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Shall I carry on studying 270 or start A+

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by beaumontdvd, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. beaumontdvd

    beaumontdvd Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi all, I have passed the mcdst and went on to study the 270. I am about 300 pages into the 1000 page book and I am comfortable with it. But I was thinking what qualification would most benefit me as I don't want to study one that would over qualify me. I have previously worked in a call centre as an IT support technician. But wasn't exposed to much server work. But they were running xp. I would like to learn more about servers and I am currently running 2003 with two clients virtually fiddling around with AD and group policies.

    Hope someone can advise me,

    Dave
     
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  2. Josiahb

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    I'd prioritise getting the A+ and N+ knocked off, then your focus needs to be geeting some real server exposure. labs are all well and good but they are no comparison to the real thing.
     
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  3. beaumontdvd

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    Yeah thats what I was thinking, do I have enough experience to study for the 270 do you think? I will start the A+ should I do 2009 or 2010?

    I am considering joining the RAF as a last resort as I just am not getting any response for all the jobs ive been for. Anyone in the RAF? Or had bad experiences?

    Thanks,
     
    Certifications: 070-271, 070-272, (MCDST)Level 1,2,3 NVQ
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  4. DC Pr0Mo

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    If you have started studying for the 270, and recently passed MCDST my advise would be to get the 270 done, the knowledge you gained from the MCDST should help you with your studies, although if you plan on doing the A+ and N+ in future remember if you dont pass them before the end of the year the will expire every 3 years.

    I dont think you sitting the 270 would make you over certified since you have experience in Windows XP support within a domain Enviroment.
     
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  5. beaumontdvd

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    Ok then mate, but my windows xp support was in a workgroup environment and then they had migrated to a domain but still the experience I had on a domain was just creating users on AD to be honest mate.
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    There is no A+ 2010 the 600 series which retires August 31st is 2007 and the 700 is 2009.

    I would say get the A+ and N+ done because if you dont pass them by the end of december then if you do go for them later you will have to recertify every 3 years to keep certified.

    Whereas the 70-270 does not expire.
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    Although you've probably got enough XP experience in a domain environment to be able to tackle 70-270, I'd recommend knocking out A+ and Network+ before the December 31 deadline.
     
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  8. beaumontdvd

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    Ok then mate will do, Thanks for the help!
    Greenbrucelee I will do them both then, does the N+ retire this December also, and is the N+ the 2009 aswell?
    Do you recommend any books for them, it is two exams for the A+ isnt it?
     
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  9. ClassicD

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    Hey,

    I sit the A+ exam in march and yea its two exams. They overlap in all kinds of ways though, you should breeze through it.

    I used the Mike Meyers All in one books which were excellent, I tried using sybex books first but i found they go way beyond the scope of the certificate in many areas.

    Im half way through the N+ and going to get this done hopefully in the next month or so because yes this does have a shelf life come the new year...

    Classic.
     
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  10. greenbrucelee
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    A+,Network and security+ will all require recertification every three years if you do not pass them by December 31st.
     
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  11. beaumontdvd

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    Would you say its possible to get the network + and A+ by December? How long did they take you? I am aware everyone learns at differnt paces. But just as a guidline.

    Thanks,
     
    Certifications: 070-271, 070-272, (MCDST)Level 1,2,3 NVQ
    WIP: 070-270, A+, N+, S+,MCDST 7 Upgrade
  12. greenbrucelee
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    the A+ took me a long time but that was due to work commitments n stuff the Network + took me two months, 70-271 took 2 months and the 70-272 took 2 months, security + took me 3 weeks and I just barely passed.

    I actually only took the security + just to see what it was like I didn't expect to pass it.
     
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