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flowergrrl
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« on: October 25, 2004, 06:02:44 AM »

Hi everyone,

I'm flowergrrl and I'm new to the board. I'm an American expat living in Zurich, Switzerland.  Nice to be here.

Would anyone know anything about the MCDST certification. I've found a page on the Microsoft website and this seems to be fairly new:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcdst/requirements.asp

Best regards,
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2004, 09:02:18 AM »

Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician
Microsoft‘«÷s newest credential is also its lowest-level multi-exam cert. MCDST has a narrow focus‘«Ųnamely, Windows XP and key desktop applications. But Microsoft hopes it also has broad appeal, and it serves a large population of help-desk, technical-support and entry-level IT staffers. Only two exams are required for MCDST: #70-271, Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating Systems, and #70-272, Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Applications on a Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System Platform. For more information, visit http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/mcdst.

Test Yourself on Exam #70-271: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Windows Desktop Operating Systems

http://www.certmag.com/articles/templates/cmag_sg_test.asp?articleid=631&zoneid=72
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2004, 09:58:59 AM »

Hi Supertech,

Thanks for the reply. Yep, I figured it was the lowest level. I think that's where I need to start. I would like to get the MCSE but I don't think I'm ready for that yet.  I have thought about taking an online practice test for the MCSE just to be sure.

I'm in the middle of a "life switch".  I was a journalist back in the States. I got married and moved here to Switzerland with my Swiss husband. I teach English as a second language but that's not what I want to do for the rest of my life.  I had always been interested in the MCSE but kept thinking to myself "there's nooooo waaay I could pass that test".

I grew up around computers (my first computer was a Commodore 64 and I was in the first class of my school system to use computers. I'm 34 now:-)). My older sister would even take me to college with her while my parents were at work so I could play with the IBM punch card system in the computer lab.  

I've basically been the "tech support" for my friends, family, and various volunteer organizations for as long as I can remember. That's why I figured I should start with the MCDST first.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2004, 10:01:43 AM »

Uh, why did "college" come up linked?  I didn't do that.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2004, 10:08:42 AM »

Check out http://www.certmag.com for some good resources.

Don't worry about the links.  It's something that just happens here on EN.  I think it is some sort of money making ploy by the webmaster...

Best of luck.:cool:
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