Exam 70-299 Betas Nov. 26-Dec. 11

Newest security specialist exam to go under beta testing in late November.

While the objective guide for Exam 70-299, Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows Server 2003 Network (click here to view the guide), hints at an impending beta testing phase in November, testing centers Vue has opened registration for the exam in its beta form. Vue's online registration site indicates that the beta exams are available from November 26 to December 11. Microsoft Corp. doesn't typically comment on exams under development.

Exam 70-299, numbered 71-299 while in beta, is an administration-oriented exam that counts as core credit toward the prescribed exams under the MCSE: Security specialization. (For related information on the security specializations, see "Microsoft Announces New Version of Security Specialist Titles" in the News Archive, or click here.) It's also an elective for the MCSA and MCSE on Windows 2003 tracks.

The beta and live versions of the exam is US$125, but Microsoft offers the beta version to qualified candidates for free. To find out how to qualify, go to

Microsoft recommends the following training for 70-299:

  • 2823: Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows Server 2003 Network
  • MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-299): Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network
Both training resources are currently in development, with no announced release dates.

To read the MCSE requirements, click here.

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Reader Comments:

Sun, Dec 26, 2004 jhalak bahadur karki doha qatar

how can i give mcp exam plzzzz

Mon, Dec 1, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

does anyone has a cow ?

Thu, Nov 27, 2003 sanjay delhi

i want details for mcse exm.

Sun, Nov 23, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

reserved on 11 Dec, Is there anyone
can give suggestions on taking the beta?
Well, I just passed 214 and got MCSA
&MCSE:Security. I wish the beta will be as easy as 214!

Fri, Nov 21, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

me Dec 11

Thu, Nov 20, 2003 OverCertified USA

Scheduled for the first day Noc 26, this is going to be fun, this has been the year of the beta exams, already did 8 so far! (and even missed 2 and one more is coming out!

Thu, Nov 20, 2003 ivan hk

I have been an MCSA on 10-10-03 .
I received the invitation email on 6-11-03. Even if I was not yet an MCSE on that time I received the beta.
Afterward, I passed 70-220 on 10-11-03
and became an MCSE.
Today, I will take 70-214 . Afterward,
I will take the beta on dec.

Thu, Nov 20, 2003 rhaslam edmonton

so another beta sent out only to the special ones. I have been an MCSE for 6 years and only received one beta request. thank you mcp flash

Thu, Nov 20, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I am and have been slated for 11/26 )

Thu, Nov 20, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Reserved Dec 5! ;)

Wed, Nov 19, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Reserved Dec 4!

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