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New MCP Titles Highlight Exchange Expertise

Microsoft adds two new specialist titles to its MCSA/MCSE tracks, follows up with some details on two new Exchange 2003-based exams.

Microsoft this morning announced new specialist titles, MCSA: Messaging and MCSE: Messaging, for the systems administrator and systems engineer certifications. The titles are aimed at certification candidates who seek a title that denotes skills in planning and administering a messaging system based on Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003, the company's newest messaging software system that will be officially released mid-October.

Both Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003 versions of the MCSA: Messaging specialist titles require four exams:

MCSA: Messaging on
Windows 2000
Core: Client (1 required)
  • 70-210, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows 2000 Professional

    or


  • 70-270, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
Core: Networking Systems
(2 required)
  • 70-215, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows 2000 Server

  • 70–218, Managing a Windows 2000 Network Environment
Messaging Specialization
(1 required)
  • 70-224, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server

    or

  • 70-284, Implementing and Managing Exchange Server 2003
MCSA: Messaging on
Windows 2003
Core: Client (1 required)
  • 70-210, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows 2000 Professional

    or


  • 70-270, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
Core: Networking Systems
(2 required)
  • 70-290, Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment

  • 70-291, Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a
    Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
Messaging Specialization
(1 required)
  • 70-284, Implementing and Managing Exchange Server 2003

    or

  • 70-285, Designing a Exchange Server 2003 Organization

Both versions of the MCSE: Messaging specialist titles requires six exams, but the Windows 2000 version lists two pairs of exams that can be used to fulfill the messaging specialization component:

MCSE: Messaging on
Windows 2000
Core: Client (1 required)
  • 70-210, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows 2000 Professional

    or

  • 70-270, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
Core: Networking Systems
(3 required)
  • 70-215, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows 2000 Server

  • 70–216, Implementing and Administering a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure

  • 70–217, Managing a Windows 2000 Network Environment
Core: Design (1 required)
  • 70-219, Designing a Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure

    or

  • 70-220, Designing Security for a Windows 2000 Network

    or

  • 70-221, Designing a Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure

    or

  • 70-226, Designing a Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure

    or

  • 70-297, Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure

    or

  • 70-298, Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network
Messaging Specialization
(2 required)
  • 70-224, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Exchange 2000 Server
    and
  • 70-225, Designing and Deploying a Messaging Infrastructure with Exchange 2000 Server

    or

  • 70-284, Implementing and Managing Exchange Server 2003
    and
  • 70-285, Designing a Exchange Server 2003 Organization
MCSE: Messaging on
Windows 2003
Core: Client (1 required)
  • 70-210, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows 2000 Professional

    or

  • 70-270, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
Core: Networking Systems
(4 required)
  • 70-290, Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment

  • 70-291, Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a
    Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

  • 70-293, Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

  • 70-294, Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
Core: Design (1 required)
  • 70-297, Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure

    or

  • 70-298, Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network
Messaging Specialization
(2 required)
  • 70-284, Implementing and Managing Exchange Server 2003

  • 70-285, Designing a Exchange Server 2003 Organization

With those new titles come two new Exchange 2003 exams: 70-284, Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and 70-285, Designing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization. Exam 70-284 isn't new; Microsoft added the title to the MCSA on Windows 2003 requirements page sans detail back in July (see "First Exchange Server 2003 Exam Announced" in the News archive or click here to read more). Both exams fulfill what Microsoft calls "prescribed" paths for the new titles, but are also electives on the general MCSA/MCSE tracks.

According to an updated FAQ (click here) on the specializations, Microsoft will officially recognize current titleholders who have already fulfilled the requirements for the messaging specialist titles, but the company was unable to provide comment in time for this writing.

The messaging specializations make up the second batch of titles that Microsoft has created specifically for its core sysadmin/systems engineer audience. In June, Microsoft announced the first of its specialist titles for Windows 2000, MCSA: Security and MCSE: Security (see "Certifying Your Security Expertise" in News or click here). In conjunction with the announcement of the Exchange specialist titles, Microsoft also has released details on Windows 2003 versions of the security specialist titles (click here to read it).

To look at the detailed requirements guide on Microsoft's MCP site, click on the following links:

To read the exam objectives guide for 70-284, click here; a 70-285 guide was unavailable as of this announcement.

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