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Windows Thread, MCSE 2003.... Worth learning ? in Technical; I'd definitely recommend doing the A+ and Network+ but maybe go for the MCSA exam, even passing one m$ exam ...
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    I'd definitely recommend doing the A+ and Network+ but maybe go for the MCSA exam, even passing one m$ exam lets you call yourself a MCP.

    I'm upgrading my MCSE 2000 now as I've been putting it off for ages but now they are retiring the upgrade exams I really should get it done.

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    I have been looking at the 2000 > 2003 upgrade and got a bit sick of wading through all the questions on the difference between 2000 and 2003 rather than just the 2003 knowledge.

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    Just my 2c but i'd recommend this.

    MCDST first, if you already support XP then you will find these pretty easy.

    Then take 70-261 which is the Vista upgrade exam this will give you the new MCITP Enterprise Support (Microsoft Certified IP Professional) cert. MS have just altered the requirements here so you can now use 70-261 in place of 70-260 so you will also have passed the client exam for your MCSA and the MCDST can be your elective leaving only 290 and 291.

    You can then upgrade from MCSA 2003 to 2008 with one exam.

    Thats the path i would recommend if starting from scratch now.
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    @ ChrisH, 2000 > 2003 upgrade, do you mean the 70-292 MCSA upgrade exam or MCSE?

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    I'm starting to think that I may need some professional qualifications. I've been working in educational IT support for 7 years now and have nothing but my experience to show since my HND all that time ago.

    My girlfriend has just signed up to one of those learn-at-home courses and they also recommended the MCDST onto the MCSA route, which seems logical to me. I'm very tempted to just read her books and only have to pay for the exams

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    With that amount of experience i think you'll have no probs with the MCDST i picked up the exam cram books second hand from Amazon and passed first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    @ ChrisH, 2000 > 2003 upgrade, do you mean the 70-292 MCSA upgrade exam or MCSE?
    MCSA upgrade.

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    HI

    Reading books is great but you really do need some practical experience. You need to also be able to do practical tasks for the new exams and be used to the type of questions that are in the exam.

    Transcender and the microsoft test engines that are in the microsoft books are the best ones I have found.

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    I took 70-292 about three moths ago i don't remember many questions on the differences between 2000 > 2003 but there were loads on DNS and a few sims in there. I found this to be a really difficult exam i passed the 2000 MCSA exam with 930, i failed 292 once and passed second time with 775 even after loads of studying and i've managed 2003 networks since it went gold.

    It's also the only exam where i've nearly ran out of time due to ther being so much text to read on each question.

    http://www.cramsession.com/articles/...e.asp?aid=1072
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    Would like to say thank you very much for all the replies on here! I can't begin to tell you how useful it is for me!!

    Very interested about the MCITP, I'd not heard of that one but if you only need 1 more exam after the MCDST then it's worth while looking at as well!! I'm a little unsure how they count towards the MCSA at the moment but I'm sure studying for the MCDST and ITP will keep me busy long enough!!

    Thanks everyone!

    Sean

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    For an MCSA you neet to take:

    1 x client exam, at the moment this can be 210 Win2k Pro, 270 XP Pro or 260 Vista.

    2 x Core networking exams 290 and 291

    1 x Elective exam, there is a list of electives on the MS site one e.g. is the Exchange Server exam.

    What i'm saying is you can use the MCDST as the elective and if you take the 70-261 upgrade exam to make it Vista support you can use it as the client exam requirement instead of 210,270 or 260 (so you don't need to bother with the client exam:-)).

    This would leave you with: (are you ready)

    Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Vista – Configuration
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Support Technician
    MCSA on Windows Server 2003

    MCSA
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mc...3/default.mspx

    MCITP
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-621.mspx
    Last edited by cookie_monster; 21st January 2008 at 01:33 PM.

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