Want to upgrade your current MCTS Certification in SQL 2008?

Certification Path

With the release of SQL Server 2012 last year, Microsoft also overhauled its certification exams for DBA Professionals.

If you are an MCTS Certified IT Professional in SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance, you need to follow the path as shown in the image above. You need to take 2 cerftication exams :

1. 70-457 :Transition Your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 1

2. 70-458: Transition Your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 2

Exam 70-457 covers T-SQL statements, Joins, Subqueries, New data types and new query features in SQL Server 2012.

Exam 70-458 deals more with tasks on administration and maintenance. It covers Administration, Implementation and Maintenance, contrast and compare AlwaysOn technology, Implement solutions using Data Quality Storage.

Click here to get a complete overview of the the exam description and path.

The training materials are not yet available from Microsoft Press. I managed to get this book though from Amazon. It’s very basic and covers the topics for the exam yet you need to do deep dive in other resources. There is also a part in the book that has a basic question and answer portion to help you review what you’ve just read. I use this part of the book to include in my practice questions.

I have certification in MCTS and i plan to take this exam to upgrade my certification level. I am currently using this book as guide for all the topics covered in Exam 70-457 and  at the same time research, research and more online research everyday and don’t forget about the very helpful virtual labs in TechNet. I will write more on this next time.

Enjoy learning more!

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