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MCSE and specializations

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by DC Pr0Mo, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. DC Pr0Mo

    DC Pr0Mo Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi Guys,

    Just need something cleared up for me please, Having just passed my 70-270 :D, I am looking at getting MCSA certified within the not to distant future (290 hopefully for end of the month), at work I currently use and administrate WinXp, Server 2k3, ISA 2004, And Exchange 2003. I cant see us upgrading to exchange 2007 or ISA 2006 any time shortly. So it got me thinking about specializing my MSCA to what I use at work.

    Am I right in saying that If i was to sit and pass the 290 and 291 as well as


    Exam 70-284 - Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

    Exam 70-350 - Implementing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004​

    I would then be MCSA, MCSA Messaging, MCSA Security certified, Or would i just be MCSA Messaging, MCSA Security certified. I have had a look here MCSA Information and am pretty sure I would be certified an all three, it just if that was not the case i may look at changing my learning path. Any help would be much appreciated.

    EDIT: Title of Thread should be MCSA and specializations
     
    Certifications: MCDST | BSc Network Computing
    WIP: 70-291 | 70-293 | 70-294 | 70-297
  2. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

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    284 states: Note This exam can count toward both the MCSA elective requirement and an MCSA: Messaging Specialization requirement.
    350 states: Note This exam can count toward both the MCSA elective requirement and an MCSA: Security Specialization requirement.

    However to become MCSA: Security, you need to do 2 electives as shown from the website:

    Exams on security: Choose two

    Exam 70-299 - Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows Server 2003 Network
    Exam 70-350 - Implementing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004
    Exam 70-351 - TS: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006, Configuring
    Comptia Security+ - Specific third-party (CompTIA) certifications

    So if you were to take 290, 291 and 284, you would be MCSA and MCSA: Messaging but you would need to chose another of those above along with the 350 to become MCSA: Security..

    I'm personally aiming to do 299 & CompTIA Security+ as I do nothing with ISA.
    (Also there's lots of the word security in the cert names!:biggrin)

    PS. Grats with passing 270!
     
    Certifications: MCP (271, 272, 270, 290, 291, 621, 681, 685), MCDST, MCTS, MCITP, MCSA, Security+, CCA(XA6.5)

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