The first step in, I'm sure, a long line of certifications to come is now complete. I passed my Windows 7, Configuration (70-680) exam with flying colors.
It was a good experience, overall, even if I have gripes about how your knowledge is tested. I now have a wider array of tools at my disposal for problem solving issues and coming up with solutions. There's actually a wide variety of tools Microsoft supplies which you can use to fix one problem in a few different ways. It's nice having that knowledge and the skills to apply it.
Next up for me is the Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator MCTS which will give me my first MCITP as an Enterprise Desktop Administrator. While perhaps not as prestigious as the MCITP in Server Administration this is a good first step, I feel, and should serve me well in future certs as well as professional endeavors.