This morning, I polished off my last exam to earn my goal of MCITP: Enterprise Administrator. The MCP professional certification series was redesigned with the recent release of Server 2008 (the previous server release was Server 2003). I officially started studying on February 25, so this represents six months of studying and four separate exams. Here's the rundown:
4-8-08: Passed 70-648: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist. I scored pretty low on this one as it covered a wide variety of topics and improbable scenarios that you would rarely see in the real world (actually, most of the exams are like this).
5-20-08: Passed 70-620: Configuring Windows Vista. This one was a cakewalk. If you've used Vista and you have a history of configuring Windows-based PCs, you should have no problem.
7-14-08: Passed 70-643: Configuring Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure. This one was fun. I learned a lot about the cool technologies that are available in Server 2008 - including the new Terminal Services, IIS 7.0, and new remote access features.
8-12-08: Passed 70-647: Professional Series: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator. What is an Enterprise Administrator? According to Microsoft, someone capable of designing, implementing, and maintaining a Windows infrastructure that covers multiple connected locations with thousands of users and hundreds of servers. This one was also fun because of the emphasis on design.
After this morning's exam, Jessica treated me to a gold medal ceremony, complete with the star-spangled banner:
And then I treated myself to my customary post-exam Wendy's Baconator celebration meal, complete with artery-clogging goodness:
Thanks very much to Jessica, who supported me all the way through six months of waking up early to study, going to the coffee shop every weekend to study, and quizzing me on topics. Now I guess we should get married or something.