MCDST --> MCSA Requirements

Discussion in 'MCSA' started by Joe Gigliotti, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. To become a MCDST I took exam 70-270 and 70-271. I am currently on my first
    exam to become an MCSA (Exam 70-290). If I am reading all the requirements
    correctly, I only need to take one more exam (Exam 70-291) to gain this

    Under 'Core Exams: Networking System', it stats that I have to take both
    Exam 70-290 and 70-291. Under 'Core Exams: Client Operaing System', it states
    that I need to take 1 of the 2 exams. One of those exams is 70-270, which I
    previously took to gain my MCDST certification so that mean I shouldnt have
    to take that correct. Also, under Elective Exams, it says that the MCDST can
    be used as an elective.

    Someone please tell me if I am readying this correctly since only taking 1
    more exam to become an MCSA seems sort of...well....simple. Thanks!
    Joe Gigliotti, Jul 12, 2006
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  2. Joe Gigliotti

    Dennis Guest

    From what I understand from the Microsoft website and from contacting them
    about a similar issue, to get your MCDST you need to pass 70-271 and 70-272.

    For MCSA you need 70-270, 70-290, 70-291 plus one elective which include:
    089, 227, 228, 284, 299, 350, or 431.

    Hope that helps
    Dennis, Jul 12, 2006
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    Marek Chmel Guest

    Instead of elective you can use MSDST, A+, Network+, Server+ or
    Security+ as it is written on MS web.

    Marek Chmel, Jul 12, 2006
  4. Joe Gigliotti

    AJR Guest

    Dennis is corrected - 70-270 is also required in addition to 70-290 and
    7-291. The exam 70-272 -"Supporting Users....on a Microsoft Windows XP OS"
    from MCDST does not substitute for 70-270 "Installing, Configuring...XP
    Professional" - MCSA..
    AJR, Jul 12, 2006
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    Garth H Guest

    You're spot on.

    According to the requirements page

    MCDST counts as an elective.

    That said, don't think for one second that it is an "easy" cert. Even if
    you think 70-290 is "easy", 70-291 will still be a challenge as it
    really forces you to think about networking the Microsoft Way, versus
    networking in most production environments.

    Good Luck!!
    Garth H, Jul 12, 2006
  6. Joe Gigliotti

    Dennis Guest

    The worst part is that I found 290 harder than 291... I guess after failing
    290 a few times I realized I better know my crap before going into the
    exam... God bless the Second Shot free.
    Dennis, Jul 13, 2006
  7. You need to take 70-272 and 70-291. Good Luck!
    Adrian Mereanu, Jul 14, 2006
  8. Joe Gigliotti

    Garth H Guest

    Did you use and exam sims to see if you were ready, or did you just go
    in thinking you were good to go?
    Garth H, Jul 15, 2006
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