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Welcome to the Microsoft Certification School at ProProfs! Microsoft offers several lines of certification in areas such as network administration, systems engineering, and even database programming. Microsoft certifications are universally recognized as indicative of a technician's skills and are highly regarded within the technical arena. Here you can find guides on the different certifications required for earning MCP, MCSA, MCSE, and various other certifications. These certifications are universally recognized as the standards for Microsoft products and are very well-known throughout the entire technician industry. In addition to our guides, we also offer original study content such as flash cards and quizzes to help better prepare you for the challenges of Microsoft certification. You can also find information regarding how to excel on the certification exams and past tips in the forums, which are widely read and contain valuable tips and tricks from past exams. You can read more about registering for Microsoft Exam testing at the Microsoft Certification Exam Testing Information Page.


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The MCDBA is the Microsoft certification for database programming. It covers the Microsoft SQL line of products and includes three core exams and one elective exam.


[edit section] Core Exams

The core exams are all required for the MCDBA certification. They are listed below. Note that you have a choice between the the exams marked with an asterisk.

Microsoft Exam 70-290: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment*

Microsoft Exam 70-291: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure*

[edit section] Elective Exams

You are required to choose one elective exam in order to earn the MCDBA certification.

Microsoft Exam 70-293: Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure


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The MCDST is Microsoft's equivalent of the popular CompTIA A+ certification as it basically covers the functions of a desktop help desk technician. It consists of two unique core exams, both of which are required:

Microsoft Exam 70-271: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Microsoft Windows XP Operating System

Microsoft Exam 70-272: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on a Microsoft Windows XP Operating System


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The MCTS is the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification and is generally regared as a good indicator of a network or systems administrator's prowess in both Microsoft and general technology. The certification requires passing any of the following exams:


Microsoft Exam 70-620: TS: Microsoft Windows Vista Client

Microsoft Exam 70-526: .NET Development

Microsoft Exam 70-536: Terminal Services: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 — Application Development Foundation

Microsoft Exam 70-431: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance

Microsoft Exam 70-500: TS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, Implementing and Managing

Microsoft Exam 70-501: TS: Windows Server 2003 Hosted Environments, Configuring, and Managing

Microsoft Exam 70-624: TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops

Microsoft Exam 70-236: TS: Microsoft Exchange 2007 - Configuration


[edit section] MCAD, MCSD, MCPD, MCITP, and Beyond!

Other Microsoft Certifications


[edit section] Other Microsoft Resources

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