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01 Jun 2010   #1

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Need Advice on Certifications

I am looking into becoming an MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional). I looked online, but can't find any good info on what I need to take...

I have found Microsoft Learning: Go Further with Microsoft Certification

and the closest to MCP is MCITP which is not actually MCP. Any advice on what I need to do to get this certification. I want to be an MCP within the next year so I will have plenty of time to learn all that is needed.

This is for my Career Path. I want to get MCP, A+ and MCSA/MCSE/MCDBA(further down the road).

My main focus for career is Technical Support for Database and Server Management in Win Server 2003/2008


I know there are lots of certified people on this forum. Any advice or info?

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01 Jun 2010   #2

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I will send a PM to a few who may be able to help
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microso...d_Professional
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01 Jun 2010   #3

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Thanks Rich
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01 Jun 2010   #4

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You are so very welcome. Glad to help. Wish you luck with your quest.
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01 Jun 2010   #5

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Am I a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) if I earn an MCITP certification?

"Yes and no. The term MCP is used both as a general term for all Microsoft Certified Professionals and as the name of a certification. As an MCITP, you become part of the Microsoft Certified Professional community, with access to all related benefits, information, and activities. You do not earn a certification titled "MCP." You should use the MCITP certification on your resumé and in business collateral, which indicates your specialty and shows that you are a member of the MCP community. "



So is this (MCITP) what I would need to be a MCP? or should I shoot for the MCDBA instead?


Edit: This is getting a little confusing.
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01 Jun 2010   #6

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Back in my MCP days, all I need to do is to take an exam to certify. I don't know the process right now, but I assume it's not that different than how it was in the past... If you want to have MCDBA, back then IIRC, you need to take series of exams, each exam will earn you a "MCP" title...

After I read your link, it seem that MS changed their way of identifying a "certified professional"... Why not contact MS directly?

zzz2496

*Looks at his old MCP card...*
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01 Jun 2010   #7

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Thanks zzz.... shortly after college I looked into MCSE and was on that track, but never took it. I have since changed paths to DB/Server Admin. so I don't know where to start. MCP is no longer one test, but more of a term for anyone with a MS Certification of a certain caliber. I don't want to doubt my talents, but I don't know what testing I should look into first.

By your opinion, what was the hardest part of MCP test? or general area's covered? I have been looking everywhere and no one wants to give out this info freely
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01 Jun 2010   #8

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If I were you, I'd take Oracle DBA certification over MCDBA. IMHO Oracle is a bit more "open" than MCDBA from platform standpoint and from technology support standpoint, but have a go, here: Microsoft Learning: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA)

I don't see any test as "hard", it's just a test... It tests your knowledge and your decision making accompanied by your experience in using/maintain/support/install/configure/administrate certain MS products. If you don't have enough experience, usually you'll bump a road block in the test.

zzz2496

Ps. I've gone quite long and far from MS solutions these last 5 years... I've fell in love with Linux, for now - I see Linux as the best Server solution out there EVER. As for clients, I still recommend any Windows clients over any other client OS out there, just because of the ridiculous driver support MS client products have...
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01 Jun 2010   #9

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I found the MCDBA's new equivalent: Microsoft Learning: Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

It's the MCITP: Database Administrator 2008, it requires 2 exams:
  1. Exam 70-432
  2. Exam 70-450
Good luck

zzz2496
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01 Jun 2010   #10

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zzz, Thanks for clarifying.

I was looking at the MCITP, but had no idea where to start or if this was even my best starting point.

I have not delved into the Linux world yet, (played with Ubuntu, but that's not quite the same). I probably will soon. I have an Oracle 8 book/cd (old I know, but i have limited resources right now) and will probably look into the Oracle DBA over the MCDBA (as you said its not OS specific).
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