We have a bunch of people that us SW every day. Anyone in that situation should be able to pass the exam with a little extra study. There are some other items to study that you may be unaware of, stuff like there are certain sets of Cisco Commands and How-to's in Windows or Unix that you might need to know. Over all it is a good exam but it does assume you can actually configure SNMP in most supported systems as well as know about SolarWinds I put together a list of resources for users at our company that were interested in taking the exam. So far I think about 4 of us have passed in the last few months. send me an in system mail and I can tell you more.
I think I know enough (though that remains to be seen) as I built and entire new infrastructure from the ground up for work. This includes the SQL and windows cluster and configs of my companies applications. Though I am aware, well, I found it quite easy to build from start to finish, I don't know if this is intended to be a simple process, but it was for me.
With regards to my core knowledge, such as raw knowledge things like MIPS, I think that's where I am lacking in knowledge and detail. My networking is pretty good. Though I haven't touched CCNA since I passed it about three/four years ago. I can still do upto class a subnetting in my head.
I also personally feel I am constrained on time. I am aware that it's an open exam, but for me, if I am unsure of the answer, I will seek out multiple avenues for many answers and then try them all to see what answer is more correct. Which I would gather is just standard practice in the IT world. Though I know that I cannot change or alter this in anyway, shape and form, the 1st exam I didn't finish all the questions in the time allotted.
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There's always this article (an oldie but a goodie):
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