Microsoft Certification News

Posted by bink on September 8 2003, 12:36 AM. Posted in Training & Certification.

New MCP Titles Highlight Exchange Expertise Microsoft adds two new specialist titles to its MCSA/MCSE tracks, follows up with some details on two new Exchange 2003-based exams.

Microsoft announced new specialist titles, MCSA: Messaging and MCSE: Messaging, for the systems administrator and systems engineer certifications. The titles are aimed at certification candidates who seek a title that denotes skills in planning and administering a messaging system based on Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003, the company's newest messaging software system that will be officially released mid-October.

Both Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003 versions of the MCSA: Messaging specialist titles require four exams

Now available: Microsoft certification exams for Windows Server 2003

Small Business Server Gets First Exam Microsoft will shortly be releasing the first exam for people who want to prove their expertise in Small Business Server 2003.Exam 70-282, Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business, is expected to go into beta testing between September 22 and September 28. The live exam will be released in December, according to David Lowe, Product Manager, Business and Product Strategy, Microsoft Learning.

The exam will be accepted as an elective for the Windows Server 2003 MCSE track. Microsoft official training will be offered in course 2395, Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small and Medium-Sized Business.

The objectives list for the exam, available here, encompasses a wide-ranging set of topics, including analysis of the existing environment; design of the solution; installation, configuration, support and maintenance of the SBS software; and migration of the system to the Windows Server 2003 platform.

According to Microsoft’s Web site, SBS 2003 will be available in 34 days, on October 9. A free preview kit, which includes the release candidate of the software, is available here.

New Windows Server 2003 exam focuses on data center

Microsoft has teamed up with Unisys Corp. to produce a certification exam for IT professionals who want a credential that includes experience with high-end servers.  The exam, which is completing its beta test this week, is called "Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Solutions in the Data Center." A final version of the exam will be available in late October, said John Vivola, program manager for Unisys Data Center Certified Professional Program.

It is considered an elective for the Microsoft Certified System Engineer for Windows Server 2003 certification track.

Vivola said the exam's objectives are around implementing and managing server hardware and resources in a high-end computing environment. "These situations are really a marriage of hardware and software," Vivola said. "Hence, the specialization."

The companies decided to create a data center specialty because they recognized not all MCSEs are created equal. Just because MCSEs are certified to work in a Windows shop, it does not mean they have the skills to support products in the data center, he said.

"When you think about lost revenue for an hour of downtime, it can be millions," Vivola said. continue reading on Datacenter Exam.