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Beta: 70-218, Managing a Win2K Network Environment

MCSA core exam heads into beta testing Dec. 17 to Dec. 21.

Exam 70-218, Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Environment, heads into beta testing Dec. 17 to Dec. 21. While in beta, the exam will be numbered 71-218.

The exam is a core credit for the MCSA on Microsoft Windows 2000 and elective credit for the MCSE on Windows 2000. It measures skills for administering, supporting, and troubleshoot Win2K networks. As of this writing, no self-study tools are available from Microsoft Press or from third-party vendors, so Microsoft recommends that beta candidates have proficiency with troubleshooting file, print and Web resources and clients and servers, auditing and managing security, 2000, and configuring and troubleshooting Active Directory and remote access.

Microsoft's exam objective guide is posted at http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/exams/70-218.asp.

As usual, the beta will be offered to qualified candidates who subscribe to the MCP NewsFlash. To find out more, go to http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcpexams/status/beta.asp.

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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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Tue, Feb 10, 2004 Ivan Kalule K'la Uganda

I guess we all know that MCSE is more sensible than CCNA or CNA alright.......but don't forget that we also need some hackers around us

Sun, Jun 22, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I'm from the old school where having a cert meant something. Today, less emphases is being placed on certs. It's either do you have a bachelors degree or experience. I work for a fortune 100 company. Psersonally, I like having the certs. I learn new things all the time. If you want good study material use transcender or trotec.

Thu, Jan 17, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

sooo clever..2 weeks pretty good...maybe you should start training to be a brain surgeon...paper MCSE`s if you know your stuff your not a paper MCSE.....

Thu, Jan 10, 2002 drickenback California

I think some of us are missing the point...attaining MCSE (or MCSA) will definitely help you "get your feet wet" in the field. Obviously, if you don't KNOW your stuff you don't belong anyway and won't last long.

Wed, Jan 9, 2002 joe n.j

Gyes, do you know if any one take the real exam yet, and what kind of exam is that.

Fri, Jan 4, 2002 Dennis Netherlands

Not everyone is an Paper MCSE, i believe it is posible to pass most exams (other than microsoft as well) and not knowing what you're actually doing, BUT there are people who want to learn and do there best to become an IT professional and they don't study only braindumps. Like myself: i'm an soldier in the dutch army and i'm studing hard to become a MCSE-er and yes i know some paper MCSE-ers, but if u read your books and find resources about the subject and you learn about 2/ 3 months for one exam and u will pass the 7 exams u earn it.... Every one knows by himself that he is an REAL MCSE-er or not.......U cant pass any exam in about a week and knowing all about that subject.... people who say the became MCSE in one week : SHAME ON U!!!!!

Sun, Dec 30, 2001 Anonymous Germany

I think a lot of the older MCSE's cannot relate to the ones today...We don't have to suffer through all the heartaches they had to. I have found that to be the case here in Germany. Each generation is stronger than the previous. The torch has to be passed in every phase of life. Wake up or shut up.

Thu, Dec 20, 2001 Ingrid Panama

And i forgot ... I am w2k certified and i got invited... anyway... I have no idea why they did not invite you...

Thu, Dec 20, 2001 Ingrid Panama

I was invited and i will not know if i passed it intil february and I just think of it as a preview peek to what it will be...
Certification is Important and valuable and the more you have the more you are worth maybe thouse that do not have it recognized by the employers are the ones that do not care but I see it as an oportunity and a gateway to more salary and recognition (of course i like the titles and certificates who does not?)

Wed, Dec 19, 2001 Klaus P. Germany

Hi, I'm at the mcse track since may, pas-
sed 5 exams now (1 add. CNA) after each 2-4 weeks school program. I feel
good in learning and practicing all items
to pass w/o (many) dumps. 218 is a pretty good chance for the one who faers
studying too much (to mcse). Gives more value to the mcse level...

Mon, Dec 17, 2001 MCSE NT4.0 USA

To: Anonymous from Guam 11/29:
So you fit the Microsoft profile for a MCSE:"An MCSE candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system, implementing and administering a desktop operating system, and designing a network infrastructure."? Few people have this backround yet. Yet many have certified. Are they all "paper MCSE's"
Explain how you start if no one will hire you to get the experience? Everyone can't build a 200 user network in their garage.

Mon, Dec 17, 2001 MCSE NT4.0 USA

To: Anonymous from Guam 11/29:
So you fit the Microsoft profile for a MCSE:"An MCSE candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system, implementing and administering a desktop operating system, and designing a network infrastructure."? Few people have this backround yet. Yet many have certified. Are they all "paper MCSE's"
Explain how you start if no one will hire you to get the experience? Everyone can't build a 200 user network in their garage.

