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  • Hi there,

    I am a little bit confused about the certificate to choose to start my IT careet with. Since the first moment I have been oriented towards MCDST 70-271 (Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Windows XP Operating System). Then I found the MCSE 70-270 (Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional) and I think this could be more interesting to start with, since it seems to start from the core of the OS.
    I have been working in the IT as Troubelshooting computer since I was very young, I learned by doing, but now I would like to gain a proper knowledge.
    But I have got some questions:
    - Since Microsoft launched Vista and now Windows 7, is it appropriate to get the XP related certification?
    - Training kits for MCDST and MCSE are updated to Win XP Service Pack 2 and published on 2005. I wonder why the training kits have not been uptaded.
    - Do the MCDST and MCSE expire?
    - May I ask you suggestions about which certification I should choose? Which product is more spread in the market? From here which certification should be able to give me a job in IT? I would exclude advanced course for now, I need a entry level certificate.

    I hope some could help me.

    Thank you,
    Luca
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 12:19 PM

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  • Luca,

    If you have experience with Windows XP I would recommend you start by XP Exams and then after that upgrade to the new generation (Vista/7/Server 2008). I Have MCDST and last week I just upgraded to Windows Vista by applying to 70-621 MCDST Upgrade and I got MCTS Windows Vista Configuring and MCTIP Enterprise Support for Windows Vista.

    -So if you dont have experience with microsoft exams, study and apply for MCDST Exams, so you will learn and get experience and then after that upgrade your exams. MCDST.
    -I didnt use the Training Kit for MCDST exam but its valid for those tests. For 291 exam there is a update made in 2006, did not read yet by there is and in my opinion you could base your plan based in Training Kit that will give you a good knowlegde about exam content.
    -MCDST/MCSE will not expire, but Microsoft have new products and according to that also new certifications, but if you get MCDST or MCSE you will be MCSE for life. Read (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/pt-BR/CertGeneral/thread/eb66b3ab-ddc1-420e-9f73-af7ac567e40c)
    -If you are planning to work with Servers you should begin with a client exam and then follow the MCSE path, if not you first should decide what is your mark. Read ( http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-get-started.aspx )

    Hope it Helps

    []`s 
    Thiago Pereira | http://thiagoinfrat.spaces.live.com | http://www.winsec.org
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 6:25 AM
    Tuesday, September 15, 2009 2:45 PM
  • Hi Thiago,

    thank you very much for your eplanation.

    Just to double check, the suggested path should be taking MCDST first (70-271 and 272) and then go on with MCSA and ideally afterwards MCSE?

    thanks for your help,

    Luca

    P.s. I'm still the same person, but I couldn't reply from my previous ID as the website required me to register which it didn't ask me earlier ;D
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:01 PM
  • Exactly.

    Thiago Pereira | http://thiagoinfrat.spaces.live.com | http://www.winsec.org
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:31 PM
  • Hi there,

    I am a little bit confused about the certificate to choose to start my IT careet with. Since the first moment I have been oriented towards MCDST 70-271 (Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Windows XP Operating System). Then I found the MCSE 70-270 (Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional) and I think this could be more interesting to start with, since it seems to start from the core of the OS.
    I have been working in the IT as Troubelshooting computer since I was very young, I learned by doing, but now I would like to gain a proper knowledge.
    But I have got some questions:
    - Since Microsoft launched Vista and now Windows 7, is it appropriate to get the XP related certification?
    - Training kits for MCDST and MCSE are updated to Win XP Service Pack 2 and published on 2005. I wonder why the training kits have not been uptaded.
    - Do the MCDST and MCSE expire?
    - May I ask you suggestions about which certification I should choose? Which product is more spread in the market? From here which certification should be able to give me a job in IT? I would exclude advanced course for now, I need a entry level certificate.

    I hope some could help me.

    Thank you,
    Luca
    From your words ,I get to know you are new to IT.

    A entry level certificate ?
    Personally ,i recommend u choose MCSE .The post "mcse :best suit for the green hand in IT."  once was helpful for me ,hope u also can get your answer from that blog .
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 7:05 AM
  • Hi Luca,

    You may want to consider a certification like the MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcitp.aspx#tab2).  It's only two tests and will show you know DST-type material when it comes to Vista.  The XP and Windows 2003 tests are still valuable as well since many companies have not upgraded to Vista/2008/Win7/2008 R2 yet. 

    Whatever you choose, think ahead.  Look not just at the test path for the certification you want but the certifications you think you may want.  For example, a lot of the longer certifications, like the MCSE, have elective slots where you can pick between a number of exams that meet the requirement.  70-620 is especially great for this.  When you pass it ou automatically get a certification (MCTS on Vista) and make progress toward 5 other certifications:

    Exam 70-620: TS: Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-620&locale=en-us.

    I've been slowly adding one more test at a time to my transcript and have been able to get over 25 MS certifications in just a couple of years.  Once you take your first exam, you know what to expect and the rest are less stressful.

    Good luck!


    -Matt
    Saturday, October 3, 2009 12:02 AM