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Finish MCSA and upgrade or direct 2008 certs?

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by GSteer, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    So, after a minor health blip I'm thinking of certifications again.

    I've got the 70-290 under the belt from a few years ago, the MCSA electives are taken care of with the CompTIA certs - so I'm left with 70-291 and 70-680 to pass if I want to complete it, the idea was then to pass the 70-648 for the MCITP: SA.

    I'm now considering avoiding the 70-291 and going directly through 70-640, 70-642 and 70-646. Same number of exams, although with the upgrade route I'd have picked up 70-680 which counts for the MCITP:EA, so in theory maybe one less in the long run but avoiding "The Beast".

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. Simonvm

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    I'm pretty sure the 2008 equivalent of "The Beast" will not be easy either... :)

    The way I see it, you're only one real "Server exam" away from the MCSA... If I were you I'd gear up for the beast, put in a couple of months, and when you've passed, take an easy exam like the 70-620 as a second elective :) Haven't taken the 70-680 so no idea how hard it is, but my colleagues found it quite easy.

    On the other track you'll need to do three exams, plus your 70-290 will go to waste. Unless, of course, you want your certs to be current. Then, by all means, go for the MCITP: EA.

    Server 2003 will slowly but surely be phased out anyway....
     
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  3. Sparky
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    Everyone has to try 'the beast' at some point mate :)
     
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  4. jk2447

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    Absolutely! 291 sorts the men from the boys! If I was hiring someone and they said they had just one MCP, they would go up a notch in my book if that was 70-291!
     
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  5. GSteer

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    Oh Eck.
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    To upgrade the MCSA to the MCITP:SA you need to do two exams: Exam 70-648 (this upgrades your MCSA to two "MCTS") and Exam 70-646 (the Pro exam that gives you the MCITP credential if you have the MCTS prerequisites).

    It ain't, for sure. I found the 70-620 easier than the 70-680, but then again "easy" is a fuzzy term - it all boils down to your experience and knowledge :)

    Very true, regardless of it's on the 2003 or 2008 or the upcoming 2012 track.

    -Ken
     
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  7. GSteer

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    Looks like my memory served me false on the exam numbers, I knew I should have checked the CPD!
     
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