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Should I finish my Win2000 training and upgrade to Win2003?

Expert Ed Tittel guides a reader through the best way to go about obtaining a MCSA for Windows Server 2003.

I've sort of lost track with my MCSA quest, since I went back to school to get my Master's degree. I left my trek with one test to go to obtain my MCSA on Windows 2000. Now that I'm done with school, I am confused about where to pick up. Should I continue the track and finish my MCSA on 2000 with say test 70-216 and then do the upgrade to 2003? Is that even possible? Eventually I plan to get an MCSE on 2003 so keeping that in mind with test selection is my plan.

What you propose (finish the MCSA on Win2000 and then upgrade to Win2003) is not only possible, but probably the fastest path for you to follow. You'll want to get moving on this quickly, though, because with Vista Server in the offing for 2007, Win2000's days (and related certs) are numbered. Get 70-216 out of the way right away, then start working on the 70-292 immediately thereafter. By the time the new programs come out for Vista, you'll be ready to take that upgrade as well and keep current with the ever-changing Microsoft cert landscape.

This is doable, not too expensive, and probably won't take more than two weekends a month for three months for 70-216 and twice that long for the 70-292 exam. You should be able to finish both before the end of this year, but you need to get moving now.

Best of luck, and thanks for posting.

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