Preparing for an Exam
So with that said, how can you tell if an exam that you are about to take has been extended to include Windows Server 2008 R2 content, and how do you know what to study?
The first bit of advice that I would give you is to read the exam descriptions on the Microsoft Learning site carefully. When I first started researching this article, I visited the various exam objective pages and searched the pages for the word R2. Guess what? There was no mention of R2! For the 70-640 and 70-642 exams, Microsoft subtly mentions Windows Server 2008 R2 one time within the Exam Overview.
Therefore, if you want to know whether or not Windows Server 2008 R2 is being covered on an exam, go to the Microsoft Learning site’s page for the exam and check the Overview tab, not the Skills Measured tab.
If you don’t see any mention of Windows Server 2008 R2 on the Overview tab then I recommend doing a Google search on the exam number and the word R2. Many people have alleged that Microsoft started testing on Windows Server 2008 R2 content before they updated the Microsoft Learning site. Cross referencing the word R2 with the exam number in a Google search will help you to find any message board posts from people who may have been surprised to see Windows Server 2008 R2 content on the exam.
So if Microsoft barely even mentions that the exams have been extended to include Windows Server 2008 R2 content, then how do you know what to study? You should carefully read the Exam Objectives. Just because the objectives may not specifically mention Windows Server 2008 R2 doesn’t mean that it won’t tell you what to study. The Exam objectives may list Windows Server 2008 R2 features and concepts without specifically telling you that those features and concepts were new to Windows Server 2008 R2. You can read about which features are new to Windows Server 2008 R2 at: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/whats-new.aspx
I would also advise you to be on the lookout for anything that has changed from Windows Server 2008 R2. If an exam includes Windows Server 2008 R2 content and the answer to a question would be different depending on whether you are using Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 then you should assume that the question refers to Windows Server 2008 R2 unless the question specifically mentions an operating system version.