Windows 2003 MCSE/MCSA Upgrade Requirements

Posted on January 8, 2009 by Daniel Petri in Windows Server 2003 with 0 Comments

What are the requirements for a W2K MCSE/MCSA to upgrade his or her certification to the Windows 2003 MCSE/MCSA certification?

Microsoft has designed an upgrade path that will enable a current MCSE on Windows 2000 to earn the Windows Server 2003 credential in a time- and cost-effective manner.

The certification requirements for MCSE on Windows Server 2003 differ from those for MCSE on Windows 2000. As a result, you must either complete the entire Windows 2000 track or the entire Windows Server 2003 track to become certified as an MCSE. However, if you complete your MCSE or MCSA certification in Windows 2000, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of an upgrade path that will enable you to update your certification to Windows Server 2003 in a time- and cost-effective manner.

The Windows Server 2003 exams will be released in the second half of 2003.

MCSE upgrading

An MCSE on Windows 2000 may take the following exams and upgrade his or her certification to the Windows 2003 certification:

Upgrade Exams (2 Exams Required)

Upgrade (2 exam required) Courses
Do the following exams
Exam 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000 Workshop 2209: Updating Systems Administrator Skills from Microsoft Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003 (2 days)
Exam 70-296: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000
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Note: The Windows Server 2003 upgrade exam for MCSAs covers a direct subset of the job tasks that are included in typical MCSE skills. The skills tested by the MCSA upgrade exam are expected to be part of an MCSE’s job tasks. The good news is that by passing exam 70-292 you will automatically become certified as an MCSA on Windows Server 2003.

There are (for now) no additional core or elective exam requirements for an MCSE on Windows 2000 who passes exams 70-292 and 70-296.

MCSA upgrading

An MCSA on Windows 2000 may take the following exams and upgrade his or her certification to the Windows 2003 certification:

Upgrade Exams (1 Exam Required)

Upgrade (1 exam required) Courses
Do the following exam
Exam 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000 Workshop 2209: Updating Systems Administrator Skills from Microsoft Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003 (2 days)

There are (for now) no additional core or elective exam requirements for an MCSA on Windows 2000 who passes exam 70-292.

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