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Which Microsoft Certificate to Pursue?

By globe_trotter_5 ·
I have a business background in Finance and Decision Sciences. I have worked a lot with databases, SQL, and some VBA programming, which I enjoy. I want to get certified with Microsoft with above technical skills to enhance my marketability as a business anallyst. I am not interested in becoming an IT professional. I plan to take Exam 70-229 for SQL Server 2000 Database Design and Implementation. For programming, there are only "heavy" VB.NET exams which are way above my skill (there used to be a test for VBA programming but it's discontinued). Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks

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by ghstinshll In reply to Which Microsoft Certifica ...

Go for the MCSD, then move up to MCDBA in a year or two afte ryou have some experience...

Start by gettign some cheap hardware (www.compgeeks.com or www.pc-parts.net) and run your own little network. For about $1000 you can buy 2 desktops, a monitor, and a KVM switch. If you already ahve a monitor, then $1000 for 3 desktops and a switch... Then set up your Windows 2000 network and SQL servers, your development machine, adn get some books on the subjets you want. If yuo already ahve s background in SQL and VBA, then start on those and get certified in those first. You'll need a couple of OS exams to compliment for the MCSD, you can read up on what you are able to take exams on at www.microsoft.com/mcp

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