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Exam Path?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Angry Dog, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Angry Dog

    Angry Dog Nibble Poster

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    I guess the logical steps would be;

    A+, N+, MCDST, and then;

    70-270 / 70-620 / 70-680?

    I know I ask alot of questions, I'm just looking at getting some kind of practical "path", with the skills and experience that I have, so that I have set goals, something to aim for etc!

    Thanks for your patience!
     
    Certifications: IT NVQ level 2/3
    WIP: MCDST, A+, N+
  2. Josiahb

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    A+ N+ MCDST definitely, from there on in I think there is a greater degree of flexibility depending on what your working with/towards. I could be wrong though :P
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, ACA – Mac Integration 10.10
  3. Angry Dog

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    Im sticking with what I know for now - Help Desk Technician.

    I have 11 years experience in that role, so I'm playing to my strengths..
     
    Certifications: IT NVQ level 2/3
    WIP: MCDST, A+, N+
  4. BosonMichael
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    Yep... A+, Network+, MCDST... perhaps pursue the MCITP: DST... then wait to go any farther until you start touching servers.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  5. Angry Dog

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    So you dont suggest I do the 70-270 or 70-680 then Michael?

    Thanks for your reply :)
     
    Certifications: IT NVQ level 2/3
    WIP: MCDST, A+, N+
  6. BosonMichael
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    I found the 70-270 to be slightly above the level of 70-620. That said, if you're routinely working with XP machines in a domain environment, the 70-270 would be OK to take.

    As I haven't taken 70-680, I can't speak as to whether it's worthwhile to pursue at this point. That said, it's a new exam on a new OS. Companies aren't going to rush right out and install Windows 7, so I'd recommend leaving it on the table for that reason... at least, for the moment.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  7. Angry Dog

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    To be fair, it would likely be 1 or 2 years before I get the chance to do the 70-680 based on the other exams I am doing first (which is slow :().

    Agreed, many places are going to keep with XP / Vista, which I guess is why you say I should do 70-620?

    Thanks!
     
    Certifications: IT NVQ level 2/3
    WIP: MCDST, A+, N+
  8. BosonMichael
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    Then you've got 1 or 2 years to put that decision on the back burner. :thumbleft

    Yup. Plus, the 70-620 is a lot more basic than the 70-270 exam, in my opinion. See, 70-270 was the only XP exam when it was released. 70-271 and 70-272 were released later to cover the MCDST (new, at the time). When Vista came out, they released a half-billion exams related to Vista. In doing so, they made 70-620 and 70-622 to be the MCDST "replacement"; as such, there really isn't a true replacement for 70-270.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  9. Angry Dog

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    Very true!

    Am I correct in my thinking that 70-620 gives 2 certs?
     
    Certifications: IT NVQ level 2/3
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  10. BosonMichael
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    It might be a component of 2 (or more!) certs... but it, by itself, doesn't give 2 certs.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  11. Angry Dog

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    Ah right, I just thought I'd read somewhere it did lol..
     
    Certifications: IT NVQ level 2/3
    WIP: MCDST, A+, N+
  12. Evilwheato

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    The 70-621 gives you two cert's- but only if you have the MCDST (it's the uprgrade exam) :)

    I decided to take the A+, N+, MCDST and then the 70-620. I'm now studying for the 70-680. Although this means I'll be going back to an older technology when I start the 70-270 for my MCSA, by that time I'll have a decent amount of server experience (and have my desktop exams covered).
     

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