October Beta Planned for Implementing Security Exam

Security exam to face scrutiny of beta testers Oct. 10-17.

Microsoft plans to beta test Exam 70-214, Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network from Oct. 10 to 17. While in beta, the exam will be numbered 71-214.

Exam 70-214, announced in mid-July of this year, is an MCSA and MCSE elective that tests candidates' skills on implementation of security measures within a Microsoft environment. Since July 2000, Microsoft has offered another security exam, numbered 70-220, that's aimed at MCSEs whose job role includes planning and designing a security methodology.

To read more about exam 70-214, see "New Security Exam Under Development" in the News archive. Microsoft has an exam objectives guide posted at

Microsoft offers beta exams on an invitation-only basis. To find out more about participating in future beta exams, go to

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Sep 18, 2002 Editor_MDomingo Irvine, CA

Jack from Natick: Mike from Tampa is correct, but Microsoft would like you to think that 214 measures skills in implementing security, while 220 measures one's ability to plan or design the appropriate security methodology for a network.

Sun, Sep 15, 2002 Mike Tampa

I was E-Mailed by MS for this test. You can't sign up for it, you must be invited. If you pass it, you get credit as an elective. I have already passed the 70-220 so I don't have much use for it, but I may go take it anyway. And NO it is not replacing the 70-220 because the 214 will be geared for MCSA's while the 220 will be geared for MCSE's.

Fri, Sep 13, 2002 James Ft Knox

How can I sign up for the beta test? Someone email me? Thanks!

Fri, Sep 13, 2002 m. tehran

It's a good step!

Fri, Sep 13, 2002 Jack Natick

Is 70-214 replacing 70-220?

Fri, Sep 13, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

does anyone know how similar this exam will be to the 70-220?

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