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MCDST as an elective

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by riaz.hasan, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. riaz.hasan

    riaz.hasan Kilobyte Poster

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    guyz just a quick question, if we do 270 and MCDST, we can have MCDST as an elective for our mcsa...but wot if i want the exchange server (284) as an elective rather than mcdst as my mcsa elective...not familiar with the elective thing here

    the thing is that i might do mcdst after my 270 but would want to work towards having 284 as my elective for mcsa rather than mcdst??
     
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  2. zimbo
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    as long as you do ONE of the electives its ok... you can do all the electives if you like but the requirement for MCSA is one elective... lets say you get MCSA, MCDST and do the 284... on your CV you could put all three on like so:

    Microsoft Cert System Admin
    Microsoft Cert Desktop Support Tech
    Microdoft Cert Pro - Exchange 2003
     
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  3. riaz.hasan

    riaz.hasan Kilobyte Poster

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    ok the
    Microsoft Cert Pro - Exchange 2003 part also looks good :)

    thanx for letting me know :thumbleft
     
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  4. zimbo
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    another thing that might interest you is that Network+ together with A+ also make up an elective. Now doing the N+ has that advantage and also 291 is VERY network orientated... i had a gap in my knowledge because of not doing n+ and you looking into it might have some advantage.
     
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  5. riaz.hasan

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    actually i think N+ is a better option...might go for that!
     
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  6. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    dude - make your mind up as what you want to do for a career, then you can make a cert path for it... that will be the easiest way that i can recommend...
     
  7. riaz.hasan

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    yeah i think i need to seriously look at wot i want for mcsa...seems like a lot of good options, need serious thinking :)
     
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  8. zimbo
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    not exactly cheek... who knows in 3 years once i graduate i might go into DBA or something totally different.. thats the problem with sticking to a path like that when it comes to job hunting you could end up being limited... Why not do N+, MCSA and MCDST? Then head off and do something like SQL?
     
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  9. zimbo
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    sorry let me explain what im trying to say because i used too many people trying to... you dont need to have a path to learn.. the more you learn the better it is.. if he can do the MCDST thats good... N+ will help him with the MCSA but once he finishes that he might say to himself oh MYSQL looks good and for the rest of his life do MYSQL admin work using linux servers for example... this wasnt in his path and he veered off and headed somewhere different.
     
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  10. Mr.Cheeks

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    but even if he has some sort of idea as to where he wants to go, that should be better, than running around like a headless chicken... *No offence Riaz
     
  11. Boycie
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    I think if the aim for Riaz is to become <MCSA>, then i would do the exams (including elective) for just that. Then, if you want to expand feel free!

    Just my 2p

    Si
     
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  12. riaz.hasan

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    alright guyz i finally sat down and seriously thought about it as TheCheekMaster had suggested :) and i have decided i would be doing mcsa but leaving out exchange server for later, i read another thread where zimbo said that exchange server exams r believed to be quite hard, i think as it is i would be having tough time dealing with 291 later, i dont want another one after that... so for now my aim would be something like this...
    as zimbo had first said, the last bit mcp-exhange 2003 will come later if i want to expand further :)
    Si's post also helped finalize my decision....
    thanx everyone for their advice, it was really helpful :D
    certforum is the best forum i have come across :)
     
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  13. zimbo
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    and that quote on the exchange exams is a personal opinion because i never worked with exchange!:biggrin
     
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  14. riaz.hasan

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    yeah it took me a while to understand server 2003, i havent worked with exchange either, thats also one of the reason y i think it probably would be a little bit hard, i'll be leaving it for mcp-exchange 2003 later :)
     
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  15. Bluerinse
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    Well from what I have heard, Exchange is a monster and you should forget it unless you work with Exchange on a daily basis.

    There really is no point in learning stuff that you will not be putting to daily use because you will just forget it and without practical experience the paper is useless :wink:
     
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  16. michael78

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    You don't have to put the MCDST forward as an elective. It's not an automatic thing as you have to tell Microsoft to use your MCDST as an elective.
     
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  17. PaulC

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    You sure? I've checked my cert planner on MS learning and it now shows my MCDST as a passed elective for the MCSA, currently shows I only have to do 290 and 291 to gain that qualification.

    As for Exchange, I'm doing that later because I work with it and a lot of companies want it nowadays. If you want to do it, get yourself the 120 day eval version from MS to really mess about with it in a test environment. You can also do the 299 (?) as well and get the 'Security' bolt on. I'm probably going to do both of them.
     
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  18. zimbo
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    mine too... it says elective passed....the only thing you have to tell MS is when you wish to use Comptia certs as electives...
     
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  19. riaz.hasan

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    thanx for the advice guyz :) it has been really helpful!
     
    Certifications: Degree, A+, HDA, MCP(270 finally!!)
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  20. riaz.hasan

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    yeah I also intend to do the exchange once i'm done with my mcsa, i have seen a lot of companies wanting ppl familiar with exchange and later mayb look towards MCSE with exchange as my specialization...
     
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