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Microsoft certification is a widely respected, multilevel program that recognizes the skills of professionals who design, install, and operate Microsoft environments. Microsoft certifications bring valuable, measurable rewards to IT professionals, their managers, and the organizations that employ them.

Certification Path – If you have experience and want to obtain your certification quickly, you can take boot camps to prepare for all the exams you’ll need to take.

Skills-Building Path – If you want to build your skills first, or if you need more preparation before attempting a Boot Camp, you can take individual courses.

Are You Ready?

Boot camps tend to be very fast-paced and intense, so find out if your training company offers a practice test that can give you an idea of whether or not you’re ready for a boot camp.

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration

Designates your expertise in:

  • Active Directory and Directory Services
  • Active Directory server roles
  • Certificate management
  • Group Policy

Required Microsoft Exams: Exam 70 – 640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration

Designates your expertise in:

  • Windows deployment services
  • Terminal services
  • Web services
  • Media services

Required Microsoft Exams: Exam 70 – 643: TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Platform, Configuring

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration

Designates your expertise in:

  •  IP addressing and services
  • Names resolution
  • File and print services
  • Network and remote access
  • Monitoring network services

Required Microsoft Exams: Exam 70 – 642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration

Designates your expertise in:

  • Understand the functions and features of Windows 7
  • Troubleshoot network-connectivity issues
  • Troubleshoot applications issues

Required Microsoft Exams: Exam 70 – 680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring

MCTS: Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007

Designates your expertise in:

  • Formulate well thought-out project plans
  • Manage projects effectively
  • Take responsible for project scheduling, estimating, coordinating, controlling, budgeting, and staffing
  • Provide support to other Microsoft Office Project users

Required Microsoft Exams: Exam 70 – 632: TS: Microsoft Office Project 2007, Managing Projects

MCTS: Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

Validates your ability to:

  • Manage project and non-project efforts, risks, issues, documents, task progress, and timesheets

Required Microsoft Exams: Exam 70 – 633: TS: Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Managing Projects

MCITP: Server Administrator

Validates your ability to:

  • Problem-solve Windows Server 2008 issues
  • Lead the day-to-day operations management of Windows Server 2008
  • Take system-wide ownership of Windows Server 2008 administration
  • Increase your organization’s return on technology investment

Required Microsoft Exams:

New Certification Candidates:

  • Exam 70 – 640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 646: PRO: Windows Server 2008 Administrator

Current MCSAs on Windows Server 2003:

  • Exam 70 – 648: TS: Upgrading your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008
  • Exam 70 – 646: PRO: Windows Server 2008 Administrator

MCITP: Enterprise Administrator

Validates your ability to:

  • Configure Windows 7 and Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure
  • Plan network and administration services
  • Design identity and access management components
  • Design for business continuity and data availability

Required Microsoft Exams:

New Certification Candidates:

  • Exam 70 – 640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 643: TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 647: PRO: Enterprise Administrator

Current MCITP Server Administrators:

  • Exam 70 – 680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 643: TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 647: PRO: Enterprise Administrator

Current MCSEs on Windows Server 2003:

  • Exam 70 – 680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 649: TS: Upgrading your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist
  • Exam 70 – 647: PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7

Validates your ability to:

  • Deploy operating systems
  • Deploy desktop applications
  • Manage the client life cycle

Required Microsoft Exams:

  • Exam 70 – 680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 686: PRO: Windows 7, Desktop Administration

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

Validates your ability to:

  • Identify the cause and resolution of desktop application, network, and security issues
  • Support and maintain systems and mobile devices that run Windows 7

Required Microsoft Exams:

  • Exam 70 – 680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring
  • Exam 70 – 685: PRO: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

MCITP: Database Administrator 2008

Validates your ability to:

  • Install and configure SQL Server 2008
  • Maintain a SQL Server database
  • Monitor and troubleshoot SQL Server
  • Design SQL Server database solutions
  • Optimize SQL Server performance

Required Microsoft Exams: Exam 70 – 432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Installation and Maintenance

Experienced professionals who have already earned the MCITP: Database Administrator, SQL Server 2005 certification will take one upgrade exam: Exam 70 – 453: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 DBA to MCITP SQL Server 2008

MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator

Validates your ability to:

  • Perform as a lead engineer for messaging solutions
  • Design and deploy messaging solutions with Exchange Server 2010

Required Microsoft Exams

  • Exam 70 – 662: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
  • Exam70-663: Pro: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

MCITP: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator

Validates your ability to:

  • Install, configure, manage, and maintain a SharePoint 2010 environment
  • Deploy and manage applications, including databases and site collections
  • Design and plan a SharePoint 2010 deployment
  • Define a SharePoint 2010 operations strategy and business continuity
  • Plan for search and business solutions

Required Microsoft Exams

  • 70 – 667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring
  • 70 – 668: Pro: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator

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