6 Electives Added to MCDBA Title

Microsoft allows MCAD/MCSD.NET core exams to count toward elective credit for MCDBA title.

Just this week, Microsoft has added the six MCAD/MCSD.NET core exams to the roster of elective requirements that can count toward the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator certification:
  • 70-305Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Visual Basic .NET and Visual Studio .NET
  • 70-306—Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Visual Basic .NET and Visual Studio .NET
  • 70-310—Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Visual Basic .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • 70-315—Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Visual C#™ .NET and Visual Studio .NET
  • 70-316—Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Visual C# .NET and Visual Studio .NET
  • 70-320—Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Visual C# and the Microsoft .NET Framework

With these six, the MCDBA elective roster now comprises 11 exams. It's not the first time that Microsoft has allowed the addition of developer exams; three of the original electives are older-version MCSD core exams.

Besides the electives, the MCDBA requires completion of three core exams: one SQL Server administration exam (70-028 SQL 7 or 70-228 SQL 2000 Admin), one SQL Server design exam (70-029 SQL 7 Design or 70-229 SQL 2000 Design, and a networking systems exam (currently, 70-215 Windows 2000 Server is the only exam that satisfies this requirement).

For MCDBA details and full requirements, go to

About the Author

Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.


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