Before you attempt to take the exam this book covers, it is imperative that you know considerable information about SQL Server itself. Of course, because it is an implementation exam, you must also be comfortable with the operating system, hardware, and framework on which SQL Server operates. There is so much breadth to this exam that I felt it necessary to include a Self Assessment to help you evaluate your exam readiness. This Self Assessment looks at what is needed to pass the exam and to achieve additional Microsoft certifications. As you go through the Self Assessment, you will gain a good idea about your ability to take the exam.