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Is MCDST the way to go before MCSA/MCSE?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Manville1185, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Manville1185

    Manville1185 Bit Poster

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    As the subject says, is MCDST the correct way to go before doing the MCSA/MCSE cert?

    I'm guessing that doing it this way will get me some experience in the field, which i know employers look for.


    Please help.


    Cheers

    Andy
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    If you do not have experience, then start with the MCDST. Professional certs are not there as a substitute for experience. They are there to reflect your experience.

    -ken
     
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  3. Josiahb

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    What Ken said.

    I also say take a look at the CompTIA A+ and N+ to give yourself a decent round up of entry level certs. As for experience, look anywhere and everywhere, if you can't get paid work see if there are any non-profits in your area looking for some voluntary help, charities need a surprising amount of tech support!
     
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  4. Manville1185

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    yeh i already have. in fact i just bought the mike meyers books for A+ & N+. Looks like il be going for the cbtnuggets MCDST course. A hell of a lot cheaper than goin thru a training centre. Computeach are a rip off!!

    Cheers for your help
     
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  5. Manville1185

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    ok thanks a lot guys!
     
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  6. johnpeter

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    HI,

    This has all the certs for Microsoft. Remember to look at the electives for the MCSA and MCSE exams. MCSA requires 4 exams. MCSE requires 7 exams.

    Good luck.
     
  7. Manville1185

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    cheers for that.

    Also i have been looking at self study MCDST guides but there seems to be quite a few out there. What would you guys recommend? Which have you found out to be the best one (s) to study from?

    A
     
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  8. UKDarkstar
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    Have a look in here :

    http://www.certforums.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=67
     
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  9. Manville1185

    Manville1185 Bit Poster

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    aha! than you very kindly!

    A
     
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  10. Evilwheato

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    If you can afford it, I would recommend getting two books :)
     
  11. Manville1185

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    well i think i'm gunna go for the MS Press - Self paced training kits (70-271 AND 70-272) :)

    Thanks
     
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  12. greenbrucelee
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    A+, N+ and MCDST and no further until you have experience.

    The MCSA requires that you have 6-12 moths experience as a network admin.

    The MCSE requires you have 12 - 18 moths experience as a systems engineer

    Having high level certs like those before you are experience enough can go against you when applying for jobs as you will be expected to be able to hit the ground running and require no or very little training in the place you are working.
     
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