Obtaining MCTS and MCITP certification

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Certification preparation
My superiors want staff to be certified. I've always thought real world experience was a better measure of your worth but this comes from above. That said, they want me certified ASAP. I've looked at bootcamp sitesmaterials and frankly am more than a bit skeptical. Can anyone recommend a reputable boot camp vendor or provide an argument for going a different route in obtaining certification? I'd appreciate any input.

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Microsoft certified technology specialist / MCTS cert provides the foundation for MS certs. These cert is designed to validate skills on the features and functionality of key technologies specially implementing, troubleshooting, & debugging a specific technology.
While, Microsoft certified IT professional / MCITP deals under Microsoft certified systems administrator / MCSA cert that has two kinds of: Server Administrator & Enterprise Administrator. It is based on planning and maintaining a MS windows server
2008 Network Infrastructure. This course planned for IT profs, who need to design, plan, implement & support the MS OS. Generally, it is totally based on networks.
You did not mention here, from which field you are / what kind of job you are doing now! If you wish to lean networking, so why you don’t try for CCNA.

If you wish you may look the earlier posts here.

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  • Denny Cherry
    I believe that we talked over email about this. To summarize, look at the books that are around to fill in your knowledge gaps. When taking the Microsoft exams remember that the MCTS exams are designed to show a breadth of knowledge for a product, while the MCITP exams are designed to show a depth in understanding of a specific job function. That's why in SQL 2005 for example we had the MCTS: SQL Server 2005 and then two MCITP certifications, one for DBA and one for DBD. This has changed slightly with the SQL 2008 exams as there are two MCTS certifications. They still show breadth of knowledge of the product, just with a slightly different spin on it.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Good point Mrdenny. Actually MCTS cert helps to prove ability to implement / troubleshoot, & debug a particular MS technology (as u mentioned), like Windows OS / MS exchange server or MS SQL Server and also MS Visual Studio. There is also Microsoft Certified Professional / MCP includes opportunities to connect with a vast, global network of MCP(s). Also remember, earning MS certs validates proven experience & knowledge in using MS products and solutions.
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