CALIFORNIA, October 3, 2013 – Microsoft’s SQL server 2008 certification is scheduled to retire on December 31st, 2013. Professionals willing to take  this certification should register before 31st December, 2013 as after the specified retirement date the certification will no longer be valid.

Microsoft has announced the retirement of 70-433 exam which credits towards MCITP: Database Developer 2008 and MCTS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development certifications.

IT Professionals aspiring to become database developer, database administrator, and database manager should preferably take this certification. Professionals taking this exam are proficient in accomplishing tasks like Create and alter indexes, Create and alter DDL triggers, Modify data by using Merge statements, and Transform XML data into relational data. This exam covers the following areas:

  • Implementing Tables and Views

  • Implementing Programming Objects

  • Working with Query Fundamentals

  • Applying Additional Query Techniques

  • Working with Additional SQL Server Components

  • Working with XML Data

  • Gathering Performance Information

70-433 is a required part MCITP and MCTS certifications. Professionals who have two to three years of experience creating business intelligence (BI) solutions with SQL Server 2008 can take this exam. Candidates can schedule their exam via Pearson VUE testing centers.

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Microsoft has scheduled to retire most of their MCTS and MCITP exams on July 31, 2013. Candidates are required to pass these exams before retirement to achieve these certifications. Although these certifications are being retired by Microsoft, they will continue to be valuable as long as companies are using the technologies covered in the certification. These retired certifications will still appear on your transcript, but will be designated as Legacy.

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Q. What are the prerequisites for the 70-647: PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator test?

A. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) on Windows Server 2008 is appropriate for you if you are working or want to work in a typically complex computing environment of medium-to-large organizations. The certification focuses on a specific job role, allowing for in-depth validation of your skill set. There are no specific prerequisites for this test, although it is recommended that you should have experience of designing Windows Server infrastructures, Evaluating and recommending new technology solutions, serving as an escalation point for infrastructure issues, implementing security policies that affect the infrastructure on multiple levels, etc.

Q. What credit does the 70-647 test provide?
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Q. What are the prerequisites for the 70-431 exam?

A. There are no specific prerequisites for the 70-431 exam. It is recommended that a candidate should have knowledge of using database tools, wizards, writing and debugging SQL statements.

Q. I am new to SQL Server. How should I start preparing for the exam?

A. To start preparing for the 70-431 exam, you need to have SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. You should have Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 and Internet Information Services.

Q. What are the objectives of the exam?
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Microsoft’s MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician (Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Support Technician) certification validates that a professional has the knowledge and skills to support and troubleshoot the latest Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.

The MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician credential also certifies that the professional has the knowledge and skills to diagnose and resolve all types of desktop support issues, including mobile and personal devices.

What are the Job Roles for MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician certified professionals?

The job roles for MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician certified professionals typically include: technical support specialists, PC support specialists, help desk technician and customer support representatives.
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Gregory A. Larsen is a DBA at Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Greg is responsible for maintaining SQL Server and other database management software. Greg works with customers and developers to design and implement database changes, and solve database/application related problems. Greg builds homegrown solutions to simplify and streamline common database management tasks, such as capacity management.

Greg has been working with computers since the late 1970’s and has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science, with a minor area of study in Mathematics. Greg’s background in DBA work goes back to the mid 1980’s. Gregory has been a DBA for a number of different organizations within the State of Washington. Continue reading