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  • Blog Post: Start studying for 70-620

    If I do say so myself, this morning's cram session with Zach Niemann was great. Thanks for coming, all of you. Here's the link to the recording (one hour). I'd choose the "Microsoft Office Live Meeting Replay" version (the other one doesn't show me any slides). Start at minute 6 to hear from...
  • Blog Post: Cram for your exams with Microsoft Learning (it's on the house)

    We'll be hosting three Live Meeting 'cram for your exam' sessions to help new people get started. We've done this at TechEd before, and it seems like it goes really well. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: These are for people who have some familiarity with the underlying product (Vista, Active Directory, ...
  • Blog Post: Things that can be used as other things

    As of late last week, you can officially use exam 70-621 (upgrading from MCDST to MCITP) in place of 70-620 (Vista Configuring) anywhere it is allowed in a certification track. If you do not know what I’m talking about, then you do not care about this—don’t stress yourself out. You can tell it...
  • Blog Post: 70-620 is the new black.

    This is what I hear from my friend Slinky down the hall: 70-620: Microsoft Windows Vista, Configuring can, in fact, be used towards your :Messaging or :Security specializations for MCSA and MCSE on 2000 or 2003. The web team is adding it to all the related requirements pages. When those are updated,...
  • Blog Post: Get Rich Quick Scheme for MCDSTs

    Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technicians (MCDSTs) can use 70-621 (upgrade exam for MCDSTs) as credit for certs that ask for 70-620 . A quick recap of events to date: Originally we said exam 70-621 could not be used to fulfill requirements that asked for 70-620*. Many of you politely pointed out...
  • Blog Post: Vista exams; MCDST upgrade offer code

    This is not just in, but worth repeating: Vista exams 70-620 , 70-621 and 70-622 exams are all open for registration now at VUE and Prometric. Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technicians (MCDST) : your upgrade code to save 40% on 621 is DCAUPG For MCDSTs who find the above a bit terse for your...
  • Blog Post: Recording of the Vista/Exchange cert Live Meeting

    https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/lmevents/view?id=msft053007lm_AM&pw=ATT0909 NOTE: The section on Exchange starts at minute 28:21
  • Blog Post: Update: beta scores + transcript updates for Vista

    Getting lots of questions on these topics so here is an update for those of you who took the first beta of 71-621 or 71-622 and did NOT take the 2nd version: You have not gotten score reports because they are still in process. Lame, I know, but a fact. Remember how we said we would score those...
  • Blog Post: May 30: Vista and Exchange cert 101

    Reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday May 30, we are having Live Meetings on Vista and Exchange certifications--with updates on exam availability and related training (training kits, classroom training, e-learning, etc...). It will be a short and sweet intro to help you grok* the cert paths, then you can...
  • Blog Post: Vista/Exchange cert refresher

    Microsoft Windows Vista and Exchange 2007 Certification Review Live Meeting on May 30 We introduced our new certifications and roadmaps for Windows Vista and Exchange Server 2007 in January and February 2007, respectively. After most of the related exams for the new Microsoft Certified Technology...
  • Blog Post: news about MCDST-->Vista exam 70-621

    Two things: The info I have says 70-621 is still slated to go live on May 17, so in just a few weeks. I do not know anything more than you do about the beta results... In case any of you are wondering about the 40% discount on 70-621 for MCDSTs (we promoted this a while back, before the exam...
  • Blog Post: To be clear: 70-620 as MCSA/MCSE elective

    For both MCSA and MCSE 2000 and 2003, 70-620 ("Big Vista" exam) can be used to satisfy: core exam for client requirement OR general elective just not BOTH in the same track. In this post , I said that 620 can be used as a CLIENT ELECTIVE, but it is more accurate to say that it is one...
  • Blog Post: 71-621 and 71-623 (Vista Beta Exams) Invitations to Send on March 22

