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    Default MCSA in 6 months doable?

    I just a got a new job and I have to get my MCSA, Security+, and Network+ in 6 months or else I loss my job. I've been there for about 6 weeks now, and I passed the Security+, and I am taking the Network+ next weekend. Then I am gonna start with 70-270 exam. Is it possible to get all of these certifications in just six months?
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    It's a function of what you already know and how much time you can dedicate to studying.

    That being said, it's definitely doable.
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    I have to agree. A MCSA Cert in 6 months can definately be done.
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    What sort of experience do you have? There's a lot of overlap between 270 and 290, so that pretty much leaves 291 as the big one. One exam per month isn't too bad.
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    It's definitely do-able if your dedicated (I guess losing your job would of course be a motivator ). Experience of course would be a huge help but you can do it regardless. Plan on studying virtually every day and having less of a social life Good luck!
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    I started at the beginning of December. Got my A+, Network+, 70-270, and 70-290 in 3 months. It's definitely possible!
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    Yeap that's very do-able. I completed my MCSE in 5 1/2 months. The one thing you will need to do is get in plenty of practise. Realistically this means getting a home lab set up. The chance of you encountering enough of the right sort of situations to prepare you for MCSA in a work environment is slim, and its even slimmer if you're hoping to be the one dealing with them.
    Grab yourself a spare PC and stick Server 2003 on it and have a play. Its by far the best way of learning
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    Lighten your load buddy, dont do 70-270 and do 70-620 which is much easier and applies toward your MCSA.
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    I did my MCSA in a year with distractions in between....if you study at a steady pace, you can definitely do the MCSA in a year
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    Sure, but what are you going to do with the other 4 months?

    It just depends on your experience and the amount of quality time you can dedicate to studying. If you have been working with XP/2003/Vista for a few years in a corporate environment it should be no problem for you to study up to get into exam shape and pass the tests. If this is relatively new to you, then expect to spend a lot of time in the lab or hitting the books. Since your employer is requiring you to get certified, is he providing time and resources to prepare for the exams?
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    I believe that it is doable. You would really have to dig in there, but yes, I believe that it can be done.
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    Yeah, you can do it. Skip the XP exam and do Vista instead.
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    Total time for me in the MCSA path so far is 4-5 months total ( 291 is this week). The holidays and work have gotten me behind my scheduled timeframe. I would say that it is very doable, especailly if normal "life" doesn't get in the way of studying, as in job, family, gaming, pimping, and such.... LOL.

    If your experience is in a vast amount, this should be an easy task. The main thing would be if you can retain the info learned/tested on in that short amount of time if your experience is limited.
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    Cool Nothing like a threat!

    With motivation like that what choice do you have.

    Are they paying for the certifications?


    I wish I would get a threat like that. I might just get off my Ass.

    Study for 291 vs. GTA IV

    GTA IV seems to always win.
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    Assuming I pass the 70-291 this month I will have earned A+, Net+, MCDST, CCNA and the MCSA 2K3 in 7 mos.

    I was of course, unemployed for 5 of those months but I would still say it's doable.
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    Thanks everyone for all of your input. I feel pretty confident about how getting MCSA. I just found out that I can use my Security+ to fulfill my elective requirement, so that's one less exam that I need to take.

    I little bit about my background, I have a BS in information systems, I've passed the CISSP exam (which was a major beast that I never want to have to go through again) and I am currently waiting to fulfill the experience requirement, I've been working with Server 2003 and Active Directory for the past 3.5 to 4 years; and I have server 2003 running in vmware.

    I have to take the 70-270 exam in order to get reimbursed for the exam, since we don't run vista and no desire to run it.
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    Dude, why'd you even bother asking? You have it in the bag for sure
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    Default I did it today

    I started my first course in October of 2008 and I finsihed the 291 one today to be come a MCSA. Less than 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsddaemon0 View Post
    Yeah, you can do it. Skip the XP exam and do Vista instead.
    I kind of wonder about this. I have heard other people say it is better to go with 620 as well. But I dont see ANY Vista boxes at any place I have worked at since Vista debuted. Okay one or two places had Vista running on a laptop or a GX270 over in the corner of the IT room. But you go out in the cubicles and you see more Macs than Vista boxes.
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    It's advised mostly because it meets an MCSE and MCITP requirement at the same time and also because it is an easier exam (I've taken both, it is definitely much easier). Taking the 720 will go far in preparing you for the 290. Taking the 620 is just kind of the odd one at as there isn't too much that is relative to a domain environment. But saving money on exams is a good thing. Just study hard to make up for it.
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    I passed my network+ exam on Saturday, and I am going to be starting on the Microsoft certs, and I am looking into buying these questions, and I am wondering if they are a good buy or not. I've heard for the 70-270 exam its best just to start taking practice exams; vs. spending time studying.

    MCSE Test 70-290 70-291 70-284 12n1 EXAM QA PDF+SIM+LAB - eBay (item 280312869298 end time Mar-14-09 16:45:04 PDT)
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    I would say the opposite. I drove myself nuts with practice exams for months. constantly second guessing stuff and running in cirlces re-studying stuff that I was flunking on practice exams. When I took the 70-270 I just approached each question logically and got a good (not great) score. If you just practice tests how will you learn the core material?
    OTOH the Microsoft press book for 70-270 is about 1400 pages? Well its as thick as my other MSP book thats 1500 pages but it doesnt have sequential page numbers. Maybe get the Sybex book and an exam cram book?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Shadow View Post
    I passed my network+ exam on Saturday, and I am going to be starting on the Microsoft certs, and I am looking into buying these questions, and I am wondering if they are a good buy or not.
    MCSE Test 70-290 70-291 70-284 12n1 EXAM QA PDF+SIM+LAB - eBay (item 280312869298 end time Mar-14-09 16:45:04 PDT)
    No, they aren't. These are likely to be dumps which wont do you any favours at all. Memorising a bunch of Q's and A's is a waste of time, understanding the material is key.

    I'd go for the MS Press/Sybex book (see each forum for the best recommendations) plus CBT Nuggets (if you can afford them) and use a respected testing software vendor such as Transcender.

    Good luck with the MS exams!
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    I agree with bertieb, that is likely a brain dump.

    Unless you have many years experience, practice exams alone are not going to be enough. I always recommend multiple study resources. Get a book (MS Press and Syngress are great), go through the Technotes, setup a lab and go through the exercises in the book, then finally go through some practice questions to see your weak areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Shadow View Post
    I have to take the 70-270 exam in order to get reimbursed for the exam, since we don't run vista and no desire to run it.
    I'd still do 620 out of your own pocket. You're talking $125, plus prep material.

    Since it gains you MCTS certification, along with giving you a leg up on MCITP, I think it's worth spending your own money on it instead of bothering with the XP exam. The small price in $ you pay is worth more to you for your career, IMO.
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