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  • I put off taking certification testing for few years because of financial and martial restrictions.  Now those issues are going away and I'm looking to start testing.  My intent was to take 70-270, Installing, Configuring, and Administering  Windows XP.  But is it even worth it?  Would it be better to study for the Vista Version?
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:08 AM

Answers

  • Hi Shanel,

    It depends on your background and end goal.

    If your goal is to achieve MCP, any of these certifications 70-270 (XP) or 70-620 (Vista) will get you that. So I would say whichever you feel comfortable using, take the test for that.

    If your goal it to archive MCSA/MCSE in Windows Server 2003, you can take either 70-270 (XP) or 70-620 (Vista). So again, whichever you feel comfortable using, take the test for that.

    If your goal is to achieve Microsoft new line of certifications MCITP in Enterprise Administrator (which is equivalent of MCSE in Server 2003) in Windows Server 2008, you must do vista or wait for the Windows 7 Certification.

    At the end I would say, if you think you will taking lot of exams to achieve MCITP and always will be updating yourself going forward, take the VISTA exam or wait few more weeks for the Windows 7 Exam.

    Also check the discussion, which will give you some indication as well.

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/CertGeneral/thread/8df8eb19-f7c4-4c11-b4e8-88b4df19269c

    Hope this is helpful.


    Rubel Khan
    • Proposed as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, May 28, 2009 12:21 PM
    • Marked as answer by SHANEL1 Thursday, May 28, 2009 3:03 PM
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 12:21 PM
  • I agree with Rubel, however if your goal is to simply obtain an MCP only the older generation exams will give you that status. The 70-620 will give you the new certification Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) This is Microsoft's replacement for the MCP.
    Eric
    • Marked as answer by SHANEL1 Thursday, May 28, 2009 3:03 PM
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:49 PM

All replies

  • Hi Shanel,

    It depends on your background and end goal.

    If your goal is to achieve MCP, any of these certifications 70-270 (XP) or 70-620 (Vista) will get you that. So I would say whichever you feel comfortable using, take the test for that.

    If your goal it to archive MCSA/MCSE in Windows Server 2003, you can take either 70-270 (XP) or 70-620 (Vista). So again, whichever you feel comfortable using, take the test for that.

    If your goal is to achieve Microsoft new line of certifications MCITP in Enterprise Administrator (which is equivalent of MCSE in Server 2003) in Windows Server 2008, you must do vista or wait for the Windows 7 Certification.

    At the end I would say, if you think you will taking lot of exams to achieve MCITP and always will be updating yourself going forward, take the VISTA exam or wait few more weeks for the Windows 7 Exam.

    Also check the discussion, which will give you some indication as well.

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/CertGeneral/thread/8df8eb19-f7c4-4c11-b4e8-88b4df19269c

    Hope this is helpful.


    Rubel Khan
    • Proposed as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, May 28, 2009 12:21 PM
    • Marked as answer by SHANEL1 Thursday, May 28, 2009 3:03 PM
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 12:21 PM
  • I agree with Rubel, however if your goal is to simply obtain an MCP only the older generation exams will give you that status. The 70-620 will give you the new certification Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) This is Microsoft's replacement for the MCP.
    Eric
    • Marked as answer by SHANEL1 Thursday, May 28, 2009 3:03 PM
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:49 PM
  • Thanks guys.  You've definitely given me some things to think about.
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 3:04 PM