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MCITP - Windows Server/Client Certs - Should I do the client certs? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm finalizing my MCITP study path for "Windows Server" technologies and need to find out if the "Windows Client" certifications are worth obtaining along with the Windows Server certifications.

    Here is my current study path;

    Windows Client –

    MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7 (require exams 70-680, 70-685)
    MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7 (require exams 70-680, 70-686)

    Windows Server –

    MCITP: Server Administrator (require exams 70-640, 70-642, 70-646)
    MCITP: Enterprise Administrator (require further exams 70-643, 70-680, 70-647)

    The Client certs are obviously much easier than the Server certs – my question is does anyone know if the Client certs are worth spending time/money getting or should I just do the Server certs – do they supersede the Client certs?

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:22 PM

Answers

  • I was in the same position you are in.  my end goal is to complete the MCITP: Ent Server Admin.  Since one of the requirements is exam 70-680, I figured I would start with that one because I figured it would be the easiest one out of the bunch.  Also, this was my first MS Exam ever so I wanted to 'test' the waters.  Since I have to travel 5 hours to write the exams I dont want to waste my time, failing is expensive when considering the time and travel investment.

    After completing 70-680 I figured no point in not getting 70-685 to finish the certification, since I already invested the time in learning all about Windows 7 (most of our clients are still XP based).  I barely studied for 70-685 as I figured it would be easy!... Lets just say I passed with a 700.. so make sure you prepae better then me!  The exam format was different compared to the 680 exam which through me off, not to mention I was not prepared for the content. 

    I dont see the value for me in doing the other 2 client side certifications, however it depends on what your end goal is.  The more certificaitons you put on your resume the better you look, however you also look better if you have the Server Certifications rathern then a bunch of Client certifications.  Another way to look at it would be to do both Client certs for the partner points.  Since its only 3 exams total, its an easy way to get 3 + 3 + 3= 9 points, assuming it works out that way.

    Summary, if I had a testing center in my town I would have written the 70-686 exam simply because I probably learn most of the content from studying for 70-680 already.  I may still write it after a few months just for the partner points. 

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:48 PM
  • Hi Dom03,

     

    I would suggest you to get certified in Windows Server  , i.e MCITP : Enterprise Administrator or Server Administrator. Only thing is that you have to put extra effort and spare more time in practicing all the concepts.

    In job perspective , MCITP is enough to get the job in a good company. Once you get the job , you can upgrade your technical skills  by doing another MCITP certification in Exchange Server 2007.

    All the best for your future.

    Regards,

    Tech_Scorpio

    Monday, June 28, 2010 4:38 PM
  • I have server admin and I have done all my client certs from MCDST, through MCTS vista config and mcitp -enterprise admin. I hope by the end of the day I should be win 7 qualified too. Personally I think its best to get as many arrows as you can. Certainly I found that the client certs helped fill a few holes in the server side stuff. The client certs aren't necessary for server admin though. Client certs are a requirement for enterprise admin.

    You can get the client certs done purely from the study guides, which you can pick up for very little from ebay. There are enough voucher code people floating around here, myself and niall merrigan are two for starters. We will gladly supply you with voucher codes to make the process a bit cheaper for you.

    Best of luck!


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    Tuesday, June 29, 2010 12:16 PM

All replies

  • I was in the same position you are in.  my end goal is to complete the MCITP: Ent Server Admin.  Since one of the requirements is exam 70-680, I figured I would start with that one because I figured it would be the easiest one out of the bunch.  Also, this was my first MS Exam ever so I wanted to 'test' the waters.  Since I have to travel 5 hours to write the exams I dont want to waste my time, failing is expensive when considering the time and travel investment.

    After completing 70-680 I figured no point in not getting 70-685 to finish the certification, since I already invested the time in learning all about Windows 7 (most of our clients are still XP based).  I barely studied for 70-685 as I figured it would be easy!... Lets just say I passed with a 700.. so make sure you prepae better then me!  The exam format was different compared to the 680 exam which through me off, not to mention I was not prepared for the content. 

    I dont see the value for me in doing the other 2 client side certifications, however it depends on what your end goal is.  The more certificaitons you put on your resume the better you look, however you also look better if you have the Server Certifications rathern then a bunch of Client certifications.  Another way to look at it would be to do both Client certs for the partner points.  Since its only 3 exams total, its an easy way to get 3 + 3 + 3= 9 points, assuming it works out that way.

    Summary, if I had a testing center in my town I would have written the 70-686 exam simply because I probably learn most of the content from studying for 70-680 already.  I may still write it after a few months just for the partner points. 

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:48 PM
  • Thanks dan your post is helping me decide - I think I may go ahead and do the 2 client certs (70-685, 70-686) since I also want to test the waters and pace myself with getting familiar with the easier stuff. It would also help me get some certs on my resume quicker as I lead up to the big stuff like Server certs (MCITP:SA and MCITP:EA)

    Microsoft's certification program is very confusing - especially with all the different versions of windows and certification naming scheme!

     

    Edit: can you tell me what the partner points are good for? I have no idea about this (I am new to all this)

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 4:02 PM
  • I am probably not the best person to explain partner points as I am in the process determining how to best increase our companys partner level so I dont have all the answers.

    Essentially partner points are part of requirements to become a certain type of Microsoft partner.  I.e. you need 50 points + other requirements to be a certain level...etc 

     

    To make a further comment to your reply.  You mentioned doing 2 client certs 70-685 and 70-686.  I would recommned starting with 70-680.  This will provide you with a good understanding of Windows 7, which will make the other 2 easier to study for. 

    Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:54 PM
  • Thanks,

    Yes by doing 70-685 and 70-686 I will be required to also do 70-680 (which I will be doing first)

    Friday, June 25, 2010 3:24 AM
  • Hi Dom03,

     

    I would suggest you to get certified in Windows Server  , i.e MCITP : Enterprise Administrator or Server Administrator. Only thing is that you have to put extra effort and spare more time in practicing all the concepts.

    In job perspective , MCITP is enough to get the job in a good company. Once you get the job , you can upgrade your technical skills  by doing another MCITP certification in Exchange Server 2007.

    All the best for your future.

    Regards,

    Tech_Scorpio

    Monday, June 28, 2010 4:38 PM
  • I have server admin and I have done all my client certs from MCDST, through MCTS vista config and mcitp -enterprise admin. I hope by the end of the day I should be win 7 qualified too. Personally I think its best to get as many arrows as you can. Certainly I found that the client certs helped fill a few holes in the server side stuff. The client certs aren't necessary for server admin though. Client certs are a requirement for enterprise admin.

    You can get the client certs done purely from the study guides, which you can pick up for very little from ebay. There are enough voucher code people floating around here, myself and niall merrigan are two for starters. We will gladly supply you with voucher codes to make the process a bit cheaper for you.

    Best of luck!


    MCP, MCDST, MCTS x 5, MCITP x 3

    Please don't forget to mark this post as an answer if it is the solution to your problem!

    If you like trance music, please subscribe to my podcast Trancendance Podcast

    View my MCP Certifications
    Tuesday, June 29, 2010 12:16 PM