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Exams 70-290, 70-291 Debut Aug. 14

Microsoft to release key core exams for MCSA/MCSE on Windows Server 2003 track on Thursday.

According to exam objective guides posted early this morning, Microsoft will be releasing 70-290, Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment, and 70-291, Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure, on Thursday. The guides were updated with no fanfare early Wednesday morning, and followed a quiet updating of the 70-292 exam objective guide (click here for more on that exam).

Candidates can begin registering for the exams immediately through Prometric and Vue testing centers. According to the exam guides, they may contain adaptive testing technology and simulation questions; Microsoft hints that new exams may include new testing innovations, such as hot areas, drag and place and testlets (click here to read more).

Exams 70-290 and 70-291 make up the first of two exams that candidates must pass in order to satisfy the Core Networking portion of the MCSA on Windows Server 2003 tracks. Two more exams are needed for the MCSE-Windows 2003's Core Networking portion; Microsoft will release exams 70-293, Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure, and 70-294, Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure, on August 28.

Candidates who are already MCSA-Windows 2000 or MCSE-Windows 2000 titleholders who plan to upgrade their certifications can bypass these exams and, instead, take Exam 70-292. Passing that exam will automatically earn candidates an MCSA on Windows Server 2003 title.

To read the 70-290 exam objective guide, click here; for 70-291, click here. To view the requirements for MCSA-Windows 2003, click here; for MCSE-Windows 2003, click here.

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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