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next step? MCDST or MCTS...

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by ClassicD, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. ClassicD

    ClassicD Nibble Poster

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    Hi all,

    Do you think an employer looking for a candidate in an entry level IT position would look for...

    The MCTS: 70-680 or the MCDST: 70-271 & 70-272

    Im aiming for my MCSA although i don't wan't to start the MCTS if the MCDST can get me in the position sooner im vying for.

    Classic.
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  2. beaumontdvd

    beaumontdvd Kilobyte Poster

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    MCDST mate but thats just a personal opinion but then again I have been looking for entry level jobs and I have been asked many times if I have the MCDST.
     
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  3. michael78

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    MCDST as you can always update it as well to the newer cert in the future.
     
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  4. Josiahb

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    This.

    Plus plenty of businesses are hanging on to their Win XP desktops for a whole number of reasons so the MCDST is still going to be relevant for a while yet.
     
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  5. ClassicD

    ClassicD Nibble Poster

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    Nice one...

    Is it for that same reason that businesses still use XP that the MCDST does not do any other OS.

    Classic.
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    well the MCDST came out when XP was the only windows os out there and most business will still use xp for years to come.

    MCTS is where you can study vista or win 7.
     
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  7. ClassicD

    ClassicD Nibble Poster

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    Thanks greenbrucelee,

    Did you use the MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit book? Or do you have any recommendations...an all in one book for example...

    Classic.
     
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  8. greenbrucelee
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    I used the MS press books (self paced training) and lots of practice with a virtual network running sever 2003 and 3 copies of xp.

    you get trial version of xp sp2 in the both the 70-271 and 70-272 books and I used them on my vm to practice setting up user accounts and assigning permissions plus password resets and that sort of thing.
     
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  9. ClassicD

    ClassicD Nibble Poster

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    Thanks GreenBrucelee,

    However when i search Microsoft website for press books it tells me that there are no Microsoft Press books currently available.

    Although i found two press books for 70-271 & 70-727 on amazon, both are version second edition at 2006.

    Can you tell me if it is these which you suggested.

    Classic.
     
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  10. greenbrucelee
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  11. zeetes

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    i went for my mcdst after losing out on a job due to not having it (even though i have older MS certs and the experience). it's very much sought after still since many companies haven't begun migrating to win7. neither test is overly difficult with good study materials.
     
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