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70-272 passed today

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Arroryn, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Which makes me the MCDST (finally!)

    I have to admit, I majorly lost the enthusiasm with this one, and rescheduled the exam no less than 3 times before realising I was never going to get motivated on the material, and I might as well bite the bullet and see how my corporate experience fared.

    The MS Press book for this was, for me, quite dry compared to the 271 material. I really couldn't stick with it, and therefore I don't think I could *really* recommend it to anyone as a preparation tool. That being said, I work with the software in it so much, I probably found it hard reading as it was trying to teach me to suck eggs.

    I skimmed the objective question areas, and decided it would be worth a go. 792 was my passing score, so I was more than a little pleased with that.

    For anyone looking to try the exam on experience alone, I support the following on a daily basis:

    XP Professional users with a minimum of SP2 installed

    VPN home users, XP SP2 on the PCs; we do not utilise remote desktop for users but I was aware of the facility.

    Office 2003 patched to SP3 - including supporting document creation / amendment instead of just application troubleshooting

    I also create and (attempt to) manage ghost images for the PCs, so I get a lot of hands-on with regards to application installation and troubleshooting.

    Off to the library now to do the finishing touches on a Uni assignment :)
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  2. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    ?!?!?!?!

    WOOOO :)

    Well done you :)

    Qs
     
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  3. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    WOOP WOOP

    Nice one dawn well done. :thumbleft
     
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  4. loneferret

    loneferret Byte Poster

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    Congrats on completing the MCDST...
    How was the exam compared to 271?

    Again congrats... :)
     
    Certifications: MCDST/N+/L+/i-Net+/CIW/OSCP/OSCE
    WIP: MCTS 70-662
  5. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    About dang time!

    Seriously, well done you MCDST you :)
     
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  6. tbone152

    tbone152 Nibble Poster

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    Congrats. Know what you mean about the 272 being slightly dry.

    T
     
    Certifications: A+, MCP, MCDST
    WIP: 70-270
  7. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Thanks guys :)

    Loneferret - without poo-pooing the NDA I can honestly say whilst I think the content overlaps, if you don't have the experience it's worth putting in the study. I can't hand-on-heart recommend the MS Press book as I thought it was quite shoddy, whilst the 271 book was well-written (in the main) and quite engaging.

    It's probably worth mooching on Amazon or A.N Other site with reviews, to see what people think overall. As I said, my commercial experience probably knocked all the interest out of the 272 book altogether - there wasn't much "new" in it.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  8. -Mercury-

    -Mercury- Byte Poster

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    Well done, congrats! :D
     
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  9. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Well done Aro.... I looked at the book as well and couldn't relaly stick it. I find the MS-Press 270 so much better. I ended up passing the exam on experience as well...
     
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  10. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Congrats on the pass & new cred :)

    -ken
     
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  11. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Congrats:thumbleft

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  12. StormTHX

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    I've never found IT books that engaging, except the early Mastering series of books by Mark Minasi back in the 2K days.

    Cheers on the pass!:beers2
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Congrats, girl! :)
     
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  14. loneferret

    loneferret Byte Poster

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    Thanks for the heads up. Of course I didn't expect you to go against the NDA.

    This will help me a lot in my quest for the 70-272. I've had to support users on IE, but can't say the same for Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint). Thanks again and congrats!
     
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  15. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    Nice one Dawn - get the 70-270 out of the way as soon as possible, cuz it just feels like déjà vu

    [​IMG]
     
  16. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Well done :)

    Was it any harder than the 271?
     
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  17. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Well done Arroryn, must feel great getting that of the way...!! :)

    Top stuff!
     
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  18. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Hell no lol. Far easier.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
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  19. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Funnily enough I was just going through a practice test on the Readiness Review Suite for 272.

    No revision, haven't even read the book and what the hell... 98% without even trying.

    I was... well, stunned. Some of the questions are just too simple for words.

    Right! Got to book both the 271 and 272 together now :p There's my next challenge.

    Time to do a few more tests to make sure it wasn't fluke

    Qs
     
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  20. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    Big Congrats on the pass
     
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