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    Default from nothing to MCSE - how long did it take you

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    Starting tward an MCSE and wondering what type of timeline I am looking at.

    Obviously it will depend on study habits, job, family, time off...just curious how long it took you to do it - or if you are working on it how long you expect it to take...and how long for each test.
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    I started out with 2 W2K exams (W2K pro and server) to my credit from years ago, along with A+ and Network+. From there, I took the MCSA 2K exam April 24. Probably took me about 2 weeks to study. Upgraded to MCSA 2K3 May 3rd. Took the 2 remaining required exams for MCSE June 6th, 19th and 26th. The gap in May was for my attempt in Security+, which I then put on hold to take advantage of MS's retake promo, which I ended up not having to take advantage of after all.

    So, I'd say it took me 3-4 months with constant study if you consider the early stuff several years ago. Phones at work were slow, so much of the time my nose was in a study book.
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    Hi

    I took 2.5 months for all 7 exams to achieve MCSE. It would have taken me longer if not for the second shot offer. I sat 2 exam's alot sooner that expected but I wanted to try them before the offer expired. Thankfully I passed them. Good luck to you.
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    I did my MCSE in 5 months.
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    Well, my exam rate is 2 exams per month (each 15 days)... I'm on the 5th month and 2 exams to go... but I'll make it 3 for Messaging
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    Do you all work as well? :S

    I'd love to be able to take exams so quickly, but with working full time plus doing plenty overtime i'm often too tired when I get home.

    It takes me a good month to read one of the MS books from cover to cover.
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    Yeh its tough. I work full time, wife two kids. I was a zombie around the house for a couple of months.
    Do you all work as well? :S
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    I work too,

    Just trying to read at least a chapter per day of my study book...
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    Took me about 8 months to do all of my MCSE.
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    Gotcha all beat (so far). I got my MCP back in 1999 on NT4. Took a couple of exams in 2001 (70-210 and 70-215). Got my CCNA in 2003. Got my Sec+ a few weeks ago. Taking Net+ tomorrow, then on to 70-218 to finish up MCSA 2K, then 70-292 to finish up MCSA 2K3, and finally planning on 70-350 in Jan 07 to get the MCSA+Security designation on both tracks.

    So let's see, that will be over 7 years and still no MCSE...
    Obviously, I never got into the "Cert Race" but I do see their value and I look forward to completing this plan of action. Good luck to you!
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    From nothing I got...
    A+, Dec. 03
    Net+, Dec. 03
    MCP, Feb. 04
    Security+, sometime in Spring 04
    MCSA, sometime in Summer 04
    MCSE:Security Feb. 05
    MCDST, Feb. 05
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    Quote Originally Posted by SRTMCSE
    From nothing I got...
    A+, Dec. 03
    Net+, Dec. 03
    MCP, Feb. 04
    Security+, sometime in Spring 04
    MCSA, sometime in Summer 04
    MCSE:Security Feb. 05
    MCDST, Feb. 05
    How many years working experiance?
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    7 Weeks. I was working for a Microsoft Certified training company back in the 90s and they had a big contract to teach SQL Server Administration and Programming classes to a client. I knew SQL Server but in order to teach the MS certified classes you had to be an MCSE and also be certified in SQL Server. I had 7 weeks in order to take the Networking Essentials, NT Server, NT Workstation, NT Enterprise, SQL Server Admin and SQL Server programming exams. I studied day and night. Fortunately they freed up my schedule and I didn't have to teach in the meantime. So I got my MCSE in NT 4 in 7 Weeks.
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    Jeeeeez........ nice
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    It took me almost 13 months to complete it.
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    [quote="LukeQuake"]
    Quote Originally Posted by SRTMCSE
    From nothing I got...
    A+, Dec. 03
    Net+, Dec. 03
    MCP, Feb. 04
    Security+, sometime in Spring 04
    MCSA, sometime in Summer 04
    MCSE:Security Feb. 05
    MCDST, Feb. 05
    Question... why the heck would you want/need to get a MCDST after you accomplished a MCSE?
    i don't understand at all
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    [quote="iloco808"]
    Quote Originally Posted by LukeQuake
    Quote Originally Posted by SRTMCSE
    From nothing I got...
    A+, Dec. 03
    Net+, Dec. 03
    MCP, Feb. 04
    Security+, sometime in Spring 04
    MCSA, sometime in Summer 04
    MCSE:Security Feb. 05
    MCDST, Feb. 05
    Question... why the heck would you want/need to get a MCDST after you accomplished a MCSE?
    i don't understand at all
    I don't know, but I plan on getting MCDST after I get my MCSA...
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    A+ 2002
    Network+ 2003
    70-270 May 2005
    70-290 July 2006

    I am a bit of a slow coach compard to others but I am aiming for MCSE by end of 2006, 5 exams to go!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockstar81
    A+ 2002
    Network+ 2003
    70-270 May 2005
    70-290 July 2006

    I am a bit of a slow coach compard to others but I am aiming for MCSE by end of 2006, 5 exams to go!
    How much of the gap between each cert/exam was studying? Did 70-290 take so long after 70-270 because of other committments? Or because it was a difficult exam?
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    I should have taken the 290 exam in sept 05 however I got side tracked and even thought about leaving IT as my job at that time was becoming very stressfull. IMO the microsoft exams can be passed 6 weeks each or less if you have the resources.
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    I got the bug to Cert up in May. Since then have sat for both A+, Net +, and about to sit for 70-290 in next week or 2 tops and then 70-291 by September. Once Summer is over and kids back in school I plan to finish out by the end of the year for MCSE.
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