Microsoft Extends Security Specializations
On August 25, 2003, Microsoft announced the requirements for the MCSA and MCSE specializations entitled “Security on Windows Server 2003.” These extend their available security specialization from the “Security on Windows 2000” versions of MCSE and MCSA already available, and follow the same general guidelines as for those older credentials, announced last spring in response to broad customer demands for security-focused Microsoft certifications.
MCSA candidates who wish to specialize in security must take and pass five exams, instead of the customary four exams associated with the more general version of that credential, including three core exams and two security specialization exams. These requirements are summarized in Table X1 below for both Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 security specialization programs. Only two specialization exams are required in either program, though more options in that category may be listed. Where two exams appear on a single line only one or the other may be counted toward certification, not both.
Table X1: MSCA: Security on Windows 2000 (Win2K) and Windows Server 2003 (W2KS3)
70-210 or 70-270
Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional exams
Installing, Configuring and Administering Win2K Server