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Which is more appealing for employers? MCITP: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator or MCITP: Server Administrator RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am planning to get a certification to get a job as Server administrator (or something along those lines), and I was wonder which is more relevant and more wanted with employers and why:

    MCITP: Server Administrator 

    or

    MCITP: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator

     

    Also with the self study ms press books, which software do I need to get for each one?

     

    Thanks 


    Thursday, July 29, 2010 12:18 PM

Answers

  • Nope...the MCITP Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator is somewhat equivalent to the MCSE, and the MCITP Server 2008 Server Administrator is somewhat equivalent to the MCSA.

    I'm using Virtual PC (free download from Microsoft, and not to be confused with Virtual PC 2007) that runs on Windows 7 Business/Ultimate/Enterprise (i.e. it won't work on Home Premium).  If you have a computer with a decent sized hard drive and at least 4gigs of RAM, it should work fine.  The lab examples don't have you running more than two instances of Server 2008 at any one time.  I'm running mine on a Gateway M1625 laptop (AMD Athlon 64 2.0GHz/4gigs of RAM) with no problems.

    And...the Enterprise and Server Administrator exams are all based on the initial version of Server 2008.  R2 adds some good enhancements, and can be used for study purposes, but the exams don't cover the updates in R2.

    • Marked as answer by Flexie Thursday, July 29, 2010 4:08 PM
    Thursday, July 29, 2010 2:36 PM
    Answerer
  • Charles got the answer with the EA cert recommendation, but if you are
    looking for 64 bit virtualization support, then you might want to use
    Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1,
     
     

    -- Mike Burr
    • Marked as answer by Flexie Monday, August 2, 2010 10:32 PM
    Thursday, July 29, 2010 7:26 PM

All replies

  • Much depends upon whether that potential employer even understands some of the benefits of virtualization.  The MCITP SA would probably be somewhat more beneficial.  That said, the MCITP Enterprise Administrator would be even better.

    As to which software, for the MCITP EA, I'd suggest Windows 7 for the "client" exam.  You can use Windows 7 (Business or Ultimate) to run multiple VM's of Server 2008 (6 month trial available for download from Microsoft) to do the exam exercises that are in the 70-640/642/643 and 646 books.

    Thursday, July 29, 2010 12:56 PM
    Answerer
  • Well I would start with either MCITP: Server Administrator or MCITP: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator.

    But from your answer I can take that Windows Server 2008 R2 is more of an addition on the Server Administrator certificate?

    Which virtualization software would be best to run server 2008 on my windows 7 laptop. 

    We used to use VMware free version in class back in the day, but that was 2  years ago, and we couldn't run more than 3 instances, so it was hard to model a network with just the one computer.

    Thursday, July 29, 2010 1:09 PM
  • Nope...the MCITP Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator is somewhat equivalent to the MCSE, and the MCITP Server 2008 Server Administrator is somewhat equivalent to the MCSA.

    I'm using Virtual PC (free download from Microsoft, and not to be confused with Virtual PC 2007) that runs on Windows 7 Business/Ultimate/Enterprise (i.e. it won't work on Home Premium).  If you have a computer with a decent sized hard drive and at least 4gigs of RAM, it should work fine.  The lab examples don't have you running more than two instances of Server 2008 at any one time.  I'm running mine on a Gateway M1625 laptop (AMD Athlon 64 2.0GHz/4gigs of RAM) with no problems.

    And...the Enterprise and Server Administrator exams are all based on the initial version of Server 2008.  R2 adds some good enhancements, and can be used for study purposes, but the exams don't cover the updates in R2.

    • Marked as answer by Flexie Thursday, July 29, 2010 4:08 PM
    Thursday, July 29, 2010 2:36 PM
    Answerer
  • Charles got the answer with the EA cert recommendation, but if you are
    looking for 64 bit virtualization support, then you might want to use
    Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1,
     
     

    -- Mike Burr
    • Marked as answer by Flexie Monday, August 2, 2010 10:32 PM
    Thursday, July 29, 2010 7:26 PM