Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator Officially Unveiled

Certification aimed at identifying specific job skills of systems administrators finally unveiled, to no surprise. However, CompTIA's exams play a big part.

Microsoft has finally confirmed what customers have been expecting for weeks about its new systems administrator's title: The now officially named Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator title will require passing scores on four exams:

  • Two core exams (one server-based, and one client-based): 70-215 Win2K Server or upcoming 70-275 Windows .NET Server; then 70-210 Win2K Professional or 70-270 Windows XP Professional
  • 70-218, Managing Windows 2000 Network Services, a new exam that will test systems administrator job functions
  • Any currently available MCSE elective that tests administration or implementation skills on Microsoft technology, (examples include 70-018 Implementing and Supporting SMS 1.2 and 70-224, Installing, Configuring and Administering Exchange 2000 Server; see the MCSE Requirements page on Microsoft's MCP Web site for a list).

The MCSA is a new title aimed at "identifying specific job skills of systems administrators," said Anne Marie McSweeney, Microsoft's director of the certification and skills assessment group, which she says is differentiated from the MCSE specifically by the addition of the 70-218 exam into its lineup.

The unveiling of this new title, which we reported a few weeks ago (see "Microsoft Preps New Tracks for Systems Admins, Developers"), came with an added surprise bonus: MCSA candidates can waive the elective requirement by passing a combination of CompTIA's A+/Network+ or A+/Server+ exams.

[Note: In light of new information, this news item was corrected on Oct. 25, 2001.--Ed.]

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Reader Comments:

Tue, Jan 15, 2002 Rohit Mauritius

WEll its good to have a SA qualification.. Being a MCSE and by passing one more exam ,become MCSA. only question when u go for a job what wud u say.. and will this new certification confuses the person ... what to do. say firm require MCSA and u r MCSE also. advantage for firm but they pay u for MCSA and not MCSE.

Mon, Dec 10, 2001 Thomas Scotland

At least this gives those that passed the accelerated exam a certification under Win2K

Thu, Nov 15, 2001 Skerdi Toronto

I think is great. If you are already an NT MCSE and your company is not upgrading to 2000 at the present time, then you can wait till the upgrade comes up to get your hands on the experience. To me 2000 is much more complex compared to NT and more difficult to administrade and if you don't have practicall experience is difficult to become a "paper" MCSE.

Wed, Nov 14, 2001 stevie hong penang, malaysia

A cert specially tailored for admins who dont do design work. Well Done.

Sun, Nov 11, 2001 Andreas Schneider Lawrenceville, GA

Microsoft should have thought about keeping MCSE NT 4 certification alive before they renounced their new - now old - certification policy. It was clear for most of us IT people that old MCSE should continue to be certified as renamed "MCSE NT 4" people. Microsoft just tends to annoy IT professionals with their CHAOTIC certification policies that are changing all the time. Regarding MCSA: Another certification Track - Oh my...I will contiine to persue CISCO/Oracle certification.

Sat, Nov 10, 2001 Guy UK

This is all right! I do admin on 2 NT4 (at present) servers and support 50 odd users under 98/NT4/2k as well as doing Office/AutoCAD/ Corel etc etc support. MCSA will give me a cert within my experience that is relevant to me. It will also HIGHTEN the value of the MCSE, as fewer people will go for it.

Mon, Nov 5, 2001 Artsky Philippines

This is a welcomed move. thanks microsoft!

Thu, Nov 1, 2001 Michael Hair Cincinnati, Ohio

Hopefully IT Leaders will use the new cert as a bases for hiring quality entry level people. I for one have spent the last 14 months learning NT4 and W2k,howeverI don't work full time in the field. Hopefully this will open the door. 1 more test. You really must train hard.

Thu, Nov 1, 2001 Amar India

Its Great !!! Doing MCSE 2000 it gives you another Certification MCSA Great !!!

Thu, Oct 25, 2001 David US

Great decision! Some people, who are agaist this decision, want to get rid off "paper MCSE for NT 4.0". Believe or not There are "paper MCSE for 2K" too! Certificate only approves that you have potencial to do the job just like you have a computer degree! No one employer hires IT professional only rely on certificate!

