More than a year after Microsoft began releasing its first batch of Windows 2000 exams, the company has begun sharing details about the number of Win2K exams it has issued.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
At the same time, Microsoft
began offering a roadmap for the MCSE and MCSD
certifications that will allow candidates to mix
and match tests.
In a talk given at its July partner conference,
Anne Marie McSweeney, director of Microsoft's
certification and skills assessment group, said
that about 110,000 people had passed 70-210, the
Win2K Professional exam. Another 80,000 candidates
had passed 70-215; 50,000 had passed 70-216; and
40,000 had passed 70-217.
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These four exams are currently the most popular
among certification candidates. (The exam slate
started over at the beginning of the company's
fiscal year, July 1, 2001, which means NT 4.0
exams no longer show up in the tally.) According
to an Aug. 2 count, these are the top 11 Microsoft
- 70-210 Windows 2000 Professional
- 70-215 Windows 2000 Server
- 70-216 Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
- 70-217 Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure
- 70-219 Designing a Windows 2000 Directory
- 70-029 Designing and Implementing Databases
with SQL Server 7.0
- 70-221 Designing a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
- 70-028 Administering SQL Server 7.0
- 70-220 Designing Security for a Windows 2000
- 70-176 Visual Basic 6.0 Desktop Applications
- 70-240 Accelerated Exam
At the same Fusion presentation, McSweeney laid
out plans for MCSE certification under .NET Server.
Once the full suite of tests is available, candidates
will be able to take either the Win2K or .NET
Server version of a particular exam. As in the
current program, candidates will need to pass
four core tests, one design exam and two electives.
McSweeney also laid out Microsoft's plans for
a new iteration of its MCSD credential, which
offers candidates the chance to mix and match
exams between older versions of tests and newer
ones. Whereas the last generation of MCSD core
tests distinguished between desktop and distributed
applications, the new generation will offer tests
that focus specifically on Windows and Web application
Also, in its new set of tests, Microsoft will
do away with versions for Visual FoxPro developers.
The Web Applications exams will only come in Visual
Basic.NET and C# flavors.
Exam objective guides for the new exams weren't
available as of this writing, with the exception
of 70-270. The Windows XP Professional exam was
expected to go into beta testing in Sept. 27.
Dian L. Schaffhauser is a freelance writer based in Northern California.