Mon, Dec 17, 2001 MCSE NT4.0 USA

So you fit the Microsoft profile for a MCSE:"An MCSE candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system, implementing and administering a desktop operating system, and designing a network infrastructure."? Few people have this backround yet. Yet many have certified. Are they all "paper MCSE's"
Explain how you start if no one will hire you to get the experience? Everyone can't build a 200 user network in their garage.

Mon, Dec 17, 2001 MCSE NT4.0 USA

So you fit the Microsoft profile for a MCSE:"An MCSE candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system, implementing and administering a desktop operating system, and designing a network infrastructure."? Few people have this backround yet. Yet many have certified. Are they all "paper MCSE's"
Explain how you start if no one will hire you to get the experience? Everyone can't build a 200 user network in their garage.

Sat, Dec 15, 2001 Richard (MCSE NT, MCP 2K) UK

i work in a helpdesk environmen, most of us are MCSE NT4 with a few MCP 2K, all of us are working for MCSE 2K,but there are some that will never make it ,so the MCSA is a good stop gap to say you have a more indepth knoledge than simply MCP but havent gone the whole mile to MCSE.

Fri, Dec 14, 2001 nobody tx

If you get an mcse in 2 weeks, how much can you know except how to pass a test.

Fri, Dec 14, 2001 MgTab (MCSE+I,MCSE 2K, MC Anonymous

Personally I think the MCSA is too "easy" the exams specified don't really cover all aspects that you need "master" to be called a W2K Admin.
I think it's more accurate to talk about a "W2K Server" Admin only.

Most MS exams are fairly easy if you know what you're doing, even the 4 SQL exams I took.

Formula = Study (more than one book) get some experience and test all "strang situations" that the exams cover and you'll have a more than 60% chance of passing an MS exam.

Wed, Dec 12, 2001 Paul Davis Memphis

Patrick, you've got the right idea. I don't take Cert tests to impress techs, (well, mostly not), techs can tell whether or not I know what I'm talking about in a few minutes. You take Cert tests to impress HR managers and the bean counter who winds up justifying how much he's paying you.

Granted, studying the material will probably cover some of the holes in anyone's education in networking - this field has accumulated a body of technical knowledge that amounts to a mountain of data in the last few years. But the reason for taking the tests is entirely different from the reason for studying.

Don't get certified, don't get raises or promotions. And that has nothing to do with whether or not fellow techs are impressed with me.

Tue, Dec 11, 2001 Patrick Dallas

I'm looking foward to taking the beta test and getting my MCSA on Dec. 19th. One more notch in my resume!

Mon, Dec 10, 2001 Bob PHX

The MCSA is a good cert. to get on your way to a MCSE cert. The 70-218 counts as an elective in the MCSE track anyways.

Certifications are a good thing to have as base knowledge, but of coarse, not as good as years of hands on experience.

The guys on this website that are attacking the the certification program are the same all knowing "Network Administrators" I run into out in the field every day that call a certified MCSE consultant to fix the network they just finished FUBARing. Strive for knowledge wherever you can find it and steer clear of these IT geeks.

Mon, Dec 10, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

CNA is not worthless. My client was predominantly NT, by they had an NW411 server also. I learned just enough with the CNA to effectively administer that environment. Not everyone needs to built and entire Netware infrastructure from scratch. Same with W2K.

Mon, Dec 10, 2001 like me reet amersfoort

if you have 210,215 and some 216 knowledge then you should be able to get this exam. it is not that difficult, it is for the administrators so that should be no problem.

Sun, Dec 9, 2001 Anonymous Gainesville

Who is this guy from Guam? I hope the rest of the tech world is not as bitter as him.

Sat, Dec 8, 2001 Juan Miami, FL

I know when supposedly an IT person is talking is a real Tech or just a BS Talker. By the third sentence they speak. I know they are full of crap. Remember Dog that barks don’t bite. I see in here the real ones and BS ones. You real IT people out there you know what
I mean. Sincerely a Fellow quiet tech.

Fri, Dec 7, 2001 Erik Alaska

I think this mid-level cert is great. It shows more than an MCP and the more IT certifications Microsoft provides, the better. I have MCP+I, MCSE w/nt4 and A+, I'll be stoked to get MCSA and MCSE again!!

Wed, Dec 5, 2001 Satya K India

Does anyone know where to find study guides for exam MCP in VB6 Desktop Applications.

Wed, Dec 5, 2001 Alain Delon Brasil

How can I make the beta exam 071-218? Do I have to enroll in some site of Microsoft?

Tue, Dec 4, 2001 Anonymous Minneapolis

Thanks Mike from Virginia Beach for the Cramsession Study Guide link. Those successful in IT are those that share information and not just negative, unprofessional comments.

