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    Default I am having a hard time understanding the difference between certain Microsoft Certs

    I'm sorry I am new here and sorry if this topic has been discussed already in depth. I keep running into conflicting information. My friend has a Testout account which has an active MCTIP certification course which he is no longer using. I was thinking of using it. It covers:
    • Configuring Windows 7: 70-680
    • Configuring Server 2008 Network Infrastructure: 70-642
    • Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator: 70-646
    I have been told by some that the cert is useless and to go after a MCSE. Its a free training course for a certification that is quite expensive for me but I don't want to waste time on something that is obsolete. Can any experts help me understand the difference? Thank you.
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    I wonder if that person knows what they are talking about. The MCSE has changed considerably from Windows NT/2000/2003 to Windows 2008/2012.
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    MCITP is specific to Server 2008 exams. The 70-640, 642, 643, 647, and one "elective" exam (70-620, 624, 680, or 681) will get you the MCITP Enterprise Administrator for Server 2008. I don't think you can get the MCITP:SA (70-640, 642, 646) anymore, but it has changed to the MCSA for Server 2008.

    Here's more info:

    https://www.microsoft.com/learning/e...ification.aspx

    https://www.microsoft.com/learning/e...ification.aspx

    Three exams make the MCSA for Server 2012:

    https://www.microsoft.com/learning/e...ification.aspx

    And then two more make the MCSE:

    https://www.microsoft.com/learning/e...ification.aspx

    You can upgrade the MCSA 2008 to MCSA 2012 by taking the 70-417.
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