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Elevate America and MCSE RRS feed

  • Question

  • Greetings. I have been in IT for nearly 30 years and obtained my MCP in 2000. I have been fortunate to obtain several vouchers for the Elevate America program (I am unemployed) and would like to pursue an MCSE path. However, in looking over the substantial selections for the Elevate American program there is virtaully no indication of what courses should be selected for the MCSE track.

    ANY input would be very greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Monday, June 7, 2010 11:39 PM

Answers

  • Hi LGLDSR,

    The MCSE path got up to Windows 2003 Server. For Windows 2008 we have MCITP, Microsoft Certified IT Pro. MCP is a very extensive certification, because it covers every person that have passed a Microsoft certification exam. Now it is known as MCTS, Technology specialist.

    Please take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/view-by-technology.aspx

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Just begining
    Monday, June 7, 2010 11:51 PM

All replies

  • Hi LGLDSR,

    The MCSE path got up to Windows 2003 Server. For Windows 2008 we have MCITP, Microsoft Certified IT Pro. MCP is a very extensive certification, because it covers every person that have passed a Microsoft certification exam. Now it is known as MCTS, Technology specialist.

    Please take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/view-by-technology.aspx

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Just begining
    Monday, June 7, 2010 11:51 PM
  • Thanks Alfredo. The link appears to be geared towards Exchange.

    While I understand that the technology of Server 2003 has long since evolved, what certifications are available for it? Is the MCSE an option for Server 2003?

    Again, many many thanks.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010 1:11 AM
  • HI LGLDSR,

    For Windows 2003 you got MCSA and MCSE. You got some specializations, SQL, Exchange, BizTalk, Small Business, System Center (System Management Server, SMS); MOS (Microsoft Office SharePoint), Windows Server and Windows Client. These specializations are on top of MCSE.

    On Windows 2008 versions, you can get MCITP status on the platforms that I mentioned above with a couple of certification exams. The Exchange certification is the second on the list in alphabetical order. Scroll down to a more extensive look. You can get the MCITP on Windows Server 2008 (the hard way, 5 exams) and later proceed to other MCITP branch.

    Depending on the certifications you have, you may upgrade or begin from the star to Windows 2008/Window 7. From your experience on IT, could be very good to work on databases, as SQL 2008 and learn about Server Virtualization. Virtualization is a new hype, and it's here to stay; the quintessence of it is Cloud Computing. It's a better option is to go straight to Windows 2008 versions. We're on 2010!

    Please, any time. I enjoy this. The 7th habit of Stephen Covey is "Sharpen the Saw" Go for it!

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Just begining
    Tuesday, June 8, 2010 3:08 AM
  • HI LGLDSR,

    For Windows 2003 you got MCSA and MCSE. You got some specializations, SQL, Exchange, BizTalk, Small Business, System Center (System Management Server, SMS); MOS (Microsoft Office SharePoint), Windows Server and Windows Client. These specializations are on top of MCSE.

    On Windows 2008 versions, you can get MCITP status on the platforms that I mentioned above with a couple of certification exams. The Exchange certification is the second on the list in alphabetical order. Scroll down to a more extensive look. You can get the MCITP on Windows Server 2008 (the hard way, 5 exams) and later proceed to other MCITP branch.

    Depending on the certifications you have, you may upgrade or begin from the star to Windows 2008/Window 7. From your experience on IT, could be very good to work on databases, as SQL 2008 and learn about Server Virtualization. Virtualization is a new hype, and it's here to stay; the quintessence of it is Cloud Computing. It's a better option is to go straight to Windows 2008 versions. We're on 2010!

    Please, any time. I enjoy this. The 7th habit of Stephen Covey is "Sharpen the Saw" Go for it!

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Just begining


    Alfredo,

    Thanks again. With Server 2003 slated to be discontinued at some point in the near future I think it would be prudent for me to take an appropriate path with Server 2008.

    I am assuming that if I start with Server 2008 as found at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-windowsserver.aspx#tab2 this will earn me an MCTS in 'Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration'. Alternately, could I not start with 'Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration'?

    Is there a recommended starting point? Please note that I do not have access to Server 2008 at this time.

    Also assuming I am correct, by taking other courses this will allow me to eventually gain MCITP certification, correct?

     

    Thank you,

    Lyman

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:42 AM