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Free Microsoft Virtualization 2 Certification Exam (Normally $206)

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Microsoft offers a voucher good for the Microsoft Virtualization 2 Certification Exam for free. That's $206 off and the least expensive Virtualization 2 certification exam we (Dealnews) could find. The exam must be taken by June 30.

Note that this deal is for an exam voucher only. No educational materials are supplied.

  1. Sign up to Free Online Training.
  2. Click on the link that says register here to take exam for free.
  3. Copy down voucher code, as while they state they will email the voucher code, they won't.
  4. Go to Prometric
  5. Click start here, find the course, find a place to take it (test centres all over the world), and on the last step they will ask you for a voucher code.

Free certification to show off to your employer/prospective employer.


What certification type is the Microsoft Virtualization Certification?

Candidates that complete this exam will have earned a Microsoft Certified Specialist (MCS): Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and System Center certification. The recommended next step would be for IT Pros to pursue their MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) for Windows Server 2012.

How can I prepare for the certification exam?

You can take instructor-led training through a Learning Partner — find training here. Or you can take free online training on Microsoft Virtual Academy. We will offer free live training on November 19 & 20, 2013. And a week later — on November 27 — you'll be able to take that training via an on-demand course. When you register for or take the free MVA training you can receive a voucher to take the certification exam for free.

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  • +3 votes

    one more certification, more money (!) more to spend on ozbargains!

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    Note :

    The number of free exams is limited so schedule your exam soon.

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      I just tried it myself tonight (twice as my browser crashed). Got a voucher and went to the final stage of booking exam. Voucher was accepted.

      • +3 votes

        I mentioned that so people are aware that the later they leave it, the greater the chance that all the free exams are already taken…

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    Pro tip: If you refresh the page when it gives you your code. (They are unique one time use) It will refresh with a new code. Handy if you need a few for friends :)

    • +23 votes

      Microsoft Professionals do not have friends…

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        ouch

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    What program is it?
    070.071.074.MBx, Academic, master programs, IT academy exams or Technology Associate

    • +2 votes

      74

      74-409

  • +13 votes

    Considering the limited spots please do not register if you do not plan to take the exam.

    • +5 votes

      +1

      Probably for the same reason they have removed the open invitation to beta exams…it was fun sitting for those free exams.

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    Anyone know if this works with second shot?

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      use a different account in different browser and it works

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      No this exam doesn't qualify for the second shot.

      http://www.virtualizationsquared.com/faq/

      "Does the Second Shot promotion apply to the free 74-409 exam offer?
      No, Second Shot does not apply."

      Although a certification forum is saying it does. I would believe the official site though for now.

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    I am planning to take MS certification in the next few months. This is what I want.
    Just registered for free voucher and booked exam in January next year.
    Great! Thanks OP!

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    Awesome didn't expect to see this here, thanks OP :)

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    Is anyone having trouble creating a Prometric account?

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      yep +1

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      created one without hassel just now

    • +2 votes

      No offence, but if you are starting out with this exam you barking up the wrong tree.
      I would recommend doing your MCSA (three easier exams) before attempting these ones.

      Unless maybe you are already VMware certified or use Hyper-V a lot.

  • +2 votes

    If you are serious about taking this exam, then just schedule it and keep rescheduling until you are ready to take it, that way you shouldn't miss out on the voucher.

    Keep in mind this will probably be a hard exam.
    When I scheduled mine it said 3.5 hours which means it will probably be up near 100+ questions.
    I think the 74-xxx exams are beta exams, so you get every question from the pool, but wont be scored on every question.
    They are tough exams compared to the real ones which are usually 30-50 questions.

    Basically all they are trying to do here is get VMware certified people to learn HyperV and get certified.

    • +1 vote

      I think the 74-xxx exams are beta exams, so you get every question from the pool, but wont be scored on every question.

      No, beta exams are 71-xxx. The 74-xxx range are exams designed specifically for employees of Microsoft Partner Networks organizations as a condition of the organization gaining certain competences: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/au/Pages/Membership/compe...

      This exam is probably going to be a future requirement of the 'Management and Virtualization' competency.

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    How can there be a test center in Dubbo, but not in the hunter valley????

  • +1 vote

    this deal is VIRTUALLY unbeatable! YEAH!!!

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    Sweet! I got my VCP-DCV cert a couple of months ago, lets see how MS compares. Will book exam for end of Jan.

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    I get the error from Prometric website: "An unexpected error has occurred while processing your request. We apologize for the inconvenience, please try again later. Please note: your method of payment has not been charged."

    Ozbargain'd?

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      I had this problem, i changed browser to IE from Chrome and it worked (I also had to choose another date).
      For some reason Chrome kept auto filling some skydiving company in QLD

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    ozbargained?
    "The voucher XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, is expired or has been redeemed on another registration."

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      Just worked for me..

      "THANK YOU FOR REGISTERING WITH PROMETRIC
      Please print this page for your records.

      EXAM REGISTRATION SUMMARY…."

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    Nice! Thanks :)

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    This prometric is such a pos.

