Forecast and Review: Expect an easy upgrade path to Windows Server .NET

Dana McCurley

Certification guru Ed Tittel looks deep in his crystal ball and sees Microsoft making credential upgrades easy on MSCAs and MCSEs and a new Windows security cert. What

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can Windows IT pros expect in terms of certification issues in 2003?

Ed Tittel: The year 2003 will be the one in which Microsoft will stun the certification community with a reasonable and straightforward set of update exams that permits MCSAs and MCSEs to upgrade credentials from Windows 2000 to Windows .NET Server. Will there be anything on the certification front pertaining to security next year?

By mid-year, Microsoft will introduce one or two security certifications, a junior-level program that is to security what the MCSA is to network administration. The new certs will require four or five exams, possibly with Security+ as a prerequisite or outright requirement. If a second such program is identified, it will be to security as MCSE is to network administration. How does .NET factor into the certification equation?

The number of MCPs, MCSAs and MCSEs should grow faster than usual in the first half of 2003, as candidates hurry to complete Windows 2000 certifications. There will be a "wait-and-see" period for.NET Server exams until late in 2003 or early 2004.

The complete lineup of Windows Server .NET exams will introduce new topics and products not required for earlier credentials, especially in the areas of security, data management and remote access.

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