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Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Makaveli, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. Makaveli

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    The guys that had probably seen my other post a few weeks back know I was thinkin of startin the course to a MCSE. I have decided im going to start! As im goin on holiday so on the plane while im bored it will give me something to start looking over.

    My question is, where would you recommend I start? Which exam first? Please recommend the book that covers it (1 book preferably).

    Also im thinking of going the XP track rather than 2k. Why is it called MCSE on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Certification Requirements rather than XP (sorry if that is a dumb question)


    Thanks 4 any advice in advance!
     
  2. Jakamoko
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    What IT exposure do you have to date, Makaveli ? Basically, I'd imagine most replies (my own included) to your post will suggest kicking off with the basics, in the shape of the comptia A+ exam. Checkout the A+ Forum for more replies and answers regarding this qualification.

    Daresay there will be more answers along soon :)
     
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  3. Boycie
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    Hi,

    As far as I am aware the current MCSE routes are 2000 and 2003.
    I don't think you will find a single book on the cert as It has many exams, some of which are elective and some a core part.
    You can read more about the MCSE cert here

    You might be thinking of taking the Microsoft 70-270 exam which is a Windows XP exam. This will also count towards MCSE.

    enjoy your holiday :D
     
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  4. Makaveli

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    Jakamoko I have a degree in Computer Science. I want to get stuck into MCP's and get my MCSE.

    Boyce thanks for your reply - I think you misunderstood me, I know there isnt a book that covers everything. I was asking for which exam would be a good starter and a book for that exam.
     
  5. Jakamoko
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    Sorry for the misunderstanding - it's often hard to guage what Folks mean by "starting" . I hope I didn't cause any offence :oops:
     
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  6. Mitzs
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    Well if your computer science degree is anything like the one my insturcture got here in the states you better start with A+ and N+ for a good foundation. Her degree pointed her more towards programing and such than it did comps and networking issues. It was very rough going for those of us that were first in her class. Something is just wrong when you have to explain certain things to your instructure and wait for them to learn the same material so you can take exams and move on. If you have no hands on exp with working comp ( building and breaking them down, reformating and diagonse them.) Start with A+ and N+.
     
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  7. Makaveli

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    The Microsoft website seems complicated, its has a list of exams, but then it has "courses" what are these? Do they all come under one exam.

    Basically im looking for an exam to take which is a good starting point and doesnt have any prerequists (probably best to go for a core). Any suggestions anyone :blink
     
  8. Jakamoko
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    MS 70-270 XP client exam, How's that ? :)
     
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  9. Makaveli

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    Just checked on the Microsoft website and its a core one, so ill take ur advice and start with that one, any good books you recommend, do these have mock exams or anything so I know when ill be ready.....

    Thanks for ur help Jakamoko
     
  10. Jakamoko
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    I only sat the 70-210 (Windows 2000 track), not the 270 XP version, but according to the good minds here, the MS Press and/or Sybex publications are where to start (check the Amazon link on our Homepage )

    Think you get some mocks with those too. To be honest m8 - use the "Search" feature around our Boards - many, many similar questions have already been asked and answered (well) by our Members. The truth is out there ....:biggrin
     
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  11. Loopy

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    I'm working towards my MCSA in server 2003 which I believe has the same core exams as the MCSE. I started with the 70-270 MS XP exam and it covers some of info for the core exam 70-290, so I found it gave me some assistance towards the server exams.

    I used Exam Cram 2 for my Windows XP exam, but i've also got 2 years experience working with it!!, I also used the trancender software as preparation for the exam and passed it first time. Beware though as apparently microsoft have added a section on service pack 2 to this paper which isn't covered in any text books yet, but check Microsofts website for details.

    I have used Syngress, Microsoft Press, Exam Cram, Measure Up and Trancender for 70-290 and still haven't passed the exam (after 4 attempts!), so some exams you will need further resources than others.

    I also found that forums like this are a very useful tool and good for support and ideas along the way!.
    Best of luck
     
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  13. Makaveli

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    Hi Guys

    I have found this link on Amazon 4 Core Exams which covers the 4 core exams at what looks like a good price, would you guys recommend this/what do you think of the price


    Regards
     
  14. Modey

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    Well obviously they must be the best ever, since one or two of the reviewers, read through the whole lot in the morning and had their MSCE by the afternoon! :) Obviously take some of the reviews with a pinch of salt. :)
     
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