Required to upgrade MCSE 2003 to MCITP 2008

Hi there,

I got my MCSE 2003 certification about 4 years ago and I would now like to upgrade my certification to MCITP for Windows Server 2008.  What exams are required for this?  I have seen several options for me to upgrade instead of having to take all the required exams for 2008.  Also, do you have any recommended reading materials and/or websites that will help me prepare for the exams?

Thank you,
Christian
Christian PalaciosSenior IT Systems AdministratorAsked:
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Mike KlineCommented:
You can take four exams and have your MCITP: Enterprise Administrator and MCITP: Server Administrator

Good page here  http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcse.aspx#tab4

If you want to just take three exams you can get your MCITP: Eneterprise Administrator.

I went the four exam route in 2008 when they first came out.  The only difference between what I did and that link is that I took the Vista client exam as the Windows 7 exam had not been released yet.

I'd recommend a lab, the Microsoft press books, and I like transcender test guides but they are not cheap.

The exams have also changed since I took them as some include simulations now. (why the lab is important)

Thanks

Mike
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Christian PalaciosSenior IT Systems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much Mike!  What's the difference between being an Enterprise Administrator and a Server Administrator?

Do you know if there is a package of books/media that I could buy that will include all the material I need to read/learn?

Where can I check out the transcender test guides?

Thanks,
Christian
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Mike KlineCommented:
Good overview here   http://www.trainsignal.com/blog/mcitp-server-administrator-vs-mcitp-enterprise-administrator

I look at the Server Admin sort of like the old MCSA and Enterprise Admin like the MCSE but for one extra test is worth it in my opinion.

There are some sets on Amazon, read the reviews on them.  

http://www.transcender.com/practice-exam/microsoft/mcitp-enterprise-administrator-upgrade-bundle.kap again not cheap, your employer may help or even send you to a training class.


Thanks

Mike
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LaminiCommented:
MCSA-->MCITP
MCSE-->MCITP-EA

One performs the daily duties of an systems administrator. The systems engineer does what the systems administrator does, and is also able to design systems, understands the bigger picture, is able to not just do the job but able to communicate it.  I've seen a lot of SAs, SEs, not so much. SEs got their heads together, and have been well rounded people in my experience. MCSEs almost always carry a bit more certifications/experience than a typical MCSA, who's usually just entering the field or w/ several years or less experience.
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Christian PalaciosSenior IT Systems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your replies!  Can you please clarify exactly how many tests I need to take in order to upgrade?  According to this article: http://www.trainsignal.com/blog/mcitp-server-administrator-vs-mcitp-enterprise-administrator, I have to take 5 but according to this microsoft site, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcse.aspx#tab4 (figure 2), I only have to take 3 exams if I choose to only get my MCITP Enterprise Administrator.  Plus the Transcender link you sent me Mike only has three exams listed.

Thanks!
Christian
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Mike KlineCommented:
Yes 3 is right if you want to go from the MCITP: EA

If you want both EA and SA then that will be four exams.
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