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Path to MCDST

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by martyn666, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. martyn666

    martyn666 New Member

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    Hello,
    I am about to start my first ICT Support job, and i want to become certified, i have looked at microsoft's website and seen the MCDST, i think i should start with that.
    A few questions for those who have done the exams,

    1. Do i have to pay Microsoft £220 for each of the e-learning courses?
    or can i
    2. Buy some second hand books and just pay for the exams?

    £220 is quite steep for each course i think.

    Any advice as to the best path for this certification would be greatly appreciated.


    Thanks in advance

    Martyn.
     
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi Welcome

    You can just buy the relevant books to study with, then book the exams with a test centre and take them.

    But I would say not to start with MCDST I would say start with the compTIA A+ first then either MCDST or N+ next but do both anyway.

    If you want to get the MCSA at some point then the A+ and N+ count towards electives towards it, so they are good certs to get.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  3. martyn666

    martyn666 New Member

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    thanks for the reply, i am glad i don't have to pay microsoft a huge sum of money for taking a course.


    Thanks again for the advice.


    Martyn.


    :-)
     
  4. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Just a question - Where did you get that figure of £220 from?

    Welcome to CF BTW. :biggrin
     
  5. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    I think he means the e-learning that MS do, but I don't know if it is that price.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Just buy books, study them thoroughly (do the labs, if they have them), and take the exams when you're ready. :)
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  7. martyn666

    martyn666 New Member

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    The £220 came from microsoft's e-learning subscription, which thankfully i don't have to pay,

    thanks again


    martyn.
     

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