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Path to MCSA

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by paulwilliams13, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. paulwilliams13

    paulwilliams13 New Member

    Hi All,

    I wanted some help and advice after having no luck in my search, I have been an IT admin for two years without any certification and i wanted to work towards an MCSA. I would like to know what exams i will need to take, for instance will i need to start with a 270 client exam then 290 and finally a 291? also do i need to have a elevated exam like a comp+ ? any help or advice would be great.
  2. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    Hi Paul, if you been in IT admin for 2 years you might as well go for MCSE you got the experience - that many people would die for! :biggrin

    People usually start off with a client exam (270 and now recently 620 (Vista)) then move onto the Server exams 290 and 291. Elective you can take various options and i think you should have a look at:


    For more information on the MCSA.

    Good luck! 8)
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  3. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Hi Paul,

    I think Zimbo has said exactly what I would. The experience will prove *invaluble* for the twists in the MS exams!

    You can't beat experience for "oh, yeah, that's this" or, "you need to click this" - hope you know what i mean :D

    As for the Comptia stuff; it really depends on what you are aiming for here. A pay rise, looking for a new job, something to certify your knowledge..?
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  4. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Yup, MCSA sounds like a plan but as the other guys have suggested the MCSE would be beneficial and hopefully help you progress your career. 8)
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Office 365, Server 2016, CEH
  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    The choice is up to you... as long as you have experience that is relevant to the certification, there's not really a bad certification decision.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!

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