Comparing MCSA 2003 and 2008

Cat5Cat5 Member Posts: 297 ■■■□□□□□□□
I want to get an MCSA, but I don't want to feel like my back is up against the wall time-wise with the deadline on 2003. What I liked about the 2003 track is that I already have CompTia Security+, which counts as an elective. It apparently doesn't count at all for 2008. Also, one can't take Windows 7 for 2008 which is kind of a bummer. I was looking forward to taking that one.

So there's just three server tests to take to get the 2008 MCSA?

I already have a CCNA, and I've been in networking for about four years. I figured that if I could get an MCSA 2008, I would be well-rounded and would be able to get a Sys Admin position, where I'm not just doing networking all day long. Any suggestions?

Also, and this may be a dumb question, but is it possible to just book-study for these tests without actually going out and getting a server to learn the material by? With networking, passing cert tests without actually doing hands-on with routers/switches is unthinkable. Just wondering if it's the same with MS certs.


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