Thanks for the advice guys. I have indeed read the 70-432 MS training book and its absolute tripe. tons of mistakes and what not. but i read it anyway.
Im now taking the test exams from a legit Microsoft Preparation site. i might think about getting trancender but im gona stick with the ones i have at the mo as they come free with my job and are pretty good.
With regards to why im doing this, there are a few reasons:
1. Im not gona learn about new features and areas of sql server through my role so Its a way of seeing whats out there for a DBA , whats important to know and get me started on the various topics so i can learn more.
2. its a big thing with work to get the exams and really a big boost in your career performance review's. this leads to promotion and more money... im not in this totally for the love of databases you know;-)
3. I eventually want to get into pure database administration. I do some examples and what not on my own computer, but the exams are a good way to see what i should be doing, learning and trying to master. i know i wont get a dba role based on exams, in fact i wouldnt like that. A Paper DBA is a dangerous thing, and i like to be able to do a job before i apply for it. The exams give me a starting point though, an index if you will of the most essential knowledge i should know, and a jumping off point.