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  • Hello,

    I have passed four exams for MCSE 2003 Server certification: 70-290, 70-291, 70-293 and 70-294.

    I would like to continue my certification toward MCITP Server or Enterprise Administrator, and I need advice, should I finish my MCSE 2003 certification or start MCITP certification from beginning?

    According to MS Certification Paths documentation I need following:

    One Client Operating System Exam: I can take 70-680 (Windows 7)

    One Design Exam:  70-297 (is there any substitution for this exam because it's for Server 2003?)

    One Elective Exam: 70-298 (is there any substitution for this exam because it's for Server 2003?)

    Then I should take 70-649 for upgrade to MCITP Enterprise Administrator.

    Is this the best way or there is a better solution to get MCITP?

    Thanks

    mIRO

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:39 AM

Answers

  • Hi Vmiro,

    Welcome to the forum.

    Are you aware that all the exams you plan to take (except 70-680) will expire on July 31, 2013? That's roughly 5 1/2 months from now? Do you think you can pass five exams (three MCSE 2003 and two upgrade exams) in five months?

    All the Server 2003 exams (all 70-29x) will retire on July 31, and cannot be taken after this date. Similarly, all the upgrade exams except 70-646 (70-647, 70-648, 70-649) will retire on that same date.

    My suggestion would be that instead of scrambling to try to pass three retiring exams (on old technology) and two upgrade exams before July 31, you could put that same effort into achieving a current certification like the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 which only requires three exams (70-640, 70-642, 70-646). These three Server 2008 exams are current, and are not presently scheduled for retirement.

    After achieving your MCSA: Windows Server 2008, you could simply take a single upgrade exam (Exam 70-417) and attain your MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification. You could then pursue the path of your choosing after this.

    I hope I have been able to clarify things a little for you, and I wish you every success with your certification.

    James

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 1:09 PM

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  • Hi Vmiro,

    Welcome to the forum.

    Are you aware that all the exams you plan to take (except 70-680) will expire on July 31, 2013? That's roughly 5 1/2 months from now? Do you think you can pass five exams (three MCSE 2003 and two upgrade exams) in five months?

    All the Server 2003 exams (all 70-29x) will retire on July 31, and cannot be taken after this date. Similarly, all the upgrade exams except 70-646 (70-647, 70-648, 70-649) will retire on that same date.

    My suggestion would be that instead of scrambling to try to pass three retiring exams (on old technology) and two upgrade exams before July 31, you could put that same effort into achieving a current certification like the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 which only requires three exams (70-640, 70-642, 70-646). These three Server 2008 exams are current, and are not presently scheduled for retirement.

    After achieving your MCSA: Windows Server 2008, you could simply take a single upgrade exam (Exam 70-417) and attain your MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification. You could then pursue the path of your choosing after this.

    I hope I have been able to clarify things a little for you, and I wish you every success with your certification.

    James

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 1:09 PM
  • That is....really disapointing....but understandable... MCSE certification is 10 years old. It's a little bit odd to retire upgrade exams!?

    Problem is that I work a lot with Windows Server 2003 and 2008, and I should probably go for Windows 2008 certification now...but, maybe it is better get Windows Server 2012 certification and get familiar with newest technology. Then, go for MCSE certification...

    Thanks a lot James ;)

    mIRO

    Friday, February 8, 2013 7:05 AM
  • Hi Vmiro,

    You're welcome.

    One more thing. Regarding the choice of which certification track to pursue, Server 2008 vs. Server 2012, my suggestion would probably be Server 2008 at present and then subsequently upgrade to Server 2012. My reasoning is as follows.

    Microsoft exams are no longer just book exams. They now require a fair amount of hands-on experience with the technology to pass them. Ideally, a candidate should have at least one year's experience in the practical administration of the technology, and preferably not simply from playing with virtual machines at home. Therefore, if you work daily with Server 2008, you already have the requisite background, and this is definitely an advantage.

    Alternately, however, you could simply plunge right in and go for Server 2012 certification. The three exams required to pursue the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 are 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412. Please note, however, that since the Server 2012 exams are still quite new, some training materials for the individual exams are not yet available from Microsoft Press, although most are due for publication soon.

    Good luck to you.

    James

    Friday, February 8, 2013 10:09 AM