Swimming in the Exchange Certification Waters

Just when you thought it was safe to start swimming again in the Exchange certification waters, think again.  Microsoft Learning has released the latest Exchange 2010 certification test – 70-662, TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring. There were certification three tests for Exchange 2007, so I suspect there will be at least three for Exchange 2010 as well.

Now one might ask who would take this test and what might their job role encompass?  This test is aimed more for the messaging generalist (think server admin, but with Exchange).  This is someone who is mainly concerned with the day-to-day operations (maintenance and administration) of the Exchange servers.  Activities for this person might include installing Exchange (with guidance from an Exchange Architect), managing users, mail boxes security, servers, and databases.  Another part of the messaging administrator’s duties might include troubleshooting.

I have included a breakdown of the major topics and sub parts for what is covered in the exam.  The percentages refer to roughly how much of each particular topic is covered in the exam.

Installing and Configuring Exchange Servers (15%)

  • Prepare the infrastructure for Exchange.
  • Install Exchange prerequisites.
  • Install Exchange roles.
  • Create and configure databases.
  • Create and configure address lists.

Configuring Exchange Recipients and Public Folders (14%)

  • Create and configure mailboxes.
  • Configure RBAC.
  • Create and configure resource mailboxes and shared mailboxes.
  • Create and configure recipients and distribution groups.
  • Create and configure public folders.

Configuring Client Access (15%)

  • Configure POP, IMAP, and Microsoft ActiveSync.
  • Configure Outlook Anywhere and RPC Client Access.
  • Configure federated sharing.
  • Configure Outlook Web Access (OWA).

Configuring Message Transport (15%)

  • Create and configure transport rules.
  • Configure hub transport.
  • Configure Edge transport.
  • Configure message routing.

Monitoring and Reporting (13%)

  • Monitor databases.
  • Monitor mail flow.
  • Monitor connectivity.
  • Generate reports.
  • Configure logging.

Implementing High Availability and Recovery (15%)

  • Create and configure the Database Availability Group (DAG).
  • Perform backup and restore of data.
  • Configure public folders for high availability.
  • Configure high availability for non-mailbox servers.
  • Back up and recover server roles.

Configuring Message Compliance and Security (13%)

  • Configure records management.
  • Configure compliance.
  • Configure message integrity.
  • Configure anti-virus and anti-spam.

The next question – how to prepare for this exam.  My advice to you is lots of hands-on experience – lots and lots of hands on experience.  Knowing PowerShell would also be a good thing to practice as well.

-Randy

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