Does my MCDST cert. qualify for an MCSE elective?

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by Aaron Rykhus, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. Aaron Rykhus

    Aaron Rykhus Guest

    I'm just getting started on my MCSE and I'm looking for a little direction.
    I just passed my MCDST and I'm wondering if that will qualify for any exams
    for the MCSE.

    According to the MCSA on Window Server 2003 page you can
    use your MCDST toward an elective, that's nice.

    But on the MCSE site it says under "As an alternative to the electives...may
    be substituted " section it says MCSA on Microsoft Windows 2000 but not

    Does anyone know if the MCSA on Windows Server 2003 may be substituted as an
    elective on MCSE?

    The reason I'm asking these questions is that I don't want to take any more
    exams than I have to.

    Aaron Rykhus, Nov 9, 2006
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  2. Aaron Rykhus

    Montreal MCT Guest

    Hi Aaron,

    It does only in a roundabout way.

    Firstly you should realize that being an MCDST qualifies more under
    administration than under the other. MCSE requires higher base skills than
    does MCSA.

    However since it does count as an elective to MCSA, follow that path. If
    you get your MCSA (70-270, 70-290, 70-291, +1 elective) then you are only
    three exams away from your MCSE (70-293, 70-294, + 1 design).

    Hope this helps!


    MDG, MCT
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    Montreal MCT, Nov 13, 2006
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  3. Aaron Rykhus

    Aaron Rykhus Guest

    Hi Montreal,

    Thanks for the info. That does help. My plan is to have the MCSA in one
    year, then my MCSE the year after that. Do you think that's taking too long
    or is that a reasonable plan?

    Aaron Rykhus, Nov 14, 2006
  4. Aaron Rykhus

    Neil Guest

    If I can speak for Montreal for a moment, you should take as long as you
    need. Sure I am a fan of deadlines, but book the exam when you feel you are
    prepared for the exams. That is an unpredictable timeline, but it is the
    right one for you. THe key is to LEARN the product, not the tests.

    Here are my questions to you. Will you be prepared to complete teh MCSA in
    one year? Will you be able to complete the MCSE the following year? What is
    your expereince like?

    The exmas will actually get easier as you get going as you will find
    yourself in study mode and you will learn at a quicker pace. You will also
    see that there are times when some of the material will overlap or at least
    compliment each other. And before the nitpickers claim NDA violations, you
    can see that they overlap from the prep guides. Certain technologies also
    overlap, but that's a different discussion. Just ask an old Exchange 5.5
    guy about sites, the KCC and why AD is a rip-off <g>.

    Good luck from another Canadian (though not from Montreal) MCT

    The InterNeil MCNGP Triple X
    PotD 10/23/2006, 11/10/2006

    - Too much of a good thing is wonderful. - Mae West
    Neil, Nov 14, 2006
  5. Aaron Rykhus

    Montreal MCT Guest

    Montreal MCT, Nov 14, 2006
  6. Aaron Rykhus

    Neil Guest

    What I say?

    The InterNeil MCNGP Triple X
    PotD 10/23/2006, 11/10/2006

    - Help Wanted: Telepath. You know where to apply.
    Neil, Nov 14, 2006
  7. Aaron Rykhus

    Kline Sphere Guest

    ...what he said.
    what you say?

    Kline Sphere (Chalk) MCNGP #3
    Kline Sphere, Nov 14, 2006
  8. Aaron Rykhus

    Neil Guest


    The InterNeil MCNGP Triple X
    PotD 10/23/2006, 11/10/2006

    - Charity begins at home, and mostly ends where it begins.
    Neil, Nov 15, 2006
  9. Aaron Rykhus

    Lasher Guest

    No, but an MCNGP cert is > MCDST.
    Lasher, Nov 17, 2006
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