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MCDST or MCTS?

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by swatto, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. swatto

    swatto Byte Poster

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    Hey all,

    Due to just reading about the renewal policy on the Comptia certs now I have decided to skip the Network+ and go straight for either MCDST or MCTS - Windows 7 (as my company will be migrating to this os soon). Which do you think I should do and do I only need to pass the 70-680 to be an MCTS in windows7?

    Thanks for any help
     
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  2. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Agree I would stay away from CompTIA exams now. I would personally go for MCTS if your company is migrating to Windows 7.
     
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  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Personally, I would say do the MCDST and then do the upgrade exam 70-682 to upgrade to the MCITP: EDST, see here.

    That way you get the MCP, MCDST, MCTS and the MCITP credential from MS :)

    -ken
     
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  4. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    My advice? Do the MCDST, then do the 682 upgrade exam (released next month/March) to obtain the largest amount of certs - MCP, MCDST, MCITP, MCTS

    EDIT - Goddamnit Ken. :p

    Qs
     
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  5. swatto

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    Cheers for the replies all, I will do the MCDST first then :)
     
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  6. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Ahh right didn't know about the upgrade exam. Yeah go for the MCDST as that will certainly bulk out your CV with all those certs.
     
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  7. loca1hero

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    Hey ken

    So after MCDST if I do the upgrade exam 70-682 I get another two certs (the mighty - MCITP & MCTS) added my list - is that right ? :blink
     
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  8. derkit

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    Another thought, and a vote for MCDST, is that you may not always be at the company you are now, and they may still have XP when you get around to joining them.
     
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  9. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Yes :)

    -ken
     
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