You've chosen an excellent goal to get certified. You have a long road ahead
of you, however you are doing the right thing by taking the first step in
your journey. I would suggest to check out Microsoft's Learning site for
There are many books out there, which are excellent guidelines for the
actual products for IT professionals, but are not necessarily geared
specifically towards certification.
You can try the Microsoft Press books. You can start here:
You can then click on one of the certifications to see what is involved and
what tests you need to take to achieve it. For example, since you mentioned
you are interested in Windows 2008 Active Directory, you can either go for
an MCTS in Windows Server 2008 Active Directory (Exam 70-640), or take it a
step further and go for an MCITP certificate focusing on either "Server
Administrator" or "Enterprise Administrator." The MCITP is the premium
certification. For demo purposes, I clicked on MCITP to illustrate what's
involved and what tests to take. Click below to see what's what exams are
required for an MCITP "Server Administrator" or "Enterprise Administrator"
Click on "Guide My Training."
Click on "Visit the Learning Manager."
Sign in using your Windows Live ID (the new Passport ID). If you don't have
one, you can create one.
In addition, you can also opt to attend courses at a Microsoft Certified
Partner training center, or also known as an MCPLS (Microsoft Certified
Partners for Learning Solutions), that offer MOC (Microsoft Official
Curriculum) courseware. This is usually the best way to do it because you
have the training center and a qualified instructor, also known as an MCT
(Microsoft Certified Trainer), as resources to help you achieve your goals.
If interested in this option, you can find a center near your location. I
don't know where you are located, but you can find a training center newar
you in the following link:
I don't mind exact certification for a moment (I'm MCSA on 2003), only clear
study, so I find these books:
Windows Server 2008 Inside Out (MS Press)
Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Resource Kit
Mastering Active Directory - Sybex
Active Directory Bible - Wiley
> Hi Ace,
> your post is very very useful!!!
> I don't mind exact certification for a moment (I'm MCSA on 2003), only
> clear study, so I find these books:
> Windows Server 2008 Inside Out (MS Press)
> Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Resource Kit
> Mastering Active Directory - Sybex
> Active Directory Bible - Wiley
> I'll start study...
I'm glad you found the post useful. I'm not sure about the Sybex or Wiley
book, and would look elsewhere to ensure their contents are accurate and
will help with studying (instead of them possibly being reference manuals),
but I like the MS Press book and the Reskit, and both are very useful for
Since you're an MCSA 2003, here's the link with the upgrade paths so you'll
know which exams you need: