Exam 70-292 Set for Release August 14

Testing centers will begin accepting registrations Wednesday for 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000.

Microsoft this Thursday will release Exam 70-292, Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000. Candidates will be able to register for the exam via Prometric and Vue testing centers on Wednesday.

Exam 70-292 is a core credit option for the MCSA on Windows Server 2003 title; MCSA-Windows 2000 titleholders who pass 70-292 automatically earn the MCSA-Windows 2003 title.

Only MCSA-Windows 2000 and MCSE-Windows 2000 titleholders will be allowed to take the exam. Unlike "accelerated" or "upgrade" exams that Microsoft has released in the past, candidates can take this exam more than once until passed.

According to the exam objective guide, Microsoft recommends the following training resources for preparing for this exam:

  • Course 2209: Updating Systems Administrator Skills from Microsoft Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003 (instructor-led course that's available at Microsoft CTECs)
  • MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-292 and 70-296): Managing, Maintaining, Planning, and Implementing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for MCSAs and MCSEs Certified on Microsoft Windows 2000 (self-study guide available through Microsoft Press)

Course 2209 can be taken at any Microsoft CTEC; the self-paced training kit, however, will not be published until Sept. 24.

Microsoft expects to release another upgrade exam, 70-296, Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000, on August 28.

To read the 70-292 exam objective guide, click here. For MCSA on Windows Server 2003 requirements, click here. For MCSE on Windows Server 2003 requirements, click here.

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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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Reader Comments:

Mon, Dec 13, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

the exam have been updated with new set of questions, new exam they say is very difficult
emad jweid

Sun, Aug 31, 2003 Tony Anonymous

I have passed 70-292. It's somewhat easy if you know the new features of Win2003.

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

These are the first tests for 2003 so if you get them done now, you should have a good 2-3 years of not taking serts. For those of you that are stating that you just got your 2000 cert now and are upset that there is another OS cert ahead of you, realize that many of us have had our 2000 certs for almost 3 years.. Not trying to be mean, but actually trying to get you motivated..

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 paula Anonymous

Feel free to get off the certification path anytime. It is your choice to maintain cerifications. MS is just giving the options for new certs.

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I think MS should give me the two exam vouchers for free... to upgrade the MCSA/E 2000 I have spend far to much money in Certs....

Mon, Aug 18, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

this show us all that MS likes our money
now i need to do this one to become mcsa2003 and from 28Aug the 296 to become a mcse2003, and by now I started to see a pattern because I am a mcdba2000 I will need to do another exam, because I am a MCSA2000 Security I will need another exam and finally because I am a MCSE2000 Security there you go another...
this will never end and by the end of all of this win2005(or somethnig like it) will be here and need to do then again

Fri, Aug 15, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I think the should update their database to a more functional & user friendly system.
Trying to search in a non-us country is a nightmare and really certs lists needs to be updated also.
Yeah the the GUI could do with a little TLC also.

Thu, Aug 14, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

This exam maynot be as easy as you think. There is a whole new stuffs in the
2003. I went through the Workshop 2209
in my community college, it was really tough. A lot of new concept and procedure to play with.

Wed, Aug 13, 2003 DemetriusHC NYC

I think MS laced these exams w/ some kind of drug... I actually look forward to taking MCSE exams in some odd way. I've been playing with 2003 server since the first beta, but I'll probably wait until I read the MS Press book before taking both the MCSE and MCSA upgrade exams.

Wed, Aug 13, 2003 Ahmed Said Egypt

I was waiting for this so long, this is really good for MCSAs as to upgrade to the new Windows 2003 with just one exam :)

Tue, Aug 12, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

So... how long till MCPMag has numbers for MCSAs on 2003?

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