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  • I am just starting my certification path.  I was looking at the MCSA to MCSE path, but I was wondering if I should not do those and just work towards the new certifications MCITP?

    My thought was that alot of companies will still be using XP and Server 2003, which I am also more familiar with, and as I get my MCSA/E I could just take the few upgrade tests to get my MCITP?  But then again this could be a year or 2 long process, I'm not sure how long it will take me, and by then MCSA/MCSE might be quite a bit less valueable then a MCITP.

    Any thoughts are welcome, I also have yet to look through what path I should take with my MCITP.
    Friday, May 29, 2009 1:50 PM

Answers

  • Truthfully, there are a number of companies that ARE switching over to Server 2008, Vista (believe it or not), and possibily Windows 7 once it's RTM'd.  There's an advantage to knowing the latest technologies, and much of what you learn about Server 2008 (and Vista for the 70-620 exam) is backwards compatible to Server 2003/XP.

    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 8:00 PM
    Friday, May 29, 2009 1:56 PM
    Answerer
  • I agree with Charles.

    I initially did my MCDST, and from there, I upgraded to an MCITP - Enterprise Support Technician (which contains the 70-620 exam). From there I am now working towards the MCITP - Enterprise support technician. I agree wholeheartedly with his that there is an advantage to learning the newer technologies. I found by taking the path I have, that everything took a natural progression and was easy to understand. With the exception of IP addressing, which is a pig.
    MCDST
    MCITP - Enterprise Support Technician - Charter Member
    MCTS - Vista Configuration - Charter Member
    MCTS - Volume Licensing Specialist, Small and Medium Organizations - Charter Member
    MCITP - Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS - Windows Server 2008, Active Directory Configuration
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 8:00 PM
    Friday, May 29, 2009 2:18 PM
  • Hello Justin,

    I agree with Charles and Brian if you want to start slow and go your way up to MCITP Enterprise Administrator, but if you need something short, quick and ITP level, I would suggest you do
    MCITP: Server Administrator certification. It’s only three exams, 70-640 (MCTS), 70-642(MCTS) and 70-646 (MCITP), which is equivalent to MCSA in Windows Server 2003 but instead of just having one MCSA, you would receive 2 MCTS’s and 1 MCITP.

    Here is the detail: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/windowsserver/2008/server/default.mspx

    Hope this is helpful.


    Rubel Khan
    • Proposed as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, May 29, 2009 10:16 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 8:00 PM
    Friday, May 29, 2009 10:15 PM

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  • Truthfully, there are a number of companies that ARE switching over to Server 2008, Vista (believe it or not), and possibily Windows 7 once it's RTM'd.  There's an advantage to knowing the latest technologies, and much of what you learn about Server 2008 (and Vista for the 70-620 exam) is backwards compatible to Server 2003/XP.

    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 8:00 PM
    Friday, May 29, 2009 1:56 PM
    Answerer
  • I think a safe test to start with would probably be the Vista 70-620 exam while I'm figuring all this out then since it is useful for both.

    While I try to make sense of where I want to go from there.
    Friday, May 29, 2009 2:13 PM
  • I agree with Charles.

    I initially did my MCDST, and from there, I upgraded to an MCITP - Enterprise Support Technician (which contains the 70-620 exam). From there I am now working towards the MCITP - Enterprise support technician. I agree wholeheartedly with his that there is an advantage to learning the newer technologies. I found by taking the path I have, that everything took a natural progression and was easy to understand. With the exception of IP addressing, which is a pig.
    MCDST
    MCITP - Enterprise Support Technician - Charter Member
    MCTS - Vista Configuration - Charter Member
    MCTS - Volume Licensing Specialist, Small and Medium Organizations - Charter Member
    MCITP - Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS - Windows Server 2008, Active Directory Configuration
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 8:00 PM
    Friday, May 29, 2009 2:18 PM
  • Hello Justin,

    I agree with Charles and Brian if you want to start slow and go your way up to MCITP Enterprise Administrator, but if you need something short, quick and ITP level, I would suggest you do
    MCITP: Server Administrator certification. It’s only three exams, 70-640 (MCTS), 70-642(MCTS) and 70-646 (MCITP), which is equivalent to MCSA in Windows Server 2003 but instead of just having one MCSA, you would receive 2 MCTS’s and 1 MCITP.

    Here is the detail: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/windowsserver/2008/server/default.mspx

    Hope this is helpful.


    Rubel Khan
    • Proposed as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, May 29, 2009 10:16 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 8:00 PM
    Friday, May 29, 2009 10:15 PM
  • Thanks for the replies all.  Speed is not an issue, I just want to get my certifications to help me out at this job and for in the future.  The company I'm at has a reimbursement incentive, so I could take all the certifications I want to put the time in to study for.

    I am thinking of getting my MCSA, possibly MCSE because they are permanent certs and then working towards MCITP Server Admin. 

    Would getting say the MCSA and then MCITP show the variety is software I'm comfortable with or would employers just look at the MCSA as an antiquated cert in 3-4 years?
    Monday, June 1, 2009 4:05 PM
  • Hi Justin,

    Having both certs will show that you have a wide array of skills (assuming you have the experience to back it up). As far as the MCSA being antiquated, that depends on where you work or are applying to work. If you are working for a company that only uses 2008 your MCSA would not be as good as an MCTIP, however that MCSA would still put you a head of someone who doesn't have any certs. In 3-4 years there could still be compaines that are useing 2003 so in that case your MCSA would still be usefull. There are still compaines useing 2000, and I am sure there are still a few (very small few) that are using NT.

    So keep in mind no matter what cert you have, odds are there is a company out there that is still using that technology.

    That being said, since your company offers a reimbursement program, I would start with 2003, especially if you have more experience in that, than you can take the upgrade path.

    Eric
    Monday, June 1, 2009 4:26 PM
  • All you have to do is to decide which path your gonna take! deciding is in your blood which technology you love most is the path you will take
    Wednesday, June 3, 2009 2:20 PM