70-621 to count as credit for 70-620

alharlandalharland Member Posts: 35 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hey Guys,

I just read this and thought it would be of interest to some of you. I have already posted this in the Vista forum, but I guess it should really be here too, so I'm posting it again.
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 that, in this case, the policy doesn't make great sense**.
Cert team reevaluated based on your feedback; we will accept*** 70-621 for certifications that list 70-620 as an elective or requirement.
I think that is good news for 34,243 of you. Don't forget you can use the MCDST 40% discount on 621.

Your friend,


* For example: MCSE on Windows Server 2003 or MCSA on Windows Server 2000 or the yet-to-be-released MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008.

** When you pass 70-621 you earn MCITP: Enterprise Support and MCTS: Vista. Passing 70-620 earns MCTS: Vista. By transitive property (?) we could equate the skill sets demonstrated by 70-621 and 70-620.

*** This will apply retroactively, whenever we get all of our rules and systems up to date. We still need to analyze what this means to all of the related decision trees and business rules (and your transcripts), make updates to online requirements and info, and get our Regional Service Centers up to date in order for this to be all formalized and officialized. It will take a while to get all of the bits checked off, but I know many of you are wondering about this--we wanted to give you a heads up to help your planning. Thank you for your good points and questions; it helps us make better decisions.

This poast is dedicated to Bill Holiday.

Published Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:17 PM by trikah@microsoft.com
Filed under: vista, MCDST

I hope this can help some of you out, and save you a little money and a lot of time.


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