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Which client exam to take for MCSA?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by Seb Spiers, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Seb Spiers

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    Hi there,

    I've not taken an exam before (well not since school!) and I want to start on the road to my MSCA.

    Ive been working in varied sysadmin roles in windows enviroments for the last 6 years so I think im pretty clued up when it comes to both Server and Client side.

    Is it really worth be taking the XP exam when Vista is out now and MS are practically forcing it down everyones throats?

    Ive been using Vista on my Laptop now a good few months but dont have nearly as much experience with it was I do with XP.

    I guess I'm looking for a little but of guidance, logic tells me that it makes more sense to take the Vista exam to make me a bit more future proof.

    Does anyone have any downloadable study guides for the Vista exam?
     
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  2. Tinus1959

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    You could do both! Vista can be taken as an elective for MCSA. I think XP will still be out there for some years so I definitely would like to have the knowledge.
    I used the sybex book for my study and passed with very good score (953).
    If that downloaded material is illegal, we do not have it.
    Take a look here: http://www.netfresco.com/cert/70-620/
     
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  3. Seb Spiers

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    I booked 70-620 :)
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    Good luck with your exam :)

    -ken
     
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  5. wizard

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    Good luck 8)
     
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  6. Seb Spiers

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  8. BosonMichael
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    XP will be used for years to come... some companies are still using Windows 2000 Workstation! So it's still useful to take the 70-270 exam.

    If you should choose to take the 70-620 Vista exam instead of or in addition to the 70-270 XP exam, there's a study guide that I'm quite attached to... :biggrin
     
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  9. Wassup

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    QFT!


    Our main exchange server is still running 20000 users on Windows NT and the vast majority of users are on W2K machines. Probably won't commonly see Vista for sometime in very large environments mainly due to cost and 3rd party support.

    Back on topic though, I have only just finished my MCSA 2000 and I took the 70-270 as my client exam .... aced it too :biggrin
     
  10. Island3r

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    hi dude8)

    good thread, i'm about to sit the 290 (1 of the server certs for the mcsa) and i was thinking of taking the vista cert as its a bit more up to date. i was originally going to take the xp but since vista came out i'm coming across more and more businesses thats using it so i guess having a cert for it can't be bad. but it will probably take a bit longer to study for as i've (and i guess most other people here) been using xp for years and know that pretty much like the back of my hand. if thats a good thing or not i don't know:oops:
     
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  11. iRock

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    Does this mean that I can take 270, 290, 291 and the Vista exam... I think thats 620 and be MCSA certified?
     
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  12. Tinus1959

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    Yep, that's what it means.
     
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  13. iRock

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    Thanks for that!

    I know all the stuff inside out... I've read all the books, watched videos, practice it everyday at work for the past year and a half.

    Does the Vista exam also count towards a second certification? ..... well I know it does but I'm getting a little confused... what is the name of that other certification?
     
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  14. Sparky
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    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist? :biggrin
     
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  15. iRock

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    Thanks Sparky... got to get those exams done.

    I've got them booked AGES ago... but I keep putting them off.
     
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