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    Default Comparing MCSA 2003 and 2008

    I want to get an MCSA, but I don't want to feel like my back is up against the wall time-wise with the deadline on 2003. What I liked about the 2003 track is that I already have CompTia Security+, which counts as an elective. It apparently doesn't count at all for 2008. Also, one can't take Windows 7 for 2008 which is kind of a bummer. I was looking forward to taking that one.

    So there's just three server tests to take to get the 2008 MCSA?

    I already have a CCNA, and I've been in networking for about four years. I figured that if I could get an MCSA 2008, I would be well-rounded and would be able to get a Sys Admin position, where I'm not just doing networking all day long. Any suggestions?

    Also, and this may be a dumb question, but is it possible to just book-study for these tests without actually going out and getting a server to learn the material by? With networking, passing cert tests without actually doing hands-on with routers/switches is unthinkable. Just wondering if it's the same with MS certs.
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    Just get your MCSA 2008. In terms of market value, your past the point of needing to prove yourself with a client certification. A server certificaiton helps. You can always learn the knowledge without getting the certifications.

    It is possible to book study, but I wouldn't advise it. Unless you have done something in production, lab it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptilsen View Post
    It is possible to book study, but I wouldn't advise it. Unless you have done something in production, lab it.
    I'd love to lab it. Care to donate the funds? I might can afford the books, but no way can I afford the hardware right now, eBay or no.
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    Unless you are on a netbook, nettop, tablet, or five-year-old computer, you're using the hardware right now. I labbed servers on my Core 2 Duo laptop back in 2008. I like to tell people to get SSDs and at least four logical cores, 8GB of RAM, but the truth is you can get by with dual-core, one hard drive, 4GB of RAM.
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    Can you elaborate on how to lab servers on one's laptop? Because I really don't know what you mean, nor how to do that. But if that's all it takes, I'm all for it.
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    You're not familiar with virtualization software? You install servers as virtual machines. I used VirtualPC back in the day, but these days I use VirtualBox. Some people prefer VMWare Player or Workstation. They all work well enough.
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    There are also Technet virtual labs available for free from Microsoft. Many are highly relevant to the MCSA test materials.
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