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    Default 70-685 or 70-686 question?

    Hi, I passed the 70-680 exam which is part of the Microsoft Win7 MCSA certification, the other being 70-685 (Win7 Enterprise Support Technician).




    However, I am looking at the 70-686 exam now (Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Admin). I am confused though, if I studied for and pass the 70-686, would there be any point in taking the 70-685 exam?

    Also, I am looking at the books:
    Microsoft Self-Paced Training Kit (70-686), and Windows 7 Desktop Support and Administration (Darril Gibson) on Amazon. Some people gave them average reviews, does anyone have experience using these resources?







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    Marc





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    I thought to myself the same things about 70-685 at first, but go with 70-686. If you do, you'll get MCSA and MCITP. If you just take 70-685, you don't get MCITP I believe. The reason you want MCITP for Windows 7 is that you can take 1 exam after that 70-417 to upgrade to an MCSA: Windows Server 2012.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcIT View Post
    Hi, I passed the 70-680 exam which is part of the Microsoft Win7 MCSA certification, the other being 70-685 (Win7 Enterprise Support Technician).




    However, I am looking at the 70-686 exam now (Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Admin). I am confused though, if I studied for and pass the 70-686, would there be any point in taking the 70-685 exam?

    Also, I am looking at the books:
    Microsoft Self-Paced Training Kit (70-686), and Windows 7 Desktop Support and Administration (Darril Gibson) on Amazon. Some people gave them average reviews, does anyone have experience using these resources?







    Thanks,
    Marc





    Hi MarcIT, to answer your question , it depends on what path you want to take, for instance if you go for the 70-686 you will get an mcse win 7 and you can also go for the upgrade path for server2012 by doing the 70-417 exam and then be certified as mcsa server 2012. you can then go on and do the 70-416 and 70 415 and attain the MCSE desktop infrastructure credential. The 70-686 gives you that option but if you went with 70-685 instead then the only upgrade option available is the mcsa win 8 by doing the 70-689 course. So if you went with the 70-685 you would then have to do the 70-410, 70 -411 and 70-412 before you could do the 70-415 and 70416 to get mcse desktop infrastructure certification. It all depends on what path you want to take.
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