Security: Dissecting Exam #70-299

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Microsoft exam #70-299 is the security operations exam for Windows Server 2003. It’s mandatory for security specialization for the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows Server 2003, and it counts as a valid elective for MCSA and MCSE. Because I dissect this exam prior to its public release, describing content and coverage in detail depends on speculation rooted in the current exam objectives, combined with what’s known about Microsoft exam composition and structure. Table 1 summarizes my best guesses about this exam, rooted in data for the equivalent Windows 2000 #70-214 exam.

Table 1: Exam #70-299 Facts and Figures

Time Limit

135 minutes

Questions

55

Exam Format

Straight-line

Difficulty

4 or higher on a 1-to-5 scale

Applies to

MCP, MCSA, MCSE, security specializations

Objectives

www.microsoft.com/traincert/exams/70-299.asp

 

 

 

Note: Time limits, exam format and difficulty ratings based on predecessor exam, #70-214.

 

 

This exam focuses on IT professionals who manage security for complex networking environments for medium to large companies. The objectives say that candidates should have six to 12 months of experience managing client and network (server) operating systems with:

 

 

 

 

 

  • User populations from 250 to 5,000.
  • Three or more sites or locations.
  • Three or more Windows domain controllers.
  • Numerous netwo
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