How impressive your resume will look when you earn this MCITP certification. Everyone in the world can recognize the company name of Microsoft. Be proud and show that certification off!
The MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certification has one of the highest potential salaries on average compared to other MCITP certifications.
If you are interested in a career in server technology, I would suggest you study for the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008.
This MCITP certification is what a network administrator or network engineer would have on his resume for similar job roles. This certification requires 5 exams total in any order to become certified. Four are core exams and the fifth exam is an elective you can choose.
When you pass any of the 5 exams you will gain access to the Microsoft MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) website which allows you to view your transcript, order your certificate and even send your transcript to employers to prove your certification.
These are the four core exams: (Must pass all of them)
Training Kit 4-pack (MCITP)
The 5th exam can be either of the following electives:
There is another MCITP certification that is called MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008. This certification requires only 3 exams to earn:
Training Kit 3-pack (Server Administrator)
Earning the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator will definitely get you noticed as a well-respected and knowledgeable IT administrator. You will confidently tackle advance IT server and network issues. That alone should motivate you to continue your education and work on the new MCSA and MCSE for Windows Server 2012.
You can download a free trial of Windows Server 2008 which you can use to train and practice for your MCITP here.
It is a 6 month trial. When the 6 months trial is over you will have the option to purchase it or re-install it from scratch and practice again for 6 months.
The average salary for MCITP: Enterprise Administrator jobs is $88,000. The average MCITP salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits.
What's next after earning this certification?
Your MCITP certification will remain valuable as long as companies are running Windows Server 2008. If you currently hold an MCITP: Enterprise Administrator or MCITP: Server Administrator certification you are automatically certified in the new MCSA Windows Server 2008 since you already passed all the required exams.
This certification can help you towards pursuing a successful career as a:
3.) Network Engineer
Why not just go after the Windows Server 2012 MCSA and MCSE?
In todays networks, most companies are still running Windows 2003 and Windows 2008. It is not good practice to just upgrade your servers as soon as a new software is developed. The migration and upgrade of many servers is very costly in time and money for any company. Most companies don’t want to fix anything if it's not broken.
Eventually, companies will upgrade from Server 2003 or 2008 to the newer technologies that Windows Server 2012 offers. When this occurs, you want to be prepared and ready to complete the migration and upgrade task. For this reason, you will benefit greatly by earning your MCITP: Enterprise Administrator and eventually do the upgrade path to Windows Server 2012.
Don’t ever feel that you are wasting your time or running out of time because with Microsoft’s upgrade paths, you are always learning something that is being used in the real world. Also, if you show that you have a certification from years ago like Server 2008 to your employer and also show interest in pursuing the newest certification (MCSE 2012) then that shows your employer your commitment and dedication to learning.
Train at Home
After you have studied the specific exam and practiced what you have learned, you can schedule your exam with Prometric here.
There you can pick a date for your exam and the location closest to your home.
Each exam is $150 US dollars. (The cost in total for all the exams are well worth it because you are investing in your career and future. The return on investment is incredible.)
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