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MCSA 2003... Is it still worth getting.

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by Grim-83, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Grim-83

    Grim-83 Nibble Poster

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    Question time, dose anyone think it is still worth getting the MCSA Windows Server 2003 qualification?

    A little back story, I took the courses for the 70-290 and 70-291 7 years ago, but never got around to sitting the exams. I have the A+, Network+ and 70-270 qualifications that are needed for these exams.

    My skills on 2003 are still top notch, I am just wondering is it worth getting or should i just skip to 2012 Server exams... All comments are welcomed.

    Before anyone say, I am aware that these exams are being ended July 31, 2013. (reason I'm not going to push for the MCSE)
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, MCP 70-270, 70-290, MCTS 70-680, MTA 98-365, 98-366, 98-367
    WIP: CCENT / CCNA
  2. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I think that is a tough question for a few reasons. 2012 is the way forward IMHO but I've always said having older certs makes it look like you've been in the cert game for longer, not to mention the fact that a great many companies will run 2003 until the bitter end because it is argably the most successful windows server os to date.

    Its just my opinion but I would get your 2003 MCSA as soon as possible seeing as its only two exams away. I would then get cracking on 2012.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
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  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Its upto you, I'd probably go for the 2003 MCSA as its only two exams.

    However its unlikely that you will want to go the upgrade route so if you do want to get MCSE 2012 then you will most likely have to start from scratch.
     
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH
  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I agree with dmarsh, its all up to you... if you have the time to get it done, why not. You can then upgrade to Server 2008 and again upgrade to Server 2012...
     
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
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  5. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    Interesting as I was in an 'almost' identical situation.

    Did the same courses at Lancaster Universities training centre which provided their own "cert" of completion from their tests, have the 70-290 and the required electives via A+/Network+/Security+, just needing the beast 70-291 and 70-680 to complete.

    Took a few months of dithering to finally decide but the route I'm taking is to leave the 2003 MCSA alone and get the 2008 MCITP/MCSA, then upgrade to the MCSE 2012.

    In my mental image this shows reasonable CPD in the MS realm:

    MCP 2003
    MCSA 2008
    MCSE 2012

    So that's my opinion. Although 2003 is not going where for a while in some places, we're slowly retiring most of the boxes at our clients so it's not going to be around for me for that long.
     
    Certifications: BSc. (Comp. Sci.), MBCS, MCP [70-290], Specialist [74-324], Security+, Network+, A+, Tea Lord: Beverage Brewmaster | Courses: LFS101x Introduction to Linux (edX)
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  6. Grim-83

    Grim-83 Nibble Poster

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    Thank you all for your thoughts. I'm going to sit my 70-685 exam this month (for my MCITP), then do the 70-290 exam. I wasn't planning on the upgrade path but skip 2008 and go for the 2012 exams.
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, MCP 70-270, 70-290, MCTS 70-680, MTA 98-365, 98-366, 98-367
    WIP: CCENT / CCNA
  7. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    I'm in a similar position now, just the 70-291 to go for the MCSA 2003, and I'm going for it!

    My thoughts are that if I can get the MCSA 2003, then go for the MCSA 2008 and MCSA 2012, it will look impressive to potential employers, showing that I've been around a while and been through a few generations.
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  8. j1mgg

    j1mgg Kilobyte Poster

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    I am also doing this as well. I have the books and cbt nuggets material here already so will be giving it a shot. Hopefully have the 290 done by mid February, and then I will have 5 months to get the second part which I have heard isn't the nicest of books. Our current work still uses server 2003 and doubt it will be getting changed for a long time considering some of the legacy stuff in the company we bought and just don't have the money.
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+, ITIL V3 Foundation, MCDST, 70-270, 70-290
    WIP: 70-291, security+ and SSCP
  9. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

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    Must admit I do like reading a CV that mentions Windows NT so I can see what you are doing there :)
     
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  10. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    Looks like we're all on winning game plans then eh! :)
     
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