Step 5: Digging into server and admin requirements

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.

Whether or not you choose to earn Security+, your next step must be to tackle Windows server-related exams, along with the requirements related to managing networks and other elements of the IT infrastructure. For MCSAs, it means either 70-290 and 70-291 on Windows Server 2003, or 70-215 and 70-218 on Windows 2000 Server. Conventional wisdom says it is slightly more helpful to take these exams in consecutive order than it is to reverse...

that order. For MCSEs, the sequences are slightly longer and more demanding: 70-290, 70-291, 70-293 and 70-294 for Windows Server 2003; and 70-215, 70-216 and 70-217 for Windows 2000. Here, again, plan to tackle them in numerical order.


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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