Manage Learn to apply best practices and optimize your operations.

Didn't upgrade my IIS 3.0 elective to IIS 4.0 in time. What are my options now?

I received my MCSE 4.0 with IIS 3.0 in 1998. IIS 4.0 was not yet available. Of course 3.0 expired, and since the...

MCSE 4.0 was going away anyway I didn't rush to upgrade the elective. Then MS made their decision to keep the NT 4.0 MCSE cert. By that time it was too late to upgrade the IIS 3.0 elective.

I also found out that they consider the IIS 3.0 a MCSE 3.5 course but they gave me the NT 4.0 MCSE with it. Should they not have to grandfather that in as they did TCP/IP? Do I have any alternatives here? I am hesitant to spend the time and money to upgrade certs that MS may change at any moment.

Alas, Microsoft has proved unwilling to grandfathter its exams any further back than the 9 exams it's now carrying over from the NT 4.0 days. My advice would be to take a "designing" exam (70-219, 70-220, 70-221, or 70-226): that will not only count toward reinstating your NT 4.0 MCSE, but will also count toward the Win2k MCSE should you ever decide to go the upgrade route. Sorry, but you really are going to have to take another exam to replace the now-discontinued IIS 3.0 exam if you want to maintain any credentials whatsoever.


This was last published in February 2002

Dig Deeper on IT Career Development and Training

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.