HI guys ,
I want to go in networking and windows field . Currently I am in Web design field but i want to go in window Administration. I want to do MCSE.
Should i go for 2008 server or 2003 server.
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Stick with the new certification track!
I recommend against doing an exam in each track. I think it's a waste of time & money. you're better off doing 2 new core exams, then one old & one new.
As a person who's done both MCSE and MCITP, I'd say both learning tracks are the same in terms of being 'job oriented'. They cover the same objectives, although your skills will be more up-to-date on the 2008 track.
It may just be my level of experience improving, but I also found the MCSE exams much harder than the MCITP exams. There are no exam simulation or case study design exams, in MCITP as there are in MCSE.
The new exam tracks also give you more in terms of qualifications. If you start with the core 2008 server exams, such as 70-640 and 70-642 each one earns you a Microsoft Certified Technical Specalist (MCTS) competency, in addition to becoming a MCP after your first exam. Doing the MCSE 2003 track, you'll need to pass 4 exams to earn a MCSA qualification.
In terms of career development as a whole, having an MCITP or an MCSE isn't going to make much of a difference. Having real hands-on experience, pride in your work and a genuine interest in what you do will.
You should also know that the Microsoft certifications won't give you much in terms of networking skills. At most you'll be able to configure a windows OS for an IP address & configure network services like DNS & DHCP. If you want to learn networking i recommend doing the Cisco ICND, which is the learning pathway to a CCNA.
UPDATE: Some additional information on Microsoft MCITP certifications for Windows Server 2008
The basic pathway(forgetting about MSTS for now) through the certs for windows server is:
To become an MCITP: EA it's a total of 6 exams, which is one less than the requirements for MCSE.
There's no strict order for taking exams, but here's my advice:
If your keen & your end goal is becoming an Enterprise Administrator (this
is what replaces MCSE). Start with what's traditionally called the client
exam 70-680 (Windows 7) or 70-624 (Windows Vista). The equivalent of this for MCSE was 70-270. Like I've said before, each exam has the same learning objectives, just that the newer versions cover the latest way of doing things, and will also mean your skills will be more up-to-date. In saying so, I'd go with 70-680. There's a lot of commonality between windows 7 & windows server 2008, so it's an easy place to start & easy to play around with, as your desktop will probably be running vista or windows 7.
The MCSE program has been deprecated in favor of the new MSITP system for Server 2008 and beyond. However, the MCSE tests for Server 2003 and related technologies will be around for a long time, most likely.
One school of thought says to always get the older of the available certs, as you can always upgrade later, but may not be able to get the older one.
Another school of thought says that now is the time to enter the MSITP certification system, so that if you're just starting you should go with the various MCTS/MSITP exams in that vein.
There are pros and cons to either approach, so you'll have to do some deciding based on your planned career path, goals, job prospects, and what specific technologies you want to work with or will be working with.
I suggest going to Microsoft's certification page to explore all the various paths available. As if the MCSA/MCSE/MCP system wasn't complicated enough, we now have MCTS/MCITP paths to worry about as well, and the various interactions between the two.
I must agree with Nick on this one. 2003 is end of life in three years, and so is the 2003 certification. A 2003 MCSE is a lot of hard work for a three year lifespan, even replicants lived longer than that.
Honestly, I would suggest that you start with client exams (XP/Vista/Win7) instead of server exams. The reason being is that there are usually more job opportunities for client systems support, and this is where junior admins start anyways - as help desk support or pc technicians.
Based on your comments to phoebus' answer, my recommendation would be to take one server exam from each certification track (they're both valid and valuable at present). Use those to get your foot in the door somewhere and evaluate your next steps based on what your employer needs, wants, and values in terms of certification.