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Discussion in 'MCDST' started by greenbrucelee, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    I have my retake of the 70-272 at 11am and I quite sure I'll nail it this time.

    what should I do after this?

    Is it worth doing the Vista upgrade exam or doing something else?

    Here's what I do now.

    I configure servers and help build them up, general networking and use and configure ftp servers along with setting up the odd Vlan.

    I'll pop back later to see your suggestions but for now I must go since the test center is 54 miles away :blink
     
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  2. swatto

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    Good luck for the retake greenbrucelee :)

    As for your question im unable to help as I am not yet 'advanced' enough :oops:
     
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  3. wagnerk
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    If you're already doing server work, why not go for the Server+ and/or the MCSA? :)

    -ken
     
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  4. Pheonicks56

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    GBL I agree with Ken, if you're not currently using Vista in your job no need to get certs on it. That and with Win. 7 coming out in October companies will be bypassing Vista left and right if they've already held out this long. So I would move on to MCSA at this point. If your company is going to upgrade they will be getting Win.7 by the time your totally finished with MCSA, at least that's my best guess.
     
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  5. Qs

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    I disagree. I think that a Vista client exam as a core client exam would be useful for you. Windows 7 is a smaller step from Vista than it is from XP.

    Perhaps the 70-620 (or 70-621 if you're feeling hardcore like me)?

    It will still count as a completed requirement for your MCSA and then you don't have to mess around with 70-270 :p Plus it shows you have Vista experience too.


    Best of luck with the exam mate. :)

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  6. Sparky
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    I would aim towards MCSA after you get the 70-272 nailed.

    The 70-620 is fairly staight forward and would give you MCTS on your CV, nice! :biggrin
     
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  7. jk2447

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    I think go for 70-620 next as it counts towards Enterprise / Customer Support / Server / Enterprise Admin MCITP's, MCSA and MCSE! And as Sparky said you get a nice shiny Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist cert :D

    I'd have the MCSA as my next goal if I were in your position.

    Jim

    PS I didn't tell you this but the MCTS exams are worded much more clearly than some of the older MCP exams I've sat, sssshhhhhh
     
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  8. dmarsh

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    I'd go for MCSA, you will already have the MCSA elective twice what with MCDST and A+ & N+.

    So then you just need three exams.

    70-290, 70-291 and one of 70-620 or 70-270.

    Since you have MCDST you might as well pick 70-620 instead of 70-270 and it will give you an MCTS credential as well.

    You could possibly skip it and go for 70-290 in the hope that they will make Windows 7 a client exam for MCSA, but that seems unlikely as currently it is a requirement for MCITP tracks only and will probably stay that way.
     
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  9. Qs

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    Or do 70-621 instead of 70-620 (which still counts as the 70-620 in all MS certification paths) and then you will get MCITP: EST and MCTS: Vista.

    Two certs for the price of one exam. :D

    Details are here - Linky

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  10. Theprof

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    I would say that right now, you're getting more server experience vs desktop (Vista)... go for the 290 exam... you can always come back and do the vista exams but the 2k3 exam looks better on a cv as well...

    I will be doing the upgrade exam for vista because I already have the MCDST, but right now my priority is 290... it's not that difficult and you get it out of the way now then you'll have one exam left for the MCSA. After that you can go for the vista or even the server+ exam that wagnerk recommended.
     
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  11. BosonMichael
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    If you're not really working with AD, I'd recommend that you wait on the MCSA at this point. The Server+ exam would be a good fit. And I agree with Qs - the Vista upgrade would be worthwhile. Sure, you haven't worked with Vista, but it's more suited to your current experience level than Windows AD administration is. And getting some good Vista knowledge will give you great headstart with Windows 7. Sure, SOME companies will bypass Vista... but others currently USE Vista.

    As an employer, who would you hire: someone who was certified in XP and Windows 7, or someone who was certified in XP, Vista, AND W7? The answer is clear to me.
     
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  12. greenbrucelee
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    Thanks for the suggestion people I nailed the exam with 822 which I think is an odd score but it's a pass.

    I am going to look into all your suggestions and read some objectives but I think I may go for the Vista exam since as BM and QS say it's more in tune with my experience level.

    I thought I would of done better but halfway through I couldn't think. My mind went blank, I couldn't remember about MSconfig for some stupid reason.

    I went out for a meal with my mum so that's why I haven't been on since I got back from the exam.
     
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  13. Sparky
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    Congrats on the pass mate. :biggrin
     
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  14. BosonJosh

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    Congrats on the pass!
     
  15. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Thanks both:D
     
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  16. Qs

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    Well we are awesome.


    Way to go man :) Major congrats!!!! :D

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  17. dazza786

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    haha nice one mate!
    you hit back with a vengeance :biggrin
    :beers2
     
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  18. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Yes. Be the having of much congratulations. Enjoy a drink (psst, try Staropramen, it's nicer than Stella)

    I've fallen in the trap of somehow also possibly maybe thinking of taking some of Qs advice... honest!
     
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  19. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the suggestion :)

    yep cheers :D
     
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  20. Rob1234

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    Well done on the pass!

    As for what to do next this is what i done and the order i done them A+ then N+ then MCDST, after that I done the 070-620 it wasnt a overly diffcult exam but still took a few months to complete but I think it was worth it and when Windows 7 comes out I will probably do that as well. Then recently I completed the ITIL v3 which i think will look good on the CV which is the main reason I done it.

    Now all I have to do is decide what to do next!!
     
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