So I was doing a bit of a refresh on Hyper-V for a project I have upcoming later this year and I came across a superb offer from Microsoft and Prometric which was released in September last year. I would say I’m surprised I missed it, but at the time it was released I was on paternity leave after the birth of my second child (a reasonable excuse I think!).
Basically MS are offering a free exam voucher for the 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization exam. This seems to be a good introduction to Hyper-V and well worth taking, if only to expand your knowledge across virtualisation technologies, and especially if you’re a VMware hypervisor fanboi like me! If I enjoy it I may even go ahead and complete the next two exams after this (70-669 Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization and 70-693 Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator) which will give me a second MCITP (nice).
For more information on the offer see here at the Microsoft Virtualization Challenge page:
Details for the exam itself can be found here:
Signing up for the free voucher is not exactly crystal clear from the description, but all you actually need to do is phone up your local training provider (our preferred supplier is Global Knowledge and their test centre is near me so I called them first) and their Microsoft team simply emailed me a free voucher!
The main proviso is that you must complete the exam by 31st May 2012, giving you 4 months, which seems reasonable enough to me… As it happens, I’ve booked my exam for just 3 weeks after my VCAP-DCD, so it looks like I’ll be cramming a fair bit for the next couple of months!
Once the VCAP-DCD is is out of the way, I’ll post up the training materials I use for the 70-659 in case they are of some use to others.
UPDATE: My exam study guide has now been posted here:
UPDATE: If you are an MS partner then use the following link and code to get the 70-659 and 70-669 training for FREE for 2 months (subscription ends July 31st)!
Collection 10215: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Server Virtualization [Code: 8062-COL10215-1445] http://bit.ly/HbDVTf
Collection 10324: Implementing and Managing Microsoft® Desktop Virtualization [Code: 8430-COL10324-8932] http://bit.ly/H6pUrd