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MCITP EA Completed! What’s Next?

So, I finally managed to complete the final two exams remaining to achieve my MCITP Enterprise Administrator.

These were:

  • TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring (Exam 70-643)
  • Pro: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator (Exam 70-647)

No doubt, these two were definitely tougher than the previous exams taken to achieve MCTIP SA. I think this was mainly because of the new technologies that were covered.

The 70-643 exam focused more on being able to prepare your network environment for the different applications/technologies being deployed in today’s enterprise. Virtualization and Remote Desktop Services played a big part in this. Microsoft really has implemented a lot of improvements into the Remote Desktop Service role, formerly Terminal Services. One such improvement that I am very impressed with is that of the Remote Desktop Gateway. Before, the only way of allowing remote desktop access to internal terminal servers/client desktops, would have been to open port 3389 on your company’s firewall and forward that port to the particular system or you would need to install a third party software like Logmein. With Remote Desktop Gateway, we now have the option of using port 443, which is already open on many corporate firewalls, to allow remote desktop access to internal client desktops. Topics covered also included:

  • Deploying Servers
  • Configuring Remote Desktop Services
  • Configuring a Web Services Infrastructure
  • Configuring Network Application Services

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator is the professional exam required to complete the MCITP EA. This exam is focused more on the design aspects rather than exact configuration steps required for a particular scenario. This was definitely the most difficult of all the exams I took for the MCITP SA/EA. Some of the topics covered were:

  • Planning network and application services
  • Designing core identity and access management components
  • Designing support identity and access management components
  • Designing for business continuity and data availability

So now that I’ve completed this, you may be wondering what’s next. I’m going to be going after the MCTIP Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010. I’ll go into further details in a later post describing why I chose this as my next cert and what training materials I’ll be using. For now, I just wanted to give you a short update on my studies.

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