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Safety in New ISA Server 2004 Exam

New exam follows on heels of newest version of Microsoft's server for speedy, secure computing.

Later this month, Microsoft Corporation will release a new exam for Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004. Exam 70-350, Implementing ISA Server 2004, will be available only to beta invitees from March 22 through April 4; it'll be numbered 71-350 while in beta. Both Pearson VUE http://www.vue.com/ms/ and Prometric http://securereg3.prometric.com/ will deliver the exam in beta. Although not confirmed by the company, both the beta and the live exam are likely to contain new performance-based exams. (Microsoft doesn't comment on exams in development; see "New Twist to Exams: Just Do It" at http://mcpmag.com/news/article.asp?EditorialsID=767 for information on performance-based exam questions.)

According to the exam objective guide, ISA Server 2004 exam candidates should be well-versed in the language of security on medium to enterprise-class Windows networks, with solid understanding of Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, WINS, Certificate Services, RADIUS, Routing and Remote Access, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS, TCP/IP, IMAP, POP3, RDP, SMTP, and SSL. Candidates who pass it will immediately have MCP status and can use the exam to fulfill the elective option toward the MCSA on Windows 2003 and MCSE on Windows 2003 credentials, as well as the security specializations.

Microsoft currently lists on its exam objective guide one training course for this exam. Course 2824, Implementing Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004, is a four-day, instructor-led course available at Certified Technical Education Centers worldwide. The course has been available since September 2004; more info on that course is at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/syllabi/en-us/2824afinal.mspx. A search of the Microsoft Press site shows no titles in the works for an ISA Server 2004 self-study guide.

ISA Server 2004 was released to manufacturing in February and has been generally available as of last week. For more information on ISA Server, see "ISA Server 2004 Enterprise Edition Generally Available" on the ENTmag.com site at http://entmag.com/news/article.asp?EditorialsID=6590.

To view the exam objective guide for 70-350, go to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-350.asp.

About the Author

Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Wed, Mar 23, 2005 Dave, MCSE on 2003 Pennsylvania, USA

Invitations are sent to some existing MCPs, determined by Microsoft. I've received invitations in the past, but not for this exam.

Tue, Mar 15, 2005 Dave Ohio

Who did they send the invitations to???

Fri, Mar 11, 2005 Moises Lisbon

yes it is available, but if no invitation you will pay $140, and with invitation you will pay $0
ICAISA is the promo code, but it is available only for the 750 first guy's to register it, and is as begun 7 Mar, get you ass over to vue.com and try to get luck, :D

Thu, Mar 10, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

I don't understand the part about "invitation only" - I have it available through the Vue website to schedule...

Thu, Mar 10, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

do anyone get the promo?

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