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dreamtfk
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Posted - 04/02/2007 :  17:51:45  Show Profile  Send dreamtfk an AOL message
So I am very new to SQL and wish to pursue my MCDBA. I was given a book that teaches MySQL. My question is can I start learning with MySQL or should I jump straight into SQL Server since I am going for the MCDBA?

tkizer
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Posted - 04/02/2007 :  17:58:49  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage
If you want to get the MCDBA certification, then you need to learn Microsoft SQL Server. They are not similar enough for you to learn MySQL and be able to pass the MCDBA test.

Tara Kizer
http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/tarad/
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dreamtfk
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Posted - 04/02/2007 :  18:06:33  Show Profile  Send dreamtfk an AOL message
Ok then I appreciate the straightforward answer, however I have one more question. I also have a very generic SQL book from Sams that is is directed to no particular vendor. Should I spend my time reading this or just go out and buy a book on SQL 2005?
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tkizer
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Posted - 04/02/2007 :  18:13:10  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage
It depends on what your goal is.

What do you want to do once you get your MCDBA certification?

Tara Kizer
http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/tarad/
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dreamtfk
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Posted - 04/02/2007 :  18:16:08  Show Profile  Send dreamtfk an AOL message
I suppose get a job working with databases or maybe web development. I just received my Associates degree in Computer Engineering and am thinking about going for my BA in Computer Science.
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tkizer
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USA
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Posted - 04/02/2007 :  18:19:16  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage
Check this out:
http://www.sqlteam.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=77368

Tara Kizer
http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/tarad/
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dreamtfk
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Posted - 04/02/2007 :  18:29:10  Show Profile  Send dreamtfk an AOL message
I was also reading about the MCTS. Do you recommend that or should I just look at a MCDBA?
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tkizer
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Posted - 04/02/2007 :  18:31:48  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage
Check out the link in my last post. Read what we are saying about the certifications. It doesn't matter what kind of certification it is, our answer is still the same.

Tara Kizer
http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/tarad/
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snSQL
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Posted - 04/03/2007 :  13:24:46  Show Profile
MCDBA is a 2000 certification, MCTS and MCITP are 2005 certifications (and MCITP, not MCTS is the equivalent of MCDBA). If you're just getting started I would definitely recommend a 2005 certification rather than a 2000 one at this stage.

See
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcdba/default.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/sql/default.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/dbdev/default.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcitp/dbadmin/default.mspx
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dreamtfk
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Posted - 04/03/2007 :  16:48:56  Show Profile  Send dreamtfk an AOL message
Thank you for the advice I did not realize that. It seems that they cut down on the exams that need to be taken. After taking only one exam I will be MCTS certified and then 2 more exams take me all the way, cool.
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