Beta Testing of Desktop OS Exam 70-271 Nov. 3
New exam for MCDST gets beta tested from Nov. 3 through Nov. 10.
Just announced weeks ago, Exam 70-271: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Windows XP Operating System, is expected to be beta tested from November 3 to November 10; Exam 70-272, Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on a Windows XP Operating System, will be beta tested from November 14 to November 20. Both exams are listed online on the VUE registration site.
Exam 70-271, numbered 71-271 while in beta, is aimed at those who offer on-site, phone, or remote support to users of Microsoft's Windows XP Home and Professional Editions. According to the exam objective guide, candidates should also have working knowledge of workgroup computing or Active Directory domains. The exam is one of two core offerings that must be passed to obtain the new Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician Certification, which Microsoft announced in mid-October. (To read the details about the new title, read "Desktop Tech Cert Sees Light of Day" in the News archive or click here.)
Microsoft has indicated that the exam will also be an elective option under the MCSA/MCSE on Windows 2003 tracks, but, as of this posting, the exam still hasn't been added to the requirements lists for those titles.
As a beta exam, 70-271 will be free to qualified candidates who are typically chosen among subscribers of Microsoft's MCP Newsflash. (Click here to read about the exam beta process or to find out how to subscribe to MCP Newsflash.)
Click here to read the Exam 70-271 objective guide; Click here for 70-271. Click here to view the MCDST requirements guide. Click here to go to the VUE test registration site.
Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.