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Windows Client Certification (MCDST/MCITP): XP, Vista, or 7? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I work for a small business. My job mainly involves user support and desktop administration on a mix of XP, Vista, and 7. There's also been some networking stuff. We don't use any Windows servers.

    I want to gain a certification to help my employment prospects as well as my abilities in my current job. I've narrowed it down to an MS Windows Client Certification, but am unsure which Windows version to certify in. XP still has the largest market share, but will inevitably decline. Windows 7, on the other hand, is likely to become more relevant over time. But then I believe it is possible to get the MCDST, and then take one more exam to update it for Vista or 7.

    What would people advise?

    Saturday, September 4, 2010 2:49 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    You've got a good point here. I'd say go for the newest one you can find (win 7) because that will be around for a while whilst win xp exams will be discontinued in the near future. But then again a upgrade exam would be a nice option wouldn't it. On that point i would say no because you'd still have an outdated track which will become obsolete. I now it takes some additional work but the market is looking for certs on the latest technology and if you are finished that technology os around and you will be right there up to date and ready for the near future.

    Jus my 2 cts

    Maurice

    Saturday, September 4, 2010 9:56 PM
  • Hi,

     

    I strongly recommend you to go for Windows 7. The Best would be to follow a MCITP path on Desktop OS and/or Server OS.

    There're two sides of compatibility, the hardware and the software. From the HW side, all new computers are going to Windows 7 default install, so , as computers began to fail you may want to move to 7. Moreover, HW device drivers will, in the near future, compatible only with Windows 7 drivers, letting you in an uncomfortable position to service a computer with unknown drivers prone to failure. And, new devices may be only supported by Windows 7, because OEM wouldn't spend more money on developing driver's for older platforms. On the software side, Windows 7 includes advances in SW compatibility that let you run Windows XP apps in a Windows 7 environment. So far, Windows 7 will be here for, maybe, 4 years at least to be replaced by a improved Desktop OS (Windows XP in 2002, Windows Vista in 2006, Windows 7 in 2009).  With Windows 7 lnowledge you'll more able to suggest future actions to your company, because you know what are the current technologies rather that the old ones.

    On the other hand you might want to know about COMPTIA certifications such as A+, Network+ or Server+ to have more knowledge.

    Microsoft had a moto that still stands, Where do you want to go today?. Think about moving forward. Think about having a career path to follow. You can keep yourself at MCTS or to follow paths to MCITP in Desktop OS and/or server OS. Think that the future is always moving to become present.

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no express or implied warranties or rights.
    Sunday, September 5, 2010 8:37 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    You've got a good point here. I'd say go for the newest one you can find (win 7) because that will be around for a while whilst win xp exams will be discontinued in the near future. But then again a upgrade exam would be a nice option wouldn't it. On that point i would say no because you'd still have an outdated track which will become obsolete. I now it takes some additional work but the market is looking for certs on the latest technology and if you are finished that technology os around and you will be right there up to date and ready for the near future.

    Jus my 2 cts

    Maurice

    Saturday, September 4, 2010 9:56 PM
  • Hi,

     

    I strongly recommend you to go for Windows 7. The Best would be to follow a MCITP path on Desktop OS and/or Server OS.

    There're two sides of compatibility, the hardware and the software. From the HW side, all new computers are going to Windows 7 default install, so , as computers began to fail you may want to move to 7. Moreover, HW device drivers will, in the near future, compatible only with Windows 7 drivers, letting you in an uncomfortable position to service a computer with unknown drivers prone to failure. And, new devices may be only supported by Windows 7, because OEM wouldn't spend more money on developing driver's for older platforms. On the software side, Windows 7 includes advances in SW compatibility that let you run Windows XP apps in a Windows 7 environment. So far, Windows 7 will be here for, maybe, 4 years at least to be replaced by a improved Desktop OS (Windows XP in 2002, Windows Vista in 2006, Windows 7 in 2009).  With Windows 7 lnowledge you'll more able to suggest future actions to your company, because you know what are the current technologies rather that the old ones.

    On the other hand you might want to know about COMPTIA certifications such as A+, Network+ or Server+ to have more knowledge.

    Microsoft had a moto that still stands, Where do you want to go today?. Think about moving forward. Think about having a career path to follow. You can keep yourself at MCTS or to follow paths to MCITP in Desktop OS and/or server OS. Think that the future is always moving to become present.

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no express or implied warranties or rights.
    Sunday, September 5, 2010 8:37 PM