Friday, April 30, 2010

The Road to MCITP: DBA

It’s about that time to focus on a few things, one being Microsoft Certification. I passed the 70-433 Database Developer certification last year. My intention is to become a Microsoft Certified IT Pro Database Developer and DBA.
Microsoft has three Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and three IT Professional certifications for SQL Server 2008. The MCTS include Implementation and Maintenance (70-432), Database Development (70-433) and Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance (70-448). Each of these are the prerequisite to the IT Professional certifications (MCITP) . For instance if you take 70-432 and 70-450, Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Server Infrastructure using Microsoft SQL Server 2008, you obtained MCITP Database Administrator. Exam 70-433 along with 70-451, Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008, makes you an MCITP Database Developer. Lastly, 70-448 and 70-452, Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008, make you an MCITP Business Intelligence Developer.
I plan to log my voyage to obtaining my goals on this blog. I anticipate that discussing any details will boost my confidence, and perhaps will encourage others to shoot for Microsoft certification. You can get more details about SQL Server certification of other products from the Microsoft Learning site.
A few tips that I know of. First and foremost, set a date to test. I noticed I prep more for the exams when I schedule and actually register for the test. Registration fee’s for most MS exams are $125 USD. You can register for an exam at Currently, they have an offer, from now until June. I’ve known of the free retake voucher for any Microsoft Exam from Prometric for some time now. I been a very bad geek and have been putting if off for some time.  Also, thanks to Rob Boek, I have obtained a 50% off voucher for the 70-432, the first requirement for Certified DBA. Step one, register, secondly, log into Microsoft Learning Plan with a MS Live account and take advantage of the free Microsoft material which include readings, tutorials and recommended books.
Lot into it. If you’re about to take a test, Good Luck and I Hope this information helped.

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