What’s the difference between the MCSE and MCPIT Microsoft certifications?

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What is the difference between the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCPIT) certifications?

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The MCITP and MCSE are at the same level of certification. The MCITP certifications are for the newer products (SQL Server 2005+, Windows 2008+, etc).

The MCSE is for Windows 2003 and below.

And that the mcitp is only like a new step to MCSE or more standard just as all this upgrading in Software

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  • Ed Tittel
    The previous answer very much captures the gist of the biggest difference: the subject matter and vintage of the Microsoft products involved, but it fails to address the levels of specialization open to MCITP that are not open to MCSE. For the latter, target roles are three and basic: system administrator, security administrator, or messaging administrator (see http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/default.mspx#E5D for details). By contrast, there are TONS of roles for the MCITP cert: Business Intelligence Developer, Consumer Support Technician, Database Developer and Administrator, Messaging Administrator, Project Management/Project Server administrator, Enterprise Administrator, and Server Administrator. Going forward I think this gives the MCITP a lot more coverage and potential credibility than the MCSE (see http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/default.mspx#E5D) for details. HTH, and do feel free to follow up with additional questions if you have any. Best wishes, --Ed--
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  • Psuresh555
    Hi Ed, May I know which is the best one to the current and upcoming industry. (Messaging Administrator, Project Management/Project Server administrator, Enterprise Administrator, and Server Administrator.) If I have a plan to do MSCE or MCITP. Which is the best one and May I know the sub domain is best. Regards, SPD
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  • Denny Cherry
    The one that is best is the one which focuses on the area that you want to focus your career in. Having a certification focused on Exchange when you want to be a SharePoint Admin (just as an example) will do you no good. That is why Microsoft created the MCITP (and MCTS) certifications so that people could get certifications which were more focused on what they actually do for a living.
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  • Lonewolfbw
    Also, a difference is that the MCITP certification will expire, I believe when the support for Windows Server 2008 expires. WHereas the MCSE remains on your transcript permanently.
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  • Denny Cherry
    They changed the MCITP shortly after it came out so that they don't expire. However the certifications are tied to a specific version.
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  • Harithachowdary
    hai iam pursuing B-tech , iam very much interested in Nerworking side .so i have a plan to do MCSE certifications , may i know which one is best for me.
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