Three new exams that are part of Microsoft's certification for Windows Server 2003 were made available this week.
The exams, 70-293, 70-294 and 70-296, were announced in May and are now available for those seeking Microsoft Certified Professional or Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) status on Windows Server 2003.
Exam 70-293 is called "Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure." Exam 70-294 is "Planning, Implementing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure." When IT professionals pass these exams, they achieve Microsoft Certified Professional status and earn credit toward the MCSE on Windows Server 2003 certification, the company said.
Exam 70-296 is called "Planning, Implementing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000." The MCSE on Windows Server 2003 upgrade exam is only for IT professionals who are presently certified as MCSEs on Windows 2000.
One expert said that companies and candidates will benefit from these exams in the long run, but right now, if a company isn't using Windows 2003, the exams are not too critical. "It's more important to get certified on the products you have now," said Jeremy Moskowitz, an independent consultant based in Wilmington, Del. "Prove yourself in exams when necessary to both yourself and your employer."
The MCSE on Windows Server 2003 credential assumes that IT professionals have about one year of experience administering a network operating system in environments that have up to 5,000 users, three or more physical locations and three or more domain controllers, as well as reasonably complex services, such as messaging, database, file and print, Internet and remote access services.
Candidates should also have experience designing a network and administrating a desktop operating system, Microsoft said.
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