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  • Hello! I am a newbie CCNA with a semi new job as a Jr. Network Administrator. I am doing very little networking and a ton of hands on stuff with Windows Serv 2k3 and 2k8. They also have me building a lot of virtual servers. They want me to get my microsoft certs but I have no idea where to start. I was starting with the MCTS 70-640 but it's very dry and a little over my head. Should I back up and start with the 70-647 (Win Serv enterprise admin)? I know eventually I want to end up with my MCITP but I am just trying to start with the most basic and work my way up. Plus I would like to get one of the easier certs out of the way so that my employer can see some real progress. Any suggestions?
    Thursday, September 24, 2009 10:00 PM

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  • If, right now, your primary job is configuring virtual servers, and you're working with Server 2008 (and assuming that you're working with Server 2008's Hyper-V), you might want to start with the MCTS in Windows Server Virtualization (70-652) - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-652&locale=en-us

    From there, I'd really suggest MCITP - Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-windowsserver.aspx#tab3.  Start with 70-642 or 70-640 and move on from there to the other courses.  Take 70-647 last as it basically encompasses everything you will have learned from the rest of the courses.

    • Marked as answer by EmilyG323 Friday, September 25, 2009 2:47 PM
    Thursday, September 24, 2009 11:59 PM
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  • thank you, needed a straight answer from someone, thanks for taking the time!
    Friday, September 25, 2009 2:48 PM
  • I agree with Charles on the 70-652 (Hyper-V exam), however I would say do the MCITP: SA instead of the MCITP: EA

    MCITP: SA - Validates your ability to handle day-to-day management of the server operating system, file structure, and directory services; handle software distribution and updates; monitor servers; provide tier-2 troubleshooting support; support engineering and change-management projects; build and configure servers; implement auditing policy; perform scheduled vulnerability-assessment scans; and monitor logs for firewalls and intrusion-detection systems.

    MCITP: EA - Validates your ability to design Windows Server infrastructures; evaluate and recommend new technology solutions; serve as an escalation point for infrastructure issues; develop client and server best practices for other teams, such as engineering, development, and operations; keep policy current for authentication, identity, and access management; provide guidance in implementing security policies that affect the infrastructure on multiple levels; participate in application reviews on security; and ensure that the applications adhere to standard security guidelines and practices.

    The MCITP: SA and the MCITP: EA are aimed at two different job roles (but are the same level qualification) and from what you've stated, you're job role leans more towards the MCITP: SA.

    That's my opinion and suggestion anyway :)


    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Friday, September 25, 2009 5:55 PM


  • Thank You! I think you are dead on. I am going to start with the 3 tests to be the MCITP: SA first and maybe do the extra tests to get the EA later.

    Thank you so much for your advice. As someone who is just starting out I appreciate all the advice from people.


    Saturday, September 26, 2009 7:11 PM


  • Thank You! I think you are dead on. I am going to start with the 3 tests to be the MCITP: SA first and maybe do the extra tests to get the EA later.

    Thank you so much for your advice. As someone who is just starting out I appreciate all the advice from people.



    Good luck with your studies :)
    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Saturday, September 26, 2009 8:13 PM