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sup team

 

i plan on going through the microsoft books to get a MCITP in server 2008 but with the release of 2012 im wondering if i should continue with 2008 or just skip to 2012. The workplace i work in is still on 2003 and im not even sure if they are going to go to 08 or skip to 12.

 

How many of you are still stuck on 2003? what is the upgrade plan if ya know? should i bother with doing them?

 

Thanks in advance :)

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It's almost "how long is a piece of string ".

 

Are you going to use the certification in your current workplace ? What is their upgrade path ? Are you trying to plan ahead for a job in the future where you think the cert will be better leverage ?

 

Everything I've ever read is that companies with smart I.T. managers don't worry so much about the certificates as much as your demonstrated knowledge. In the long run it probably won't make much difference when you move on whether it's a 08 or 11 cert, but if you planned/oversaw/particpated in the upgrade from 03 to whatever.

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i probably wont be using it at my current work, their upgrade path is either gonna go 08 or 12 and im not sure. Im starting to think i should just go with 2012 to keep my finger on the pulse and stay competitve, i do night shift at work and have time to study at work so im guessing i may aswell take advantage of it

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2012 to be sure, I'm currently playing with the RTM it in my test environment and the improvements with VDI/Hyper-V are damn impressive. Adding to that the hybrid cloud strategy MS seem to be taking with this one is also another great argument for certs in 2012. You want to be in a position to offer new IT strategies to your company that will be a cost saver as well as offer substantial business benefits.

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thats interesting, do you do much work with VMware? im really happy with vmware and dunno if its worth learning about a MS virtual solution when im already good with the VMware

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I believe that MS are going to retire the 2008 examss this coming July anyway - so if you haven't already got a cert, you should definitely be doing 2012.

 

I've got a couple of MCTS certs in Win 7 and Server 2008 and was planning on going for more, working towards MCSA/MCITP but now I don't think I'll be able to do all the exams I need before they retire :/

 

And really, you need to ask yourself where you want your career to end up. IT guys with MS skills are pretty thick on the ground, but its arguably the most widely used technology out there, so you'll always have job opportunities but you may not be making as much as someone who specializes in other fields like networking, Linux, storage, virtualization or whatever.

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I believe that MS are going to retire the 2008 examss this coming July anyway - so if you haven't already got a cert, you should definitely be doing 2012.

 

I've got a couple of MCTS certs in Win 7 and Server 2008 and was planning on going for more, working towards MCSA/MCITP but now I don't think I'll be able to do all the exams I need before they retire :/

The credit for passing an exam lasts for a bit after the exam itself is retired, I think.

 

I used my Windows 2000 Professional exam pass to complete my MCSE track back in 2003 (or 04 maybe?), even though the current exam at that point was for Windows XP, and the 2000 Professional exam had been retired.

 

Yeah, 2 years passed between getting that first exam, and finishing the certification. :-/

 

I guess they do that so your exams aren't just wasted because you started your certification at some point in time.

Edited by SquallStrife

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thats interesting, do you do much work with VMware? im really happy with vmware and dunno if its worth learning about a MS virtual solution when im already good with the VMware

yeah I work quite a bit with VMware in the servers space, IMO they really are pricing themselves out of the market though. We are actually in the process of moving our platform over to Xenserver as a result. That and we run Xenapp as our service offering so it is a logical hypervisor of choice. From a VDI deployment point of view, MS are almost on par with XenDesktop as far as ease of deployment goes and setting up is actually easier.

 

Depends where you want to position yourself. Having MS certs is a good baseline for getting a job, but consider adding an specialised industry cert to compliment it, Cisco, Citrix, VMware are all good options.

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