How many tests are there for MCSE certification

Posted on 2011-10-19
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I'm looking to get my MCSE certification. I've been a Systems Administrator for 9 years with no formal education in IT.
I'm running things like:
Windows 2003 Term Servers with approx 300 users using AD and GPO's
IBM AIX, running Progress Database
Multiple Xen Servers that run Domain Controllers, Print Server, CentOS, and so on.

Needless to say, I fear if I were to ever be hire able I'd need more then experience. So was looking at the MCSE Certification.
I already have the books but was wondering, should I skip the MCSE and start the MCTS classes? Or get MCSE and upgrade with a couple more tests. the second question is, when you take the MCSE test, is it 7 tests, or 3 tests?
Do I study Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment
And go take, Exam 70-290
Then study Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
And then take, Exam 70-291

Or are these grouped together in one test for this section?

Question by:CGettler
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Amit Khilnaney earned 2000 total points
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If you are into managing Win 2K 3 servers then best bet is to give exams for 2k3 and then upgrade (if the certification is not discontinued).

You have to give total 7 exams...

In any order: You can give any exam first but there should be total of 7 as following

To earn the MCSE on Windows Server 2003 certification, you must pass seven exams (in any order):

    Four exams on networking systems

    One exam on client operating systems

    One exam on design

    One elective exam

More Details: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcse.aspx#tab2

Any specializations may required more exams...

Author Closing Comment

ID: 36996804
Thanks :) Perfect info, and Off I go to Study for First Exam :)

Expert Comment

by:Amit Khilnaney
ID: 36996808
Good luck, i am also preparing for MCITP Windows 2008 R2.

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