Microsoft Releases Windows 2003 Server Exams

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Microsoft Learning has made the Windows Server 2003 exams available for its Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) credentials. In addition the security specializations for MCSA and MCSE are now available. Finally, Microsoft has introduced two new certification specializations: MCSA: Messaging and MCSE: Messaging. 




MCSA certification is designed for IT professionals who implement, manage and maintain network and system environments based on the Microsoft Windows Server System. To earn the MCSA on Windows Server 2003, candidates must pass four exams, including two networking systems exams, a client operating system exam and a single elective. MCSAs who are already certified on Windows 2000 can upgrade their credentials to Windows 2003 with a single upgrade exam, #70-292.




The MCSE certification is designed for IT professionals who design, plan and implement network infrastructure, Active Directory infrastructure and client deployment on the Windows Server 2003 platform. Candidates seeking the MCSE must pass seven exams, which include four networking system exams, a client operating system exam, one design exam and one elective. MCSEs already certified on Windows 2000 can upgrade to Windows 2003 by taking two upgrade exams, #70-292 and #70-296.




Microsoft Learning has also made its Security specializations, announced earlier this year, available. MCSA: Security requires five exams, instead of the usual four. These include the three required exams plus two security specializations exams: ##70-299, Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network, and #70-227, Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000. MCSE: Security candidates must pass five core exams plus three security specialization exams. The core exams are the same as for regular MCSE candidates, but candidates do not get to choose their design exam; they must take exam #70-298, the security design exam. In addition, candidates must take two core security exams: #70-299 and #70-227. For both the MCSA: Security and MCSE: Security specializations, candidates may substitute CompTIA’s Security+ certification for Microsoft’s exam #70-227.




Finally, Microsoft announced two new certification specializations, MCSA: Messaging and MCSE: Messaging. These specializations are designed for IT professionals whose jobs focus on a Microsoft Exchange messaging infrastructure. To earn the MCSA: Messaging specialization, candidates must pass the three regular core exams and one messaging specialization exam, #70-284, Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. For the MCSE: Messaging certification, candidates must pass six core exams plus two messaging specialization exams. The six core exams are the same tests required for all MCSE candidates. The two messaging specialization exams include #70-284 and #70-285, Designing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization.


Microsoft supports certification candidates with a variety of learning resources, including newly redesigned training kits, official courses and workshops and skills assessments. For more information on any of these certifications or on training opportunities, go to 


Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at 

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