Today I took and passed the Dynamics CRM Online Deployment exam MB2-706. The title only mention Dynamics CRM Online, however when I look more carefully on the skills measured section, there are some topics that quite overlapped with the Dynamics CRM Installation exam MB2-708.

First of all, I won’t break the NDA of the exam but I would like to give my thought on the exam. And if you ask me anything about sample questions and answers, I would say upfront, but sorry I won’t give anything.

As I mentioned earlier on the post that there are some overlapped topics with the installation exam, however I was quite unprepared when I was given some questions that supposedly only applicable for on-premise installation. Then I spent the time of the feedback to point out the questions that not accurate for the Online Deployment. Apart from that, the rest of the exams questions completely reflects the items that listed on the skills measured.

For the preparation of the exam, I just used the Dynamics CRM Online Deployment MOC training material from PartnerSource, however the training itself is not sufficient to pass the exam. Referring back to the skills measured, there are some topics that were not covered in the Online Deployment training, maybe combined with the installation course would be beneficial. Reading the Implementation and Administration guide also a good supplement to prepare the exam.

And one more tip for the exam: Second Shot. Microsoft is offering the second chance if you don’t pass the exam for the first time. The Second Shot offer valid for MCP exams that is taken between January 5, 2015, and May 31, 2015. My tip on this Second Shot is not use this opportunity to memorise the questions, but to identify on which section(s) that we are weak at, then do better preparation for the second chance.

I hope this helps!

I have just completed and passed the MB2-706 certification. (Online deployment certification.)

Interesting as the first certification I have completed online, not sure I’ll rush towards taking the exam on-line again.

I can’t / won’t break the NDA by mentioning specific questions but if you are preparing for the exam, the first tip I have it to actually prepare for the MB2-708 and MB2-706 exams together. There is a large amount of cross over. (MB2-708 being the CRM installations exam.)

I expected the main focus of MB2-706 to be Office 365 admin of CRM subscriptions and instances. Don’t get me wrong that stuff is covered but the exam goes quite a bit wider than that. Review the skills measured on the Microsoft site and ensure you have EVERYTHING covered.

I was unprepared for the number of questions about Outlook deployment and Email Router set-up. So much so that I did the unthinkable and failed first time out! Just shows that the old saying of “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is bang on.

The “positive” was I got to try out using second shot! Your second attempt is currently still free with second shot. Originally this involved a lengthy process of obtaining a voucher and entering the code when you book the exam. They have made the process smoother these days, if you are eligible for second shot its automatically allocated when you book the exam.

Several questions came up about the process of upgrading from CRM2013 to CRM2015. When you are conducting research for the exam don’t just focus on a vanilla install. Look at any specific considerations for folks moving from earlier versions of CRM.

Be prepared for frustration with some questions! All the questions are valid in the wider context of a CRM deployment but quite a few seemed irrelevant for an online deployment exam. But to be fair Microsoft do make this clear in the skills measured. The word server appears six times in the administration section of the skills measured, that should have been my clue that some questions might feel more aligned to an on premise deployment exam. This area of the skills measured does not have a focus on online deployment and as this is up to 25% of the questions you should expect a significant number of questions that might feel off topic.

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