In our last article, we discussed the upcoming Windows 2003 MCSE certification track. In this article, we will examine the new MCSA certification requirements.
The MCSA will still require a total of 4 exams and will consist of 2 core networking system exams as follows:
The client component consists of Windows XP Professional (70-270).
Exam 70–290: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
Exam 70-291: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
Finally, there is 1 elective exam as previously mentioned. CompTIA exams can be used in place of your elective as follows:
A+ and Network+
A+ and Server+
A list of available elective exams is located on Microsoft's web site.
In order to upgrade an MCSA from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003, a candidate must only pass 1 upgrade exam as follows:
Once you have achieved your MCSA, you may wish to move on toward an MCSE. In order to do this, you need to take 3 additional exams as follows:
Exam 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000
Exam 70-293: Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
Exam 70-294: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
If you have any questions about any of this, we can try to help you out in our Exam 70-297: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure
or Exam 70-298: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network