Unfortunately I’ve received numerous requests for an exam dump of 74-409 which really upsets me.
For those that are not aware of it, you are not allowed to share or use exam dumps. “If Microsoft learns that a candidate used a “brain dump” site to prepare for an exam, this candidate will be permanently banned or prohibited from taking any future Microsoft Certification exams and may be decertified from the Microsoft Certification Program. In addition, test scores and certifications, if applicable, may be revoked. These actions may be taken even if the candidate did not intend to defraud the Microsoft Certification Program.”
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Preparing to take the exam
This is generally what I do for preparing to take the exam:
- Determine the skills that are measured in the exam 74-409
- View the online course Server Virtualization with Windows Hyper-V and System Center at Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)
- Reflect how confident you are that the online course has provided you with sufficient skills to take the exam.
- Optionally enhance your knowledge using:
- If you (know someone who) attended the course for this exam (20409A-ENU), then be sure to take a look at the book. It contains a lot of details that are missing from the jump start videos.
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Private Cloud Virtualization and Storage Poster and Mini-Posters
- Community/user created content for taking the exam
–Study resources 74-409 Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center
–Born To Learn wiki
–Veeam Study guide
–Free MCP Training study guide (in progress)
- Blogs by people that already took the exam, to see how they prepared.
- Recordings and slides of the Virtualization IT Camp
- Additional Hyper-V and Server 2012 R2 related courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)
- Real life or virtual meetings, presentations and user groups. Microsoft has started a Microsoft User Group Portal wiki, but unfortunately it’s not widely being used yet. Therefore I suggest searching the internet or taking a look at the Microsoft Events website.
- Your own lab to work with the products. You can use the existing Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLG) or if you don’t have the hardware for your lab, just browse the document.
- Technet library documentation about Hyper-V. This can also be downloaded here for offline use.
- Technet TechCenter
- Training videos. By example on YouTube, or from commercial companies like CBT Nuggets and PluralSight. Nowadays you can get monthly subscriptions or just get trials for a couple of days to help you get a good start.
- Great TechNet Blogs.
- Guided labs / guided experiences like by example the Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs. Note: these might not be updated to 2012 R2 yet, but they should provide you with a better understanding.
- Virtual labs (search for hyper or virtual machine manager)
- Twitter by following people with interesting information on Hyper-V, by searching for tweets containing hyperv or hyper-v or by connecting with the community.
- Forums to discuss and share information. Since I’m from the Netherlands I use Tweakers.net a lot and can be found discussing Microsoft Certification related stuff in the topic “[Microsoft Certified] Ervaringen en discussies”.
- Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form)
- Free e-books:
–Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2
–Microsoft System Center Microsoft System Center
–Windows Server 2012 R2 Overview White Paper
–Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Virtualization White Paper
- Printed books, but as far as I know there are no specific books yet for 74-409 and most books covering Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V or System Center 2012 have not yet been updated to the R2 release.
- Channel 9 to search for relevant content.
- Technet Video to search for relevant content.
- Server Posterpedia Windows store app or component architecture posters.
- Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guides
- Survival guides
Specific topics and resources I used while studying:
I hope this is useful for you and please leave a comment if you have additional suggestions or comments.
January 7, 2014 at 21:32
Thank you for a really informative post / site – this is a great resource for 74-409 candidates and absolutely what I was looking for. I intend to study, sit and (hopefully) pass the exam and this will really help. Congratulations on your pass!
January 9, 2014 at 13:52
This is a great resource. Thanks for putting it together.
January 10, 2014 at 19:40
great work and helpfull for working enviromment, but will be hard to pass it with the 74-409 exams.
i really liked it and i will continue reading it.
January 28, 2014 at 11:08
Very great work , this is what i need for my exam. Thank you for putting this together and well done for passing your exam
February 4, 2014 at 21:37
Do you know what the passing score for this exam is?
February 4, 2014 at 21:50
I think same as always: 700
February 11, 2014 at 22:19
how long did it take to go thru all that material u posted?
