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MCSA or MCITP

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  • I am considering MCSA or MCITP.  I'm new to the industry and completing CCNA as well.  Which Microsoft cert. would be most marketable for someone new starting out?  Second,  I am also looking to self study and was quoted $1600.00 for four books to prepare for 70-290 and 70-291.  Is that a lot?   How do most prepare bootcamps or books? 
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 10:30 PM

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  • As you're new, I'd definitely recommend looking at the MCITP Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator.  The main reason is that, although Server 2003 and WinXP are still in use, they're showing their age.  July 13, 2010, mainstream support for these will end.

    Second, you can order the books through Amazon or elsewhere for a LOT less (like...90% less).  If you're confident you can do self-study, you might want to consider supplementing your book study with videos from CBT Nuggets, Trainsignal or Testout.

    There are some good classroom instruction facilities (New Horizons, Global Knowledge), but do your research as there are some schlock facilities out there.
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 1:36 AM
  • You can see my answer about whether the 2003 or 2008 track here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/CertGeneral/thread/e2159b3b-7865-4a1d-9321-91e11364b6d9
    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 4:55 AM

All replies

  • As you're new, I'd definitely recommend looking at the MCITP Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator.  The main reason is that, although Server 2003 and WinXP are still in use, they're showing their age.  July 13, 2010, mainstream support for these will end.

    Second, you can order the books through Amazon or elsewhere for a LOT less (like...90% less).  If you're confident you can do self-study, you might want to consider supplementing your book study with videos from CBT Nuggets, Trainsignal or Testout.

    There are some good classroom instruction facilities (New Horizons, Global Knowledge), but do your research as there are some schlock facilities out there.
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 1:36 AM
  • You can see my answer about whether the 2003 or 2008 track here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/CertGeneral/thread/e2159b3b-7865-4a1d-9321-91e11364b6d9
    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 4:55 AM

  • In my opinion ,you can read this post :mcse:best suit for green hand in IT.
    maybe it can help you choose your best certification.
    I am sorry for that ,
    Recently I read a new post MCSA/MCSE has timed out .Many people think to keep pace with the latest technology "Server 2008",MCSE 2008 exams will be born soon .and Now ,no mcse 2008 tests ,and you can wait for 2008.
    • Edited by Maryloveus Wednesday, September 23, 2009 5:40 AM
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 6:29 AM
  • I have to express my concerns about any blog/site that recommends braindumps as a source for learning.

    Additionally, you might want to e-mail Trika , who runs the "So a booth babe and a Geek walk into a bar..." blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/) for her thoughts on the MCSA vs. MCITP.  Her advice to me was much the same as Rubel Khan's and other's here - learn the latest technologies as they'll have the greater long term benefit, vs. learning about server and client systems that are some 7+ years old.

    FWIW, Server 2003 is starting to show it's age.  Additionally, much of what you learn about Server 2008 in the MCITP Server 2008 EA program is backwards compatible to Server 2003.

    Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:36 PM
  • Faced with a very similar decision in early 2009, I was advised and eventually choose the MCSA because 70% of companies today use XP and 2003 Server platform. 
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 9:37 PM