Wed, Oct 24, 2001 mark Anonymous

the joke is, how many MCSE's do you know that actually get jobs as SYSTEMS ENGINEERS?!? none. they are all System Admins!! MS should just revamp the MCSE course to be more relevant, rather than just all this giant active directory THEORY!

Wed, Oct 24, 2001 kunal india

hello friends,
this is kunal heer .. i m really happy that microsoft hve increase Nt 4.0 certfication period. its really goodd. anyway i m preparing for win2k examss toooo..

Wed, Oct 24, 2001 BrotherTibor Cleveland

Finally a cert. aimed at administrators who manage ONLY a Windows 2000 environment without all that extra microsoft stuff! Why should I study stuff I'll never need or use? What a waste of time and money! Thank you, Microsoft!

Tue, Oct 23, 2001 Bob North Carolina

MCSA sounds great!
I didn't want to design systems, I want to administer them.
I am a MCP in Win2K ( not paper) and work as a jr. sys admin.
We are doing a two year migration to win 2k and I'm in on the ground floor.

Mon, Oct 22, 2001 Zainab Afraz UAE

its really kooool !!1

Mon, Oct 22, 2001 Eng.Afraz Warsi UAE

"No one can do it for you!! only you can make your success happen" how??? by having this great MCSA...its really Kwel for me!!!!

Sun, Oct 21, 2001 Sabarinaathan M.P.V India ( Chennai )

Only a Short Cut to brng more people into the Microsoft Fold.........

Sun, Oct 21, 2001 James Portland

Just another way to devalue the current and ever shifting MCSE. Now companies no longer need an MCSE the only need a "systems administrator". Dumb. Of course they will save money by paying them less.

Fri, Oct 19, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

If I am a MCSE that already has the A+, and Network + does it mean that I am automatically a MCSA?
Amen to Dweezil from Michigan

Fri, Oct 19, 2001 starhura US

Encouraging news. I currently support hundreds of desktops in an administrative manner and do not wish, at this time, to aspire to an engineer. With the MCSA, similar to a novell system admin, I'm able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I have three more exams to pass rather than the 6. Adding MCSA is extremely encouraging.

Fri, Oct 19, 2001 Dan Fraser Orillia, Ontario

I think it is great. It is what a lot of newbies to the profession have been asking for. They found that are most funding schemes they had only a year in which to do their certifications, and with A+ and Networking + (the foundations) being prerequisites, to honestly earn the knowledge to administer a Windows 2000 Network took much longer...

As well, it spearates the onhands (MCSA) and the theoretical/designer/management (MCSE) people. Learning the operating system and not resorting to brain dumps, takes time and practice. This is just what the "doctor" ordered.

Thu, Oct 18, 2001 KSHan Heaven

It's good for somebody and bad for somebody. But not for everyone! However, who are to judge whether it is good or bad? I guess i m one of them! COOL>>>>

Wed, Oct 17, 2001 MCP+3 Anonymous

The 20-217 reuirement absolutely SUCKS!!! What is with Microsoft... What about those who have 70-217!!! You should get the MCSA just for putting up with Balmer/Gates crap attitudes... They need to get with the program.

Tue, Oct 16, 2001 Prashant Kukde India

It's a great move, now it seems to be more and more people go for MCSA instead of MCSE certification.

Tue, Oct 16, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

(M) ust (C) ontinuosly (S) tudy for (E) xams

Mon, Oct 15, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous


Mon, Oct 15, 2001 jb Los Angeles

In response to PIX "the MCSE that could" you prove our win2k point exactly sir. You are not able to be win2k MCSE (for whatever reason) so why should MS make it any easier on you, and make our MCSE less valid?

Mon, Oct 15, 2001 jb Los Angeles

As a win2k MCP 2 certs away from my MCSE, I'm a little turned off. MSs efforts to clean up it's "paper MCSEs" out there & train win2k MCSEs under the harder curriculum seem a little less impressive now. I've worked for too many NT 4.0 admins that were worthless in an internet world.

