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Step-by-Step Guide: Prepping for MCSA and MCSE certification

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 (and in fact, the MCSA makes a great stepping stone toward achieving the MCSE), the same general approach works well in both cases. Simply put, you have to take more tests to achieve the MCSE than the MCSA (seven exams for MCSE versus four or five for the MCSA. And fewer exams apply to Windows 2000; more apply to Windows Server 2003 credentials).

Ed Tittel, SearchWin2000.com contributor and columnist for Certification Magazine, provides a step-by-step guide crammed with solid expert advice on best practices you need to know for prepping for certification.

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 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

Ed Tittel, author and columnist
Ed Tittel is a frequent contributor to SearchWin2000.com, Series Editor for Exam Cram 2 and contributing editor and columnist for Certification Magazine. Ed has written numerous books on Microsoft certifications. Ed can be reached at etittel@techtarget.com.
Copyright 2005 TechTarget

This was first published in March 2005

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