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70-621 Pro: Upgrading your MCDST Certification to MCITP:EST Study Guide

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by Qs, Jul 14, 2009.

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  1. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Key Points

    Study Time: One Month (Three Hour Daily Min)
    Materials:
    MS Press Book 70-620 - Link
    MS Press Book 70-622 - Link
    CBT Nuggets - Link
    Mock Exam: MS Readiness Review Suite
    Lab: Vista Ultimate as Virtual Machine
    Exam: Part 1: 22 Questions, No Sims Part 2: 32 Questions, No Sims


    Overview

    First things first, 70-261 is a combination of two exams, the 70-620 and the 70-622. The exam is broken down in to two sections. The first section is 70-620 material, the second is 70-622 material.

    Other points to note:-

    • 70-621 counts as 70-620 in all Microsoft exam paths.

    • MCDST is a pre-requisite! You won't gain any additional certs by passing 70-621 on it's own.
    • As 70-621 is a combination exam, when you pass it you gain two new certifications - Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Support Technician and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Vista


    Important - If you fail either part of the exam, you fail the whole thing. There are no part-passes here people! You need to be sure you know your stuff for both halves.



    Study Guide

    1. I started by reading the 70-620 MS Press book as much as I can on a daily basis. Depending on the time I had available determined how much I could read and make notes on. My average daily reading time was three hours. Depending on previous experience you may need more/less than this. Keep the note-taking concise and to the point. Don't go writing out the whole book (like I did).

    2. As soon as the 70-620 MS Press book was completed then I used the Readiness Review Suite for 70-620. I started by doing the questions by chapter, with the oldest first. This helped to reinforce the material that I learnt first. I then rinsed and repeated, going through the chapters until I was certain of even the most minute details. Whilst doing this I was playing around a lot with the Vista VM, which enabled me to learn the techniques required to do certain tasks etc.

    3. Next I read through my notes and started watching the CBT Nugget videos (which I HIGHLY recommend doing as they're fantastic). After each video I read through the appropriate notes quickly to make sure it hadn't missed anything and to re-inforce some of the more picky details.

    4. Once finished, I watched CBT Nuggets a second time (yes, I'm hardcore). I made additional notes for the information that I didn't know (holes in my knowledge).

    5. Once done, I did a couple of goes through the Readiness Review Suite and then went and took the exam.

    One thing to bear in mind... if you wish to further reinforce your knowledge then you may need to purchase and study the MS Press 70-622 book as well. I personally found there was a lot of overlap and so didn't really touch 70-622 but each to his/her own.

    Hope this helps. Thanks to craigie for the layout, I'm far too lazy to change something that's awesome already :p

    Any questions then please ask :)

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  2. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the guide mate!
     
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  3. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

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    Cheers mate ! :biggrin
     
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  4. Evilwheato

    Evilwheato Kilobyte Poster

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    Thanks for the guide- you might want to change the first book ;)
    70-620 :D
     
  5. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Glad you like it. These study guides should be pinned IMO so that they're easy to find in the relevant sections.

    Change the first book? Why? :unsure

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  6. Modey

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    Probably because it says 621 on your link, to a 620 book. I think it's the correct book (because the 620 material is covered on the 621 right?), just looks wrong. :)
     
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  7. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    It's obviously far too early in the morning, thanks for the heads up.

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  8. ThomasMc

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    Good work Qs, I've decided to do this one so this info is great
     
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  9. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

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    622/722 WHICH ONE!?!?
     
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  10. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Goddamnit. Was I drunk when I did this? Mod change please! :p

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  11. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

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    drugs...

    got you back :p
     
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  12. BosonMichael
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    I'm somewhat partial to the Sybex 70-620 book. 8)
     
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  13. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    I'd list it up there, but I can't edit the original post now.

    Plus one of the authors is way too awesome. It would put the Microsoft book to shame. :p

    Qs
     
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  14. BosonMichael
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    Josh is pretty freakin' cool, isn't he? 8)
     
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  15. Evilwheato

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    Just got the 70-620 book (which they had to increase by £4 when I wanted to buy it) after passing my MCDST on Monday :) I'm taking a couple of days off then getting straight back to work :D

    I'll likely get the Sybex as well, they're generally a good resource to have.
     
  16. BosonMichael
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    Josh and I appreciate it. :thumbleft
     
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  17. sweetdisorder

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    Excellent summary. If I might add one thing, I am currently studying for the 70-621, and in my opinion, there is a big step up from the 70-620 to the 70-622. 70-620 simply talks about being able to image, where as 70-622 makes you build the environment (server 2003, xp pc, and a couple of vista pc's) and test different imaging techniques.
     
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  18. RichyV

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    This exam is now 'retired' by Microsoft - Unpinned.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2013
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