Mon, Oct 15, 2001 bruce GA

Monoploy means never having to say you're sorry, even when you really ought to be. Although the new tests are harder than the old, they are still susceptible to the same cheating methods as before. Anyway with the market the way it is, there are quite a number of Win2K MCSEs who are unemployed or grossly underemployed. Diluting the value of the certifications they have won't help them much.

Mon, Oct 15, 2001 Anonymous London

microsoft is just playing a game with it's certified professionals - too many titles and/or qualifications is not the solution. Best to streamline like Oracle -all you need for Oracle exams is just an upgrade (not like the accelerated exam!)..........and by the way, I possess all the microsoft titles except the MCT.

Sun, Oct 14, 2001 majestic Anonymous

Microsoft finally woke up.

Sun, Oct 14, 2001 Pix Ireland

To those of you who are already win2k mcse's, who are complaining about the cutoff date and this MCSA exam I say 'get over it'. This is great news for people like me and in reality for you too, because it confirms MCSE as a high status certification, while providing an option for people who hold CompTIA certifications and/or who have not yet completed MCSE. I have been threatening to get MCSE certified for the last 2 years, but due to a lack of time mainly, have not been able to study for or sit the exams yet, though my day-to-day work is mostly network related. MCSA will allow me to reach a definite goal using my CompTIA certification, while easing me into a couple of MCSE exams too. BRILLIANT!!!

Sat, Oct 13, 2001 Brad Smith Columbus, Oh

This announcement is the best thing MS has produced from its company in 6 years, and probably won't need a SP to fix...

Sat, Oct 13, 2001 ses uk

worked very hard to attain w2k cert but disappointed that NT certs to be retained after cert upgrade deadline. It simply feels very unfair on our part. I would probably call it a betrial by MS and made much sence that all must be cert in the emerging technologies. It will simply make those who slipped throw this window of opportunity inadvertently complacent. MS must reintroduce a cutoff date if it is to be in the front line of recognised certifications.

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 Balu India

Great news from microsoft. I was planning to do mcse, but now i will do mcsa first. And for people who would like to be future administrators, this is a great news.

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 Rodrigo Guatemala

It's a good chance betwbeen MCP an MCSE, but I think 70-217 should be an elective too

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

I spent over 4K for school to earn my W2K cert for a job that will now pay 15K LESS than what I earned and no I'm over qualified. WTG Msoft. You Dunces.

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 Anonymous Illinois

As a system administrator for a publishing company with lots of Macs and NT/2K servers, getting my company to pay for an MCSE would be overkill. The MCSA is certainly justifiable, especially when I was set to take the Win 2K Server and Server + exams. A cynic might say that now I'm paying M$ for three exams when I was preparing to take just one, but the cert seems worth it to me.

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 Leroy Joseph, Jr. Houston, TX

In response to "Anonymous from malaysia". Novell have a similiar structure as compared to Microsoft's new certification annoucement. I.E.
1. CNA .vs. MCP
2. CNI .vs. MCT
2. CNE .vs. MCSE, now the MCSA can filled this niche
3. MCNE .vs. ? there was no comparable Microsoft certiciation to this. The MCSE might be a contender, who knows?

Kudo's to folks in "Gatesville" on being able to recognize that there was a "gap" that needed to be filled and acknowledged by a certification program such as the MCSA.

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 Victor Nigeria

It was the right thing to do. Better still, they acknowledge their mistake and corrected it. It is a win win situation for Microsoft. Up Bill Gate

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

It is good news. I spent thousands to get Nt certified. Just when it got good, the cert was threatened to be yanked. MS made a wise and strategic move. They know that those who were holding back from getting the Win2k cert will now make the move on their own. The urge to resist the shot gun wedding will subside. MS will then retire the NT 4 cert, but at least by then it will be more outdated.
As for those who keep crying about others who use braindumps and such, give it a rest. I have never used a braindump before and have been in this industry for years, as a manager you hire those who can do the job. If they can not perform, they are eliminated-Quickly I might add.

