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What exam path to take?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by NightWalker, May 22, 2012.

  1. NightWalker

    NightWalker Gigabyte Poster

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    Hi folks, I am currently an MCSA:M on Server 2003. We are planning to upgrade to Server 2008 at work so I want to bring my certs up to date. I am thinking I might do the last two Server 2003 modules of my MCSE in Server 2003 then look at the upgrade exam/s to Server 2008. Sound like a good plan or is there a better direction to go? Any advice appreciated.
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCP, MCSA:M 2003, ITIL v3 Foundation
  2. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I would probably do the same and finish off the MCSE then move on to MCITP. You could also go directly from the MCSA to the MCITP:SA or EA.

    If you want to upgrade from MCSA to MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, you'll need to do the following exams:

    70-648 TS: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to, Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations
    70-643 TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
    70-680 TS: Windows 7, Configuring
    70-647 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator

    If you want to upgrade from MCSA to MCITP: Server Administrator, you'll need to do the following exams:

    70-648 TS: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to, Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations
    70-646 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

    Also keep in mind that the exam 70-648 is made up of 70-640 and 70-642.
     
    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
    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  3. NightWalker

    NightWalker Gigabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the info. As a comparison what would be the upgrade path from MCSE Server 2003?
    It has been a while since I did any Microsoft certs, are exam vouchers still around, what is the cheapest way of paying for the exams?
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCP, MCSA:M 2003, ITIL v3 Foundation
  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Sure, it would be something like this:

    Upgrade from MCSE to MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, you'll need to do the following exams:

    70-649 TS: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSE to, Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations
    70-680 TS: Windows 7, Configuring
    70-647 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator

    Upgrade from MCSE to MCITP: Server Administrator, you'll need to do the following exams:

    70-649 TS: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSE to, Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations
    70-646 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
     
    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
    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  5. NightWalker

    NightWalker Gigabyte Poster

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    Brilliant, thanks for that. I think I will finish my Server 2003 MCSE as both modules are on AD (70-294 and 70-297) plus I want to finally say I completed it! Then I will look to start on the upgrades to MCITP: Enterprise Administrator.

    Are exam vouchers still around, what is the cheapest way of paying for the exams these days, just book direct on the Prometric site?
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCP, MCSA:M 2003, ITIL v3 Foundation
  6. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I used to use preplogic exam vouchers back in the day, they would normally cost 5-15$ less. Nowadays I am not sure, I haven't payed for exams in a while so I don't really know for sure who to use. I've always booked through prometric, but work payed for the exams so it didn't really matter to me if I use a voucher or not.
     
    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
    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  7. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Hi, Microsoft have been offering 'Exam Packs' and buying multiple exams at once gave you 15% off plus a free resit if needed, but unfortunately none have surfaced so far this year...
    Keep an eye out here:
    Product Offers | Training Offers | Microsoft Learning Special Offers

    But there is the alternative of buying the MS Press books for studying, Each one will contain a 15% off voucher to use when booking the exam through Prometric.

    HTH.
     
    Certifications: B.Sc.(Hons), MBCS. MCP (271,272), MCDST, MCTS (680), MCITP:EDST7, MCSA:WIN7, MCPS, MCNPS
    WIP: 70-686, then onto MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure via MCSA: Server 2012...
  8. NightWalker

    NightWalker Gigabyte Poster

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    Had a rummage through my MS Press books, the only one with a voucher is the 70-270 XP book (no good for the 70-294). Might have a look on Ebay/Amazon and see if there are any about with a voucher; might work out cheaper than paying full price with Prometric. Thanks for the help guys.
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCP, MCSA:M 2003, ITIL v3 Foundation

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