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Which is the real 70-680 RRS feed

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  • I've been studying for the 70-680 exam but ran into some confusion.

    I was looking at the MCITP certification because I thought at the time that my work would pay for it. It looks like that certification will be retired but I bought a book to study for the 70-680 exam, The book is for exam 70-680 but says it's for the MCTS certification. The MCTS certification doesn't look like the most recent exam either. The most recent certification looks like MCSA, also with a 70-680 exam?

    Which certification is considered the most recent and which exam should I study for? Are the 70-680 exams all the same or is there a most-updated version that I should be aware of? Since I'm fairly new to the field, would it be better to work on MTA first?


    Chris Hansen

    Sunday, January 5, 2014 2:05 PM

Answers

  • It takes more than one exam for most certifications.  MCTS (Technical Specialist) is the certification that you get for taking a single exam like 70-680.  But 70-680 in combination with other exams can lead to certifications like MCSA (Solutions Associate).  70-680 is the exam for Windows 7.  Now that Windows 8 has been released there is a new exam (70-687) for Windows 8.  So if you are working on an MCSA for Windows 7 then 70-680 would still be one of the exams to take.  But for an MCSA for Windows 8 you need 70-687 and 70-688.

    There is only one version of 70-680 available.


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    Sunday, January 5, 2014 5:48 PM
  • I've been studying for the 70-680 exam but ran into some confusion.

    I was looking at the MCITP certification because I thought at the time that my work would pay for it. It looks like that certification will be retired but I bought a book to study for the 70-680 exam, The book is for exam 70-680 but says it's for the MCTS certification. The MCTS certification doesn't look like the most recent exam either.

    Perhaps I can help a bit... The 70-680, by itself, earns you the MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring certification; this certification has not yet been retired.

    Also, in conjunction with either the 70-685 or the 70-686 it would earn you one of the two MCITP certifications: 680+685=MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7 and 680+686=MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7. The MCITP certifications can no longer be earned after January 31, but the exams that are taken to earn them will continue to exist and be used for other certifications.

    The most recent certification looks like MCSA, also with a 70-680 exam?

    Correct, the MCSA: Windows 7 replaces the two MCITP certifications mentioned above, so now you earn the MCSA: Windows 7 with 70-680 and (70-685 or 70-686) instead of one of the two MCITPs.

    Which certification is considered the most recent and which exam should I study for?

    The exams have not changed, only the names of the certifications earned as a result of taking the exams. The MCSA: Windows 7 is the new certifiation, and to continue on that path you should continue working on the 680.

    Are the 70-680 exams all the same

    Yes. They're all essentially based on Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

    Since I'm fairly new to the field, would it be better to work on MTA first?

    Since you were already studying the 70-680 I would say you should continue on that path. The Windows 7 certifications are not going anywhere for the next several years.

    The MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) certification is targeted to those persons who are brand new to the IT field. The MTA IT Infrastructure offers four different exams on OS Fundamentals, ServerAdmin Fundamentals, Networking Fundamentals, and Security Fundamentals. There's also an MTA in Database Fundamentals, and an MTA in Development that offers eight different exams. Passing any one of those exams will earn the MTA in that discipline.

    FWIW, this is the kind of certification I would hope to see coming from college freshmen, whether 2-year or 4-year schools, as well as by those who are completing trade schools to get competency certificates in IT. (Hopefully it will discourage the practice of trade schools attempting to teach, and certify, students with MCSA/MCSE curriculums.)


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Monday, January 6, 2014 5:38 PM

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  • It takes more than one exam for most certifications.  MCTS (Technical Specialist) is the certification that you get for taking a single exam like 70-680.  But 70-680 in combination with other exams can lead to certifications like MCSA (Solutions Associate).  70-680 is the exam for Windows 7.  Now that Windows 8 has been released there is a new exam (70-687) for Windows 8.  So if you are working on an MCSA for Windows 7 then 70-680 would still be one of the exams to take.  But for an MCSA for Windows 8 you need 70-687 and 70-688.

    There is only one version of 70-680 available.


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.


    Sunday, January 5, 2014 5:48 PM
  • Thanks, that helps a lot. So any 70-680 book will be up-to-date? I don't have to worry that the exam has changed since the book was published?

    I have a follow-up question if it's ok: I think the 70-685 exam would be more directly relevant to what I do, is that permissible for MCTS or is that considered to be more the next exam for a different cert?

    I'm still thinking of trying for the MTA first since it's said to be an entry-level cert and I can't claim to have "in-depth" knowledge of Windows. Do you have any advice regarding that?

    Thanks.


    Chris Hansen

    Sunday, January 5, 2014 11:37 PM
  • The exams do change a bit over time, but in general any book covering the exam should be sufficient.

    MCTS is essentially the same no matter which exam you take.  Its the material that the exam covers that matters not the certification itself.

    I have no particular advice on MTA.


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    Monday, January 6, 2014 1:38 AM
  • I've been studying for the 70-680 exam but ran into some confusion.

    I was looking at the MCITP certification because I thought at the time that my work would pay for it. It looks like that certification will be retired but I bought a book to study for the 70-680 exam, The book is for exam 70-680 but says it's for the MCTS certification. The MCTS certification doesn't look like the most recent exam either.

    Perhaps I can help a bit... The 70-680, by itself, earns you the MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring certification; this certification has not yet been retired.

    Also, in conjunction with either the 70-685 or the 70-686 it would earn you one of the two MCITP certifications: 680+685=MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7 and 680+686=MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7. The MCITP certifications can no longer be earned after January 31, but the exams that are taken to earn them will continue to exist and be used for other certifications.

    The most recent certification looks like MCSA, also with a 70-680 exam?

    Correct, the MCSA: Windows 7 replaces the two MCITP certifications mentioned above, so now you earn the MCSA: Windows 7 with 70-680 and (70-685 or 70-686) instead of one of the two MCITPs.

    Which certification is considered the most recent and which exam should I study for?

    The exams have not changed, only the names of the certifications earned as a result of taking the exams. The MCSA: Windows 7 is the new certifiation, and to continue on that path you should continue working on the 680.

    Are the 70-680 exams all the same

    Yes. They're all essentially based on Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

    Since I'm fairly new to the field, would it be better to work on MTA first?

    Since you were already studying the 70-680 I would say you should continue on that path. The Windows 7 certifications are not going anywhere for the next several years.

    The MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) certification is targeted to those persons who are brand new to the IT field. The MTA IT Infrastructure offers four different exams on OS Fundamentals, ServerAdmin Fundamentals, Networking Fundamentals, and Security Fundamentals. There's also an MTA in Database Fundamentals, and an MTA in Development that offers eight different exams. Passing any one of those exams will earn the MTA in that discipline.

    FWIW, this is the kind of certification I would hope to see coming from college freshmen, whether 2-year or 4-year schools, as well as by those who are completing trade schools to get competency certificates in IT. (Hopefully it will discourage the practice of trade schools attempting to teach, and certify, students with MCSA/MCSE curriculums.)


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Monday, January 6, 2014 5:38 PM