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 Mister kentucky

response to plmc from ottawa: We were rewarded! Didn't you get that real nice Gold, Early Achiever MCSE on Microsoft Windows 2000 card?

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 Michael Smallwood Cincinnati, OH

I was very happy to hear that there is a chance to get a cert while still working on your MCSE. Now I'll be able to get my foot in the door for a network admin position within my company. Thanks, Bill

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

Most defenitly cool.. Now I could actually really try to learn the 2000 track instead of just cram it all in.. This should give us more of a chance to play with the software.. Thanks to all that felt the same way as I did when the announcement was made that the will be stipping us from or conquest ( N.T 4.0 )

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Mike CA

You change your minds more than a woman. Your software kicks ass, but your tests are a pathetic joke. Who writes your tests?... the people who were to dumb to clean your restrooms. Oh and thanks for that plastic 2000 early adopters card. How much was that $1.50. Microsoft needs a major layoff based on IQ.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Joe Chicago

I don't know a lot of "paper" mcse's who are still employeed, and if they are they are sweating it or aren't paid well. I think the industry is taking care of this fact. I also believe industry is dictating this move (by MS) and I for one am glad of the decision. As a consultant, many of my clients are just now thinking about 2000/XP and I now have the time to prepare properly while maintaining NT and seeing my family once in a while. (I'd write more, but I must study!)

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Jimmy Indonesia

A 2nd level MCSE! I think it is better to take exchange ,isa or sms server exams, than 70-218. For someone who already passed 217 and 218, I think ms should automatically certify him/her!

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Josh Winter Adelaide

Still not related to real world server admin. Ditch the workstation exam, add an exam about the server resource kit and scripting, include server, network design, disaster recovery and planning and security and forget an elective.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 ira georgia

absolutely great!! i applaud you MS.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Mark Millard Perth

Good Start, but what has Workstation got to do with Administering Servers??

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Brian Montana

Systems Engineer or Systems Administrator? Who cares? Even MS requires a bachelor degree (preferably a BS in Computer Science), at least on programming language, an MCP or an MCSE and three years experience. For someone like me who bought into the big lie about certification, paid big bux for worthless training, and spent a year of my life getting certified by studying and practicing from books the school never provided it doesn't make a damn bit of difference. i, for one, am not a "paper MCSE", but the perception is that we all are, so I can't even get an entry level job. Oracle, Cisco and Netware are king here.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 John California

I think it is utterly ridiculous that they devalue the Win2k MCSE just as soon as many of us get them. I got it for the reason that the NT 4.0 paper MCSE's would be gone. They will still be there to give us a bad name. Now that they lowered the standards for MCSE 2k, we are getting win2k paper MCSE's. I have an MCSE2k and CNE and CCNP certifications. I think I may completely drop support for Microsoft in general and push for NOVELL or even new MACINTOSH implementations since mac has added Unix as it's open server base. I think I can make viable arguments justifying the cost of MAC hardware now that Microsoft has changed their licensing on OS's and their Office XP. I cannot even justify using Office XP over Corel Office or any other. Well....Linux, MAC, NOVELL, here I come again. Down with microsoft and their soft management who were swayed to keep their MCSE 4.0's. You just lost a very good engineer. I love computers and use them as a hobby and a job. Microsoft has once again failed my expectations and respect.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Cahrles Hamby Eagle River

One thing puzzles me. If you already have your Win2k MCSE, will the 210 and 215 ALSO count towards the MCSA, or will you br required to take the XP/.NET track? I don't think I'd bother with it for 3 more tests.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 W2K MCSE Anonymous

New 70-218 as requirement for MCSA?? Is that the 70-217 with a diferent name?? Or will it mean that an MCSA will be qualified to "Managing a Windows 2000 Environment" and as a Systems Admin while a MCSE wont??
I think MS should think about this one and automatically certify existing W2K MCSEs.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Kelly Salt Lake City, Utah

As a technical trainer (MCT) I think it is great to give those working and going to school/self-studing something a little easier to shout for. I believe the MCSE's will still stand out as the premier certification though.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Kelly Salt Lake City, Utah

