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    i want to start looking into getting certified, but every time i ask someone i get a different opinion or i am told incorrect information.

    is there a program/flow chart that i can follow that basically says, start here, do this, take this test then, etc...until i get to the end?

    thanks.

  • #2
    Re: certs...where to start?

    Not really as everyone has different requirements

    What experience do you have and what systems do you work with.

    IMHO you have two valid long term options:
    MCSA / MCSE in server 2003 (7 exams total)
    MCITP (Enterprise Admin) in server 2008 (5 exams IIRC)

    You can also do specialisms in Exchange and SQL server, as well as in development

    Shorter term, and more focussed on support rather than admin, there is:
    MCDST (Win XP)
    MCITP (Support) in Vista or Win 7

    Lots more info at www.microsoft.com/learning
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
    PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
    IT Trainer / Consultant
    Ossian Ltd
    Scotland

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    • #3
      Re: certs...where to start?

      Originally posted by Ossian View Post
      Not really as everyone has different requirements

      What experience do you have and what systems do you work with.

      IMHO you have two valid long term options:
      MCSA / MCSE in server 2003 (7 exams total)
      MCITP (Enterprise Admin) in server 2008 (5 exams IIRC)

      You can also do specialisms in Exchange and SQL server, as well as in development

      Shorter term, and more focussed on support rather than admin, there is:
      MCDST (Win XP)
      MCITP (Support) in Vista or Win 7

      Lots more info at www.microsoft.com/learning
      i will check out the link.

      i work with windows 2003 (and 2008 soon) and our company runs exchange 2003 on a separate server.

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      • #4
        Re: certs...where to start?

        Well, as a medium term idea, how about:
        MCSA:Messaging
        70-290 (Server 2003)
        70-291 (Windows Networking)
        A client OS exam (XP, Vista or 7 depending on your environment)
        70-284 (Exchange 2003)
        Tom Jones
        MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
        PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
        IT Trainer / Consultant
        Ossian Ltd
        Scotland

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        • #5
          Re: certs...where to start?

          Originally posted by Ossian View Post
          Well, as a medium term idea, how about:
          MCSA:Messaging
          70-290 (Server 2003)
          70-291 (Windows Networking)
          A client OS exam (XP, Vista or 7 depending on your environment)
          70-284 (Exchange 2003)
          seems like a good start.

          so basically, i take those 4 tests and i am MCSA certified?

          aside from studying for the tests and passing them, that seems like an easy processes.

          EDIT

          http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en...mcsa.aspx#tab2

          it looks like i have a few choices and you were offering some suggestions.

          thanks.
          Last edited by tomdlgns; 25th April 2010, 17:25.

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          • #6
            Re: certs...where to start?

            You are MCP, MCSA and MCSA:Messaging -- 3 certs for the price of one!

            You have some choices in MCSA -- 290 and 291 are required, as is a client OS exam
            In the elective (4th) exam you have a range of choices
            Tom Jones
            MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
            PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
            IT Trainer / Consultant
            Ossian Ltd
            Scotland

            ** Remember to give credit where credit is due and leave reputation points where appropriate **

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            • #7
              Re: certs...where to start?

              Originally posted by Ossian View Post
              You are MCP, MCSA and MCSA:Messaging -- 3 certs for the price of one!

              You have some choices in MCSA -- 290 and 291 are required, as is a client OS exam
              In the elective (4th) exam you have a range of choices
              http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...prefix=70-290+

              what book do you recommend for the 70-290 test? for study/practice material...

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              • #8
                Re: certs...where to start?

                Well, I personally use the Microsoft Press "Self Paced Training" and Que "Exam Cram" but everyone has their own preferences

                If you like CBT, TrainSignal cannot be beaten!
                Tom Jones
                MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
                PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
                IT Trainer / Consultant
                Ossian Ltd
                Scotland

                ** Remember to give credit where credit is due and leave reputation points where appropriate **

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                • #9
                  Re: certs...where to start?

                  Originally posted by Ossian View Post
                  Well, I personally use the Microsoft Press "Self Paced Training" and Que "Exam Cram" but everyone has their own preferences

                  If you like CBT, TrainSignal cannot be beaten!
                  i have seen some traindignal tutorials before.

                  i still think having a book would be a good idea, for those times that i dont want to be on a computer reading off of the monitor.

                  you have been more than helpful, i appreciate all of your feedback.

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