locked
Server 2008 - MCSA or MCITP or both? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am currently enrolled in a college program for Server 2008.  I just passed 70-620, am taking the 70-640 exam tonight, and will be taking 70-642 and 70-646 next semester.

    I had the following certs before:
    MCP 2.0  (12/12/2000)
    MCPI 2.0 (2/26/2001)
    MCSE NT4.0 (2/26/2001)

    I also have completed the following exams:
    70-080
    70-088
    70-210
    70-215
    70-217
    70-219

    I am the primary/only MS Server and AD guy for my organization (500 users, 1000 machines) and it will probably be that way for quite a while.

    So my question is:  What certification(s) should I shoot for?
    Monday, December 15, 2008 6:09 PM

Answers

  • If your proficiency is in Windows 2003, then I would pursue that track: MCSA or MCSE.

    This doesn't mean that you cannot continue your Windows Server 2008 studies. And when the time comes that you feel comfortable with the skills measured as prescribed by Microsoft, then you can test out on the 2008 track. In this manner, you can essentially upgrade your 2003 certification to 2008. And sense the 2008 track is relatively new, it isn't going away anytime soon (currently Microsoft hasn't announced a retirement for the 2003 track.)

    Either way, what you have to look at is your proficiency. What technology are your the strongest. In your case, this seems to be 2003. And that is where I would start.

    Good luck, and let me know if I can be of further service.


    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support, MCTS: Vista Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Monday, December 15, 2008 10:23 PM

All replies

  • What version of Windows Server is your company currently running? If Windows Server 2003, does your company plan to upgrade in their next fiscal year to Windows Server 2008?

    Also, where does the majority of your proficiency lay; Windows Server 2003 or 2008?
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support, MCTS: Vista Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Monday, December 15, 2008 6:55 PM
  • We are currently running 2003, but I will be building new 2008 domain controllers over the next couple of months.  We plan on migrating servers to 2008 over the next year.

    Most of my proficiency lies with 2003.  My only experience with 2008 has been in the lab setting, but I will be focusing on 2008 for the future.

    Monday, December 15, 2008 7:38 PM
  • If your proficiency is in Windows 2003, then I would pursue that track: MCSA or MCSE.

    This doesn't mean that you cannot continue your Windows Server 2008 studies. And when the time comes that you feel comfortable with the skills measured as prescribed by Microsoft, then you can test out on the 2008 track. In this manner, you can essentially upgrade your 2003 certification to 2008. And sense the 2008 track is relatively new, it isn't going away anytime soon (currently Microsoft hasn't announced a retirement for the 2003 track.)

    Either way, what you have to look at is your proficiency. What technology are your the strongest. In your case, this seems to be 2003. And that is where I would start.

    Good luck, and let me know if I can be of further service.


    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support, MCTS: Vista Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Monday, December 15, 2008 10:23 PM
  • If your company or environment has Windows Server 2008, you can prepare MCITP: Server Administrator, or prepare MCITP: Enterprise Administrator if you want to learn and enhance your network and system environment plan and design.
    不想被人認為是小白,就不要總是在做一堆會讓人認為是小白的事。
    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 12:56 PM
  • SO WILL MCITP HELP UPGRADE MY MCP
    Monday, October 11, 2010 10:23 AM
  • You need to help clarify what you mean?  You earn the "MCP" designation when you pass one Microsoft exam.  Which exam(s) have you passed, and which MCITP designation do you want to work toward?
    Monday, October 11, 2010 12:57 PM
    Answerer