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Retirement coming !

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by drdeathx, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. drdeathx

    drdeathx New Member

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    Exams 70-271 and 70-272 will be retired.:cry:

    Microsoft Learning: Microsoft Certification Exam Development
     
  2. veloce

    veloce Byte Poster

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    er OK.

    what then replaces the MCDST?

    I had hoped to do this cert after N+.

    Is that idea a non-runner now?
     
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  3. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

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    errmmm we know

    The MCDST is still a very worthwhile cert to get and there is still time to study and complete it, knock the N+ out before the end of the year to avoid the 3 year renewal and then you've got 3 months minimum to get the MCDST done before retirement!

    Details on what 'replaces' the MCDST are available here
     
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  4. veloce

    veloce Byte Poster

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    cheers Josiah,

    looked at the MCITP but I think windows 7 might be a jump too far just yet.
    Besides,I would be keen to show my proficiency on XP.

    I know its all relative to the individual, but is MCDST "do-able" in 3 months?
     
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  5. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

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    Craigie did it in 1 so yeah, 3 months is do-able.

    Its all about how mnuch study time you can put in and how good your skills already are! When are you looking to sit the N+? Obviously the sooner you get that finished the more time you'll have for the MCDST!
     
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  6. veloce

    veloce Byte Poster

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    I was doing around 10 hours a week for A+

    Working 6 days a week and having a young son limits my time (yea I know, sounds like excuses!) .

    I hope to have N+ out of the way before end of December, starting the revision next week.

    I suppose, realistically, if I knock my pan out there is no reason why I cant have MCDST done by March
     
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  7. Shizzle

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    Nothing like a bit of fire under the old rear end.

    I had planned on taking N+ and then the MCDST. While the subject matter of both the A+ and N+ are nearly the same as the MS cert i would figure that the MS cert goes into far more detail. I looked at the objectives and it does go into more detail. I would feel more confidant going into the MS cert having both comptias under my belt though.
     
  8. soundian

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    I found the Network+ was useful to have when I studied for the 70-271.
    I also found that I was studying faster, probably because I'd figured out which ways of study worked for me while doing the A+. I took over 3 months to do the A+, but only 6 weeks each for the Network+ and the 70-271.
     
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  9. veloce

    veloce Byte Poster

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    gulp :cry:

    Might need to review my study methods/motivation!
     
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  10. greenbrucelee
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    This was mentioned by Boson Michael a few weeks ago.

    Veloce I reckon if you knuckle down you should be able to get the N+ and MCDST done PLus after March you could do the MCTS or MCITP windows 7.
     
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  11. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

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    Everyones different, its taking me forever to nail the MCDST because life events have completely screwed with my available study time but finding out the exams are being retired is a hell of a useful motivation and I've now got exams booked and I'm on task again!
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, ACA – Mac Integration 10.10
  12. veloce

    veloce Byte Poster

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    I agree Josiah.

    The end of August and end of year lifetime cert deadlines for A+ and N+ were a big motivation for me.

    cheers for sound advice (as usual) GBL
     
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