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    HI All,

    I am an exchange newbie and currently working as an system administrator for the past 4 months. Prior to this I was working in the HR department as an Hr specialist. Please advice what certifications should I take to make a career in this field. The enviorment that I currently have at my work place is windows server 2003 R2, Exchange Server 2003 R2 and ISA 2004.

  • #2
    Re: what certification do i take

    IMHO start with some basic server certifications to give you some of the background in networking etc
    Given your environment, go for MCSA:
    Required Core Exams:
    70-290 (Server 2003)
    70-291 (Networking)
    70-620 (Vista Client) or 70-270 (XP Client) (or Win7, depending on your environment)
    As an elective, you can take 70-284 (Exchange 2003)

    These 4 will give you MCSA+Messaging -- you could take an ISA exam as an elective IIRC
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en...tion/mcsa.aspx
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
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      MCSA looks like the way to go, unless your company is planning an imminent upgrade to 2008. 290 and 291 are mandatory, I'd go for the Windows 7 clients exam and probably 70-351 (ISA 2006) as your elective to give a degree of future proofing. ISA 2004 and 2006 are very similar, and the next version Forfront TMG is also quite similar in features and interface.

      The Exchange 2003 exam is quite tough, there's an awful lot of stuff in it, much of which relates to coexistence with and migration from Exchange 5.5 which I really struggled with having no experience of Exchange 5.5. The fact the Exchange 2003 is 7 years old as well makes me think you'd be better served doing another exam.
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      • #4
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        Have to say I found 70-284 to be quite reasonable, with little legacy stuff but a lot of DNS and routing.
        Still, thats Microsoft exams for you -- 10 people can sit the "same" exam and come out with 10 totally different exeriences.

        The reason I recommended it is that the OP seemed to ask for Exchange certs...
        Tom Jones
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        • #5
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          Very true, my recent 293 experience was a bit odd.

          I would have suggested Exchange 2007, or 2010 if there was an exam available, but, again in my experience, passing Exchange exams isn't easy without practical experience. Depends on the OP's company and their future plans regarding upgrades.
          BSc, MCSA: Server 2008, MCSE, MCSA: Messaging, MCTS
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          • #6
            Re: what certification do i take

            Thanks everyone fo providing me with this information as i was stuck up between mcse and mcsa. I think i would be better if i take the mcsa route.

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            • #7
              Re: what certification do i take

              MCSA can fairly easily be extended to MCSE
              You will need to add:
              70-293 -- Windows Networking
              70-294 -- Active Directory
              A design exam

              Just double check your elective counts for MCSE -- all should, but (as hinted above) MS can be funny sometimes
              Tom Jones
              MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
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              • #8
                Re: what certification do i take

                Originally posted by cruachan View Post
                MCSA looks like the way to go, unless your company is planning an imminent upgrade to 2008. 290 and 291 are mandatory, I'd go for the Windows 7 clients exam and probably 70-351 (ISA 2006) as your elective to give a degree of future proofing. ISA 2004 and 2006 are very similar, and the next version Forfront TMG is also quite similar in features and interface.
                So for clarification, if I had been on a path of MCSE - Security via 2003, taken the 70-290 and was in process of preparing for 70-291. Company that I am working for recently implemented 2008 R2 (which I was involved). We are now a mixed environment of 2003 and 2008. I want to go ahead and move towards 2008 certification. Will I have to take 70-291 before taking 70-643, 70-647 and 70-648?
                Currently working towards CISSP
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                Security+ Certified
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                • #9
                  Re: what certification do i take

                  No -- totally separate pathways
                  Tom Jones
                  MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
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                  • #10
                    Re: what certification do i take

                    Thank you! I guess I will start looking at materials to prep for MCITP.
                    Currently working towards CISSP
                    Certified Network Specialist
                    Security+ Certified
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                    • #11
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                      Probably a good idea....
                      If you are a fan of video training, look no further than TrainSignal
                      For book, I personally like a combination of MS Press "Self Paced Training" and Que "Exam Cram" series
                      Tom Jones
                      MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
                      PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
                      IT Trainer / Consultant
                      Ossian Ltd
                      Scotland

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                      • #12
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                        As Mr. Ossain mentioned Train signal is the way to go, Indeed they are surely good. apart from that try to get as much information in the real time enviornment. As people say "Books are a man's best friend". So got to refer them as many as possible

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by freakinup4u
                          As Mr. Ossain mentioned
                          Mr Ossain??? Have a look at the beginning of line 3 of Dr Ossain's signature.
                          1 1 was a racehorse.
                          2 2 was 1 2.
                          1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
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                          • #14
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                            TBH, I'm not fussed about the title, but it would be nice if the name was properly spelled
                            Tom Jones
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                            PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
                            IT Trainer / Consultant
                            Ossian Ltd
                            Scotland

                            ** Remember to give credit where credit is due and leave reputation points where appropriate **

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                            • #15
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                              Sir Mr. Rev. Dr. Tom "It's not unusual to be loved by anyone" Jones, MCT, MCSA, MCSE MCDBA, MCITP, MCTP, M. Sc, FIAP, MIITT, Ltd, LLC, Atty, Esq., Abp., Visc., Marq., APB, Sgt. and YMMV.

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