Since last week, I am a Microsoft Project Server 2010 Certified professional. I took the 70-177 exam (Microsoft Project Server 2010, Configuring) and passed it with a score of 892/1000.
About the exam, well firstly, there is not that many study material. The company I’m working for (RealDolmen) was able to get me a copy of the book “Implementing and Administering Microsoft Project Server 2010” by Chefetz and Howard. It’s a big one with about 900 pages to read, but it’s really worth it! If you study the book and have some experience with a few implementations/setups, you will definitely pass.
The Exam structure
There were 75 questions in the exam and you have about 4 hours to complete it. The exam results are broken down into four sections.
- Installing Project Server 2010
- Managing Resources and Security
- Configuring Project Server 2010
- Administering Project Server 2010
All questions were spread across the 4 sections.
- Be sure that you know what the prerequisites are for a project server environment and the various upgrade options from both Project Server 2007 and Project Server 2003 to 2010.
- One important thing is that you need to understand the difference between Categories and Groups in project server and how these are used to control the permissions of your users. It’s all about who can do what and who can access what. Also important is the part about controlling the access to project sites for users through project server and for users that you don’t have access to project server.
- Also be sure that you have some basic SharePoint Server 2010 knowledge. As Project Server 2010 is built on top of SharePoint, it uses lots of SharePoint features
Take your time!
If you take the exam, just be sure that you read the question for what it says. Nothing more, nothing less. For example if there is a question with something like “A Project Manager saves his project” don’t assume he has saved AND published the project. Just take the time to read the question, reread it and then refer back to it when looking at the answers.