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How can I attain MCP status with Windows 2003 and find good Web resources?

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I have completed the MCSE on NT 4.0 and now wish to take the MCSE on Windows 2003. How can I go about doing this? Is there any upgrade path? How can I attain MCP status with Windows 2003? Also, can you provide a few good Web sites with resources available for Windows 2003?

Thanks for writing. Here are the answers to your questions in order as they appear in your e-mail:

1. How can I go about obtaining MCSE on Windows Server 2003?
By meeting the requirements for this credential as they appear at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcse/windows2003/. I'll say more about how to get there in subsequent replies.

2. Is there any upgrade path?
Yes, but you can only follow the upgrade path if you first obtain an MCSE on Windows 2000. There's no longer an upgrade path from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 for MCSE, so the upgrade path only applies if you first obtain an MCSE on Windows 2000. You'll find those requirements online at: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcse/requirements.asp.

This upgrade path consists of taking two exams:
*70-292 Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000 (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-292.asp).

* 70-296 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000 (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-296.asp).

3. How can I attain MCP status on Windows Server 2003?
As soon as you pass any Windows Server 2003 exam that also applies to MCSA or MCSE, you automatically attain MCP status on that platform as well. Check the MCSE requirements page (link already provided above) or the MCSA requirements page for Windows 2003 Server at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcsa/windows2003/ for details.

4. Web sites with good Windows Server 2003 resources:
* Microsoft pointers:
--Windows Server 2003 Resources.
-- Technical Resources for Windows Server 2003

* Third-party pointers:
--Cramsession.com
--MCMCSE.com
--MCSE World
--MCP Magazine

This was first published in January 2004

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