Remember a few years ago when it was a big deal if you had a Microsoft certification? Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) was the big one, with the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) being the "baby brother". MCSA was about managing and troubleshooting; MCSE was about designing and implementing.
As always, time marches on, Microsoft releases new products, and certifications are updated. This time around, they were also renamed. First up is the replacement for MCSA, now called "Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator." This version focuses on Windows Server 2008, including all the new functionality in the new version. The details for this certification are at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/windowsserver/2008/server/default.mspx. Three exams are required:
Those are the tests I took in the past week, so I've now officially upgraded my MCSA certification (the hard way - there is an upgrade path you can take too, described at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/windowsserver/2008/transition/default.mspx, but what's the fun in that?). Now it's on to the next certification, "Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator," described at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/windowsserver/2008/enterprise/default.mspx. There are five exams required for that one:
So 70-647 is the next one on my list. Then maybe I'll take a break for a while. Or maybe not, there are still more certifications to be had :-) It's great having a testing center right across the street from my office.