February 11, 2014 at 22:20
a lot of it is redundant info i’ve already become familiar with via MCSA but looking to refresh and pass the hyperv cert
February 11, 2014 at 22:59
Well, not everyone preparing for this is an MCSA on Server 2012 (R2) yet 🙂
February 11, 2014 at 22:58
About 2 weeks I think.
February 28, 2014 at 18:08
Thanks again Bjorn for a fantastic resource, it has preved really helpful and i’d recommend others use this as a study tool too. I’m happy to report I passed today – not by a huge margin, but a pass is a pass! Time for a well earned beer.
February 28, 2014 at 22:04
Congrats, enjoy your beer 🙂
March 11, 2014 at 08:22
Thanks for this 🙂
Do tell me please, as this will be my first exam….where can I find the exams structure? :S As in how many questions it will have and possibly if there is any practical test as well. Are the questions similar in structure like the ones on the self-assessment seen on the MVA @ the training videos?
Thanks again for the resources!
March 26, 2014 at 12:47
It probably has about 50 questions.
For more info, take a look here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=74-409
March 26, 2014 at 13:29
Had a look at that, thanks though.
March 12, 2014 at 10:25
Great post. A lot of links go to “Whats new in hyper-v virtualization” instead of right ones. For example all the links for “Resource Metering”
May 7, 2014 at 09:07
Thanks Bjorn, This post was very helpful! I followed your study guide. Watch MVA series, Read all the links and practise some labs. Yesterday I passed with 860. Cheers!
May 7, 2014 at 09:49
Congratulations. Glad it was useful to you.
May 22, 2014 at 12:44
Thank for the effort – helped me pass the exam with a score of 900 🙂
May 22, 2014 at 12:53
May 22, 2014 at 13:20
May 29, 2014 at 10:55
Thanks for these advices, i was able to pass this exam only after 1 week of learning and only the first 3 steps you have posted here. For anyone who has a little bit of knowledge about virtualization this exam is not that bad. The minimum score is 700 , and there are 45 questions in 2:30 hours.
Good luck to all and a great thanks to Bjorn
May 29, 2014 at 10:58
Congratulations on your pass and thanks for leaving a message.
Personally I though the first 3 steps did not provide me with enough insight. Maybe enough for the exam, but not for my own knowledge. So if you’re going to be working with this technology a lot more, be sure to keep learning 🙂
June 4, 2014 at 07:02
Thanks Bjorn! I am preparing for this exam which is due in a week’s time. 🙂
June 4, 2014 at 07:13
Good luck with your preparations. If you have any questions, please let me know.
July 1, 2014 at 05:31
I just passed the 74-409 with an 837. This was my first cert and I’m relatively new to virtualization outside of messing around w/ Hyper-V at home, and completely brand new to System Center.
I definitely felt like I under studied, since I only used the MVA course and about half of the veeam study guide.
To anyone studying for this, the resources Bjorn’s put up goes well above and beyond what’s required, I highly recommend going through all of the links he’s posted. Do that and this exam will be cake, even with no prior experience.
August 26, 2014 at 22:19
Can I share my resource for studying the 74-409 exam?
I’m writing an online book for studying this exam – I’m about 15% of the way through but sharing as I go.
September 1, 2014 at 11:12
Thanks for sharing.
Iam José Das Cenouras
January 8, 2015 at 05:32
What hardware did you use for the lab ?
February 3, 2015 at 10:38
I have 2 whiteboxes with 32GB of RAM and I7 processors
October 17, 2015 at 18:26
Thanks for this extensive list; this is exactly what I was looking for.
I’m thinking about taking the 70-409 instead of the 70-412 to achieve the MSCA certification.
I already wanted to get a deeper Hyper-V knowledge and this exam also looks easier to me that the 70-412.
October 19, 2015 at 10:51
I’m glad it was useful to you. Thanks for leaving a comment and good luck with the certification.