Three More MCSE-Windows 2003 Exams Debut This Week

Two more exams for the Core Exams: Networking Systems portion of Windows 2003 credential, as well as an upgrade exam, go live Thursday.

Microsoft will release three key exams for the MCSE for Windows 2003 track:

  • 70-293, Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
  • 70-294, Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
  • 70-296, Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000

Exams 70-293 and 70-294 comprise two exams that MCSE on Windows 2003 candidates must complete for the Core Exams: Networking Systems portion of the track. (Two more exams, 70-290 and 70-291, are the others; they were released August 14. Click here to read details.) Both exams are aimed at measuring the skills of MCSEs whose job roles include the functional design of networks.

Exam 70-296 makes up one of two upgrade exams for MCSE on Windows 2003 candidates; Exam 70-292, released August 14, is the other one. Both exams, available only to those who have completed the MCSE on Windows 2000, are all that are required to upgrade to the newer Windows 2003 credential.

Registration for all three exams opens up August 27 through Prometric and Vue testing centers. According to the exam guides, candidates can expect to encounter adaptive formats and simulation questions, but Microsoft may also include new testing innovations, such as hot areas, drag and place and testlets (click here to read more).

To view the requirements for the MCSE on Windows 2003, click here.

[Read Andy Barkl's review of these exams by clicking on the following links: 70-290, 70-291, 70-293. A review of Exam 70-294 will be available next week.]

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Mon, Sep 15, 2003 Jarod CA

Heres more: One of my project that he/she took over and acclaimed her own made an infinite loop sending 170,000 emails to people and choking the Exchange Server. Now when I tried to debug her codes - he/she had this one huge function that when I printed it out - it was 8 pages long. Now thats not a very good programming practices huh? Very bad.

Tue, Sep 9, 2003 Jarod CA

yah, like memorizing some buzz words and you can tell that theyre smart huh? Shame on you... You sounds more like a businessman and not a computer geek. I got a story for you though. I have a workmate whos a certified MS programmer and he/she is just like your description "braindump" who cant program.He/She wrote this one huge function that when I printed it - it was 9 pages long.If you dont have the basics like this person, no matter how many certifications you got on your belt - you can never beat those guys who got their BS Degrees in computer science.

Sat, Sep 6, 2003 Geoff Vancouver, BC, Canada

If all you kids hate having to right tests, and it's all just a Microsoft money grab.. why are you reading this web site?

MCSE means something.. to yourself, to your co-workers, to your employer. If you cheat (braindump) it means nothing, but if you have the skills and write the cert, it means you took the time to learn the new feature set. I'd interview somebody who has an MCSE over somebody who doesn't.. and in two minutes of that interview, I'm going to know if they braindumped to pass their tests, or if they have skillz.

Mon, Sep 1, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

QUOTE: How about this load of crap from

It may sound like crap, but its not. HR people eat up certifications. They usually don't have the necessary skills to challenge you in an interview. The certs "prove" you're capable. They can then move on the to the personality assessments, salary requirements and other things they understand. Remember, your resume must get past HR before you get an interview. This is why I got my MCSE and my A plus. I've been turned down for more than one job simply because I didn't have paper to go along with my experience.

Sat, Aug 30, 2003 Rimon egypt

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Thu, Aug 28, 2003 Manuj Pakistan

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Thu, Aug 28, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I am finally conceding to all of the whiners that complain about Microsoft because of this reply about the skill overlap in the MCSA requirements compared with the MCSE credential. How about this load of crap from saying that a ton of MS certifications “APPEARS” to be a good thing, “Although the MCSE on Windows 2000 certification covers many skills, maybe even skills covered in the 70-219, 70-220, and 70-221 exams, the 70-218 is a requirement of the MCSA on Windows 2000 certification track. When a person holds more then one or two certifications, to a hiring employer, the more certifications a candidate holds, the better. In your case, holding the MCSA on Windows 2000 certification as well as the MCSE on Windows 2000 and the MCP certifications, your resume grows and appears more qualified compared to another employment candidate who has only the MCSE on Windows 2000 and MCP certification.”

Thu, Aug 28, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Yes, we need more mcse's to shine my shoes. Come and line up you suckers.

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