Hi gang – my company SMB Nation published the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Primer and I enjoy posting up a few pages per day as a virtual reading. I hope u enjoy. Today we talk MOC!
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!
Microsoft historically releases a Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) course that is casually related to a certification exam. These courses are delivered at certified training centers that are Microsoft partners and are taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). The strength of the relationship between the course and exam varies, but historically the correlation, while positive, hasn’t been high.
In the case of the 70-282 exam, the path is clear. You would take MOC Course 2395a: “Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business,” available from the Microsoft Learning site: http:/ /www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-282.asp. Learning opportunities for the 70-631 certification exam are found at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/ exams/70-63 1 .mspx and include Course 5060. For the 74-134 exam, there isn’t as strong a MOC study path. As shown in Figure 1-1, the Microsoft Learning page lists multiple courses (not all MOC approaches) that are tied to the 74-134 exam (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/74- 1 34.asp).
To prepare for the 74-134 exam using Microsoft-based educational resources, you need to select parts of several different learning curriculum offerings, as shown here.