I am new to certification, and I'm thinking of attaining MCSA before I graduate from college with an A.S. degree in Network Administration. Should I pursue certification for Windows 2000, because it's more widespread in the corporate world, or stay up to date and look towards Server 2003?
Great question! If you're expecting to go to work in the next year, Windows 2000 is probably your best bet. If you won't graduate until fall of 2004 or later, Windows 2000 is still not a bad bet, but as more time goes by, Windows Server 2003 becomes an increasingly good bet. But if you're planning on working sooner rather than later, go for Windows 2000 now, then take the upgrade exam (70-292) next year; that way, you can cover both bases!
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As a server administrator managing a local OU within a large domain and no permissions to DC and GPO like EA, what tools or scripts should I use to audit or monitor changes in real-time to my OU such as Groups Modified or Computers Removed? I want to know what other users are doing to my OU by keeping a log. Can you share any good practical WMI or VP scripts that you use for AD and Windows XP/2000/2003 daily? What is the best long-term programming language to learn for Windows XP/2003/Vista environments (e.g., VBScript, Java script, Perl, Python, VB, C#)? And what is your own preference? Microsoft keeps sending out too many security patches and hotfixes that drive me crazy. Will we see an end soon like XP-SP3 and be done with? Will we see Vista as a whole lot better security with less patches than XP? What benefits are in Vista to force the upgrades? Other than Microsoft Resource Kits books, can you give me a few recommended technical books on Windows XP, 2003, Vista and WSH, WMI, Perl, Python, VB programming? Other than Microsoft's Web site to search for Knowledgebase technical help, are there other Web sites that are great for Windows administrators?
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