Certification Track Recommendation

Discussion in 'Microsoft Certification' started by Big Dog, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Big Dog

    Big Dog Guest

    I had previously been pursuing (albeit slowly) the MCSA 2003.

    The most recent edition of Redmond magazine indicated that the MCSE and MCSA
    certifications might not be of as much benefit as the new MCTS and MCITP.

    Locally (Houston), a number of companies are adopting Vista and several are
    looking at moving to Server 2008.

    My question is this - would it be wiser to complete the Vista MCTS, and then
    move to Server 2008 when it's released (and eventually Exchange Server 2007)?
    Big Dog, Jan 11, 2008
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  2. Big Dog

    John R Guest

    "Big Dog" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I had previously been pursuing (albeit slowly) the MCSA 2003.
    >
    > The most recent edition of Redmond magazine indicated that the MCSE and
    > MCSA
    > certifications might not be of as much benefit as the new MCTS and MCITP.
    >
    > Locally (Houston), a number of companies are adopting Vista and several
    > are
    > looking at moving to Server 2008.
    >
    > My question is this - would it be wiser to complete the Vista MCTS, and
    > then
    > move to Server 2008 when it's released (and eventually Exchange Server
    > 2007)?


    It looks like you've answered your own question. Will you be working for
    those companies that are adopting Vista and Server 2008? Many companies are
    going to stay on 2003. Are you going to work for those companies?

    This isn't a question that we can answer for you. You really need to
    evaluate what is right for you, who you will be working for, how you can and
    how you will market yourself, etc, etc.

    Personally, my company probably won't move to Server 2008 for a long time.
    Heck, we just moved off NT about a year and a half ago. As to Vista, my
    team (including me) is learning that right now because it is becomming more
    and more difficult for my company to acquire replacement desktops with XP.
    So, Vista will more or less barge itself in here.

    Good luck to you in whatever road you choose.

    John R
    John R, Jan 11, 2008
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  3. Big Dog

    Big Dog Guest

    John

    Thanks - everything that I've read thus far indicates that keeping up to
    date with the latest (i.e. Vista, Server 2008, etc) is of benefit. Add to
    that having a good working knowledge of Server 2003 and Exchange.
    Big Dog, Jan 11, 2008
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  4. "Big Dog" <> wrote in message
    news::

    > John
    >
    > Thanks - everything that I've read thus far indicates that keeping up to
    > date with the latest (i.e. Vista, Server 2008, etc) is of benefit. Add to
    > that having a good working knowledge of Server 2003 and Exchange.


    My question is do you have any experience in what you want to pursue. If
    no, then stop worrying about certification and get you some experience
    with the technology you want to be certified in. Regardless if it is
    W2k3, W2k8, XP, or Vista. What good is getting certified and becoming a
    "specialist" if you don't have the experience to back it up? Just
    passing an exam isn't enough.

    --
    Michael D. Alligood, MCITP, MCTS, MCSA, MCDST
    The I.T. Classroom - http://www.theitclassroom.com/
    CertGuard, Inc. - http://www.certguard.com/
    Microsoft Exam Security Newsgroup -
    microsoft.public.certification.exam.security
    Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.], Jan 13, 2008
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