Step 1: Choose your target Windows version

When it comes to pursuing Microsoft certifications, nothing beats well-rehearsed preparation and practice. Though the details involved in pursuing the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification differ somewhat from those involved in pursuing the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) credential, the same general approach works well in both cases. This learning guide provides a step-by-step approach to helping you prep for certification.

It's still possible to pursue Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 as your target platform for Microsoft certification. That said, the next generation of Windows is scheduled for release in 2006 (when the new Longhorn desktop ships) and 2007 (when the new Longhorn server does likewise). Only if your employer is still using Windows 2000 exclusively and has no plans to upgrade to Windows Server 2003 should you even consider pursuing Windows...

2000 credentials, as late in the Windows 2000 lifecycle as we are right now. Even so, if you go after Windows 2000 credentials, you should probably also plan on pursuing the necessary upgrade exam(s) for Windows Server 2003 as soon after earning them as possible (Exam 70-292 for MCSA; Exams 70-292 and 70-296 for MCSE).


10 PREP STEPS TO THE MCSA AND MCSE CERTIFICATION

 Home: Introduction
 Step 01: Choose your target Windows version
 Step 02: Establish exam choices and order
 Step 03: Deal with the desktop first
 Step 04: Security options may appeal
 Step 05: Digging into server and admin requirements
 Step 06: Complete outstanding electives (optional)
 Step 07: Completing the Core Exam (MCSE only)
 Step 08: Prepping for individual exams (The self-study prep approach)
 Step 09: Prepping for individual exams (The class-driven prep approach)
 Step 10: Best exam prep practices
This was first published in March 2005

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