MCDBA: Going for the Checkered Flag
How does the release of SQL Server 2000 affect your Windows 2000 certification upgrade efforts?
- By Dian Schaffhauser
If you hold the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
certification or have an emphasis on SQL Server in your
MCSE electives selection, have you taken the time to figure
out what to do now that SQL Server 2000 approaches? After
all, current MCDBAs are required to upgrade their certifications
to the new Windows 2000 track by the end of 2001 to remain
Microsoft advises that MCDBA candidates have at least
one year of experience working with SQL Server. We advise
that you make that a year of experience with Windows 2000
while you’re at it, since at least half the tests you
pass have that as their focus—even though SQL runs on
any number of OSs.
- If you’ve passed the three Windows NT 4.0 core tests—70-067,
70-068, and 70-073—then you can tackle exam 70-240,
Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam for MCPs Certified on
Windows NT 4.0, as one core test. The advantage of choosing
to take it is that exam 70-240 also fulfills your elective
requirement and, of course, you will then be that much
further ahead in your quest for the new MCSE title.
If you haven’t passed the three NT 4.0 core tests, then
you need to take exam 70-215, Installing, Configuring,
and Administering Windows 2000 Server.
- Next, if you’ve passed or plan to take exam 70-028,
Administering SQL Server 7.0, which went live last year,
that’s your second core test. Or you can tackle 70-228,
Installing, Configuring, and Administering SQL Server
2000 Enterprise Edition. This test goes into beta during
- For your final core test, you need to pass exam 70-029,
Designing and Implementing Databases with SQL Server
7.0, or 70-229, Designing and Implementing Databases
with SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition. The latter
exam goes into beta testing in January 2001.
- If you’re not in a position to take the accelerated
exam, then you’ll have to pass a single elective test.
You can choose from this list of tests not scheduled
for retirement by the end of this year:
- 70-216: Implementing and Administering a Windows 2000
- 70-015: Designing and Implementing Distributed Applications
with Visual C++ 6.0
- 70-019: Designing and Implementing Data Warehouses
with SQL Server 7.0
- 70-155: Designing and Implementing Distributed Applications
with Visual FoxPro 6.0
- 70-175: Designing and Implementing Distributed Applications
with Visual Basic 6.0
Under the new track, candidates have to pass three core
exams and one elective, though not in the order given
here: What if you’ve already gotten through the SQL 7.0
exams? Microsoft hasn’t pronounced a retirement for those,
so you’re sitting pretty—at least until SQL 9.0 is announced
(and presuming Microsoft keeps a couple of its SQL exam
tracks live concurrently). But it’s no time to rest. You’ve
still got that OS requirement. If you’re an NT 4.0 junkie,
then take that free accelerated test. If not, study up
for 70-215, the Win2K Server exam and make sure you’ve
passed an elective from step 4 above.
If you’ve got SQL 7.0 electives in your MCSE past, not
to worry. Those exams are still alive and kicking. If
SQL 6.5 surfaces on your transcript, be prepared to upgrade
to 7.0 or 2000 or something else altogether. Note that
if you achieve the new MCDBA title, you won’t receive
new benefits. Your reward is the fact that you’ve upgraded
your skills to be current with what Microsoft is selling.
And, no, you won’t get a new logo that references Win2K
or SQL 2000. An MCDBA by any name is still the maestro
of the database.
Dian L. Schaffhauser is a freelance writer based in Northern California.