    Took me ages to register, spitting out random problems - now it won't let me type in my f'n work address, it keeps auto correcting "Australian National University" to POS companies like Aussie Computer Smiths.

    Wtf.

    • +2 votes

      Similar issues, the site is a POS, after registering I tried to apply the coupon but the site had issues. I have tried to login again this morning and it says my password is wrong, I then ask for a password reset and it says my email address doesn't exist so I tried to register again and it says my email address exists.

      sigh just emailed them for help. I did get to the page to apply the coupon and it said the system had a serious error. Seems like their Sys admins need to go on some courses on how to setup a working web server :)

  • +1 vote

    A tip for buying pro metric exams - you can ourchase the vouchers from eBay for around $110 from memory and they work fine here . They are purchased in India or somewhere like that.

  • +3 votes

    I watched the entire live stream of the training material, it was really interesting and it had lots of practical demonstrations although if you want to take the exam you will have to know your shit!
    I've setup my own lab at home to study with (You will need a VMM/SQL Server, Domain controller with DNS and server with HyperV) although if that isn't possible there are some TechNet labs available for free.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/virtuallabs
    Just tick the "System Center 2012 R2" check box and there will be 2 for VMM.

    • +1 vote

      I watched it as well. Very engaging as the presenters didn't really follow any course material so you got a lot of real world tips as well.

      • +2 votes

        presenters didn't really follow any course material

        sounds like the way Microsoft do their development too… ;)

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    Booked for the 14th of Jan, time to study up!

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      Which browser did you use?

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        Chrome, but I had an existing Prometric account from previous exams :)

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    I cant register on Prometric, keeps coming to same login screen?

  • +1 vote

    Called Prometric and booked my exam. Now need to study for the test. Any tips from anyone..
    Thanks OP for the info..

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      Thank to OP, and if you got any tip, can you share it too.

    • +3 votes

      http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/product-training/wind...

      This exam has free training in "Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center" course.
      It's about two days training. It was around 16 hours when we watched it live but there were many breaks and a lunch break. So maybe 12 or so hours of actual content to watch.

      Would also pay to watch this one first though.
      "Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start"

      The course assumes you know Windows 2012 R2 and all associated bits and pieces that go with it. AD, networking, storage etc. Various storage concepts are covered within the course and are quite interesting. Just knowing the fundamentals is important. Subnetting, routing, IOPS, RAID levels, throughputs etc.

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        Well would it count if I knew all the fundamentals and was fairly confident with Server 2K8R2? Are they that different?

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          There is a lot of new powershell libraries for Hyper-V, storage etc.
          Almost everything you do in 2012 is via PS.

          Go and do some 2012 training before looking into it.
          410, 411, 412 all have online training available.
          I did the CBT nuggets ones earlier in the year. Not too boring.

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    Obtained the code earlier and registered just now. Thanks for the reminder OP!

    ps: just having the key does not ensure you'll get a spot. You must book it. There doesn't seem to be a reschedule fee, but the code itself is valid until end of June 2014 - so theoretically you could reschedule up until then… - the system only lets you book 2 months in advance, so at present you can only book up until end of January 2014.

    Thanks OP!

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      there is a reschedule fee once the exam gets closer. I think you have to change booking date before two weeks or something like that.

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    After lots of stuffing around and retrying finally got there.

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    Was finally able to book an exam during my "holidays". For some reason it kept giving me error when I entered company details - skipped this part by leaving everything blank and it allowed me to enter the voucher number and confirm.

    Thanks OP!

  • +1 vote

    Be aware when rescheduling, its been ages since I've done a exam at prometric but now if you reschedule 15 days or before the exam date they actually charge you $32 to do so… rescheduling at 16+ days is free.

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      Yep. You need to reschedule 15 days in advance.
      My advice is to book it as far in the future as possible, then when you are ready just reschedule to the closest date you can attend.

      I have been burnt by the rescheduling fee when a project ran over time and I was stuck out on site in another state.

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        Great, thanks for mentioning this, I booked it last night for late Jan with the intention of re-scheduling. I Would've hated being hit with a cost for re-scheduling and only to fail anyway, as I didn't actually study and only sat it cause it was free.

  • +4 votes

    This is awesome, just about to start a new job where it's primarily Hyper-V… Been using VMWare for years but never gone for a HV cert

    It's a sign!

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    I seem to get to the part where it asks what company you work for, hit next and it says it was unable to charge me? (on the scheduling site)

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      I got the same too. Just give them a call to schedule..

  • +2 votes

    Damn you ozbargain, I guess I must take it now, as everyone will be "Hyper" certified soon lol

    • +3 votes

      Ha! This is more like torture than a bargain :)

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    Great for me I've been VMware'ing for years and would like to broaden my horizons, but….
    Just make sure you can get to an exam centre, there are none in Newcastle, but plenty in Sydney.

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    Thanks guys!
    Voucher worked fine.
    First time ever prometric didn't fail me lol

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      So how many tests have you done with Prometric that they have failed you for? LOL!

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    Thanks.
    The email worked though.