MCSA and MCITP: Server Admin vs just MCITP Server Admin

Posted on 2011-10-07
Last Modified: 2013-01-04
If I am going to take professional training for MIcrosoft certification, is it better to get the MCSA first and then upgrade that to an MCITP: Server Admin or just go for the MCITP: Server Admin? The main difference is that if I don't get the MCSA then all of the classes are geared toward Windows Server 2008. If I do the MCSA first then I don't take as many 2008 classes. Also, for a Network Admin or Server Admin position, would it be much more important to go for my MCITP: Enterprise Admin certification or is the Server Admin good enough?
Question by:Greg27
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    I just received my mcsa certification last year and it seems like a lot of the businesses are wanting the 2008 level of certifications.  I would go straight for the mcitp and then if you want, study on your own later for the mcsa
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    MCITP Server Administrator is the replacement for MCSA and MCITP Enterprise Administrator is the replacement of MCSE - go for the newer certs as these are what jobs specs are now listing
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    I just have a mcitp in server 2008 and it has been enough for me. Really no need to go for the enterprise level unless your an admin for a large enterprise, which will be dealing with more redundancy servers, clusters, Certificate authorities (huge on enterprise level) and Federation Services.

    The MCITP server test goes in to these subjects enough but you dont have to be a master in it now if you did the enterprise there is a big concentration on the topics i mentioned above.

    So go straight for the MCITP Server 2008 cert and good luck.
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    In my experience I started with the 2003 certifications (MCSA, MCSE), and then am in the process of upgrading to 2008.  I chose to go this route due to my clientele. I still work with a lot of clients running 2003, and those clients are just now considering the upgrade to 2008.

    Your certification path should relate to the products and clients you are supporting, there are substantial differences with 2003 and 2008, and if you still work with 2003 a lot it may be worth while to go through that training first, and then upgrade as needed.

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