The MCITP Certification is Microsoft’s new industry standard of IT qualification. This new IT certification makes it easier for IT professionals to gain internationally recognised certifications that display their technical knowledge and skills. The MCITP Certification has a more targeted syllabus framework which makes getting certified a much simpler process versus the old MCP system.
Each MCITP Certification specialization is made up of a number of targeted MCTS exams and a final MCITP exam which brings all your knowledge and skills together resulting in a professional level certification. For instance, to get certified as a MCITP Server Administrator, you must pass two MCTS Exams – 70-640 and 70-642 and also pass one MCITP Exam – 70-646.
Achieving this certification requires the three exams all described below.These are the:
― Microsoft 70-640 Configuring Active Directory
― Microsoft 70-642 Configuring Network Infrastructure
― Microsoft 70-646 Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator tests
MCTS 70-640 Exam Overview
In the MCTS 70-640 exam you will be measured on your ability to configure and maintain a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory environment. Active directory is backbone of every Windows network and is responsible for maintaining authentication and security for both users and computers to network resources. When you accomplish a pass in the 70-640 exam you then gain a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification:
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
The 70-640 exam also counts as credit towards both these MCITP certifications:
― MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
― MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008
Microsoft recommends that prior to sitting the 70-640 exam that you have at least 1 years experience administering and maintaining a Windows Server 2008 network with at least 250 users, multiple domain controllers spread over different physical locations and maintaining network services such as messaging, database, file and print servers. In saying this, it is not vital to have this prior experience but does help immensely with your studies.
Gaining a pass in 70-640 and achieving MCTS status in windows active directory configuration will prove invaluable in your IT administrator career if you plan to work in a role such as a Server Administrator, Network Administrator or Technical Support Analyst.
MCTS 70-642 Exam Overview
The MCTS 70-642 exam is all about Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure. Through the study and then achieving a pass in this exam it will mean that you understand, can configure and maintain all aspects of a Windows 2008 network infrastructure. If you aim to get certified as a MCITP Enterprise Administrator or a MCITP Server Administrator, this is one of your core exams which you will need to pass.
Topics in which the MCTS 70-642 exam will test you include:
― IP Addressing and Services
― Configuring Name Resolution
― Configuring Network and Remote Access
― File and Print Services configuration
― Network Infrastructure monitoring and management
On achieving a pass in the MCTS 70-642 exam you become certified as a MCTS in Configuring a Windows 2008 Network Infrastructure.
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MCTS/MCITP 70-646 Exam Overview
This exam is designed to validate skills as a Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator. This exam will fulfill the Windows Server 2008 IT Professional requirements of Exam 70-646.
The Microsoft Certified IT Professional(MCITP) on Windows Server 2008 credential is intended for information technology (IT) professionals who work in the complex computing environment of medium to large companies. The MCITP candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system in an environment that has the following characteristics: 250 to 5,000 or more users; three or more physical locations; and three or more domain controllers.
A MCITP Server Administrator is responsible for the operations and day-to-day management of an infrastructure of servers for an enterprise organization. Server administrators manage the infrastructure, web, and IT application servers, and use scripts to accomplish tasks on a regular basis. They conduct most server management tasks remotely by using Terminal Server or administration tools installed on their local workstation. MCITP Server Administrators also support engineering projects, and are responsible for server builds and configuration.
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