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    Default SQL: MCDBA 2000 vs MCTS 2005

    I'm currently working on my MCSE and wanted to know what you guys/gals think about which SQL path is better. So far my thoughts are:

    MCDBA SQL 2000:
    Pro's:
    - While being a serious 4-exam cert, I would only need to take 1 exam on top of MCSE: 70-229 (assuming I take 70-228 as elective; I'll also have 291 + 293)
    - MCDBA status (as opposed to just MCTS in SQL)
    Con's:
    - Even though widely used, it's a somewhat outdated platform

    MCTS SQL 2005:
    Pro's:
    - Only 1 exam 70-431 (which means I can take Exchange 03 for my MCSE elective; nice thing to have)
    - Newer platform

    Con's:
    - No MCDBA status

    So the bottom line question for me is which additional exam to take: 70-229 or 70-431.

    What do you recommend?
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    It looks like you have a ways to go on your MCSE, so you might want to wait until August and see if you can use the 2008 SQL exams.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mc...r/default.mspx

    I'm not experience enough with MS SQL to answer your question, but I thought I you might want to be aware of that.
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    Easy -- go for whatever your company is using. Don't get caught up in the titles that are associated with each cert (MCDBA versus MCTS: SQL Server). You really should be more focused on what skillset would help your career the most.
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