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Continue 2000 or move to 2003??

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by shadybrady, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. shadybrady

    shadybrady Bit Poster

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    Passed the 70-210 exam today with 865 score and I am now in a bit of a dilemma.

    Basically do I continue with the 2K path attempting to get MCSA/MCSE/MCDBA before the 2K exams expire in march 08, or do I move onto the 2K3 path. I only needed to pass the 2K exam to get my personal development pay raise for this year.

    We are still using 2000 at work but are in the process of upgrading the servers to 2003 and sql to 2005, the main question is that is the 2K MCSE etc worth much nowadays ??

    Are most people onto 2003 networks now or what??

    Advice would be appreciated. :eek:
     
    Certifications: BSc. Hons, MCP 70-210
    WIP: CCENT, CCNA, MCTS / MCITP
  2. zimbo
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    if you havent started any 2000 exams move straight to 2003. i highly doubt you will be able to finish the 2000 MCSE then manage to do 292 and 296 in less than 10 months - thats more or less an exam a month starting from next month! Either that or you can finish MCSE 2000 and when you want MCSE 2003 start all over again? :blink
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    If you are SURE can complete the entire track AND the upgrade exams (the upgrade exams ALSO retire in March of '08), then do the 2000 track. If not, then bail on 2000 and get the 2003.

    Is it worth having the MCSE on 2000? Companies still use Windows 2000. Plus, even years from now, it'll look good that you've got the MCSE on 2000 for two reasons:

    1) It'll make you look as if you've "been around longer".
    2) It'll let people know that you can work on old technologies as well as new ones (assuming that you continue upgrading your certifications to 2003 and 2008 - you will do that, right? ;) ).

    All that said... attempting almost the entire track PLUS upgrading to 2003 in the 7 months that remain is highly ambitious, so be sure you can do it before you commit yourself.
     
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  4. shadybrady

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    Its looking like 2003 track may be the best plan, with our servers going to 2003 the 70-215 2K server exam would be a bit pointless and then you have to do the other core and elective exams with that to get the certs.

    I should receive my MCP soon for the 210 exam so I suppose thats one certificate.

    Just think I might be taking a little too much on to try and pass another 6 or so exams before March next year especially when I have a four month old son disrupting my sleep !!!

    Thanks for the input guys.. 2K certs would have looked good but I might end up in and exhausted heap if I try to get them !! :blink
     
    Certifications: BSc. Hons, MCP 70-210
    WIP: CCENT, CCNA, MCTS / MCITP
  5. zimbo
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    dont forget you can now move onto 2003 and 70-290 because 210 can still count as the client exam for MCSE 2003 8)
     
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  6. ajs1976

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    Since your company is moving to 2003, I would suggest starting to work on the 290 exam and the 2003 MCSE track.

    Another option would be to get the MCSA 2000, then upgrade to MCSA 2003 and then complete the MCSE 2003.
     
    Certifications: MCSE, CCEA, Sec+, L+, N+
    WIP: 2008, CAG, or CCENT (not sure)
  7. mattwest

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    I agree with the last post.... maybe go MCSA 2000 and upgrade to MCSA 2003....

    Thats what 3 more exams for MCSA 2000 and what 1 exam for the upgrade??

    That way its 4 exams rather than 8 (?)

    That way the MCSA 2003 is still relevant and active and you can do the remaining 3 exams to upgrade that to an MCSE 2003 at your own pace.

    I think it would be better to aim for an MCSE in 2003 via the MCSA method, then once you have your MCSE in 2003 upgrading to the next version(s) whould only be 2 exams.

    Now i've done the hard work to get my MCSE in 2003 i plan to always update it (at the appropriate time!) even if my job isnt at that time 100% Microsoft. It just makes sense (to me! :blink :D ).
     
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  8. ajs1976

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    I could be wrong, but I think it will take 3 exams to go from MCSE 2003 to MCITP:EA 2008. Vista, the Windows 2008 MCTS update exam, and the MCITP:EA exam itself.
     
    Certifications: MCSE, CCEA, Sec+, L+, N+
    WIP: 2008, CAG, or CCENT (not sure)

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