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The following tables list Learning Products and books designed to help MCSE candidates prepare for the required exams. Click the exam number for details and helpful hints.

Core Exams (6 Exams Required)

MCSE Core Exams: Networking System (4 Exams Required)

MCSE Books

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
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

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Core Exams: Client Operating System (1 Exam Required)

Books

Exam 70–270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows® XP Professional MCSE Training Kit: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Exam 70-270)
Exam 70-210: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Second Edition (Exam 70-210)

MCSA Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft Windows 2000 Core Requirements, Second Edition (Exams 70-210, 70-215, 70-216 and 70-218)


Core Exams: Design
(1 Exam Required)

Books

Exam 70-297: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-297): Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure
Exam 70-298: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-298): Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network

Elective Exams (1 Exam Required)

Elective Exams
(1 Exam Required)

Books

Exam 70–086: Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 MCSA/MCSE Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Training Kit (ISBN: 1-57231-834-1). This book is out of print. Check with your local retailer for availability.
Exam 70-227: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, Enterprise Edition MCSE Training Kit: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000
Exam 70-228: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 Enterprise Edition MCSE Training Kit: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 System Administration
Exam 70-229: Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition MCSE Training Kit: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database Design and Implementation
Exam 70-232: Implementing and Maintaining Highly Available Web Solutions with Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Technologies and Microsoft Application Center 2000 Currently, a corresponding Microsoft Press title is not available.
Exam 70-284: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-284): Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Exam 70-2973: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-297): Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure
Exam 70-298: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-298): Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network
Exam 70-299: Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Currently, corresponding Microsoft Press titles are not available.

As an alternative to the electives listed above, these Microsoft certifications may be substituted for an MCSE elective:

Microsoft Certifications
MCSA on Microsoft Windows 2000
MCSE on Microsoft Windows 2000
MCSE on Microsoft Windows NT 4.05

As an alternative to the electives listed above, these third-party certifications may be substituted for an MCSE elective:



Security+ Certification Training Kit Currently, a corresponding Microsoft Press title is not available.
Certifications Books
CompTIA Security+
Unisys UN0-101: Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Solutions in the Data Center

Upgrade Exams

Microsoft has designed an upgrade path that will enable a current MCSE to earn the Windows Server 2003 credential in a time- and cost-effective manner.

For the MCSE on Windows 2000 credential:

  • Networking: An MCSE on Windows 2000 has the option to take only Exams 70-292 and 70-296, instead of all four core network exams; however, an MCSE on Windows 2000 can elect to take all four core network exams.
  • Client: An MCSE on Windows 2000 has already passed Exam 70-210 or 70-270, which also satisfies the client requirement for MCSE on Windows Server 2003; therefore, no action is required.
  • Design: The design skills required of an MCSE on Windows Server 2003 do not differ significantly from those required of an MCSE on Windows 2000; therefore, no action is required.
  • Elective: Elective exams are required so that candidates prove technical breadth, interoperability skills, or additional technical depth. For MCSEs on Windows 2000, the current MCSE credential satisfies the elective requirement for Windows Server 2003 because it proves the ability to support another version of the platform; therefore, no further action is required.

For the MCSE on Windows NT 4.0 credential:

  • Networking: The core networking skills required for Windows Server 2003 are significantly different than those required for Windows NT 4.0; therefore, an MCSE on Windows NT 4.0 must prove their skills on all four core network exams.
  • Client: If the candidate has already taken either Exam 70-210 or 70-270, no further action is required.
  • Design: An MCSE on Windows NT 4.0 was not required to prove design skills, so they must prove their skills by passing either a Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 design exam. If the candidate has already taken a Windows 2000 design exam, no further action is required.
  • Elective: Elective exams are required so that candidates prove technical breadth, interoperability skills, or additional technical depth. For an MCSE on Windows NT 4.0, the MCSE credential itself satisfies the elective requirement for Windows Server 2003 because it proves the ability to support another version of the platform; therefore, no further action is required.

For the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) on Windows 2000 credential:

  • Networking: An MCSA on Windows 2000 has the option to take Exam 70-292 instead of Exams 70-290 and 70-291. However, Exams 70-293 and 70-294 are still required.
  • Client: An MCSA on Windows 2000 has already passed Exam 70-210 or 70-270, which also satisfies the client requirement for MCSE on Windows Server 2003; therefore, no action is required.
  • Design: The MCSA certification does not require candidates to prove design skills. To attain the MCSE on Windows Server 2003 certification, you must pass a design exam listed in the certification requirements above.
  • Elective: Elective exams are required so that candidates prove technical breadth, interoperability skills, or additional technical depth. For an MCSA on Windows 2000, the MCSA credential itself satisfies the elective requirement for MCSE on Windows Server 2003 because it proves the ability to administer another version of the platform; therefore, no further action is required.
Upgrade Exams for an MCSE on Windows 2000 (2 Exams Required) Books
Exam 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000
Exam 70-296: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000

Note: No additional core or elective exams are required for an MCSE on Windows 2000 who passes Exams 70-292 and 70-296.

1 Candidates who passed Windows NT 4.0 Exams 70-067, 70-068, and 70-073 had the option to take the comprehensive Exam 70-240: Microsoft Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam for MCPs Certified on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. By passing this exam, candidates met the MCSE exam requirement for 70-210. Exam 70-240 is no longer available.
2 Candidates may also take Exams 70-219, 70-220, 70-221, or 70-226 to satisfy the Core Design exam requirement.
3 Exams 70-297 and 70-298 may each count once as either one core design exam or one elective exam.
4 Exams 70-086, 70-227, and 70-228 may each count toward both the MCSA and MCSE elective exam requirements.

5 Although exams are no longer available for the MCSE on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 certification, individuals who earned this credential remain certified.
6 CompTIA Security+ certification satisfies both the MCSE elective requirement and an MCSE: Security specialization requirement.


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