The Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) is basically the certification that validates an IT professional’s performance as database administrator. A database administrator is solely responsible in carrying out relevant tasks and the administering of Microsoft SQL Server databases in any enterprise organization.
Specifically, MCDBA is perceived by many as most suitable to IT professionals who are capable of:
• obtaining physical database designs;
• evolving logical data models and platforms;
• building, managing, and maintaining the physical databases that were created;
• configuring and managing security of the entire IT infrastructure and processes in an enterprise organization;
• creating particular data services with Transact-SQL, and
• installing and configuring of SQL Server.
Getting an MCDBA certification requires the candidate to pass successfully three core exams and one elective exam. Microsoft Corporation has even recommended a particular set of people not to hesitate applying for other further and possible certifications being offered nowadays—can either be MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) or MCITP (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) over a complete MCDBA course.
The MCITP, in contrast, certifies a professional’s knowledge and how he/she uses or applies gained knowledge and skills in an actual situation or troubleshooting. This certification fundamentally requires 2–3 exams regularly given and a prerequisite knowledge MCTS exam.
In conclusion, when it comes to the recognition, purpose, and value of Microsoft Certifications, they all mean differently to every IT professional, including non-IT people who eventually benefit from IT professionals’ work. So, while MCITP certification mainly deals on comprehensive database skills, the MCDBA covers quite a broader aspect which results for candidates to pass few more specified exams. There never was a competition between these two certifications, instead they either complement or one serves as enforcement to the other.