Upgrading Your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 Certification

Let us say that you have your MCSA on Windows Server 2003, and you want to upgrade your certification to Windows Server 2008, or you are not certified at all on Windows Server 2003 and want to earn your MCTS on Windows Server 2008. The first thing to remember is that this is a series of new certifications and while there is an upgrade path from Server 2003 to Server 2008, you are NOT earning an MCSE on Windows Server 2008, rather an MCTS or MCITP on windows Server 2008. Also remember that the era of the MCSA/MCSE certifications has ended – it is now MCTS and MCITP (and others beyond the scope covered here) and have an
entirely different focus.

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) has a different focus then the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP), and the former is not a prerequisite for the latter (nor is it a “lesser” certification!). The MCTS certification is aimed at IT professionals who work with a specific Microsoft product or platform. An IT pro who has earned an MCTS is expected to possess depth and breadth of knowledge and skills on a particular product or platform. They are expected to manage and maintain the product or platform on a daily basis. They are also more concerned with the day-to-day operations and short-term planning rather than long-term planning and design and design.


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There are three MCTS tracks available on Windows Server 2008:
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration; MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration, and MCTS: Windows Server 2008
Applications Infrastructure Configuration. You can take each of the tests individually, or you can take the upgrade path by taking only one test. The easiest route to upgrade your certification, if you are already an MCSA on Windows Server 2003, is take (and pass, of course) the 70-648 TS: Upgrading your
MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist exam. Passing this exam will earn you the MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration (equivalent to the 70-640 exam) and the MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration (equivalent to the 70-642 exam). The last
of the three MCTS certifications – MCTS: Window Server 2008 Application Infrastructure Configuration – is earned by passing the 70-643 exam. The other part to earning your MCTS on any one of the three paths is to pass the 70-646 exam Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator.