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MCDST, A+ & Network +

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Jazzman, May 15, 2009.

  1. Jazzman

    Jazzman New Member

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    Hi all

    Just passed my Network + today :), so have now added it to my A+. Now looking at studying MCDST, my query is this: How helpfull is it to have A+ and N+ under my belt when starting out on the MCDST? can I reasonably expect a shorter and easier study time? Is there any overlap between what I've done so far and what I can expect on the MCDST?

    Many thanks (and regards to all on the MCDST forum!!)
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+, Comptia N+
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  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Yes & no. The A+ & Network+ compliment the MCDST as they focus on different techologies/objectives, however they do help as the A+ & Network+ give the underlining knowledge that the MCDST expects you to have.

    -Ken
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Both A and N+ will help you in regards to understanding some of the topics in the MCDST they will help you understand how something is working at both a hardware and software level and ofcourse how xp is working over a network this is why the general advice is to get the A+ and N+ before the MCDST
     
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  4. Jazzman

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    Thanks for that guys,
    Just one more query: how would you rate the difficulty and time taken to achieve MCDST in comparison to A+/N+?
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+, Comptia N+
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  5. greenbrucelee
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    I think I am right in saying this (Ken knows more than me) but officially they are the same level, but it's a step in my opinion but not a great deal.
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    I agree with GBL, officially they are the same level (level 2). However as the MCDST is more focus on specific technology, it can delve deeper that what the A+/network+ does (as Comptia exams are vendor neutral, they cover a broader range of technology within going too deep). Another thing that you will find is that unlike Comptia exams, the MCDST aren't straight forward questions and answers - so it's a touch harder that way too.

    -Ken
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
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