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MCITP or MCTS, which is worth going for RRS feed

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  • Hi, 

    I'm currently studying to become an MCSA.  I already have MCP 70-270 (XP) and 70-290 (Server 2003) under my belt and i will continue to study the rest of the specified exams to achive my MCSA.  But recently Microsoft have brought out new certifications like MCTS and MCITP and i'm just wondering where that leaves me and my my aspiration to achieve the MCSA......is it still worth going for?

    I would like to administer and configure Windows 7 and i was wondering which certification is the best for that.  Is there an equivalent to a 70-270 for Windows 7 ??

    Saturday, March 26, 2011 10:20 AM

Answers

  • The MCSA exams are old and are pretty much obsolete now unless your specific job requires those skills.  the industry has moved on from XP and 2003 and now it is about Win 7 and Server 2008 and the 2010 stack of products (Exch, SharePoint, etc).  If you want to administer and confiure Win 7, then I wouldn't waste my time with MCSA since it is devoloped for "out of date" technologies.

    Here is the MCITP tracks, you will notice there are a few different tracks for Win 7:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcitp.aspx#tab2


    Tim Harrington | MVP: Exchange | MCITP: EMA 2007/2010, MCITP: Server 2008, MCTS: OCS | Blog: http://HowDoUC.blogspot.com | Twitter: @twharrington
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:27 AM
    Saturday, March 26, 2011 2:10 PM
  • Keep in mind also that the MCTS is awareded when you pass an appropriate exam, such as 70-680.  If you pass this exam, and 70-685, you'll earn the MCITP Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-windowsclient.aspx#tab3

    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:27 AM
    Monday, March 28, 2011 9:39 AM
    Answerer

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  • The MCSA exams are old and are pretty much obsolete now unless your specific job requires those skills.  the industry has moved on from XP and 2003 and now it is about Win 7 and Server 2008 and the 2010 stack of products (Exch, SharePoint, etc).  If you want to administer and confiure Win 7, then I wouldn't waste my time with MCSA since it is devoloped for "out of date" technologies.

    Here is the MCITP tracks, you will notice there are a few different tracks for Win 7:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcitp.aspx#tab2


    Tim Harrington | MVP: Exchange | MCITP: EMA 2007/2010, MCITP: Server 2008, MCTS: OCS | Blog: http://HowDoUC.blogspot.com | Twitter: @twharrington
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:27 AM
    Saturday, March 26, 2011 2:10 PM
  • Keep in mind also that the MCTS is awareded when you pass an appropriate exam, such as 70-680.  If you pass this exam, and 70-685, you'll earn the MCITP Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-windowsclient.aspx#tab3

    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:27 AM
    Monday, March 28, 2011 9:39 AM
    Answerer