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Advice for gaining MCSA: Security required

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by jk2447, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi All, can anyone help me understand the requirements for an MCSA: Security please?

    I have completed 70-270 and 70-290. I am studying for 70-291 now and planned on going for 70-299 next. This qualifies me for an MCSA BUT I then want to sit for the Security+ which meets the requirements for MCSA: Security.

    My question is, once I'm an MCSA, will the fact that I may get CompTIA's Security+ mean I can qualify as a MCSA: Security? Or will the ship have sailed on that so to speak?

    Ultimately I want to aim my career toward the security field so want so tailor my certs accordingly.

    Thanks in advance
    James
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  2. BosonMichael
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    If you meet these requirements, you'll get the MCSA: Security. In short, yes, you will achieve the MCSA: Security with 270, 290, 291, 299, and Security+.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  3. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    So just thought I'd update this thread to say that its taken me almost exactly 7 full months to achieve my MCSA: Security. Its been a hard journey but totally worth it and I feel like I've learned a lot outside of what you learn on the job. To break down what I've done:

    20-30 hours a week study for a full 7 months. The odd week where I'll have done 10 hours but that was few and far between.

    CBT Nuggets and MS Press book for every exam.
    Exam Cram 2 book for 270, 290, 291.
    Preplogic practice exams for all.

    I have worked in IT for 10 years so was by no means a beginner but I was a newbie to the certification scene.

    During the 7 months I failed 291, 299 and 351 once but passed 291 and 299 on the resits. I abandoned 351 due to the distinct lack of study materials available and because I got the exam for free from Microsoft so it wasn't strictly on my to do list any way.

    Good luck to all you budding MCSA: Security students.

    Jim
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  4. DC Pr0Mo

    DC Pr0Mo Kilobyte Poster

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    Well done bud, will be aiming for the MCSA:Security in the not too distant future myself.
     
    Certifications: MCDST | BSc Network Computing
    WIP: 70-291 | 70-293 | 70-294 | 70-297

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