And I failed. The worst part was knowing the final score right away after the exam time over. Do I feel disappointed, no, I don't. But failing is not something to feel happy about since I folk out a lot of money on this course. To be honest, I didn't expect able to score 525 (700 passing score) in the exam. Well, not bad for the first try on server exam.
I got to admit this exam is not something easily can be pass without touching and working in the real world servers a lot. While nowadays it is easy to deploy in VMware for learning. I personally find it not enough to understanding and familiar with its major built in tools.
Secondly, there are simply too many restriction on real world deployment due to my other colleagues were not familiar (disagreement) with Window Server 2012 even my boss particularly doesn't allow me to implement too much group policy and some great features in the server. This greatly affecting my ability learning not to mention I rarely had the time to sit down properly focusing configuring and check out my first Window Server 2012 standard deploy for the new setup company when I have to deal with my current PC technician profession.
Lastly, virtualization is something I really wanted to try. It simply not possible when a company had restrict funds getting second server, upgrades and licenses for deployment. Only unless I fucking able to hit a big jackpot, I definitely getting server and PC deploy in my own room for live testing and learning which will be much easier. But well, no money, no talk.
I'm not really sure if I want to retake the examination next year. It's not cheap from what I ask from the folks at TechOne Global. But my current plan right now should try to get the CompTIA A+ since I am more familiar and working experience on the field for so long as PC Technician. It just that I need to gather materials and books to study.