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Information on the MCITP certification. Which exams are needed?

Originally Published May 23,2013
by Christopher Spaulding

If you are anything like me, you tried to find out what exams are needed to become a certified MCITP. Looking up on the Microsoft website was hopeless, and forget about posting your question in a forum. You will wind up with 1000 answers.  So at one point I was confused as to which exams needed to be taken that during the course of my research I put it into perspective. If you want to be certified as a MCITP this is what you need to know and what each exam focuses on:

Server Administrator or ***Enterprise Administrator Certification

For the Enterprise Administrator Certification:
7 exams
70-680 (Configuring Windows 7) Installing, Upgrading, Migrating Windows 7 , Deploy Windows 7, Configuring Applications, Network Configuration, Configuring Access to Resources, Configuring Mobile Devices, Monitor and Maintaining systems that run Windows 7, Configuring Backup and Recovery - ***Focuses on Deployment***

70-686 (Windows 7 Desktop Administrator) - Higher Level Deployment, Higher level Imaging, Application compatibility, Using ACT (Application Compatibility Tool Kit), Using Group Policy Objects in order to deploy Windows 7 and applications - focuses on higher level deployment

(Passing both exams will grant you Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist -or- MCTS Certification)

70-642 (Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure ) - IP addressing with IPv4 and IPv6, DHCP routing, IPSec, (A HUGE AMOUNT) DNS, Network Access Protection, Distributed File System, wsus, Network Security

70-640 (aka 83-640) (Windows Server 2008 Active Directory) - DNS, Configuring forest, trusts, sites, global catalog, operation masters, configuring AD LDS, AD RMS, RODC, ADFS, Federation Services, Rights Management Services, Lightweight Directory Services, Creating and Maintaining Active Directory Objects, Using GPOs, Software Audit Deployment policies, Configuring Backup, Configuring Offline Maintenance, Monitoring Active Directory, Installing and configuring Active Directory Digital Certificate Services, Configuring CA server settings, Managing Certificate templates, Managing Enrollments for your Digital Certificates (10 -15 hands on activities to be performed)

70-646 (Windows Server 2008-Server Administrator) - Planning ,Monitoring, Deployment - Planning Installation, Upgrade, Automated Server Deployment, Infrastructure services, Server roles, File and Print services, Server management Strategy, Delegation of your administrator, Group policies, Configuring High Availability, planning storage and backup solutions (NO LABS!)

70-643 (Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration) - Managing Windows Deployment Services (WDS), Configuring Windows Hyper-V, Configuring High Availability, Clustering, Terminal Server (includes Terminal Server Remote App - Terminal Server Gateway - Load Balancing - Session Broker ), Web Services (includes FTP - SMTIP - IIS - SSL), Network application services, Digital Rights Management, SharePoint Services

70-647 (Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator) - This exam covers everything in the past exams but looks at it in a "design" perspective, Design, Planning, Planning IP addressing strategy, Planning Terminal Server Strategy, Setting up Active Directory Forest, Trees, Public Key Infrastructure, Virtualization

For Server Administrator Certification:
3 exams

70-640(aka 83-640)