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New Exam Aimed at MSF 3.0 Experts

Microsoft exam targeting enterprise architects who use Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0 slated for beta testing in September.

Last week, Microsoft Corporation added a new exam objective guide for an exam targeting enterprise architects. Exam 70-301, Managing, Organizing, and Delivering IT Projects by Using the Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0 is expected to go into beta testing from September 3 through 17 at selected Pearson Vue and Prometric testing centers. The exam, which will be numbered 71-301 while in beta, is an MCSE on Windows 2003 and MCSD on .NET elective, according to the objective guide.

Exam 70-301 carries hefty prerequisites. According to the exam guide, Microsoft recommends that candidates who plan to take it have a solid background in enterprise application and systems planning, deployment and management in a team environment, with much of that work centrally managed through Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0.

The exam is one of a handful of rare exceptions that straddle the IT and developer certifications, with many of the exam's objectives resembling an application deployment plan: project planning, risk mitigation, solution development, solution testing and risk mitigation, and pre- and post-deployment assessments.

For exam readiness, Microsoft recommends the following resources:

The guide also points to MSF white papers available on the MSDN site at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/teamsystem/msf/ for more information.

To view Exam 70-301's exam guide, go to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-301.asp.

About the Author

Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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