Sun, Dec 2, 2001 Anonymous Maryland

For those who need to show some progress beyond the OS exams, this is a good thing. I think this is better that just MCP. With proper guidance / exam selections, one becomes closer to MCSE as well.

Sun, Dec 2, 2001 Bill New York

I think the test is a great idea. The MCSA is a good cert for a position of network management of win2k. Bringing a an MCSA to manage a network you built while training them to be on an MCSE level is a good management step. Let's remember too that if you hire someone solely on their cert you are irresponsible. There is an IT shortage out there in the sense that there are not a lot of good ones, and IT managers have the responsibility of keeping their standards high. You will never eliminate the paper MCSE. It is also easy to determine who is and who isn't in a brief interview. Microsoft has an imperfect certification program in place there is no doubt about that, but lets not blame them for mistakes that an entire industry has mad.

Sun, Dec 2, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

Agreed with MCSE 2k NT

Sat, Dec 1, 2001 Beoweolf USA

Isn't this supposed to be a forum for disccusion of the 70-218 betas? Why is the conversation degenerating into paper MCSE vs. real MCSE? IF you are hiring, then you should be able to weed out the ones who can "only" pass tests. As for the value of MCSA or MCSE. It must have some value, since all of us are presumed to have at least an MCP or you wouldn't be in this group. Personally, I found the testing to be difficult, rewarding and of great value. There are ways to do things and "rules of thumb" and OJT...the tests made me read and I found out things that I didn't know about every subject. I would probably never used RIS or Sysprep if it hadn't been a part of the test. Now I use them, I am able to get a system up and running in an hour-instead of loading tools utilities, etc for several hours or in some workstations, days. I am not a minion of MS, I am as near to an anarchist as is socially acceptable. But I do know that there is no such thing as "wasted knowledge or effort" you may not see the value today, but eventually it will be just the tool you need. At least thats how it has been for me.

Sat, Dec 1, 2001 Canada Rules Guam

Damn straight. I would rather hire a bum on the street running a small network of PC's recovered from dumpsters than an paper MCSE or MCSA or whatever... What ticks me off it that they announce a new Cert (MCSA) and then 6 months later they come up with a study guide for it. It is like saying "you wan't to get married" and then 5 years later tying the knot... Now people with Experience and Certification you want to hold onto...

Sat, Dec 1, 2001 Anonymous Canada

I agree with With Guam *** NT.4 Should drop as well most of them are papers... Not Actually Certified.. I Got My MCSE. CCIE... And well THis MCSA OR what ever is a Joke.

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 DrNet Near Redmond

My hat's off to all who are trying to show what their made of. I've just complete my first SQL course and have been invited to write the 70-218 beta. Trust me I will review and come up with a strategy before I take that seat. BTW MCSA is a good step along the way..

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 Lee Graves Richmond, Virginia

I am glad that there is a step between MCP and MCSE. I am 24 and have been in IT for 2 years. I have been stuck in a rut for a while because I failed a Microsoft exam. Now that I have a goal that is easier to attain (MCSA), I feel much better about the tests that I have passed. In January when 70-218 is released, I will be happy to say I am a MCSA.

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 W2K MCSE Anonymous

The 'new' 218 exam is nothing but a compilation of some of the most basic subjects covered in the 210, 215, 216 & 217 exams. It brings nothing new, except more revenue to M$

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 Kevin St Louis

While I was able to pass 5 out of 7 tests in 2 weeks (the other 2 took another 2 months) I have to admit these tests are much harder than the NT4 versions. I am also MCT CNE ITIL certified and they do not 'get me the job' experience does. But they do show a certain level of professionalism about how I do care about my profession (IT). In any field there are the mouth pieces that really do not care about anything and those who are professionals (at any level) from McDonalds to Microsoft, I think we all can see the value of the learning even if we differ as to the why.

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 JOHN North Carolina

One great thing about beta tests>> there free. I have search the internet for
study guides and none will be available until next year, but I did find a cramsession for this exam at cramsession.com, it's just a review of stuff you should already know

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 Eric Fan Hong Kong

MS provide a shorter way for junior IT Admins that entitle MCSA, it's good chance to earn a advance level title of MS, just under MCSE.

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 rick alberta

well its a good chance to test your skills for free. As for you people that claim you picked up your MCSE in under two weeks, BS. The program has been out for a year working and studying for a year and then writing the test does not mean you were certified in under two weeks. And we are all paper something the certification menas you know theory, thats the first step, experience is the true indicator.

