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  •  I was thinking of getting certifications for MCSA and MCDBA but the IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator,

    Database Administrator was release and I'm wondering would it be better to get MCSA/DBA or the IT Professional

    certifications?


    If I take Exam 70-640, and Exam 70-642 would that count twards both the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, and MCITP:

    Server Administrator or would I have to retake it if I wanted to get both?



    Tuesday, June 3, 2008 2:29 AM

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  • Once you passed an exam that counts for multiple certification tracks you're done with that exam. You do not need to retake the exam again.
    Stephen Charles Rea [MCT] askthemct.com
    • Proposed as answer by .revEditor Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3:55 AM
    • Marked as answer by .revEditor Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:04 PM
    Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3:54 AM
    Answerer
  •  Let me tell you from my experience I have MCSE not because I wanted it but after the MCDBA exams I decided to finish MCSE and it was a very good investment because today I know most security related issues in .NET and SQL Server development.  So you could just do Win2008 MCTS in AD and Application configuring and MCITP in SQL Server 2005 DBA which let you cover most Windows 2008 and SQL Server Admin skills.  That means you need four or five exams

    Yes 640 and 642 count towards MCITP Enterprise Admin but I would not advice you to try 642 because that is one of Microsoft hardest exams because it covers counting Octets and raw TCP/IP.  And yes I have passed it a long while back and know I would have failed it.  I think you should do 640 and 643 instead or just do 640 and the three SQL Servers to start and then do more Windows 2008 exams when there is enough study material. 


    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/dbadmin/default.mspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/windowsserver/2008/enterprise/default.mspx



    An Elliptic curve is modular ~ Taniyama and Shimura
    • Marked as answer by .revEditor Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:04 PM
    Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3:05 AM

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  •  Let me tell you from my experience I have MCSE not because I wanted it but after the MCDBA exams I decided to finish MCSE and it was a very good investment because today I know most security related issues in .NET and SQL Server development.  So you could just do Win2008 MCTS in AD and Application configuring and MCITP in SQL Server 2005 DBA which let you cover most Windows 2008 and SQL Server Admin skills.  That means you need four or five exams

    Yes 640 and 642 count towards MCITP Enterprise Admin but I would not advice you to try 642 because that is one of Microsoft hardest exams because it covers counting Octets and raw TCP/IP.  And yes I have passed it a long while back and know I would have failed it.  I think you should do 640 and 643 instead or just do 640 and the three SQL Servers to start and then do more Windows 2008 exams when there is enough study material. 


    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/dbadmin/default.mspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/windowsserver/2008/enterprise/default.mspx



    An Elliptic curve is modular ~ Taniyama and Shimura
    • Marked as answer by .revEditor Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:04 PM
    Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3:05 AM
  • Once you passed an exam that counts for multiple certification tracks you're done with that exam. You do not need to retake the exam again.
    Stephen Charles Rea [MCT] askthemct.com
    • Proposed as answer by .revEditor Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3:55 AM
    • Marked as answer by .revEditor Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:04 PM
    Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3:54 AM
    Answerer