Adapting to the changing circumstances
It is easy within IT to become ignorant in regards to the ‘lower level’ Microsoft certifications. For example, if you are a Microsoft Certified Engineer (MCSE) in Windows server 2003 messaging, then you probably wouldn’t think twice about taking the MCDST desktop specialist exam. And that’s a fair conclusion if you never stray below the third line of support on a daily basis. However, the changing economy has meant that IT has had to change too. In order to keep costs down, companies have been consolidating their IT departments in order to reduce their overheads. This in turn has blurred the lines between the traditional levels of IT support, which means IT admins today have to wear several hats. If you have limited admin knowledge for desktop support, or your desktop skills are a little rusty, then it may be worth considering taking the MCDST certification to broaden your skills.
It may be the case that you have to take on a multi-disciplinary role within your company, such as a database administrator or within application development as well as being the onsite IT admin. It would be worth adapting your Microsoft certification path in line with the skills required in your adopted roles. As a result, your employers will see that you are proactively adapting your skills by learning the relevant technologies that will prove you are also moving with the current changes.