For those of you who are seeking certification, Microsoft Press has just released a Second Edition of their “Blue Training Books” as show below. These books cover all the changes that came with Windows Server 2008 R2. The certification tests have already been updated for R2, so previous versions of these books are now obsolete. In addition to the four tests mentioned below, you will also need MS 70-680 (Configuring Windows 7) to complete the requirements for the MCITS: Enterprise Administrator certification, which is the equivalent to the older MCSE Certification.
I have had success using these books for study when preparing for these tests, but your results may not be the same. I recommend these books only to those who have already found success with this method of study.
Finally, if you need the software, you can download Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack One 180-Day Trial from here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd459137 (registration required).
MCITP Windows Server® 2008 Enterprise Administrator: Training Kit 4-Pack:
Exams 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-647, Second Edition
Dan Holme, Nelson Ruest, Danielle Ruest, Tony Northrup, J.C. Mackin, Anil Desai, Orin Thomas, John Policelli, Ian L. McLean, Paul Mancuso, David R. Miller, Jason Kellington
Get in-depth preparation for MCITP: Enterprise Administrator Exams 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, and 70-647—as you build real-world job skills. Get study guides, 1200+ practice questions, reviews, labs, and an exam discount.
Your all-in-one kit includes:
- Official self-paced study guides for four required exams
- 1,045+ practice and review questions
- Practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results
- Case scenarios, exercises, and best practices
- 15% exam discount from Microsoft; good for four exams. Offer expires 12/31/15.
- Fully searchable eBooks for all four study guides
· Paperback: 3808 pages
· Publisher: Microsoft Press; Second Edition (October 3, 2011)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0735663270
· ISBN-13: 978-0735663275
· Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.8 x 6.1 inches
· Shipping Weight: 10.6 pounds
NOTE: Additionally, you will need to take and pass MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows® 7 to complete the requirements for MCITS: Enterprise Administrator, which is the Windows Server 2008 equivalent to the old MCSE certification.
- Hardcover: 880 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 Har/Dvdr edition (October 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735627088
- ISBN-13: 978-0735627086
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds