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Windows 2003 MCSE Certification Track

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by SimonV, Jun 25, 2003.

  1. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Microsoft has released the new requirements for the Windows 2003 certification tracks.

    The new MCSE track has several changes. There are still 7 exams required, however, only 1 of those is an elective. The Networking component has 4 required exams, all of which will be new. They are as follows:

    Exam 70-290: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
    Exam 70-291: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
    Exam 70-293: Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
    Exam 70-294: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure

    The client component consists of a choice between the existing client exams Windows XP Professional (70-270) or Windows 2000 Professional (70-210). If you have already passed one of these exams, then you do not need to worry about the client component.

    The Design component consists of 1 exam and you will have a choice between 2 exams:

    Exam 70-297: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure
    Exam 70-298: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network

    You can take both of these exams and use 1 of them to satisfy your elective requirement which is discussed next. Finally, there is 1 elective exam as previously mentioned. A list of elective exams is located on Microsoft's web site.

    In order to upgrade from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003, a candidate must pass 2 upgrade exams as follows:

    Exam 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000
    Exam 70-296: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000

    One thing that is very interesting to note about this, is that the first exam is for Windows 2000 MCSA candidates, however, it is a required upgrade exam for the MCSE. The good news is that all Windows 2000 MCSEs that pass the above upgrade exams will achieve their MCSA in addition to the MCSE.

    Those of you that have have started the Windows 2000 certification track, should probably continue on that route and finish it up and upgrade later on. While we don't yet know how much time will be alloted until the current track retires, there should be plenty of time left to complete it. If you have been planning to get started on the road to your MCSE, you have a tough choice ahead of you. As of the date this article is published, there is still time to start and finish the Windows 2000 MCSE requirements if you are diligent about it. On the other hand, you could opt to take exam 70-270 or 70-210 in order to satisfy the client component of the 2003 track and take care of the elective now. If you chose this route, when the new exams are released in the 2nd half of this year, you will only have 5 exams left.
     
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  2. Anonymous

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    I see that the offical books will not be available until August, but I was wondering if there were any good 3rd party books out there? Has anyone seen any?
     
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  3. Sandy

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    Thankfully if you are a MCSE in W2K you only need to do 2 upgrade exams.
     
  4. Bluerinse
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    Thanks SimonV that puts it in a nutshell. Let's just hope the upgrade exams are not too difficult, like the monster to upgrade from NT MCSE to 2K.

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  5. Sandy

    Sandy Ex-Member

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    That is never Pete from Certutors?
     
  6. Bluerinse
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    To be honest Sandy, the pic is 5 years old :oops:

    It was taken whilst heading toward the nudist beach on Dunk Island, near Cairns. My wife and I got married there on the beach.

    I just thought it summond up the right mood for a newbie Aussie :D

    Pete
     
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    Cool ! My (now) wife - the Missus J - spent time in Cairns 10 years back, when we had just got engaged !

    Great times :P
     
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