Microsoft has recently changed its certification program to contain three primary series: Technology, Professional, and Architect. The Technology Series of certifications is intended to allow candidates to target specific technologies and is the basis for obtaining the Professional Series and Architect Series of certifications. The certifications contained within the Technology Series consist of one to three exams, focus on a specific technology, and do not include job-role skills. By contrast, the Professional Series of certifications focus on a job role and are not necessarily focused on a single technology but rather a comprehensive set of skills for performing the job role being tested. The Architect Series of certifications offered by Microsoft includes premier certifications that consist of passing a review board made up of previously certified architects. To apply for the Architect Series of certifications, you must have a minimum of 10 years of industry experience.
When obtaining a Technology Series certification, you are recognized as a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on the specific technology or technologies that you have been tested on. The Professional Series certifications include Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD). Passing the review board for an Architect Series certification will allow you to become a Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA).
This book has been developed to give you the critical skills and knowledge you need to prepare for the exam requirement for obtaining the MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring (Exam 70-643).