Certification - MCP versus MCSA versus MCSE

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  1. I would like to know which path I should follow... I have been working for a
    company as their computer guy for a few years and now would like to go out on
    my own. I have read a lot about small business server... do I have to be an
    MCSE/MCSA to qualify as a specialist, or is MCP enough?

    Canada_Guy
     
    =?Utf-8?B?Q2FuYWRhX0d1eU0=?=, Aug 24, 2006
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  2. Hi Canada (greetings from Montreal!),

    You cannot actually become certified in Small Business Server. The
    certification available is Certified Small Business Specialist, which you get
    by completing the following:

    1. Passing exam 070-282.
    2. Joining the Microsoft Partner Program and subscribing to the Action Pack.
    3. Passing an on-line sales test (in the partner site).

    Having said all of that, the first exam you pass (whether it is 070-282 or
    most any other) will qualify you as a Microsoft Certified Professional. From
    there you can go on to expand your knowledge and your certifications based on
    your goals. I have always said that to support SBS properly you should
    obtain a minimum of the MCSA cert, but that is not a requirement.

    When planning your certification path around SBS remember that SBS is
    comprised of several components, and it is a good idea to plan your electives
    around those (Exchange Server, ISA Server, SQL, etc...).

    Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

    M
    --
    MDG, MCSA
    MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000)
    Certified Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx


    "Canada_GuyM" wrote:

    > I would like to know which path I should follow... I have been working for a
    > company as their computer guy for a few years and now would like to go out on
    > my own. I have read a lot about small business server... do I have to be an
    > MCSE/MCSA to qualify as a specialist, or is MCP enough?
    >
    > Canada_Guy
     
    =?Utf-8?B?TW9udHJlYWwgTUNTQQ==?=, Aug 24, 2006
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