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When to abandon 2003/XP Certifications?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Gareth.Harle, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Gareth.Harle

    Gareth.Harle Bit Poster

    Hi All,

    I'm new to this forum so hello to you all. Just wanting to get some thoughts on when people advice to stop studying for 2003/XP exams. I am MCSA 2003 and working towards MCSE 2003 which hopefully I should have completed in a few months. I am also training for MCT Status as well and was wondering if the uptake of people wanting to study for exams on 2003/XP might start to slow down in which case I should hurry up and get some Vista/2008 exams in the bag so I can teach those.

    Any thoughts?
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    From what I know the exams (2003) will be around for quite some time yet.

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  3. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

    I agree with GBL. Lots of businesses are still using Windows 2000 Server, and haven't even moved to Windows Server 2003... yet.
  4. sebstah

    sebstah Nibble Poster

    I think it depends on the company you work for, our company only went to XP last year, so for me working here, best to keep going the w2k3 track. (its a government place so uptake is very slow, like the users)
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  5. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

    There are various scheme's afoot now to extent the life of XP so it can still be bought installed on a new PC for a fairly long time to come. I certainly think it will be around for a long time in terms of it needing support, as will Server 2003. Oh and welcome to CF. :)
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  6. Crito

    Crito Banned

    Microsoft's new three year release cycle is a bad idea IMHO. People are going to start skipping two versions at a time instead of just one. Windows 7 should have been called Vista R2 so IT departments could sneak it in without getting everyone and their mothers to approve. Worked with Windows Server 2003 R2 anyways. ;)

    To answer your question though, version specific certs seem to be usefull for ~8-10 years, or two major release cycles. Of course, if MS has their way that'll become ~6 years.
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  7. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Until recently, Microsoft has *always* had a 3-year (or less!) release cycle...

    MS-DOS 1.0: 1981
    MS-DOS 2.0: 1983
    MS-DOS 3.0: 1984
    MS-DOS 4.0: 1988
    MS-DOS 5.0: 1991
    MS-DOS 6.0: 1993

    Windows 1.0: 1985
    Windows 2.0: 1987
    Windows 3.0: 1990
    Windows 3.1: 1992
    Windows 95: 1995
    Windows 98: 1998
    Windows Me: 2000
    Windows XP: 2001
    Windows Vista: 2006/2007

    Windows NT 3.1 Workstation: 1993
    Windows NT 4.0 Workstation: 1996
    Windows 2000 Professional: 2000
    --> to Windows XP

    Windows NT 3.1 Server: 1993
    Windows NT 4.0 Server: 1996
    Windows 2000 Server: 2000
    Windows Server 2003: 2003
    Windows Server 2008: 2008

    How is this any different from the past 26 years? You're simply used to the last 5-year cycle, which is really an anomaly.
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