Vista E-Learning 5103/5106 information for patient, good people Toby, Gary, and Megan

YOU ASKED: I am trying to study for 70-621. There are no e-learning courses yet, but there are for 70-620 that say they are good for 70-621 also. Which collection, 5103, 5347, 5354 or 5360, would be the most beneficial for the 70-621. I can’t afford all off them.

ANSWER: The right course of action is 5103 then 5106 to prepare for 70-621, which will now be available as a live exam in mid-May 2007. Collection 5103 is available now; you can also purchase sub-sections (‘courses’) if you just need targeted bits of info. Check out course details here.

YOU ASKED: Is there an estimated release date for the E-Learning Course 5106?

ANSWER: April 11, 2007. This is the correct date (Feb 20); the release was pushed one week due to the VIsta exam slip.

YOU ASKED: We only talked about 5106 in our VIsta Live Meeting; now 5103 is on the list for 621 prep, too. DId something change?

ANSWER: Nothing changed; I just didn’t have the most up to date info in the Live Meeting. 5103 and 5106 are both helpful for 621. Note – these are not meant to cover everything on the exam–they are intended to help you prepare, but not guarantee all coverage. 5103 focused on the Technology level content and 5106 is a combo of professional skills and technology, as it is intended to help customers make the jump from XP to VIsta AND validate professional skills…

FYI: The 621 prep guide lists two other e-learning course titles; that is from early days and will be updated soon to show objective domain mapping for 5103 and 5106.

YOU ASKED: How much will these e-learning courses cost?

ANSWER: 5103 is live now (see link above) so you can get the price. E-learning pricing is determined by the reseller, so we can’t give you an exact price for 5106 unti it is listed. However, I can tell you that e-learning is priced on hours of content, and 5103 has 16 hours and 5106 has 12…so you can make a pretty good guess of where 5106 will be priced.

Comments (5)

  1. Toby says:

    Hi Trika,

    Many thanks for the info on courses 5103 and 5106.

    In your LiveMeeting presentation there was a slide that said that course 5106 was the only one required for the MCDST upgrade to Vista, how comes 5103 is now required ?

    Do you know the pricing for the 5103 and 5106 e-learning courses?

    I understand that there wil be a discount for the 70-621 exam, will there also be discounts for the e-learning 5103 and 5106 ?

    Are these courses relatively small given that they are only dealing with the delta between XP and Vista as far as a MCDST is concerned ?  



  2. Gary says:


    Thanks for your info on e-learning. Will exam 70-621 cover the new office 2007 as well, or is it strictly Vista OS and "built-in" applications and functionality?  If it is more than Vista OS, what else will be covered so we can prepare properly?

    Thanks in advance,


  3. Toby says:

    Dear Trika,

    Thank you for all the info on 5103 and 5106 – it is much appreciated.



  4. Gary says:

    Hi, Trika.  I have not kept up with this since late feb. Which e-learning courses (catelogs) are for 70-621.  Also, does 70-621 cover just vista os or also the "built-in" apps, mail etc.. and office 2007.  Does MS Press have books available yet?