As a technical trainer (MCT) I think it is great to give those working and going to school/self-studing something a little easier to shout for. I believe the MCSE's will still stand out as the premier certification though.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Kelly Salt Lake City, Utah

As a technical trainer (MCT) I think it is great to give those working and going to school/self-studing something a little easier to shout for. I believe the MCSE's will still stand out as the premier certification though.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Kelly Salt Lake City, Utah

As a technical trainer (MCT) I think it is great to give those working and going to school/self-studing something a little easier to shout for. I believe the MCSE's will still stand out as the premier certification though.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Allen Las Vegas

Just another cert to add to the useless alphabet soup of certs out there. I have yet to hire a competent cert carrying sysadmin. However, ALL my former sysadmins have been able to quickly get all thier certs after working for me. Real world hands-on experience ALWAYS wins over lab computer experience & paper certs.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 mmm Anonymous

It's wonderful! Now those who were newly certified in 2001 may enjoy the fruits of their MCSE certification and keep their MCSE status while presented with additional time to become Win2K certified. Microsoft reigns supreme!

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Man in the Hat Monopoly

This looks like it can be used to show an intermediate step when certifying.
MCP to MCSA to MCSE...
Giving employers, at a glance, a way to see how far in the process a Tech is when learning the MS Products.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 taggart cleveland

I finished my recertification by the Jan 12th of this year. The only recognition I received from Microsoft was a letter and plastic card. Not only that this continues to degrade the MCSE designation by letting the paper MCSE's keep their designation. I was eagerly waiting for the end of the year to see how many people would be left standing. Now, it appears there will more "kids" around than adults. This is a bad move by Microsoft further weakening their certification process.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 pana Georgia

microsoft finally did the right thing. too many companies still on nt 4 platform and still need those certified with nt 4. those of you that are crying foul---grow up.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Joe Styfurak Anonymous

I like it. I'm going for my 2000 MCSE and already have the SMS 2 cert from my NT 4 MCSE. Which means I'll only have to take one additional test. COOL!

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Eric GA

I STRONGLY agree with the above post. I too only maintain and administer a small to mid-size department (30+ users, 3 servers) and I do not need all the design emphasis/requirement of the MCSE. The MCSA is right up my alley and will compliment my current position well, like certifications should.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Anonymous USA

This is certainly more in line with what I actually do for a living. I support small to medium sized networks (30+). I don't get to design or tweak much or any of it, just have to make sure it keeps working day-to-day. MCSE is great if you are going to be in an envornment where those upper level skills are required, but little of the real world outside of the big IT departments are really like that. I may never need to replicate across 10 Exchange servers or setup a multi-domain forest. This is a perfect intermediate step. It should have more prestege and get more respect than the simple MCP. Many companys don't like the per hour price tag that an MCSE brings, if they all they really need is someone to help them set up as few servers, workstations or printers. Thank you Microsoft!

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Bob Florida

About time MS did this. I suggested it to them years ago (as I am sure many others have).

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Deb Oconomowoc, WI

This has made my day! As someone who made a career change and became an MCSE in May 2000, being decertified at the end of the year was disheartening. I worked hard for this, and to upgrade to the 2000 cert. is not in my financial plans--and not in many companies budgets, either, from what I see or hear.
Bravo, MSFT, for making a sensible decision! Will I go for the 2000? You bet. And the COMPTia Server Plus, as well.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 anonymous Anonymous

How does the MCSA requirements work for those who take the Accelerated W2K?

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Javier Esquivel Costa Rica

At last, its a common sense manifestation from MS.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Anonymous Cape Town, SA

The great nature of our industry is created specifically by the fact that it is driving swiftly by change! This would have been a good clean-up for NT4, specifically to eliminate those "brain dump" style MCSE NT 4's out there. It would have also driven companies to make the move to newer technologies sooner due to support availability. Finally, there would have probably been much higher MCSE 2K numbers by 2002 if not for this change which again supports the newer technologies and all the cool things.....that will now be delayed.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Russ Louisiana

