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    Default Is MCSA/MCSE worth investing in now?

    I am finally getting in gear to get a couple certifications under my belt after 10 years of not investing any time into it. I am stuck in a little quandry. I have a library of MCSE materials in our tech library that would make studying for the MCSE more cost effective right now, but will the 2003 certs be even worth the time investing in now?

    Is there any value of becoming MCSE + MCTIP:EA?

    It seems if I did go that route this would be the best path to take:

    70-620 = MCTS
    70-290
    70-291 = MCSA
    70-293
    70-294
    70-297
    Security+ = MCSE
    70-647
    70-649 = MCITP:EA
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    The MCSE -> MCITP:EA route is where I'm going. The way I see it, 2008 doesn't have as big a market share as 2003 does, so people still need MCSEs. Then, as more companies move to 2008, they will need people with experience in both to ease the transition, so having the MCSE + MCITP will be a big plus.
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    A very interesting point. Are you taking the same testing path as I noted above or did you find a different path?
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    Do you have any certs currently? Why did you list the MCSA after 291?

    Given your experience, I'd do both. I'd be more hesitant to tell that to someone starting fresh since who knows what will be out by the time they finish. However, you should be able to get through that a lot quicker.
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    I only have certs from many moons ago. An A+ from 1998 and a MCP (one examp) from 1999. I had made an error in my path, I missed an exam that gets you to MCSA...

    70-620 = MCTS
    70-290
    70-291
    70-284 = MCSA < I forgot an elective
    70-293
    70-294
    70-297
    Security+ = MCSE
    70-647
    70-649 = MCITP:EA

    Question on MCSA + Messaging. It shows you need 290, 291, 284 and 270. Can you substitute 620 for the 270 for this path?
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    MCSA: Messaging on Windows Server 2003 Certification Requirements

    It shows the 620 in there as an alternative to the 270 so that would be fine. I would definitely recommend picking up the MCSE before MCITP: EA. My experience in job searching so far is that while there does seem to be a decent amount of 2008 deployments out there, virtually nobody has heard about the MCITP yet.
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    Very good points. Although it will cost more I think I will do at least a MCSA/Messaging > MCSE/Messaging > and MCIPT:EA. And I at least have the MS Press books for 290, 291, 293, 294 and a Test King on 284 so I can get to studying now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LTParis View Post
    A very interesting point. Are you taking the same testing path as I noted above or did you find a different path?
    I'm taking a similar path:

    70-290
    Security+
    70-270
    70-291
    70-293
    70-294
    70-298
    70-299

    Then the MCITP:EA upgrade exams

    btw....Test King is a dump, don't use it
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    You dont actually need to take the 70-299 if you have youre security+ cert...
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    I am in a way taking the same route. MCSA->MCSE->MCITP-EA it will be better in the end I think to have both. Also like the other poster said stay away from TEST King they are dumps and you will risk your certs being taken away by using that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maumercado View Post
    You dont actually need to take the 70-299 if you have youre security+ cert...
    It looks like he's doing the security specialization, which requires 298 and two security electives.
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    I started a thread on this a week ago; I am at the same crossroads. From the job searches I have done, nowadays employers want a combination of an MCSA/MCSE & CCNA-bare minimum. And yes, many HR departments have not even heard of the MCTS series of certs or the MCITP. Only when you mention MCSE does the light bulb go off!!

    Having obtained the CCNA, I am also going to pursue the MCSA/MCSE track for 2003; starting with 290. Once I complete this, I will evaluate and see if either I will pursue the 2008 track, or go for one of the Cisco associate exams like Security. Or maybe even CCNP.

    I have read alot of posts in which suggestions have been made to pursue certification to coincide with your current job duties, but I also think it would be wise to prepare for the future too. If 2008 is catching on after I complete my MCSE, then I will most likely pursue it.

    Just my 2 cents!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rterrasi View Post
    And yes, many HR departments have not even heard of the MCTS series of certs or the MCITP. Only when you mention MCSE does the light bulb go off!!
    On my resume, I was debating adding ( MCSE 2008 ) after my EA
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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscamaro68 View Post
    I am in a way taking the same route. MCSA->MCSE->MCITP-EA it will be better in the end I think to have both. Also like the other poster said stay away from TEST King they are dumps and you will risk your certs being taken away by using that.
    Very interesting and I was unaware of that. I think I might still have a book on that somewhere in our library I'll have to search for.