    Retake invite for 621 and re-registration invite for 623 are both scheduled to be sent out on March 22. The invitations will not be sent out broadly until 72 hours after that point so re-takers and re-registering peeps get a seat if desired. For the background on this, you can read this post . Please...
  • Blog Post: An update for those of you who took beta exam 71-621 and/or 71-622

    OK, so I finally have something new to add to the ongoing discussion about the Vista beta retakes . First of all, I am sorry it has taken us—that is the Microsoft Learning certification team—so long to work out how to make it right (or at least a little more right) for those of you who invested your...
  • Blog Post: Vista E-Learning 5103/5106 information for patient, good people Toby, Gary, and Megan

    YOU ASKED: I am trying to study for 70-621. There are no e-learning courses yet, but there are for 70-620 that say they are good for 70-621 also. Which collection, 5103, 5347, 5354 or 5360, would be the most beneficial for the 70-621. I can't afford all off them. ANSWER: The right course of action...
  • Blog Post: New Dates for Vista Professional-Series (MCITP) Exams

    Hi. New dates, below. For the background and info on the related beta exams, read the update to my last poast . I hope you guys know that we REALLY are not psyched about re-doing the betas... but we REALLY do want to produce good exams... so it has to be done. Thanks for your help and thanks for understanding...
  • Blog Post: What the Heck Happened to 71-623? (or, Update on Vista Exams)

    FEBRUARY 2: ADDED NEW DATES AND BETA INFO, BELOW. For those of you who were asking about the 623 beta, thanks for your patience. Here's what's up: basically, we need to take more time on the MCITP-level Vista exams to make sure they’re right on, so that is why 71-623 was put on hold and why your seats...
  • Blog Post: "May I use 70-620 as an MCSE elective?" and other FAQ about Vista cert exams

    This is going to be long and ugly, but hopefully functional. These questions came from the Vista live meeting in early December (find the recording on this page ). If I understand correctly you can use the 620 exam as a CLIENT elective instead of XP in MCSE/MCSA certification Yes, and this will...
  • Blog Post: Don't be alarmed; what you're experiencing is perfectly normal (or, news about Vista exam 71-620)

    If you are waiting for your exam results from 71-620, you're not the only one... unfortunately. Usually beta testers will get their results in advance of the exam going live , but in this case something funky happened and beta results are delayed. I'll poast on this when there is further news! Apologies...
  • Blog Post: Vista Exam 70-620 (TS: Microsoft Windows Vista, Configuring) is live

    Check it, you can register for 70-620 now. Here's the prep guide. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-620.mspx This is the core Vista exam (affectionately known as 'big vista') that, when passed, earns an Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification...which is the foundation...
  • Blog Post: Vista Exam 621 and 624 Prep Guides Live (finally!)

    621: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-621.mspx 624: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-624.mspx But not 620, or 623 yet. We're just trying to keep you on your toes...
  • Blog Post: Vista cert Live Meeting recording

    Something fun to report is that we had two Live Meetings yesterday on Vista certs. About 750 people dialed-in, which means at least 18 people were listening to the presentation... actually we had v. many questions, so we know lots of you were listening. Which is nice. Thanks for that. Here's the recording...
  • Blog Post: December 6 Vista Certification Live Meeting (and info re: MCDST to Vista)

    Reminder that tomorrow (Wednesday, December 6) we're hosting Live Meetings to show you the Vista certification paths and upgrade options... and Q&A with the certification product manager and the Office training portfolio manager (who knows what, when, and localization plan for our Office courseware...
  • Blog Post: Everyone's Panties Are In a Bunch: Vista Beta Exam 71-620

    The word on the street is that lots of people were disappointed about missing the beta for exam 70-620: Windows Vista, Configuring; the "big Vista" exam (in its beta state, the number is 71-620). We're sorry if you are one of those people--we'd love to have everyone interested get to participate but...
  • Blog Post: Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007 certifications preview (on MCP site)

    If you have access to the MCP site, you can check out some basics on the upcoming exams and certs that will map to Vista, Office, and Exchange ("will" map because they won't be available for a few months, yet). https://mcp.microsoft.com/mcp/preview.mspx
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