I'm contemplating a career move, and I think I'd like to work on becoming a DBA or a Database Architect (or both). I'm already very familiar with MS SQL Server, so it seems natural that I should focus on that particular product. This means getting some Microsoft certifications.
I'm sure some of you have at least one MS cert. What was the process like for you? Did you attend a class, did you get some books, or did you just write the exam?
Specifically, I'm looking at MCTS for SQL Server 2008, followed by MCITP for SQL Server 2008.