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What is the Windows 7 equivalent of the MCDST course called?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Stone Fox, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Stone Fox

    Stone Fox New Member

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    And do you think it would be more use to study than an MCDST as windows 7 uptake appears to be quite fast, and still accelerating!
     
  2. Bongo_Fury

    Bongo_Fury Bit Poster

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    I think the only Windows 7 exam is the 70-680 "Configuring Windows 7"

    Counts towards the MCITP i think?
     
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  3. Stone Fox

    Stone Fox New Member

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    thanks for the help bongo_fury!

    love the name btw... :biggrin
     
  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    It's called the MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician, two exams.

    70-680
    70-685

    Hope that helps.
     
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  5. Josiahb

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    I refer you to this thread http://www.certforums.co.uk/forums/thread37553.html

    The MCDST is still incredibly relevant and will continue to be so for a while yet and with MS offering a single exam upgrade to Win 7 it makes sense to 'stack the deck' and go for the MCDST followed by the upgrade and get extra CV fodder :)
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    This. :)
     
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  7. crazy horse

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    Agree with the above! At my last company (1 year ago) they were only just moving from 2000 to Windows XP so plenty more life in the MCDST yet.

    Also an alternative to the MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician is the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7 (this is good if you are working on deployment of Windows 7 in enterprise) it comprises the 70-680 and 70-686.
     
  8. BosonMichael
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    For the record, the 680+685 combo will also require an HDI exam to get the MCITP: EDST7 certification. For those who don't want the added hassle and cost, you can pursue the 680+686 combo to get the MCITP: EDA7 certification.

    I am gonna take a wild shot in the dark and guess that most people are gonna pass on the EDST7 cert option. :rolleyes:
     
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  9. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    FYI Mike.

    Microsoft changed their minds on the HDI being a mandatory component for obtaining EDST7.

    See here

    So all that's now required to obtain MCITP:EDST7 are these two exams:-

    •70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring
    •70-685: Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

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  10. BosonMichael
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    Excellent... will have to mark that down as one of Microsoft Learning's (few) good decisions.

    That said... there's really no reason to have two desktop certifications for W7. That gets classified into the somewhat larger pile of MSL's decisions. :rolleyes: :p
     
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