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    My background is in web development/design but I've somehow managed to end up maintaining a mid-sized company network and providing every aspect of IT support (on top of managing our 3 websites and producing much of the marketing material!) but they are keen for me to do any courses I think are beneficial (which they will pay for of course).

    I’m completely confused about whether I should be looking at doing an MCSE (which I believe gets you an MCSA along the way?) or do the MCITP – a lot of what Google threw up was a bit out dated. What concerns me is that if I bypass the 2003 certifications and just do the MCITP, in the real world companies are unlikely to go through the costly upgrade from 2003 for quite a while and so will favour MCSE. Fwit, I’m not looking to leave my current position in the near future.

    Suggestions from anyone who has done any of the above certifications?

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    I would advise you to choose MCSE certification first. There are many distinctions between Server 2003 (which is what MCSE is based on) and Server 2008 (MCITP). By having MCSE certification, you will have a very solid platform to upgrade to MCTS or MCITP and furthermore, the majority of server OSes used in industry is Server 2003.

    If you chose the other route and studied for MCITP accreditation, you may reach a point (although unlikely) where MCSE is phased out leaving you in a situation where you cannot achieve MCSE certification. At least, if you chose MCSE first (while it is still available), you have the option to upgrade to the newer certifications.

    I will be able to find out more information from my colleagues if necessary.

    Edited by: "ElliottC" 30th Nov 2010

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the reply. My initial thought was to do just that as the info I got from HR today says the upgrade path from MCSE to MCITP is only 2 exams, and as you say, the industry standard will likely be server 2003 for the foreseeable future.

    JimmyW

    Thanks for the reply. My initial thought was to do just that as the info … Thanks for the reply. My initial thought was to do just that as the info I got from HR today says the upgrade path from MCSE to MCITP is only 2 exams, and as you say, the industry standard will likely be server 2003 for the foreseeable future.



    As far as I am aware, the upgrade path is 3 exams from MCSE to MCITP. As we both agree that Server 2003 is the heir apparent (whether by right or not), it makes sense to take MCSE now. Imagine being certified in MCITP and you have knowledge of the latest and greatest server OS, yet may not be able to diagnose Server 2003 issues!

    Edit: Actually, you are correct - the upgrade path is 2 exams for MCSE -> MCITP.
    Edited by: "ElliottC" 1st Dec 2010

    Original Poster

    Thanks again, yeah I think that makes sense. On holiday now until monday so got a while to think about it.
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