Citrix Introduces New Certification

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Citrix Introduces Citrix Certified Integration Architect Certification


Citrix Systems Inc. has announced a new certification track: the Citrix
Certified Integration Architect (CCIA). The new certification will test
systems integrators and architects on their knowledge of Citrix projects
and their ability to design and implement Citrix architectures.



“Any Citrix environment requires elements of the full project
lifecycle,” said Karl Liebman, director of education for Citrix. “So
with that in mind, really any partner or customer running the Citrix
MetaFrame environment can benefit from the CCIA certification.” Liebman
added that the target audience for the new certification includes Citrix
partners helping companies implement these environments as well as
companies that already have Citrix MetaFrame environments in place or
that are looking to build a Citrix MetaFrame environment. “MetaFrame
environments are very dynamic,” explained Liebman. “New features are
always being added, so even for environments that already exist, the
skills in the CCIA track will be beneficial.”



With the addition of the CCIA certification, Citrix is answering its
customers’ calls for a credential that would address all of the tools
and skills associated with all five components of an IT project
lifecycle—analysis, design, build/test, rollout and support. While the
existing Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator (CCEA) certification
addresses the tools and skills needed to support the latter stages of
the IT project lifecycle, the new CCIA certification will address
analysis and design, as well as some elements of build/test.



“We’ve heard demand for quite a while from our customers for a
certification program that focuses on the earlier stages of the Citrix
MetaFrame lifecycle,” said Liebman. “As we think of the overall
lifecycle, we think in terms of five stages: analysis, design,
build/test, rollout and support. The CCA (Citrix Certified
Administrator) and the CCEA focus on the latter stages, and we’ve heard
for a while that our customers and partners have wanted a certification
that focused on the earlier stages.”



To earn the CCIA certification, candidates must first earn the CCA
certification for MetaFrame XP. Then, candidates will be required to
pass two Citrix certification exams, one of which will include a hands-
on lab portion. In addition, candidates must pass an approved third-
party design exam. According to Mark Carter, CCIA project manager,
third-party exam options are available from Cisco, Novell and Microsoft.
Carter added that the first exam for the CCIA certification, covering
core technologies and architecture, is currently in beta and will be
live next month. The second exam is slated for development, he said.



Citrix has also announced the launch of the first course that
corresponds with the new certification: #CTX-6100, Citrix Core
Technologies and Architecture. Three more courses addressing material
covered by the CCIA certification will be announced later this year,
according to Carter. Future courses will focus on Citrix MetaFrame XP
design and integration issues, architectural considerations of Citrix
software and skills required to design, implement and deploy large-scale
Citrix solutions.



To find out more about Citrix certification, go to



Microsoft Announces Server 2003 Certification Track

Microsoft has released the requirements for the new Microsoft Windows
Server 2003 track for Microsoft Certified Systems Administrators (MCSAs)
and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSEs). The new server
operating system will be available sometime in the first half of 2003.
MCSAs and MCSEs certified on Windows 2000 will not be required to
upgrade to Windows Server 2003, but Microsoft is offering an upgrade
path for these professionals.



The new MCSA exams for Windows 2003 will target systems administrators
who implement design on the Windows Server 2003 platform and manage and
maintain medium-to-large Windows Server 2003 environments. Three core
exams are required for the MCSA on Windows Server 2003:



*Two networking exams (#70-290: Managing and Maintaining a
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment; and #70-291:
Implementing, Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server
2003 Network Infrastructure)



*One client operating system exam (Either #70-270: Windows XP
Professional or #70-210: Windows 2000 Professional)



A single elective exam is also required. This exam can be chosen from
various MCP exams, or candidates may substitute a combination of either
A+ and Network+ or A+ and Server+ from CompTIA. If you’re already
certified as an MCSA on Windows 2000, you need only take one upgrade
exam to earn the Windows Server 2003 designation: #70-292: Managing and
Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA
Certified on Windows 2000, expected to be released in beta version in
June 2003.



The new MCSE on Windows Server 2003 is designed for systems engineers
who plan and implement network infrastructure, Active Directory
infrastructure and client deployment on the Windows Server 2003
platform. Six core exams are required:



*Four networking system exams (#70-290; #70-291; #70-293: Planning
and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network
Infrastructure; and #70-294: Planning, Implementing and
Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory



*One client operating system exam (either #70-270 or #70-210)



*One design exam (Choose from #70-297: Designing a Microsoft
Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure;
or #70-298: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003


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