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Microsoft Announces New Version of Security Specialist Titles

In conjunction with new Exchange-based specialist titles announced this morning, the company adds Windows 2003 versions of the security titles.

In conjunction with the new messaging titles that Microsoft announced this morning, the company has announced details on the Windows 2003 versions of the security specialist titles and officially announced two new Windows 2003-based security exams.

The MCSA: Security on Windows 2003 is similar to its Windows 2000 counterpart, requiring five exams. The Windows 2003 version has an obviously strong bias toward Windows 2003 exams and includes a new exam, 70-299, Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows Server 2003 Network, in the security specialization portion:

MCSA: Security on
Windows 2003
Core: Client (1 required)
  • 70-210, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows 2000 Professional

    or


  • 70-270, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
Core: Networking Systems
(2 required)
  • 70-290, Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment

  • 70-291, Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a
    Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
Security Specialization
(2 required or one )
  • 70-227, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000, Enterprise Edition
    and
  • 70-299, Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows Server 2003 Network

    or

  • SY0-101, CompTIA Security+

The MCSE: Security on Windows 2003 maps differently from its Windows 2000 counterpart. Whereas the Windows 2000 track lists four core and three specialization requirements, the newer version lists five core and three security specialist exams (eight total), as shown here:

MCSE: Security on
Windows 2003
Core: Client (1 required)
  • 70-210, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows 2000 Professional

    or

  • 70-270, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
Core: Networking Systems
(4 required)
  • 70-290, Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment

  • 70-291, Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a
    Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

  • 70-293, Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

  • 70-294, Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
Security Specialization: Core Design
(1 required)
  • 70-298, Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network
Security Specialization: Core Security
(2 required)
  • 70-227, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000, Enterprise Edition
    and
  • 70-299, Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows Server 2003 Network

    or

  • SY0-101, CompTIA Security

Besides 70-299, the MCSE: Security on Windows 2003 includes a relatively new exam, 70-298, Designing Security for a Windows 2003 Network. The exam was listed on the MCSE on Windows 2000 and requirements page (click here and here) since July. According to the exam objectives guides, 70-298 will beta test later this month and 70-299 will head to beta testing in November.

Both specializations, like the Windows 2000 versions, allow candidates to waive a portion of the security specialization requirement by showing proof that they have passed SYO-101, Security+, a vendor-neutral security exam offered by The Computing Technology Industry Association. To read more about this, click here.

To view the exam objectives guide, click these links:

To read more about the Windows 2003 security specializations, click on the following links:

To read about the Windows 2000 security specializations, see "Certifying Your Security Expertise" in the News archive (or 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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