Sql Server Certification


I am planning to to do Sql Server certification, I have work experience of 4 year and had worked on sql 2000 and sql 2005 as a developer My aim to to become DBA.

What is the best certification to start off. And i need what books shoudl be used for preparation for particular Certification

Can any please guide me through the Sql Server certification

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asked Mar 25 '10 at 03:13 AM in Default

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thanks hari,i too eagarly waiting for valuable answers and suggestions..
Mar 25 '10 at 03:21 AM venkatreddy
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Hi Hari,

There are 3 tracks:

  1. Implementation and Maintenance - managing and monitoring servers, backups, disaster recovery etc.
  2. Database Development - designing databases and writing queries.
  3. Business Intelligence - reporting, BI cubes and data mining.

There are 2 levels on each track, each covered by an exam. That's 6 exams and each one takes quite a lot of work. You have to get to the first level on a track before you can sit the next level.

(Actually there is a 3rd level, Microsoft Certified Master, but it costs about $15,000! There are 3 in the world outside Microsoft, and about 12 who are Microsoft employees. I presume they get quite a staff discount!)

Here's the home page for SQL Server certification: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-sql-server.aspx

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answered Mar 25 '10 at 04:42 AM

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Re the MCM, I think I am right in saying the price is all-inclusive - flights accommodation, the whole lot. Not that it makes any difference to whether I attend or not!
Mar 25 '10 at 05:55 AM Fatherjack ♦♦
Oh that's different. I'll see you there, mate!
Mar 25 '10 at 06:17 AM David Wimbush
Looking at the MCM site it states 'Candidates are responsible for all associated travel costs.' I gather that accommodation is included though. (bargain!)
Mar 25 '10 at 07:46 AM Kev Riley ♦♦
looking at the site and seeing some of the people that are MCM, it gives me hope.
Mar 25 '10 at 04:22 PM CirqueDeSQLeil
Let's meet there. :)
Sep 28 '11 at 11:22 PM Håkan Winther
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Just a suggestion, but considering the current release schedules and versions available, if you are going for certification now, it would be best to go for 2008 certs, not 2005.

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answered Mar 25 '10 at 09:16 AM

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Hari, start with one of the MCTS Exam depending on which path you want to take:

  • If you want MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 certification (Most DBA's do take this path) take Exam 70-432 and follow up with Exam 70-450
  • If you want MCITP: Database Developer 2008 certification (Mostly to become Database Developer) take Exam 70-433 and follow up with Exam 70-451
  • If you want MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer 2008 certification (Mostly to become BI Developer/Analyst) take Exam 70-448 and follow up with Exam 70-452

Good Luck!

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answered Mar 25 '10 at 04:36 PM

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