Question on worth of exam 70-272

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by LeJon7881, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. LeJon7881

    LeJon7881 Guest

    I took the 70-271 exam last year july and past it. Is it worth spending money
    and passing the 70-272 exam right now. I know XP is going down this year so
    my question is how much value will it have? I would love to be MCDST but will
    that phase out in a couple of months for XP. Also does it expire?
    LeJon7881, Jun 18, 2009
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    John R Guest

    MCDST will not expire. It will become useless someday as more and more
    enterprise environments move to Vista and Windows 7. I think however, that
    MCDST will still have value for some time to come. There will always be
    shops that lag behind. Plus, if you get MCDST, you'll have a short upgrade
    path to MCITP:ES. It think it would show more growth on a resume to have
    both MCDST and MCITP:ES, even if the shop is not using XP any longer. It
    shows you've been 'in the game' longer.

    John R
    John R, Jun 19, 2009
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  3. LeJon7881

    LeJon7881 Guest

    That does make a lot fo sense. Thanks for your response. I will continue down
    that path.
    LeJon7881, Jun 19, 2009
  4. It should not expire. My instructor has an MCDST cert - but he passed it on
    Windows NT 4 or some old OS.

    So, I was assured that Vista and Windows 7 will not deminish our certs.
    G Mail Account, Sep 10, 2009
  5. Correct the =MCDST= (which was awarded on Windows 2000 and Windows XP -- I
    think the cert did not exist for NT4) will not expire.
    However, with regards to Vista and Windows 7 you were 'assured' with a false
    sense of perspective.

    The entire Microsoft Certification program was revamped four years ago, and
    all of those older "non-expiring" certifications (e.g. MCSA, MCSE, MCAD,
    MCSD, MCDST) are now in the process of being phased out (albeit still
    recognized in perpetuity as originally promised) -- and as noted by LeJon,
    in the near future will no longer be achievable (as the remaining exams
    supporting them are retired).

    However, currently there are no announced retirement dates for the Windows
    XP or Windows Server 2003 exams, and generally the retirements are announced
    at least a year in advance, so I'd expect those exams to be around for at
    least another 12-18 months -- but history is never a guarantee.

    The new certifications, MCTS, MCITP, MCPD have entirely different standards,
    and the new equivalent of the old MCDST (MCITP: Enterprise Support
    Technician) may or may not have expirations associated with it as the
    underlying exams (MCTS: Vista or MCTS: Windows 7 are expired).

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)

    MS WSUS Website:
    My MVP Profile:
    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], Sep 11, 2009
  6. LeJon7881

    John R Guest

    I don't recall MCDST ever being offered on Windows 2000, although I
    *certainly* don't know everything (note, that is said with humility, not
    arrogance). The only requirements I've ever seen for it are exams 271 and
    272 which are both XP based. My certifications efforts however only go back
    to 2004 when my company began to require certifications.

    John R.
    John R, Sep 11, 2009
  7. Lawrence Garvin [MVP], Sep 11, 2009
  8. Thanks for that.

    I was worried when Vista started to roll out; err what can one do but jump
    through Microsofts hoops?

    But I'd like to earn some money from all my hard work.

    But one very serious logical conclusion, will we still be allowed to use out
    hard-earned Logos or MCDST status in our stationaries and company adverts?

    Will MS warn us not to use these anymore?

    G Mail Account, Sep 11, 2009
  9. Absolutely. MCDST is one of the "legacy" certifications that is

    Only the newer MCTS/MCITP/MCPD are carrying the thread of continuing
    certification requirements.

    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)

    MS WSUS Website:
    My MVP Profile:
    Lawrence Garvin [MVP], Sep 11, 2009
  10. Thats great to hear!

    Thanks for your info.

    I'll be looking at MCITP next year...then? When Win7 become meanstream?

    Thanks again.
    G Mail Account, Sep 12, 2009
  11. LeJon7881

    kgutliut Guest

    Your certification never expired but outdated.

    kgutliut, Sep 14, 2009
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    Drewby Guest

    I am studying for exams at home through a learning college. I gonna be taking
    the 70-271 and 70-272 exams. in what ways did you study 4 your exams? thanks,
    i have just joind the news group and i am un familiar with it. I am just
    taking my lad football but will return by 8p.m thankyou kindly.
    Drewby, May 27, 2010
  13. LeJon7881

    John R Guest

    Well, MS Press does offer training material that in my opinion is very good
    for these exams. There are other vendors that offer material as well.
    However, I think most of us studied for these exams by actually using,
    supporting, and administering XP and Office for some period of time in
    enterprise environments.

    John R.
    John R, May 28, 2010
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