Step 4: Security options may appeal next, specialization or not

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.

The CompTIA Security+ exam is a valid elective replacement for both MCSA and MCSE certifications for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003; it also counts toward security specialization for those who may be interested. Security is important to Windows systems or networking professionals, and the CompTIA+ exam provides good learning opportunities and basic skills transfers likely to be helpful to anybody nowadays. It's highly recommended...

as the second exam in the series.


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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