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Exam 70-270

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by frasersales-ltd, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. frasersales-ltd

    frasersales-ltd New Member

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    I'm planning on becoming a Microsoft Certified Partner so I need to register 2 MCP on partner.microsoft.com website. Recently I bought the book "Exam 70-270 – Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional". Windows XP was released 11 years ago now. Is it worth gaining this certifate since this could be retired in the near future? Would it be worth going for the MCTS (Windows 7 exam)? I was reading on the web that receiving the MCTS will not make me a MCP.

    any help is appreciated
     
  2. Boffy

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    MCP/MCSE/MCSA is for older technology (XP/Server2003) whereas a few MCTS exams leads to MCITP. (Windows Vista/7/Server2008)

    In regards to what to take, I'd go for newer technology - but it does depend on your experience, job status and goals. Yes XP certification will dry up shortly, but if you've got it, you're worth more to businesses who want an MCP/MCSE/MCSA.

    Businesses aren't all going to switch to Server 2008/windows 7 clients. You're still going find jobs using XP/Server2003 in the next 5 years.
     
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  3. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    As I held an MCP prior to becoming MCTS/MCITP I can't be 100% sure, so please check BUT I believe that MCTS and MCITP certificated people (who have not received an MCP in the past) will still receive a login to the MCP site. This login will mean they have been given a 'Microsoft Certified' ID. This MC ID is all you need to register them against your Microsoft Partner business profile.

    HTH
     
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  4. Boffy

    Boffy Megabyte Poster

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    That is correct.
     
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  5. frasersales-ltd

    frasersales-ltd New Member

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    With the MCTS certificate. Can I still use the MCP title on my name?
     
  6. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Err no, sorry.

    You will be "Microsoft Certified" but officially titled a "Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuring" if you took the 70-680 exam.
    Interestingly, the first time you pass an MCTS or MCITP you are given 2 certs: One for the specific course taken and another for the generic title with no course specified - probably due to the huge amount of choices now offered in both the MCTS and MCITP.

    HTH
     
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  7. frasersales-ltd

    frasersales-ltd New Member

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    Do you think it's worth doing both? The 70-270 for Windows XP and the 70-680 for Windows 7.
     
  8. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    If I was being thorough, I should also mention that it's best not to get stuck on thinking about 'titles' (although I do know that dept. heads and customers can sometimes be a little out-of-touch and 'blinkered' when it comes to looking for certification) but instead certs should be used to 'bolster' your knowledge in the areas you are specifically working in.
    HTH
     
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    WIP: 70-686, then onto MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure via MCSA: Server 2012...
  9. frasersales-ltd

    frasersales-ltd New Member

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    Thanks for the help. I'll go for the MCTS certificate.
     

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