A midline certification is probably a great idea. Cisco does it, Novell does it, and I'm sure that they aren't the only ones. It's also a nice stepping stone between the 1 test MCP and the 7 test MCSE. Personally, I'll do the MCSA track because it will be immediately valuable to my work, where as the design elements and the AD stuff of the MCSE won't in the environment here.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Jim Connecticut

So much for trying to add credibility to their certification program. I have two exams left to pass to upgrade to W2K MCSE and I have to say they aren't even tough enough. MS should have only 3 certs, MCSE, MCSD, and MCDBA. They should be very tough with no in between certifications.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Sean Texas

I agree with John. ms must continue to raise the bar for certifications. i would like to see an exam like redhat, or ccie that uses a real lab environment and incorporates much of the ms product lines, problem is, ms has too many product lines. as an mcse, i am faced with issues from the server, client desktop apps, iis, exchange, programming problems etc. I would think microsoft should use the mcsd as the optimal cert. beef it up and structure it along the same lines as the ccie.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Paul Austin, TX

The training industry's response remains to be seen, but as a trainer I see this as good. Until now, there has not been an 'intermidiate' cert. All the 'training centers' push the vaulted MCSE. This could restore the highend perception of the MCSE as a large portion of IT people really don't need all the hassle of the design tests, etc. to effectively administer a network. Especially when employers (at least in this area) seem to be viewing view MCSE as an entry cert.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Ted Long Island,NY

This is GREAT news.
We have a mixed NT and Novell network. We plan to move to W2K, first mixed, then native, but are looking at a 2 year window.
I am slowly integrating W2K work stations, but no servers at this time. I can use the breathing room for both the rollout and certification.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

This is awful, why should the MCSE be devalued by persons not willing to keep up with technology? Even Cisco requires recertification every 3 years. I think this is just an excuse to keep the number of MCSE's up without increasing the quality of the title. It makes me sick the thought of all the paper MCSE still holding that title. Oh well, morer reason to abandon MS certs for Cisco certs.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 John McGlinchey Springfield, PA

The new cert for admins is a good move but MS also needs to beef up the upper level by creating an "expert" level certfication that goes beyond MCSE in the same way that CCIE goes beyond CCNA/CCNP.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 plmc ottawa

its takes a big company to admit its errors,but those of us who certified on w2k should be rewarded

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 anonymous malaysia

sounds much like a 2nd class certification.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Al Anonymous

It's great news for everyone, especially those of us who have already upgraded our certifications to Win2K. It is also, however, very frustrating for the ones who worked hard to push the cert upgrades into our schedules this year only to find out that we didn't have the time crunch we originally thought we did. The only positive recourse is the fact that MS is allowing engineers to keep both certifications.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Dweezil Michigan

This is absolutely horrible! MS was finally going to get rid of the thousands and thousands of MCSEs who used illicit means to pass the easier NT4 certification. Those of us who played by the rules, passed the accelerated test, and recertified under 2K are hung out to dry.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

Its about time

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Taizun Kachwala India

This is a good breaking news for those who shall be responsible for System administration. He/She does not have to clear all the Exams of MCSE while srill being recognised as equivalent to them just by Completing 4 Exams to be MCSA. That's great! I hope this will take a boost in certfication Industry.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

Absolutely KOOL !!!

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Soumendra Ray Anonymous

For me, that good news coz I have to pass just the new exam (yet to be introduced).
However, in real life, you need to know a lot about other servers (for e.g. a Exchange Server should also know about SQL Server - when the edb database structure becomes similar, SMS should be a core competecy for most administrators whether SQL or Exchange. Today, domains are overlapping and competecy in one field means that you still need to know a lot about the other servers and other technologies.

Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Robert King Scotland

Great news, we run an NT 4.0 network and have no plans to upgrade for at least the next two years. This means I have had little exposure to W2K so it would be a waste of time trying to upgrade my certs before December, I'm sure there will be many people out there in a similar situation, with years of experience in NT and certification proving their expertise.

Thank you Microsoft, common sense prevails.


Thu, Oct 11, 2001 Anonymous Malaysia

Its a good move. Recognition for SAs and also a lower stage for ppl to aim for in acheiving certification.

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