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    Default MCSA: Windows 8 vs. Windows 7

    Struggling with this decision. I want something that makes sense and should be relevant for the next 3yrs or so.

    In my opinion, Windows 7 is really starting to be fully adopted in enterprise environments. And should stay relevant for a while.

    There are a ton of well reviewed Win 7 materials out there. Most Win 8 stuff won't be out till mid-late summer. I'd like to get working now on my next cert. I can always take the upgrade exam when I want to bump it up.

    Thoughts? I JUST passed my A+ (800 series) and I'm not sure what path I want to take but this seems to be the natural progression besides the N+.

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    Windows 7 is a good pick. It and Server 2008 R2 are going to be mainstays for the next few years. Particularly this early in your career, you're unlikely to get involved in implementing the brand new stuff. My strong recommendation is if you want to go down a systems path, focus on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, and upgrade to 8/2012 later.
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    Completely agree with the post above, I would recommend studying towards a MCSA in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, you can then upgrade when the time is right when companies begin to adopt Windows 8 and 2012. Network + is quite good to study at your level.

    I can speak from experience because after completing my A+ I went for the Network, Server then MCSA, I am close to my 2008 MCSA.
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    I had the same thoughts until I picked up a Windows 8 book. If you can get past the initial first impressions (I admit it is hard to do!), you are looking at the same Windows 7 technologies -- and in many instances, the technology is even better. Windows 8 has some new features that you're sure to see in Windows 9 (or whatever it is called).

    But I otherwise agree with the group thought that Windows 7 will be around for a long time to come.
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    Thanks guys. I'm actually studying for Net+ at the moment, its been slow going, so I may not finish/certify till Spring. If there isnt enough Win 8 material out, I'll go for Win 7. Thanks.
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    Hello guys. I need the same advice. I am going to take time off from work and I am not really sure if I have to go for a MCSA Win 7 / MCSA 2008 or MCSA Win 8 / MCSA 2012. Can somebody give me a hint if I am starting just know. What should I take into account. Regards.
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    Just do the MCSA Windows 7. You can upgrade to MCSA Windows 8 with a single exam later.
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    Windows 8 is like an updated Windows 7 with some new features and enhancements. And then RUINED with the god awful Metro interface, but that's a discussion for another thread...

    If you are proficient with Windows 8 configuring, management, and deployment, and are able to obtain the MCSA: Windows 8 cert, then I think it would be safe to say that you would be proficient with Windows 7 as well.

    If your goal was to minimize study time and the amount of exams you were to take, I don't think it would hurt you to skip the Windows 7 stuff and go straight for the new Windows 8 cert. Likewise for Server 2012.

    But that's only if you are interested in learning Windows 8 and navigating/fighting with Metro. (shoot me!)
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    I say get the 70-687 & 70-688

    a) it makes you look like your are not scared of tomorrow technology
    b) it will be assumed that you know windows 7 (the only difference is the new UI, File History and Storage Spaces from the old Home Server )
    c) I would rather take two exams instead of three. It would cost more time, money and engery
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    I do not see it as being 'scared' of the latest technology, but rather too new into IT.

    Windows7 is here for a while and enterprise solutions are not going to throw out W7 so quickly to jump into Windows8, particularly since many have just updated to W7.

    As far as the 'two exams is better than three' an IT professional can expect to take a number of exams over their career. No reason not to take the Window7 and in a little while take the update...looks like you are staying current rather than just beginning.
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    'i' before 'e' except after 'c'.... weird?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plantwiz View Post
    I do not see it as being 'scared' of the latest technology, but rather too new into IT.

    Windows7 is here for a while and enterprise solutions are not going to throw out W7 so quickly to jump into Windows8, particularly since many have just updated to W7.

    As far as the 'two exams is better than three' an IT professional can expect to take a number of exams over their career. No reason not to take the Window7 and in a little while take the update...looks like you are staying current rather than just beginning.
    Grammar nobody has time for that !
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