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Jul 25 2011   4:49PM GMT

Interesting MS Beta Exam on Forefront ID Mgr thru Aug 4

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

When MS cert exams are in beta they are number 71-xxx instead of 72-xxx. The Microsoft Forefront Identity Manaer 2010 exam will be in beta until the end of next week, and is thus currently numbered 71-158. The full moniker for this exam is 71-158 TS: Forefront Identity Manager, Configuring and it already has a prep guide available which, interestingly enough, lists the exam number as 70-158.

Header blurb for beta Forefront ID Mgr Exam

For those not already in the know, Forefront Identity Manager 2010 is an enterprise tool designed for environments with 5,000 or more identities to manage throughout their entire lifecycles. Deployments are often greographically dispersed, and cover multiple organizational units. Sometimes, implementors must also take compliance with regulatory frameworks or requirements into account when creating and managing user identities, and multiple applications consuming identities, and multiple disjoint data sources (each requiring separate authentication) may also be involved.

Candidates for this exam must demonstrate mastery over a broad array of tools, technologies, and skill sets including Active Directory (and other directory services, where applicable), PowerShell, security policies and procedures, sufficient familiarity with Microsoft SQL Server to write basic queries, experience with email and messaging platforms, and 2-3 years of experience working with Forefront Identity Manager, including provisioning, deprovisioning, use management, and password management. There’s a pretty hefty diagnosis and troubleshooting component as well, including analyzing root causes via tools and statistics, such as Event Log, Preview, Stack traces, statistics values, the Service Trace Log, portal request logs, MPR explorer, and the Management Pack.

The good news is: If you sign up for, take, and pass the beta exam by August 4, you don’t have to pay and you’ll be awarded the TS certification that goes with production exam 72-158. If you’re interested, you’ll want to sign up right away. With exactly two weeks left to run, seats have to be filling up fast!

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