Redmond Unveils Windows .NET Server Exams

New exams planned for general availability in early 2002.

Microsoft continues to beef up its line-up of Windows XP/.NET offerings within the MCSE track, with an announcement of three more exams that are slated for availability some time in 2002:

  • 70-275, Installing, Configuring and Administering Windows .NET Server
  • 70-276, Implementing and Administering a Windows .NET Server Network Infrastructure
  • 70-277, Implementing and Administering a Windows .NET Server Directory Services Infrastructure

According to Anne Marie McSweeney, director of Microsoft's certification and skills assessment group, "candidates will be able to mix-and-match" the exams they choose to fulfill the MCSE core requirements, which means the choices don't have to be exclusive to the Windows 2000 or Windows XP/.NET Server lines.

Here's how the exams will fit into the track:

MCSE Core Exams
70-210 Windows 2000 70-270 Windows XP Professional
70-215 Windows 2000 Server 70-275 Windows .NET Server
70-216 Implementing a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure 70-276 Implementing a Windows .NET Server Network Infrastructure
70-217 Implementing a Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure 70-277 Implementing a Windows .NET Server Directory Services Infrastructure

A descriptive chart showing how these exams fit into the MCSE track is also available on Microsoft's MCP Web site at

Exam objective guides for these three new exams were not available as of this writing. Prior to posting the exam information on its Web site, Microsoft had already announced a forthcoming 70-270, Windows XP Professional exam during its Microsoft Fusion 2001 Conference in Anaheim, Calif. (see "Windows XP to Debut in Q4" in the News archive). Microsoft has finally made the 70-270 exam objective guide available this week; you can view it at


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