70-631 certification exam: Configuring Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. This is a new entry point into the Small Business Specialist Community as of January 2007 and really speaks to a different audience from the traditional network infrastructure crowd.

Let’s get started!


 

Certification Exam 70-282

First things first. What is the 70-282 exam: Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business certification? It is Microsoft’s attempt to establish a certification program baseline whereby technology professionals can prove their skills related to small businesses and the deployment of Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS 2003) and the traditional Windows Server 2003 products. It’s the newly created bar people must jump over if they want acknowledgement from Microsoft in this area. The 70-282 certification exam is broken into several major categories, as shown in Table 1-1. This exam flow is essentially the major outline for this book (although we’ve added additional value by discussing the new Small Business Specialist partnership program and other examinations).

BEST PRACTICE: The 70-282 certification exam has been updated at least once since December 2003 and now reflects more Windows 2003 Server questions.

Table 1-1

70-282 Certification Exam Categories and Flow

 

Category

Comment

Analyzing the Existing Environment

This is a traditional business systems analysis designed to build appreciation for using business tools in the deployment engagement.

Designing a Business Technology Solution for a Small- or Medium-Sized Business

The intent here is to honor the architectural planning role in the small and medium business technology deployment scenario.

Installing and Configuring Windows Small Business Server 2003

This is the testing category for the down and dirty details for installing SBS 2003.

Supporting and Maintaining Windows Small Business Server 2003

This is an appropriate exam area for the downstream support function after the SBS 2003 deployment concludes.


 

Chapter 1Introduction

 

Category

Comment

Expanding the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Network

This section addresses a key Product Support Services (PSS) issue of adding more servers to the SBS network.

Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2003

This section was added so that the 70-282 certification exam wasn’t strictly SBS­focused and allowed for two other forms of competency testing: medium-sized

organizations running Windows Server 2003 and those small businesses that might opt for Windows Server 2003 over SBS!

To be honest, the 70-282 certification exam has had a slow start over the past couple of years. Microsoft’s traditional certification path is very enterprise- oriented, so the 70-282 exam has been something of an outcast in the context of the “get certified” message. Combine that with the lack of “butts in chairs” at training centers learning about SBS in the early part of this century, and you have historically low levels of excitement for the 70-282 certification exam. But hope is on the way!

Microsoft has given new life to the 70-282 certification exam by:

·                       Turning the bow of the Microsoft ship to focus on the small business segment.

·                       Creating a new partnership opportunity, the Small Business Specialist, which treats the 70-2 82 certification exam as one of two options for fulfilling the certification exam prerequisite (more certification exams are expected to qualify at a later date).

·                       Promoting the value of Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)-level certification in numerous public no- or low-cost outreach efforts like hands-on labs and USA TS2 seminars, where you can interact with a Micro­soft technology professional. Note that passing the 70-2 82 certification exam qualifies you to become a Microsoft Certified Professional and it also counts as elective credit towards higher-level certifications such as the Microsoft Certified System Engineer title.

·                       Periodically offering reduced-cost testing vouchers and other inducements to complete this examination.


 

• Encouraging attendance at the Microsoft Official Curriculum course 2395a: Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business, which is associated with the 70-282 certification exam.

You will learn much more about the 70-282 certification exam in Chapters 3 through 10 of this book. To review the Preparation Guide for Exam 70-282, go to the Microsoft Learning site: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/ 70-282.asp.

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