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MS PRESS Vs SYBEX

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by darrenwis, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. darrenwis

    darrenwis Bit Poster

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    Hi,

    I've read through a few of the forums and heard some people saying these books don't cover what is in the exam etc, so I am looking to find out which one is the best to learn from and why?

    I plan to buy the book in the next day or so...

    Thanks,
    Darren
     
    Certifications: BSc (hons)
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  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    It's not that these books do not cover the exam(s), there are some things that the books do not cover as Microsoft does expect you to have experience with the technologies that you're being tested on.

    Me personnally I use at least 2 books when studying for an exam, a CBT if I can get one, plus practice exams - to make sure I understand the concepts, as well as the experience using the technology.

    -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
    WIP: PGDip
  3. StormTHX

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    I like the Microsoft Press for MCDST. No one book is going to prepare you for all the questions in an exam as there are too many questions and scenarios to cover.

    You need to uderstand the concepts, which for those of us in the real world we still have to refer to a resource like the books or this site for a couple of examples. Nothing beats the books for understanding the concepts.

    For the exams prep you need to get som sim software like Transcender to get you prepared for the exams. Again the concepts on why an answer is correct and why the other answers are incorrect (more so than the answer of the questions).

    Rock on!:rocks
     
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  4. Big_nath

    Big_nath Kilobyte Poster

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    I use minimum of 2 book's usually MS press and sybex. I have used the examcram books in the past too, which are ok.
     
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  5. Miro

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    For me the MS books works better. But this is individual preference. Beside books I read a lot of articles and the most important I do plenty of labs from the MS books. I use for this Virtual Box where I have got installed Windows XP and Windows 7. While I am learning XP I look what is different at the same field in Windows 7.
     
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    WIP: MCDST, Network+

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