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Exam Profile MCITP 70-452: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

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Date: Sep 10, 2012

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This article profiles the Microsoft MCITP 70-452 exam, meant to be taken by IT professionals who design and plan business intelligence (BI) solutions by using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 BI tools. Pearson IT Certification provides a variety of exam preparation tools to help our customers in their quest for certification. As part of our service to you, we have developed this Exam Profile series. Each profile is developed based on the testing experience of one of our trainers or authors. You won’t get exact questions or answers, but you will get a real feel for the exam. Each profile describes question forms, trouble spots, hints for exam preparation, and recommendations for additional study resources. Find out what you can expect to see on the exam and how you can better prepare for it.

The 70-452 exam is meant to be taken by IT professionals who design and plan business intelligence (BI) solutions by using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 BI tools. The qualified candidate for this exam typically has two to three years of experience in the following:

After you pass the Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 exam (70-452), you complete the requirements for the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Business Intelligence Developer 2008 certification.

Exam Details

Trouble Spots

Trouble Spots

As with any exam, it will vary from person to person as to what is deemed to be difficult. Be sure you are familiar with each of the topics in the exam objectives listed below. You will need to have familiarity with the menu structures of SQL Server 2008 and knowledge of how to set filters.

Some of the types of questions you may see on the exam are outlined below:

Question 1. If you are involved with a company where the generation of reports has a higher priority than the ETL process, you should use which of the following:

Data Collector

Resource Governor

Facet

ETL Process Management

The answer to the above question is Resource Governor.

Question 2. To what file should you add a custom application setting if you want it to use the ReportViewer Web server control?

Enterprise.config

Machine.config

Web.config

Rviewer.config

The answer to the above question is Web.config.

Preparation Hints

Preparation Hints

Review the Exam Objectives below and make sure that you are familiar with them. The Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance exam is designed for those who have experience in this environment. Always check the Microsoft site for the specific exam you are going to take. In this instance, the site is http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-452.

There are many web sites and blogs that can help you to research topics, but be careful to fully research the information you read. It is not advisable to try to find sites that list questions and answers for several reasons. First, you don’t know if you will be asked a specific question and second, the answers given in a blog may be inaccurate and third, you need to understand the information to adequately prepare.

When taking the exam, read each question carefully. Microsoft is notorious for adding a lot of unneeded information in their questions. Make sure that when you click on a choice, that it is really marked. Be careful clicking anywhere on the screen. I found that by inadvertently clicking near the scroll bar on the right of the screen, I actually changed an answer. You get a single piece of paper and a marker for writing. You can use a small amount of time before you even start the exam to make notes once you enter the test area. Sometimes there is even a questionnaire at the beginning of the test that does not count against your test time. You can even use this time to write down notes, facts, tables or other information by taking your time between answers.

Recommended Study Resources

Recommended Study Resources

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Exam Objectives

Exam Objectives

The exam objectives are broken up into five different categories. The 70-452 exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.

The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

The objectives for Exam 70-452 as stated by Microsoft are as follows:

Designing and Managing Reports (20 percent)

Designing Data Mining Models (10 percent)

Administering a BI Solution (15 percent)

Designing the BI Architecture (21 percent)

Designing and Deploying SSIS Packages (16 percent)

Designing an Analysis Services Database (18 percent)

Where to Go from Here

Where to Go from Here

After you pass the Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (70-452) exam, you may want to take the Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance (70-448) exam.

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