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Microsoft Certified System Engineer/Administrator/Professional

Posted by imateski on February 4, 2010

Microsoft offers a wide range of certification programs, covering the entire spectrum from the entry level MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), through the mid-range MCSA (Microsoft Certified System Administrator), and the engineer-level MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer).

The MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer) certification is designed to enable you to get the key knowledge needed for the professional IT work today.

The MCSE credential verifies your ability to analyze the business requirements for information systems solutions, and to design and implement infrastructures based on Windows Server 2003. (Official MCSE site)

As the quote states, the Microsoft Certified System Engineer for Windows Server 2003 should know how to plan, design, and implement server architectures based on the Windows Server 2003 Operating System. These structures are mostly used in companies that have up to 26.000 users, in up to 150 locations. Of course, the skills of the Microsoft Certified System Engineer for Windows Server 2003 will be very welcomed in smaller companies. This is only to state that once you get the MCSE letters in your signature, you will be eligible to work for large companies with thousands of users. Of course, in order to cope with this task of setting up firewalls, mail and messaging servers, data and print servers, web servers and day to day desktop management, you will need to have at least one year in administering server and client operating systems.

The MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer) is a certificate that builds up on the MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) and the MCSA (Microsoft Certified System Administrator), which helps in creating a growth track from MCP all the way to MCSE. To earn the Microsoft Certified System Engineer for Windows Server 2003 credentials, you will need to pass seven exams:

  • · four core exams on networking systems,
  • · one core exam on client operating systems,
  • · one core design exam and
  • · one elective exam.

There are two tracks for MCSE Server 2003: Messaging and Security.

The important thing about the Microsoft Certified System Engineer for Server 2003 will not retire. As long as there will be corporate networks based on the Windows Server 2003, you will be a valuable asset to that company. Microsoft also offers an easy track to get credentials for the new Microsoft Server 2008.

If you are interested in planning, design and implementation of IT structures, go for the Microsoft Certified System Engineer for Windows 2003 credentials.

If you are more interested in implementation, management and maintenance of established IT systems on the Microsoft technologies, go for the Microsoft Certified System Administrator on Windows 2003 Server systems.

You can arrange taking these seven required exams in such a way that you can also earn a Microsoft Certified System Administrator credentials, which requires four exams:

  • · two core exams on networking systems,
  • · one core exam on client operating systems,
  • · one elective exam.

The Microsoft Certified System Administrator also does not retire, and can be easily upgraded to match the Microsoft Server 2008 requirements.

When you start taking the exams, know that you can get your first credential added to your signature when you take the very first exam that is product-specific. It is recommended to start with one of the core exams, for example, the 70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment. When you pass this exam, you become Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and will be immediately desirable for any company that uses the Windows Server 2003 Operating System.

The cost per exam varies from country to country, but in general, it will cost about 125USD per exam. So, for the Microsoft Certified System Engineer, you will need to invest about 875USD, for the Microsoft Certified System Administrator you will need to invest about 500USD. With the very first investment of $125 you will receive your Microsoft Certified Professional certificate.

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