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4 Steps to MCSE Certification

1. Do the Basics...
Make sure you've applied your skills in the real world. The Windows 2000 track of the MCSE credential is designed for IT professionals working in a medium to large organization. You should have at least a year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system in this kind of environment:

  • 200 to 26,000 supported users.
  • Five to 150 physical locations.
  • Typical network services and applications—including file and print, database, messaging, proxy server or firewall, dial-in server, desktop management and Web hosting.
  • Connectivity needs—including connecting individual offices and users at remote locations to the corporate network and connecting corporate networks to the Internet.

In addition, you should have at least a year of experience in:

  • Implementing and administering a desktop operating system.
  • Designing a network infrastructure.

2. Find Yourself...

  • Just Beginning?
    If you're not already an MCSE under Windows NT 4.0, you'll need to pass all four of the following core exams:
  • Have Your NT 4.0 MCSE But Never Took That NT Workstation 4.0 Exam?
    If you never took test 70-073, NT Workstation 4.0, you'll need to pass all four of the following core exams:

Then Pass These Cores...

Core Exams Need a Class?
70-210 Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional 2151 Microsoft Windows 2000 Network and Operating System Essentials2152: Implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Server
70-215 Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Server 2151 Microsoft Windows 2000 Network and Operating System Essentials
2152 Implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Server
70-216 Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure 2153 Implementing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
70-217 Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure 2154 Implementing and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services

2b. Otherwise,....

  • You're an MCSE with Retired or Retiring Electives...
  • You're an MCSE with Current Electives...

You have a one-time, free opportunity to take the Accelerated Exam if you've passed these three Windows NT 4.0 tests:

  • 70-067: NT Server 4.0
  • 70-068: NT Server 4.0, Enterprise
  • 70-073: NT Workstation 4.0
Exam Need a Class?
70-240 Microsoft Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam for MCPs Certified on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. 1560 Updating Support Skills From Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows 2000

This intensive exam, which will be available through Dec. 31, 2001, covers the core competencies of exams 70-210, 70-215, 70-216 and 70-217.

Note: Vouchers for the exam will only be distributed through Nov. 1, 2001. The test can be taken one time only. If you do not pass the exam, you must take all four core exams (70-210, 70-215, 70-216, and 70-217).

3. Pass Your Design...
All MCSE candidates need to pass one of the following core designing exams:

  • 70-219: Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure
  • 70-220: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network
  • 70-221: Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
  • 70-226: Designing Highly Available Web Solutions with Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Technologies

4. Pass Your 2 Electives...
All MCSE candidates need to pass two of the following elective exams. If you have already passed an elective listed, then that counts toward this step.

Elective Exams (choose 2)
If you pass one of these exams as a core exam, you must take a different test for your electives. No exam can count for both.

Need a Class?
70-019 Designing and Implementing Data Warehouses With Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 1502 Designing and Implementing a Data Warehouse with SQL Server

70-028 Administering Microsoft SQL Server 7.0



OR

70-228 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition
You can only count one exam from this pair as an elective.

832 System Administration for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0
833 Implementing a Database on Microsoft SQL Server 7.0
1131 Upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 7.0

2072 Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database

70-029 Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 7.0



OR

70-229: Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition

You can only count one exam from this pair as an elective.

832 System Administration for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0
833 Implementing a Database on Microsoft SQL Server 7.0
1131 Upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 7.0


2071 Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2000 with Transact-SQL.
2073 Programming a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database

70-080 Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 by Using the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit No classes available for this one. You're on your own!
70-085 Implementing and Supporting Microsoft SNA Server 4.0 981 Supporting Microsoft SNA Server 4.0
70-086 Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 827 Administering Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0
828 Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0
70-056 Implementing and Supporting Web Sites Using Microsoft Site Server 3.0 1125 Implementing Microsoft Site Server 3.0

70-081 Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5






OR

70-224 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server

You can only count one exam from this pair as an elective.

973 Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Series-Design and Implementation
1026 Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Series-Concepts and Administration
1313 Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Series-Accelerated Training for Administration and Implementation

1572 Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange 2000

1573 Designing Microsoft Exchange 2000 for the Enterprise (not yet available)

70-088 Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Proxy Server 2.0

OR

70-227 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, Enterprise Edition

You can only count one exam from this pair as an elective.

836 Secure Web Access Using Microsoft Proxy Server 2.0



2159 Deploying and Managing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000

70-219 Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure 1561 Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure
70-220 Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network 2150 Designing a Secure Microsoft Windows 2000 Network
70-221 Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure 1562 Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Networking Services Infrastructure
70-222 Migrating from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows 2000 2010 Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Migration Strategy
70-223 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Clustering Services by Using Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server 2087 Implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 Clustering
70-225 Designing and Deploying a Messaging Infrastructure with Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server

1573 Designing Microsoft Exchange 2000 for the Enterprise

2355 Upgrading from Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 to Microsoft Exchange 2000 (not yet available)

70-226 Designing Highly Available Web Solutions with Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Technologies 2088A Designing a Highly Available Web Infrastructure
70-244 Supporting and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Network

No direct course maps to this exam but a series of existing courses contain pertinent information:

803 Administering Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
922 Supporting Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Core Technologies
688 Installing and Configuring Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
689 Supporting Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0-Enterprise Technologies

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