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NT 4 vs NT 5

Is it still worth it to take an exam for Win NT Server 4? Or better switch to Win NT % exam?
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inazarov:  Microsoft will be retiring the exams for NT 4 in December of this year, but the certification will still be valid until December 31, 2001.  One course of action you could elect to do is acquire the MCSE now and then take the 70-240; Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam, 1 additional Core exam, & 2 Electives.  Microsofts link to the requirements of the new 2000 MCSE is  http://www.microsoft.com/mcp/certstep/mcse.htm
    Now, as far as which is more beneficial, that is subjective.  I can't imagine that all IT shops will immediately switch to Windows 2000 as soon as it becomes available.  It's my belief that the Windows NT 4 installations will far outnumber the Windows 2000 installations for some time to come.  So the need for knowledgeable NT 4 MCSE's will still be a big factor.
    Microsoft will supposedly offer the new 2000 exams sometime early this year, perhaps March.  So your chices come down to:  Getting MCSE in the original NT 4 track now and updating it to the 2000 track or start completely on the 2000 track.  Like I said before, I believe there will be NT 4 installations for a long time to come but it is inevitable that it will someday become obsolete to make way for Windows 2000.
    Considering the similarities between the 2 operating systems, getting certified with NT 4 now and then upgrading to the 2000 cert might not be a bad idea, but taking the all new exams for 2000 will focus primarily on the new OS and would give you a better understanding of it.
    Your choice should be dependent on what OS you intend to be supporting.  Somewhere down the road, however, you should expect to go the 2000 route.
Best of luck.
I Must agree with Moresca. The NT4 track will still need for a time. No one will start directly with Win2000. There are indications that the most of the customers will go to W2K next year. In 2001. So take the NT4 track, you will need it far after 2001 and then upgrade to W2K. Like I will do and others I think. And yes you will need to go to 2000 and then the wistler-route (W2k next version)and then ...

I do agree with Moresca on most points except the trusted upgrade path.  I have my MCSE + Internet which I recently completed in December.  I could have opted to switch to the 2000 track, but I would have LOST the investment I made in taking some of the 4.0 classes.  The one thing to remember when starting or continuing certification is that the industry standard does not change very rapidly when referring to servers and backbone equipment.  NT 4.0 will be the standard for a long time to come and the certification is good until the 31st.  Then you can take the 2000 upgrade and keep your MCSE status intact.  I have been using 2000 Pro, Server, and Adv. Server at home over the past 6-7 months and have found very few difference in Pro & NT 4.0 WKS, and Server & NT 4.0 Server.  I have found a huge difference between Adv. Server and NT 4.0 Server, but that is where the upgrade will be focused I'm sure...
The problem with the upgrade approach is that it still takes almost as much if you choose the wrong electives.  I do have to say if you've started the NT4 course set and have completed at least 2 tests then finish the 4 first alot of it still applies.  If you haven't started the NT4 then start with the 2000 and you'll learn most of the NT4 anyway.

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