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 Doug Canada

Hey, Dan the Monkey....obviously YOU were able to pass all the 'joke' courses (only referred to as such because the answers are public knowledge for anyone with a web browser...)! Take some REAL certifications, like exchange, Visual Basic or SQL....you sure enjoy displaying an alphabet soup after your name....and you're proud to display the most bogus cert of all....MCT! Shut up and thanks for playing the game....you are the weakest link...GOODBYE!

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

Dan from Iowa - YOU ARE THE MONKEY for saying such a stupid comment. This exams are tough, and for a reason. Gosh these people. This is why I don't like hanging out with IT people I don't know personally.

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 BetaBoy U.S.A.

It is not brain surgery no. But I will tell you one thing!! I have been doing this for some time, and I know my stiff pretty good. However preparing for an exam requires more then just experience. You have to test prep, get into test mode. Experience helps a lot, but sometimes these test questions just get ya! This MCSE Boot Camp stuff is ridiculous in my opinion.... The handful of people that can make it through the process probably have a butt load of experience already just to get through it, or are really just book smart. It took me 8 months to get my MCSE. I studied about one month per exam. That to me seems normal. MCSE in 2 weeks? Wow, something doesnt seem right there. I'm not considered dumb because I can't go and take 7 exams in 2 weeks and gain a cert. Some might, but I'm not built that way. I need more time and effort. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there the same way.

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 JaxPete USA

Not everyone is a phenomenal reader and test taker. Some people can read once and take an exam. Others need more work to be able to take an exam. Regardless, working on the network and taking exams is two different things. Some people that have already passed their exams seem to like to come out and post demeaning comments to others that are still working on or struggling to achieve a cert they want or need. That is not professional, anyone I see making these type of comments automatically makes me feel they are not very nice people. But in my short time in IT thus far I have found several people that are just jerks. Either complaining about certs, bashing Microsoft, its always something. People wanting to get into the industry, know it helps to have a certification. It helps if you have experience. But if you don't get hired, you don't get experience so you might as well get a certification to at least get noticed and in the door. Obviously you better know something about what your doing or you will just screw yourself. MCSA is a good cert. Its someone that can RUN the network. Not the guy the came in and designed and got up the network. Its a good place to be in the middle. People that complain are probabaly doing so because they had to go the entire distance to get an MCSE cert. Regardless people, try to get a clue and not jump over anyone because of their beliefs or goals. Be the bigger person...

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 Dan Iowa

This is nothing more than another misguided attempt by Microsoft to whip up a false sense of validity for their certifications. Face it: A monkey could pass most Microsoft exams. -- This from an MCSE 4.0, MCSE 2K, MCT, and CNA.

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 MCSE2000 Germany

I have done my MCSE2000 in one week (BootCamp) and it wasnt impossible. Why are MCSE2000 not invited for beta? Who else could judge the exam better????

Fri, Nov 30, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

I think people should think twice about the unprofessional comments they make on this page and stop discouraging people taking exams that they want just because they could not pass the exam themselves.

Thu, Nov 29, 2001 Anonymous Guam

Guys, this isn't brain surgery here. I got my Windows 2000 MCSE in under 2 weeks. If you don't work in the field, don't take the tests. Nobody wants

Thu, Nov 29, 2001 Anonymous Guam

Guys, this isn't brain surgery here. I got my Windows 2000 MCSE in under 2 weeks. If you don't work in the field, don't take the tests. Nobody wants a paper MCSE. Nobody will hire one either. Don't waste your time.

Thu, Nov 29, 2001 Anonymous California

Who needs study guides! Any person remotely familiar with Win2k could pass this exam without any study...

Thu, Nov 29, 2001 Anonymous Iowa

Does anyone know where to find study guides for exam 70-218?

Thu, Nov 29, 2001 Medo Anonymous

Just another way for MS to make some money? We will see ...

Thu, Nov 29, 2001 Jeremey Alaska

That is the most professional comment I think I have ever heard. I am a up an coming CCNA and MCSE grad. Are these the types of comments commonly found in IT related chat groups. I really hope not.

Thu, Nov 29, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

I beleive MCSE2k and Nt's Mom didn't like him and He's still a virgin.

Thu, Nov 29, 2001 MCSE 2k and Nt Anonymous

Who cares about MCSA? It's about as bogus as CNA and CCNA, which is to say "worthless"!

Thu, Nov 29, 2001 Lupes Columbus, OH

Also, be aware that only the following candidates qualify:

-Candidates who have passed exam 70-210, 70-215, or 70-216 or

-Candidates that are NT MCSEs who have passed at least one Win2k core
exam or one design exam.

*** MCSEs in Windows 2000 are not being invited.***

Thu, Nov 29, 2001 MMGuru SE ASIA

It is a great opportunity for those who qualify. But the period of beta exam is too short for those who can't make it within this particular 5 days.

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