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General question re Microsoft certification path

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by sparky1888, Jul 30, 2012.

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  1. sparky1888

    sparky1888 Byte Poster

    hi all,

    i am currently starting my 70-680 studying with a view to following it up with the 685.

    my question is this - the MCITP is getting phased out next year, do any of you have any reccomendations as to what path i should go? My general area is 1st/2nd line support with networking. I would like to follow my desktop certs with a few server ones for general domain administration.....any suggestions would be great

    many thanks,
    Certifications: Cerco's CCSN A+ DCSE
    WIP: MCITP , N+
  2. SimonD
    Honorary Member

    SimonD Terabyte Poster

    Stick with the MCITP, I don't believe that there will be too much Windows 8 deployments taking place this\next year in a commercial environment.
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  3. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster


    I'd certainly stick with the MCITP and the 680 is a very good start as it can be used for several certs.

    One thing I would say is that, with a view to the future, you may wish to look at the 686 (I've already done the 685 and have started the 686 as my role covers both support and admin areas) as this is more for the Administrator role and as of yet Microsoft have only announced upgrade paths for the MCITP: EDA to MCSA & MCSE's but not for the EDST7.

    Last edited: Jul 30, 2012
    Certifications: B.Sc.(Hons), MBCS. MCP (271,272), MCDST, MCTS (680), MCITP:EDST7, MCSA:WIN7, MCPS, MCNPS
    WIP: 70-686, then onto MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure via MCSA: Server 2012...
  4. sparky1888

    sparky1888 Byte Poster

    thanks for the input lads - appreciated.

    will deffo look at the 686, however my boss is pushing for me to have the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008, so thats the 640-642-643
    & the 647 to have a look at! Happy days :D
    Certifications: Cerco's CCSN A+ DCSE
    WIP: MCITP , N+

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