I am going to graduate in December 08. I want to be a SQL Server Database administrator and developer. I want to appear in certification exams before December. So that I could get a job immediately after graduation. But I am not sure about several things. Please answer if you know the answers of following questions
Which exam is required for being a SQL server 2005 DBA? Is it MCTS or MCTP or both. Please answer with test names ( For example test MCTS 70-431)
Which exam is required for being a SQL server 2008 DBA? Are they same that are for Sql Server 2005? Please answer with test names if they are different.
how many time can I appear in these exams? Is their any limitation on number of attempts? Can I appear each month or once every 3 month?
When can I appear in these exams? Is there any particular date fixed for these exams? for Example: If I want to appear for exam on Sept. 5, 2008. Can I register today and get that date.
Which certification course do you think will be better for my career? SQL server 2005 or Sql server 2008? As most of the companies are using Sql server 2005 but they are also rapidly replacing it with sql server 2008. Which certification will be better for getting a job immediately after graduation?
Sorry for so many question. I appreciate your patience.
Please answer and DON'T just give me a website.
Please reply as soon as possible.