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  • Hey guys, starting down my path towards certification, thanks to some funding from work :)   I know that I want to take on one of the OS cert exams first so that I can get a feel for the testing itself and how the exams go. I will be going for my MCSE first and then upgrading to the MCITP:EA later this year.

    I wanted to let you guys know that currently my company works in XP and will upgrade to win7 probably within the next year to year and half.

    So with that info in mind, would it suit me better to take the 70-270 now and then take the 70-680(Win7 exam) as credit towards the MCITP:EA cert later on, or just go ahead and take the 70-620 exam which will count towards both MCSE and MCITP:EA?

    Thanks for any advice!
    Monday, September 21, 2009 4:05 PM

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  • Hey guys, starting down my path towards certification, thanks to some funding from work :)   I know that I want to take on one of the OS cert exams first so that I can get a feel for the testing itself and how the exams go. I will be going for my MCSE first and then upgrading to the MCITP:EA later this year.

    I wanted to let you guys know that currently my company works in XP and will upgrade to win7 probably within the next year to year and half.

    So with that info in mind, would it suit me better to take the 70-270 now and then take the 70-680(Win7 exam) as credit towards the MCITP:EA cert later on, or just go ahead and take the 70-620 exam which will count towards both MCSE and MCITP:EA?

    Thanks for any advice!

    Take both, you can use the 70-270 as the client exam requirement and then the 70-620 as the MCSE elective (plus it will count towards the MCITP: EA - bonus).
    You can always sit the 70-680 at a later date, but as for now it doesn't count towards the MCSE: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-680
    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    • Edited by KitKatNinja Monday, September 21, 2009 5:45 PM more info
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 6:30 AM
    Monday, September 21, 2009 5:43 PM
  • One thing to consider before doing both the MCSE and MCITP:EA - does your company plan on moving to Server 2008 in the near future?  If so, you might want to consider skipping the MCSE and focus on learning Server 2008 and Win7 i.e. work towards the MCITP:EA.  FWIW, much of what you learn in the Server 2008 courses is backwards compatible to Server 2003. 
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 6:30 AM
    Monday, September 21, 2009 5:46 PM
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  • Hey guys, starting down my path towards certification, thanks to some funding from work :)   I know that I want to take on one of the OS cert exams first so that I can get a feel for the testing itself and how the exams go. I will be going for my MCSE first and then upgrading to the MCITP:EA later this year.

    I wanted to let you guys know that currently my company works in XP and will upgrade to win7 probably within the next year to year and half.

    So with that info in mind, would it suit me better to take the 70-270 now and then take the 70-680(Win7 exam) as credit towards the MCITP:EA cert later on, or just go ahead and take the 70-620 exam which will count towards both MCSE and MCITP:EA?

    Thanks for any advice!

    Take both, you can use the 70-270 as the client exam requirement and then the 70-620 as the MCSE elective (plus it will count towards the MCITP: EA - bonus).
    You can always sit the 70-680 at a later date, but as for now it doesn't count towards the MCSE: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-680
    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    • Edited by KitKatNinja Monday, September 21, 2009 5:45 PM more info
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 6:30 AM
    Monday, September 21, 2009 5:43 PM
  • One thing to consider before doing both the MCSE and MCITP:EA - does your company plan on moving to Server 2008 in the near future?  If so, you might want to consider skipping the MCSE and focus on learning Server 2008 and Win7 i.e. work towards the MCITP:EA.  FWIW, much of what you learn in the Server 2008 courses is backwards compatible to Server 2003. 
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 6:30 AM
    Monday, September 21, 2009 5:46 PM
    Answerer
  • I guess taking the 70-620 would be the best then, since it kind of leaves more doors open on which path to take.   I believe we will be going to Server 2008 within the year, but as with everything in corporate, that could change 5 months from now.   The reason I looked to MCSE and not just skipping it, is that I've read and heard that it implements a different set of skills than MCITP, and still holds more weight to employers.
    Monday, September 21, 2009 6:08 PM
  • I guess taking the 70-620 would be the best then, since it kind of leaves more doors open on which path to take.   I believe we will be going to Server 2008 within the year, but as with everything in corporate, that could change 5 months from now.   The reason I looked to MCSE and not just skipping it, is that I've read and heard that it implements a different set of skills than MCITP, and still holds more weight to employers.

    It does :)  Saying that, why don't you do the MCSA (which is still very valuable) plus you can do the 2008 upgrades.
    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Monday, September 21, 2009 7:47 PM
  • It does :)  Saying that, why don't you do the MCSA (which is still very valuable) plus you can do the 2008 upgrades.

    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Sounds like a great idea. 
    Monday, September 21, 2009 7:55 PM
  • Hmm, the best thing would be to  just take the 70-620, that kinda puts you in the middle, with all options open.
    Monday, September 21, 2009 9:34 PM