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  • Hello, been working in IT for 5 years and I only have an A+ cert, at first I was looking into getting MCSA but found that the new stuff that came out out is called MCITP for server 2008, I am not sure what to take because I need to get what the market wants. I will look into taking the test in a year so... this time next year would it look better if i took the MCSA 2003, then take the update test? or can I update my MCSA cert from 2003 to MCITP ?

    Looking in amazon this is the books/exams I found

    MCITP (Exams 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-647):
    or
    MCSA: Windows Server 2003 (70-270, 70-290, 70-291)
    Monday, December 29, 2008 7:49 PM

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  • Hello Joe,

    You will want to go with what you have more experience in. There will still be a need for 2003 for quite awhile. If you have been using 2003 you would be better off getting your MCSA as 2003 will still be around for awhile. If you have used 2008 more than go for your MCITP. It also depends on where you are working, if you are working for a company that is using 2003 with no plans to move to 2008 in the future your MCITP will not do you very good. Also There are 2 different MCITP tracks for 2008. MCITP Server Administrator and MCITP Enterprise Administrator

    One thing to keep in mind is if you get your MCSA there is not just 1 single update exam. You will still have to take a few exams.

    Here are the requirements for MCSA on 2003:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcsa/windows2003/default.mspx

    Here are links for the MCITP Server Administrator, it includes options for taking the MCITP Server Administrator exams outright or if you have your MCSA 2003:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/windowsserver/2008/server/default.mspx

    Here is the upgrade option if you have your MCSA 2003:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/windowsserver/2008/transition/default.mspx#MCSA

    As with any certification the choice is yours as to which one is best for you. It all depends on your situation and what you have more experience with.

    Hope this helps


    Eric
    • Proposed as answer by Eric Stauss Monday, December 29, 2008 10:34 PM
    • Marked as answer by Ken Rosen_MS Thursday, January 8, 2009 5:13 AM
    Monday, December 29, 2008 10:33 PM
  • Hi Joe,

    What Eric says above is true, however pay scales for MCITP are higher (in the UK at least) than their equivalent 2003 qualification. You have to take into account that in Server 2008 (in my opinion) a lot of the actual theory behind what is going on is similar to that in server 2003. It is my opinion that someone with a server 2008 qualification will probably know their way around a server 2003 environment anyway, but not necessarily the other way around.

    If it were me I would go for the MCITP - Enterprise Administrator and make the most of the higher wage bracket while it is still there...
    • Proposed as answer by Brian_Jones Tuesday, December 30, 2008 12:44 PM
    • Marked as answer by Ken Rosen_MS Thursday, January 8, 2009 5:13 AM
    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 12:44 PM

All replies

  • Hello Joe,

    You will want to go with what you have more experience in. There will still be a need for 2003 for quite awhile. If you have been using 2003 you would be better off getting your MCSA as 2003 will still be around for awhile. If you have used 2008 more than go for your MCITP. It also depends on where you are working, if you are working for a company that is using 2003 with no plans to move to 2008 in the future your MCITP will not do you very good. Also There are 2 different MCITP tracks for 2008. MCITP Server Administrator and MCITP Enterprise Administrator

    One thing to keep in mind is if you get your MCSA there is not just 1 single update exam. You will still have to take a few exams.

    Here are the requirements for MCSA on 2003:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcsa/windows2003/default.mspx

    Here are links for the MCITP Server Administrator, it includes options for taking the MCITP Server Administrator exams outright or if you have your MCSA 2003:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/windowsserver/2008/server/default.mspx

    Here is the upgrade option if you have your MCSA 2003:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/windowsserver/2008/transition/default.mspx#MCSA

    As with any certification the choice is yours as to which one is best for you. It all depends on your situation and what you have more experience with.

    Hope this helps


    Eric
    • Proposed as answer by Eric Stauss Monday, December 29, 2008 10:34 PM
    • Marked as answer by Ken Rosen_MS Thursday, January 8, 2009 5:13 AM
    Monday, December 29, 2008 10:33 PM
  • Hi Joe,

    What Eric says above is true, however pay scales for MCITP are higher (in the UK at least) than their equivalent 2003 qualification. You have to take into account that in Server 2008 (in my opinion) a lot of the actual theory behind what is going on is similar to that in server 2003. It is my opinion that someone with a server 2008 qualification will probably know their way around a server 2003 environment anyway, but not necessarily the other way around.

    If it were me I would go for the MCITP - Enterprise Administrator and make the most of the higher wage bracket while it is still there...
    • Proposed as answer by Brian_Jones Tuesday, December 30, 2008 12:44 PM
    • Marked as answer by Ken Rosen_MS Thursday, January 8, 2009 5:13 AM
    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 12:44 PM