"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 be updated soon on the microsoft.com/learning site...<ADDING MORE DETAIL ON JANUARY 12>70-620 will satisfy the client elective for both MCSA and MCSE (on both 2000 and 2003) as will 70-210 (Windows 2000 Pro) and 70-270 (Windows XP Pro).  It can also satisfy the elective requirement for MCSA and MCSE (on both 2000 and 2003) as long as the candidate does not use it as both their client elective and a general elective – it can satisfy one or the other but not both. 


can I use 70-621 as an elective for MCSE?

No...upgrade exams may not be used as electives. If you want to upgrade your MCDST and work on the MSCE, I would take the long road to MCITP: Enterprise by taking 620 and 622.


What about other Vista exams as electives?

exams 621, 622, and 623 may not be used as MCSA or MCSE electives because they are Pro/Job Role exams.  Exam 624 is a TS exam and may be used to satisfy the general elective requirement for MCSA and MCSE on 2003 only. 


Is there any new certification about security?

Moving forward, Security will be incorporated into all of our individual exams and we will move away from covering Security as a separate topic/path.


How different are the scope and limitations of the Consumer and the Enterprise Technologies?

About 70% of the materials is common to both. The 30% delta is home networking, media center edition, media center extenders, xbox integration, etc...


Will there be something special for Vista deployment (like 74-139 was) ?

Yes. The Vista Deployment exam (70-624) will be out in Mar/April time frame.


Will The 70-620 Expire also, or only the 70-622 and 70-623?

The Vista TS certification (which you get by passing exam 70-620) will expire when mainstream product support from Microsoft for Windows Vista expires. The Pro credentials you get by passing 622 and 623 will require re-certification every three years.


Which examination in Vista Windows is similar to 70-270?



is it too late to become a charter member? are you supporting that program for Vista?

no charters for vista, exchange, and office...


Is the vista 70-620 exam valid for all editions of business vista



is 70-620 required before you take 70-622



What will be the cost for the 620 ?

 exams are still priced at $125 US - with some differences depending on region. You'll have to check with your local test center to confirm the costs. T


I have 290 which do I need to do before doing the 620 + 622

 not related -- so you can start right with 620 and 622.

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  1. Vincent says:

    Very useful info and recap from the LiveMeeting dated back Dec 2006 !

    Hope to hear from you and let us know when the beta exams of 71-620 will be available.

  2. Michael D. Alligood says:

    Hey Trika. When referring to the new exams, do not forget to change the prefix from 70 to 71. This may confuse individuals. Also, MCITP in Consumer and Enterprise are now required to recertify every 3 years?

  3. MRJVO says:

    Does anyone know where I can find exam questions for 70-620?

  4. Audifreakje says:

    I would like to know also where I can purchase some test prep exams, as to be prepared for what we can expect.

  5. tlamothe says:

    I have been following this exam pretty closely, so I think I can help answer some of the questions.

    Vincent – Beta exam has come and gone. 70-620 is now live. You can write it any time.

    Michael – Only the beta exams get the 71 prefix. Once they go live, they’ll get the 70 prefix. I attended the Microsoft Certification presentation in Toronto last year and they it was explained to me on recertification was this: MCTS cert did not need renewing

    MCITP cert expired and needed to be renewed.

    Audifreakje;MRJVO – there is a Microsoft Press book for the 70-620 exam coming out at some point. Looks like it will also have some study questions as well.


  6. jkoziol10 says:

    Sorry if I’m a little off topic but it was available in beta on Vue.  As an MCT I had access to the beta code, registered and accepted to sit for the exam 2/3.  Vue cancelled my seat and other MCTs as well this morning saying it was a Microsoft decision.

    Any idea what happened and when the exam might be available for beta test?

  7. gomcse2002 says:

    You are not the only one and I got the email from VUE (on behalf of Microsoft) and I just wonder what is going on for 71-623 ??

  8. When says:

    When this will be updated soon on the microsoft.com/learning site abbot 70-620 will satisfy the client elective for both MCSA and MCSE?

  9. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    ALL: I got the scoop on 623 and will respond tomorrow. hold tight!

    When: I’m not sure. I believe it is in the queue now, but I will check. THank you for the reminder.

    Tiamothe: Thanks for sharing the info!

  10. Frank says:

    Any news about beta results?

  11. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Jim and Co.: http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/archive/2007/01/30/what-the-heck-happened-to-71-623-or-update-on-vista-exams.aspx

    When: that update is in the line-up to be updated on our websites; I’m sorry it’s not live yet.

  12. For both MCSA and MCSE 2000 and 2003, 70-620 ("Big Vista" exam) can be used to satisfy: core exam for

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