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Crossing Over

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Island3r, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. Island3r

    Island3r Nibble Poster

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    Hi Guys

    Just introducing myself to this new forum area, i've just completed the MCDST so now i'm crossing over to start the journey towards the MCSA cert.

    So here's a question that i need to ask:

    What cert should i start with? I know the client one seems obvious as i've just finished the MCDST, but would it make a big difference to start with a server one.

    Just so that i will have at least one networking MCP to add to my CV. Then i will go back and do the client cert.

    Whats your thoughts guys :blink ???

    Cheers
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, 70-290
    WIP: 70-291
  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    290 would be the place to start if you're really after a server cert. 8)
     
  3. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    There is alot of overlap between 270 and 290 and infact people suggest you study the overlaps on 290 too before taking 270. Dont forget they assume you have x months of experience of each exam and not having it might prevent you from juggling exams. I say go with 270 since you just done MCDST
     
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  4. Island3r

    Island3r Nibble Poster

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    Thanks for the advice guys i think i will sort of study the 270 and 290 side by side so i can see the over laps and maybe get a better understanding of it all.

    I work in a w2k server AD environment at the mo with xp clients, so i've got expereince in most areas ( although not server w2k3) that i need to have but this cert should fill in all the blanks and give me a even better understanding.

    Is the MS press books my best bet when studying for this or is there others that i should consider?

    Cheers 8)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, 70-290
    WIP: 70-291
  5. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    strange question then why not MCSA on 2k? Yeah i like the MS Press books.. the sybex ones i felt were too *thin* if you know what i mean.. i used the sybex books as a backup..
     
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  6. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    This is a good point Zim, one which i think i will swot up on before booking in for my 270 :)
     
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  7. Sandy

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    While I did not like the MS Press books - they were written for an Instructor lead course and not as a self study text. In my experance they were well off the mark when it came to exams. On the other hand I thought Sybex were SPOT IT and passed every exam first time with them including 70-216 the W2K networking exam (also known as "The Beast").

    We are all diffrent in the text we used get yourself along to a good book shop and see what YOU like :blink
     
  8. Island3r

    Island3r Nibble Poster

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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys, i think i will pop into a book store to have a read through a few different books to see which i fine easiest to read. But i'll buy online to save a few coins :) Laters dudes 8)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, 70-290
    WIP: 70-291
  9. Island3r

    Island3r Nibble Poster

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    Just another thought dudes, i'm going to check the M$ site next but i will get the offical CF word on the matter too. :D

    Do you get tested on W2k3 or W2K3 R2?
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, 70-290
    WIP: 70-291

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