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Going Virtual

Because Microsoft acquired virtual computer technology with its acquisition of Virtual PC maker Connectix in 2003, I expected to see virtual computers used in Microsoft Learning products and certification exams. I had hoped to see performance-based questions that required candidates to configure virtual computers; however, although virtual computers have appeared in the learning products, there's no sign of them being added to certification exams.

The irony is that students who use Microsoft courseware to learn how to use Microsoft operating systems are using Virtual PCs, but on the exam they see something completely different. The Virtual PC works almost exactly like an operating system running on a physical computer, but the exam simulator appears to be a poorly designed Flash application that has a tendency to generate VBScript errors.

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