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Windows Server 2008 R2

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by benmorgan, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. benmorgan

    benmorgan New Member


    I've tried ringing Microsoft Learning in the UK with regards to the following question, but they don't seem to understand what I'm getting at. Hopefully someone here can clarify...

    I'm considering Windows Server 2008 certification (MCITP: Server Admin with the 2 qualifying MCTS certs). I want to know what will happen when Windows Server 2008 R2 is released. Will I my 2008 certification apply to the R2 platform as well? Will I need to re-certify or take another exam? Or will Microsoft just update the courseware and exams?

    Tried asking the woman at MS what the situation was when Windows Server 2003 R2 was released but she didn't know that either?

    Can anyone help?


  2. UKDarkstar
    Honorary Member

    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    Generally exam and course material is just updated to reflect the new material. No need to worry about it - just get stuck in ! No need to recertify etc.
    Certifications: BA (Hons), MBCS, CITP, MInstLM, ITIL v3 Fdn, PTLLS, CELTA
    WIP: CMALT (about to submit), DTLLS (on hold until 2012)
  3. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

    What UKDarkstar said, plus you might want to introduce yourself to the community before asking for advice.
    Certifications: CCA | CCENT | CCNA | CCNA:S | HP APC | HP ASE | ITILv3 | MCP | MCDST | MCITP: EA | MCTS:Vista | MCTS:Exch '07 | MCSA 2003 | MCSA:M 2003 | MCSA 2008 | MCSE | VCP5-DT | VCP4-DCV | VCP5-DCV | VCAP5-DCA | VCAP5-DCD | VMTSP | VTSP 4 | VTSP 5
  4. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    I've already answered this here, directly from MS.

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  5. benmorgan

    benmorgan New Member

    Thanks for the help guys.

    Basically, I'm considering certification for the first time. I've been made redundant and have access to £2,500 worth of training and am currently seeking out the most cost-effective training resources.

    I've worked in IT for some time, mainly in a front-line environment (technical support, service desk, etc.) but am looking to move in to a back-office type role and am looking for advice on the best certs to gain.

    The one course I've got my eye on is Microsoft's 6419A. This combines training for the 3 certs required to become a Server Admin (not really interested in the Enterprise Admin as it combines Vista desktop stuff - which I presume will be replaced with a Windows 7 client exam shortly - plus it's going to cost more).

    My only concern would be the possible lack of 2003 skills. I don't really want to commit to a technology that's due to be phased out, but on the flip side I'd like to have some technical knowledge of the platform for migration purposes. I can't seem to find out from the Microsoft website if 2003 is touched upon in the above course. What would be your advice?

    Finally, I'd be looking to complement the Server Admin cert with another of relevance. Not really sure whether a Cisco cert or a Microsoft specialist cert (such as Exchange) would be of most value.

    Thanks in advance all - any advice greatly appreciated.


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