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MCSE 2003 upgrade to MCITP EA

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by ajbritton, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. ajbritton

    ajbritton New Member

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    Hi All.

    I'm an MCSE 2003 (with Exchange 2003), obtained in Nov 2007 and I'm now looking to upgrade to MCITP Enterprise Admin. This will mean taking 70-649 (to upgrade to Server 2008 MCTS), 70-680 (Win 7) and finally 70-647.

    When I took the MCSE, I was working in a role that meant I was using many of the technologies in Server 2003 day-in, day-out. I managed to pass all the exams first time but still had to study quite hard. That was over 3 years ago and I've been in a management role since then. I've not really put in any time with Server 2008 or R2 so am anticipating quite a big learning curve for the 70-649.

    I've got two questions then;

    1 - Given that I've been away from the front-line for 3 years, how realistic is it for me to take this on with no actual 2008 experience. I will be relying on MS eLearning, technet, books, playing with VMs, test papers to get through.

    2 - I used CBT to get through my MCSE 2003 and found it useful. I supplemented with ExamCram books which each came with a couple of test papers. I would like to go the same route. Can anyone recommend, from direct experience good CBT courses for these exams and any essential books?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Sparky
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    Its achievable mate. I did the “upgrade” before we deployed Server 2008 at work. Lots of lab work and it defiantly helped when we started working with it in a live environment.
     
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Exchange 2007\2010
  3. ajbritton

    ajbritton New Member

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    Did you use a training provider at all or was it all self study?
     
  4. Sparky
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    Self study mate - basically migrated my old MCSE lab! :biggrin
     
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Exchange 2007\2010
  5. jk2447

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    Something I need to do but who has the time. I'm struggling to find time for any study at the min.

    @ajbritton its going to be tougher than if you were still 3rd line but it comes back quickly believe me. Like Sparky says, get your labs going, things haven't moved on massively
     
    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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