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MCSE: Windows 2000 Exams in a Nutshell by Paul Murphy, Michael Moncur

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Chapter 1. About the MCSE Exams

Microsoft’s MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) program is one of the oldest and most respected computer certifications. The newest program, MCSE Windows 2000, is expected to be equally popular.

You must pass seven exams to attain the MCSE 2000 certification: five required exams and two electives. This volume covers the available choices for required exams and can also be used to satisfy the elective requirements.

This section describes the details of the MCSE certification, summarizes the exams covered in this book, and provides information about the examination process.

The MCSE 2000 Program

The MCSE certification -- the subject of this book -- is currently the most sought-after credential for network administrators. The Windows 2000 MCSE certification requires passing seven exams: five core requirement exams and two electives.

Required Core Exams

The required core MCSE 2000 exams include the following:

  • Exam 70-210, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

  • Exam 70-215, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Server

  • Exam 70-217, Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure

  • Exam 70-216, Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure

This book covers all of these exams. The exams are described in more detail later in this chapter and in their corresponding chapters (Part I - Part IV, respectively).

Optional Core Exams

Along with the required core exams listed above, you must choose one additional core exam from the following list:

  • Exam 70-219, Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure

  • Exam 70-221, Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure

  • Exam 70-220, Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network

These exams are covered in Part V, Part VI, and Part VII of this book, respectively. After you have taken one of these exams to fulfill the fifth core exam requirement, you can use the remaining two as elective exams if desired.

Elective Exams

Along with the Designing exams covered in the previous section, a wide variety of elective exams is available to fulfill your elective requirements. These include the following:

  • Exam 70-085, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft SNA Server 4.0

  • Exam 70-086, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0

  • Exam 70-019, Designing and Implementing Data Warehouses with Microsoft SQL Server 7.0

  • Exam 70-229, Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition

  • Exam 70-228, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition

  • Exam 70-056, Implementing and Supporting Web Sites Using Microsoft Site Server 3.0

  • Exam 70-224, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server

  • Exam 70-088, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Proxy Server 2.0

  • Exam 70-227, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000

  • Exam 70-080, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 by Using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit

  • Exam 70-222, Migrating from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows 2000

  • Exam 70-223, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Clustering Services by Using Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server

  • Exam 70-225, Designing and Deploying a Messaging Infrastructure with Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server

  • Exam 70-226, Designing Highly Available Web Solutions with Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Technologies

Note that this is an abbreviated list, because many exams are available for older versions of the software listed here (for example, SQL Server 6.5 and 7.0). However, most of these exams are scheduled to be retired.

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