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Posted Thursday, July 25, 2013 6:54 PM
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If you are remoting from outside the US, the latency can make things quite a bit harder.
Last year at PASS they had booths where people could take the lab exam. I wish I could go, that would be a perfect opportunity to take it with minimal latency involved.


I took the remote lab exam delivery in Australia and didn't face any latency issue. I've tested my broadband bandwidth and its around 400kbps. High speed would be great but I reckon it wouldn't make a huge difference. I reckon the key is stable internet access with at least 300kbps of available bandwidth to support the Microsoft Lync client with audio and video. 300kbps bandwidth is stated in the document sent to you when you register for the lab exam and I agree.

Few days before the exam, your proctor will contact you and allow you to connect to the VM lab and you can assess things like broadband latency, etc. I type pretty fast and don't find difference between typing on my computer vs the remote lab.

I've written a blog about my experience, hope it helps someway.

http://sqlsimonl.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/simon-liew-microsoft-certified-master.html#!/2013/02/simon-liew-microsoft-certified-master.html

My advice is not to benchmark how many people passed in their first attempt. Everyone's different. Passing an exam doesn't mean you're superior, failing the exam doesn't mean you're not good. Its a learning journey and enjoy every moment along the way. My learning habit hasn't change a bit after obtaining MCM. I have met many experts and they're humble and earns more than I. There are many other skills than MCM to make a good consultant.

Good luck and congrats on passing the written exam


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SimonLiew (7/25/2013)My advice is not to benchmark how many people passed in their first attempt. Everyone's different. Passing an exam doesn't mean you're superior, failing the exam doesn't mean you're not good. Its a learning journey and enjoy every moment along the way. My learning habit hasn't change a bit after obtaining MCM. I have met many experts and they're humble and earns more than I. There are many other skills than MCM to make a good consultant.

Good luck and congrats on passing the written exam


Simon,

pretty well written. Will have a look to your blog :)


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Thanks, Simon, I really enjoy the journey.
My lab exam is scheduled for tomorrow
Preparations were intensive, but we'll see, hope dies last :)

I have a question regarding the exam logging for grading.
Do I have to log just the commands/answers or also write explanations and comments of the code there?
Because if I will write explanations, logging will take a considerable amount of time from the exam.


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There isn't a logging aspect any more. There's is only doing.



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SimonLiew (7/25/2013)

I've written a blog about my experience, hope it helps someway.

http://sqlsimonl.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/simon-liew-microsoft-certified-master.html#!/2013/02/simon-liew-microsoft-certified-master.html

My advice is not to benchmark how many people passed in their first attempt. Everyone's different. Passing an exam doesn't mean you're superior, failing the exam doesn't mean you're not good. Its a learning journey and enjoy every moment along the way. My learning habit hasn't change a bit after obtaining MCM. I have met many experts and they're humble and earns more than I. There are many other skills than MCM to make a good consultant.



Good writeup Simon.

I think an essential skill of an MCM is to continue the learning/study habit. I know that I personally work a little more these days (after having passed my lab) to learn that much more.




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Robert Davis (8/27/2013)
There isn't a logging aspect any more. There's is only doing.


Do or do not, there is no log




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Hi Vedran,

crossing fingers and hope you'll pass.
Hard work but a good preparation and good technical environment may help :)

Keep us updated, Uwe


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Good luck Vedran

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Pfew! Just finished the lab exam.
Exhausting 6 hours with about 25 minute connection and reconnecting problems.
Really tough exam. It's a race against time.
I solved 12 but some of them probably are not totally correct at all subquestions, so I really don't know if I have passed or not.
One question I regret though, because I did it in my home lab perfectly and could not recall all the command syntaxes at the exam,
and there was not enough time to finish.
Next 7-8 days I'll spend in expectation to find out the result. Probably it is better not to hope. But I do hope, can't help myself. :)


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