I have a need to maintain my marketability and recent job searching has reminded me that I need to add a few certifications to my resume.� Towards that end I decided to use Microsoft’s e-learning to study for and pass (hopefully) the testes required for MCITP: Enterprise Administrator. MCITP stands for Microsoft Certified IT Professional, and it is the certification track to use for skill building with the latest topics such as Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, or Exchange 2010. Visit the MCITP page at Microsoft for all the details.
I found navigating the Microsoft training website somewhat awkward at first, and it felt as though I was clicking around in circles until I got my bearings.� I purchased e-learning for the first three of five tests required for the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, for roughly $1,300.00, and plan to practice my labs both online and on an instance leveraging my TechNet subscription and VMWare Fusion: my laptop is a MacBook Pro. I still need to purchase the last two tests, the complete list for MCITP: Enterprise Administrator is 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-680 (my choice), and 70-647. Those I procured are for 70-640, 70-642, and 70-643.
I am taking the e-learning classes from Windows 7, built virtually in VMWare Fusion and will be making notes on that experience as I go.� I tried to initiate the e-learning lessons under Firefox from OS X and found that they would not load, luckily I had a Windows 7 instance already built.� I loaded the free “Microsoft Live” bundle of applications onto Windows 7, which gave me Live Mail among other apps which worked well with my passport account in hotmail.� But I haven’t yet seen if there is an office live linkage for Wordpad; I suspect there is not.
More to come…