SQL: MCDBA 2000 vs MCTS 2005

1MeanAdmin1MeanAdmin Member Posts: 157
I'm currently working on my MCSE and wanted to know what you guys/gals think about which SQL path is better. So far my thoughts are:

- While being a serious 4-exam cert, I would only need to take 1 icon_exclaim.gif exam on top of MCSE: 70-229 (assuming I take 70-228 as elective; I'll also have 291 + 293)
- MCDBA status (as opposed to just MCTS in SQL)
- Even though widely used, it's a somewhat outdated platform

MCTS SQL 2005:
- Only 1 exam 70-431 (which means I can take Exchange 03 for my MCSE elective; nice thing to have)
- Newer platform

- No MCDBA status

So the bottom line question for me is which additional exam to take: 70-229 or 70-431.

What do you recommend?


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    dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    It looks like you have a ways to go on your MCSE, so you might want to wait until August and see if you can use the 2008 SQL exams.


    I'm not experience enough with MS SQL to answer your question, but I thought I you might want to be aware of that.
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    BeaverC32BeaverC32 Member Posts: 670 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Easy -- go for whatever your company is using. Don't get caught up in the titles that are associated with each cert (MCDBA versus MCTS: SQL Server). You really should be more focused on what skillset would help your career the most.
    MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003, LPIC-1, MCP, MCTS: Vista Config, MCTS: SQL Server 2005, CCNA, A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, Linux+, BSCS (Information Systems)
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