    I know that for the MCITP side the MS Press books are highly recommended, and I have the MS Press 2003 MCSA/E books now. Are they recommended for the MCSA/E track or should I augment the books with anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik View Post
    It looks like he's doing the security specialization, which requires 298 and two security electives.
    Exactly
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    Quote Originally Posted by LTParis View Post
    Very interesting and I was unaware of that. I think I might still have a book on that somewhere in our library I'll have to search for.

    I know that for the MCITP side the MS Press books are highly recommended, and I have the MS Press 2003 MCSA/E books now. Are they recommended for the MCSA/E track or should I augment the books with anything?
    I have the 70-290 MS Press book, and the CBT Nuggets for 290. Depending on your budget I would highly recommend Nuggets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik View Post
    On my resume, I was debating adding ( MCSE 2008 ) after my EA
    That would be fun to see if anybody would actually call you back on that.
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    I don't want to thread jack but I have a question as well. I plan to obtain the CCNA, MCSA, and Sec+ this summer. After that I am trying to decide whether or not the MCSE would be the best route or should I start the path for the 2008 certs. Another option is to start working on the CCNA:S. Which would hold the most weight in the IT world, CCNA:S, MCSE, or MCITP:SA/EA? I am working a helpdesk role and I am looking into moving into Network Admin work.
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    MCSE + MCITP: EA is pretty much must for a next few years and certainly not a waste.

    The real question is can you complete that kind of workload in a reasonable amount of time. Personally I read a couple of books, and do at least 50 hours in the lab before I am willing to take on each cert. With that kind of math and my schedule that means I can, assuming I pass... do one exam per quarter.

    I guess what I am saying is set reasonable timelines, not just ideal objectives.

    If someone asked me would MCA, CCIE and RHCE be a good set of certs to get, I would say yes. But looking ahead, do you think it's reasonable for your workload and won't burn yourself out on the subject matter.
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    Well of course I would like to try to complete something in a short time frame. Right now I have some time in the day and a lot of time in the evening to do some book reading and such. I could probably reasonably get my MCTP and MCSA + Messaging in a couple months. I am starting to read up as much as I can on the 70-620 so I can brush up on things, get the "gotcha" questions down pat in my mind, and quickly turn around that test.
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    I currently have my MCSA: Security and plan on starting and getting my MCSE in the next year. The fact is that the MCSE catches peoples attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscamaro68 View Post
    Also like the other poster said stay away from TEST King they are dumps and you will risk your certs being taken away by using that.
    Wow! Didn't know this could happen. Do you know of any examples of this going down?
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    This is a good thread, because I have been thinking about this.

    I was looking at the MCSA 2003 and also the Server 2008 too. I don't know how long with MCSA will be around, however I believe that since I have my Network+/A+, I would only have to take two exams for this Vs the three exams for Server 2008.

    I haven't read all of the sticky yet in the threads for 2008 Vs MCSA 2003, how much has changed?

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    There really hasn't been that much that's changed. It's more like things have been added, expanded, and/or improved upon. You're going to still be covering a majority of the same material, which is one of the reasons I don't think it's a waste to start with 2003.
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    6 months and I have to resurrect this thread. Of course it was my intention to have a couple certs under my belt now, but thanks to being overloaded at work my certifications slipped in priority once again. And once again it looks like our contract looks to be nearing the end so I am back in scramble mode.

    I was thinking of taking a slightly different path so I can crunch in the next 6 weeks a couple certs:

    S+
    1Y0-A09 = Citrix XenServer 5 Cert
    70-620 = MCTS
    70-290
    70-291
    70-284 = MCSA+Messaging
    70-293
    70-294
    70-297 = MCSE
    70-647
    70-649 = MCITP:EA

    If I am lucky I can knock out the first three in this time, maybe even the 70-290 test if we can stay focused. Has there been any changes in the past six months that is seeing the MCSE fall out of favor and maybe I should focus on the MCTIP instead?
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