Hey, all. Just seeking some advice regarding certification exam prep, specifically for MCSA/MCSE; I've been struggling on the 70-410 exam (Installing and Configuring Server 2012) for the last few months.
For study I've mostly been going over the Server 2012 training guide and Exam Ref books, with practice tests from both MeasureUp and Transcender, and some light experimentation on a demo version installed on a VM. While this all has helped me understand the software, sadly it hasn't been enough to pass the test. Despite being able to score 100% on both practice exams (in certification mode, twice, without consulting notes, as recommended) the actual exam has proven far more challenging.
Some questions were merely variations of the practice exams, and I didn't fail by much, but enough items were not covered in any material I've seen to make me wonder if I was taking the right exam. I'm wondering if there are any other study aids or resources to consult, perhaps something more comprehensive or closer to what the exam actually covers. I've heard good things about CBT Nuggets videos, and Microsoft also appears to offer a short training course on the software.
Are there any general or particular recommendations for preparing for a retake? Anything in particular that worked for those who've passed the exam? From what I understand the 70-410 is notoriously difficult, so any practical suggestions would be very welcome.