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Microsoft's Windows Vista Certification Exams

Despite all the recent news and hoopla about Windows Vista’s failure in the enterprise marketplace, it’s by no means the case that the response to Microsoft’s Windows Vista related certification exams has been completely nugatory. As of 10/27/2008, in fact, the total number of individuals who’ve earned the 70-620 TS: Configuring Windows Vista credential stands at 45,998. By interesting contrast, the total number of MCDST credentials stands at 49,936, even though that program has been available for three years longer (the first exam for the MCDST has been around since January, 2004).

In fact, Microsoft offers four more Vista exams for IT professionals , though no counts for those who’ve passed these exams are available as yet:

  • 70-621 Pro: Upgrading your MCDST Certification to MCITP Enterprise Support
  • 70-622 Pro: Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians
  • 70-632 Pro: Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Consumer Support Technicians
  • 70-624 TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops

Microsoft lets existing MCDSTs upgrade their credentials to an MCITP certification by taking only a single exam (60-221), offers two MCTS exams that relate to Windows Vista (70-620 and 70-624), and requires two exams (just like the MCDST) for those who seek MCITP certification on Vista. There’s a lot of interesting information lurking in these certs, and some definite value to be gained from earning them.

In my next series of Windows Vista Enterprise Desktop blogs, I’ll be looking at all five of these exams in some detail and report on their coverage and objectives, as well as pointing out some good study resources for those who might wish to pursue them.

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