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MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7 - how easy is this without prev experience? Best course?

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  • Hi - The company I work in does not run Windows 7, our desktops are on XP (altough most units are thin client running off a terminal server 2008 farm) which I have a lot of experience in so I could try and do the MCDST.  However I want something that will be of use if I change company and am not sure if it is better to start with the newer coure as above.  I have never used Windows 7 but am thinking of geting a laptop with Windows 7 but I do not know whether if I then went on to try and do the the enterprise administrator courses, not being exposed to it in a working environment would be a problem.  With no formal qualifications though I may be best just focusing on the Support technician course for now and worrying about the rest later.  Currently working helpdesk but covering and resolving a wide range of calls, would like to move up but thought this course would be a good lace to start getting myself certified. Any advice would be appreciated.

     

    Many Thanks

     

    PJ

    Sunday, July 04, 2010 11:11 AM

Answers

  • Hi PJ,

    Yes you can go for MCITP certification on Windows 7 because Windows 7 is the latest technology or OS introduced by Microsoft. As you know Windows 7 is the upcoming and latest , the companies are looking for skilled professionals with the most latest technology not the older one.

    You need to give two exams for MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

    Exam 70-680

    Exam 70-685

    For further information , click on the below link.

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

    If you don't have formal education \qualification , i mean to say the degree\ graduation if i am not wrong.....then i would suggest you to complete the graduation in any stream simultaneously along with the above MCITP certification because companies first look for the degree then comes the certification......

    Later you can go for MCITP : Server Administrator or Enterprise Administrator certification.......but make sure you are aware of basic networking and windows concepts.........

    All the best for your future....

    Please revert for any clarifications......

    Regards,

    Tech_scorpio


    Monday, July 05, 2010 1:33 PM

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  • Hi PJ,

    Yes you can go for MCITP certification on Windows 7 because Windows 7 is the latest technology or OS introduced by Microsoft. As you know Windows 7 is the upcoming and latest , the companies are looking for skilled professionals with the most latest technology not the older one.

    You need to give two exams for MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

    Exam 70-680

    Exam 70-685

    For further information , click on the below link.

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

    If you don't have formal education \qualification , i mean to say the degree\ graduation if i am not wrong.....then i would suggest you to complete the graduation in any stream simultaneously along with the above MCITP certification because companies first look for the degree then comes the certification......

    Later you can go for MCITP : Server Administrator or Enterprise Administrator certification.......but make sure you are aware of basic networking and windows concepts.........

    All the best for your future....

    Please revert for any clarifications......

    Regards,

    Tech_scorpio


    Monday, July 05, 2010 1:33 PM
  • Hi Tech_scorpio

     

    Thanks a lot for your advice, I am going to go ahead with the Windows 7 qualifications.  I do have a degree but its in Psychology not IT which is a shame as that is what my career is in.  As I work full time and am in my 30's it is going to take to long to get another degree but am going to start with MCITP stuff as it at least gives me some credidation.  Just need to get the books and start ploughing through.

     

    Thanks again

     

    PJ

    Wednesday, July 07, 2010 6:05 PM
  • Hi PJ:

     

    As I was reading your posting here regarding the Windows 7 certification, I would still look into getting a degree or a diploma in Computer Science or Information Technology if that is your main career objective?? I totally understand giving up a full-time position can be difficult and being 30 is not that old plus you can also look into getting your diploma/degree on a part-time or distance education, if you don't want to give up your full-time status, I am in similar position myself working full-time 33-35 hrs a week plus going to school on a part-time basis can be challenge, I was doing the cisco stuff (Cisco Networking Academy) and CCNP must difficult than CCENT/CCNA, I am planning to take the MCDST and the MCITP (Windows 7) certs maybe later on this year to better understand the microsoft products, my main job is in Retail (electronics) but I do can questions regarding about computers and Windows related questions, I also on occassion do some computer related jobs. I hope my posting helps answer some questions regarding pursuing the educational part, if again that is your main goal making career  decision can be tough maybe getting help from a trusted friend can help or start a pro's and con's list what you like and dislike about your job. Cause when you get older its just gets more tougher job obligations , time line, saving for retirements etc.. I myself have my A+, Network+, CCNA Knowledge and a PC Support Specialist Diploma which isn't really recognized by any employer in my area?? choosing a good college or skills training centre can make the difference. I hope this helps best of luck

     

    Dan

    Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:02 PM
  • I would recommend to start working on a Microsoft certification. I understand your degree is in a nonIT field (so is mine and I went for it after I started working on the IT field). A few companies will still require a degree on a computer science related field, but most companies will pay more attention to the experience along with current certifications. If you have more hands on experience with workstations (even if it is XP) than you do with servers, go for the Windows 7 path. If you want to familiarize yourself more with windows 7, Microsoft offers free virtual labs, so maybe they have them on windows 7 as well.

     

    cp

    Friday, July 16, 2010 4:19 AM
  • What I am finding in my own case is three fold. 1. it is always best to stay AHEAD of current company trends. Ie. if they are still using XP / Vista then get Windows 7.  2. Additional Certification NEVER Hurts.  3. Getting additional certification and knowledge is never as valuable to your current company as it is to others out there.

    Many times I have seen a person gain 3-4 new certifications and their company say 'Oh well. This is the pay scale tough' and another company say 'here is 10,000+ more for your certification'

    Wednesday, December 08, 2010 1:15 PM
  • hi ,

    How about a training guide for

    Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

    I know there is allot out there, your preference?

    Tuesday, January 03, 2012 3:13 PM
  • Thank you so much  Tech_scorpio. You made my day
    Friday, January 06, 2012 4:27 PM