CloseUp: Microsoft MCDBA

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Once a quarter or so, Microsoft updates its information on the number of certified professionals. Over the years, the name and URL for this page changes, but at present it’s called “Number of Microsoft Certified Professionals Worldwide.” The Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) is a program that keeps growing at a slow but steady pace of 800 to 1,000 new certifications a month. It’s also a well-regarded, reasonably strong credential that aims to put people to work in positions or roles where Microsoft SQL Server is an important business tool.

The MCDBA is an intermediate-level Microsoft certification, and requires candidates to pass four exams: three core exams (one on SQL Server administration, another on SQL Server design and a third on Windows server to meet networking requirements), plus an elective exam. The idea is to make sure that candidates know how to design, implement, deploy and maintain SQL Server databases and applications built around that platform. Table 1 summarizes the full range of requirements for this credential, most recently updated in June 2004, to incorporate Windows Server 2003 components. Candidates must take the SQL Server administration and design core exams, plus one each of the core networking and elective exams. (The same exam may not be counted more than once, either.)

Table 1: MCDBA Requirements

Category

ID

Title

C: SQL Server Admin

70-228

Installing, Configuring & Administering MS SQL Server 2000 EE

C: SQL Server Design

70-229

Designing & Implementing Databases with MS SQL Server 2000 EE

C: Networking

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