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70-270 and 271

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by dv-ant, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. dv-ant

    dv-ant Bit Poster

    I understand that in order to achieve the MCDST I must pass the two exams 70-271 and 70-272

    I was wondering what was the difference between the 70-270 and 70-271 exams were
    having looked at the microsoft there seems to be a fair amount of overlap between the two

    was just wondering what the diff was between the two ?
  2. crazy horse

    crazy horse Byte Poster

    Hi Dv-Ant,

    Miss read you post!!!


    The 70-270 IMO is very similar to the 271 in that it does not test you on applications such as office 2003. It does test you on more areas than the 271. For example IIS and RIS. The 270 objectives can be found here
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2010
  3. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

    I'm in the middle of studying for the 70-270 and have already done the MCDST myself - there is about a 20%-ish overlap between 70-271 and 70-272, and the 271 has helped my confidence, speed and understanding of 270 objectives a lot better.

    IMHO, worth doing the MCDST first - both is not essential.
    Certifications: MBCS, BSc(Hons), Cert(Maths), A+, Net+, MCDST, ITIL-F v3, MCSA
    WIP: 70-293
  4. dv-ant

    dv-ant Bit Poster

    thanks for the response guys/gals

    definately going for the mcdst but was just curious with regards to the 70-270
    didnt think the 270 would be essential - thanks for clearing that up
  5. Trogdor

    Trogdor Kilobyte Poster Gold Member


    I am also studying for the 270. There is a fair amount of overlap between with the 271, but the 270 is FAR more detailed and approaches XP from the point of view of being part of a domain and administering XP as a system administrator / engineer as opposed to a desktop support technician. As an illustration, the MS press book for the 271 is 848 pages long, whereas the MS press book for the 270 is 1394 pages. I think you would be best off taking the 270 next as all of the XP stuff is fresh in your head.
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Server+, PDI+, MCDST, HP APS Server, HP APS Desktop / Laptop
    WIP: ITIL, CCNA, MCSA, and BSc

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