MCSA Certifications


Transitioning Your MCSA Skills to Windows Server 2008

Continue to build on your existing skills and be one of the first to become a certified expert on Windows Server 2008 (formerly code name "Longhorn"). Windows Server 2008 is the powerful new server technology that helps you increase the flexibility of your server infrastructure while saving time and reducing costs.

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrators (MCSAs) in Windows Server 2003 can quickly and easily transfer their skills to achieve Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) accreditation on Windows Server 2008. The MCTS credential enables professionals to target specific technologies and distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise in those technologies.

Make the transition from MCSA: Windows Server 2003 to MCTS: Windows Server 2008

Professionals with an MCSA on Windows Server 2003 must pass one exam to become an MCTS on Windows Server 2008. If you are an MCSA and pass this exam, you will earn two distinct MCTS certifications:

  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 – Active Directory Configuration
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 – Network Infrastructure Configuration

See the following table for related training resources.

Required exam

Classroom training

Exam 70-648: TS: Upgrading your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to MCTS on Windows Server 2008

Course 6415A: Updating your Network Infrastructure Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (three days)

and

Course 6416A: Updating your Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (three days)

or

Course 6416B: Updating your Network Infrastructure and Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (five days) (coming soon)

 

Microsoft Windows 2003 Certification Requirements

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) candidates on the Windows Server 2003 track are required to satisfy the following requirements:

Core exams (three exams required)

  • Two networking system exams
  • One client operating system exam

Elective exams (one exam required)

Together with the core exams, the elective exams provide a valid and reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise to successfully manage and maintain the typically complex computing environment of medium-to-large-sized companies. MCSA candidates should have 6 to 12 months of experience administering client and network operating systems.

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

The following tables list Official Microsoft Learning Products, including classroom training courses, e-learning, and Microsoft Press books that are designed to help MCSA candidates prepare for the required exams. See individual exam preparation guides for exam availability.

Core Exams

Core exams: networking systems (two exams required)

Classroom training

Exam 70-290: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment

Course 2273: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (five days)

or

Course 2274: Managing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (five days)

and

Course 2275: Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (three days)

or

Course 2208: Updating Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (three days)

Exam 70-291: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

Course 2276: Implementing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Hosts (two days)

and

Course 2277: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Services (five days)

or

Course 2208: Updating Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (three days)

 

Core exams: client operating system (one exam required)

Classroom training

Exam 70-620: TS: Microsoft Windows Vista Client, Configuring

Course 5115: Installing and Configuring the Windows Vista Operating System (three days)

Course 5116: Configuring Windows Vista Applications and Tools (three days)

Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Course 2285: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional (two days)

or

Course 2272: Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Windows XP Professional (five days)

Exam 70-210: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

Course 2151: Microsoft Windows 2000 Network and Operating System Essentials (three days)

or

Course 2152: Implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Server (five days)

Candidates who passed Windows NT 4.0 Exams 70-067, 70-068, and 70-073 had the option to take the comprehensive Exam 70-240: Microsoft Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam for MCPs Certified on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. By passing this exam, candidates met the MCSA exam requirements for 70-210. Exam 70-240 is no longer available.

Elective exams (one exam required)

Elective exams (one exam required)

Classroom training

Exam 70-089: Designing, Implementing, and Managing a Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Infrastructure

Course 2596: Managing Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 (five days)

and

Course 2597: Planning and Deploying Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 (three days)

Exam 70-227: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, Enterprise Edition

Course 2159: Deploying and Managing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 (three days)

Exam 70-228: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition

Course 2072: Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database (five days)

Exam 70-235: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions Using BizTalk Server 2006

Course 2933: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 (five days)

Course 2934: Deploying and Managing Business Process and Integration Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 (two days)

Exam 70-236: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Configuring

Course 5047A: Introduction to Installing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (three days)

Course 5049A: Managing and Messaging Security using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (one day)

Course 5050A: Recovering Messaging Servers and Databases using Microsoft ExchangeServer 2007 (one day)

Course 5051A: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server2007 (two days)

Exam 70-262: TS: Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 - Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting

There is no classroom training currently available.

Exam 70-284: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

Course 2400: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 (five days)

or

Workshop 2011: Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 (three days)

Exam 70-299: Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network

Course 2823: Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network (five days)

Exam 70-350: Implementing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004

Course 2824: Implementing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 (five days)

Exam 70-431: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance

Course 2779: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database (five days)

and

Course 2780B: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database (five days)

Exam 70-445: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Implementation and Maintenance

There is no classroom training currently available.

Exam 70-500: TS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, Implementing and Managing

There is no classroom training currently available.

Exam 70-501: TS: Windows Server 2003 Hosted Environments, Configuring, and Managing

There is no classroom training currently available.

Exam 70-620: TS: Microsoft Windows Vista Client, Configuring

Course 5115: Installing and Configuring the Windows Vista Operating System (three days)

Course 5116: Configuring Windows Vista Applications and Tools (two days)

Exam 70-624: TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops

Course 5105: Deploying Microsoft Windows Vista Business Desktops, (three days)

Course 5058: Deploying Microsoft Office 2007 Professional Plus (two days)

Exam 70-630: TS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring

Course 5061: Implementing Microsoft Office 2007 SharePoint Server (three days)

Exam 70-631: TS: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring

Course 5060: Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (two days)

 

  1. Exams 70-227, 70-350, and the CompTIA Security+ certification all satisfy both the MCSA elective requirement and an MCSA: Security specialization requirement.
  2. Exam 70-284 satisfies both the MCSA elective requirement and an MCSA: Messaging specialization requirement.
  3. Exams 70-227, 70-350, and the CompTIA Security+ certification all satisfy both the MCSA elective requirement and an MCSA: Security specialization requirement.

As an alternative to the electives that are listed in the Electives Table, these certifications or certification combinations may substitute for an MCSA elective:

Upgrade exam

For an MCSA on Windows 2000 credential, the candidate should keep the following in mind:

  • Networking: An MCSA on Windows 2000 has the option to take Exam 70-292 instead of the two core network exams. However, an MCSA on Windows 2000 can choose to take both core network exams.
  • Client: An MCSA on Windows 2000 has already passed Exam 70-210 or 70-270, which also satisfies the client requirement for MCSA on Windows Server 2003; therefore, no further action is required.
  • Elective: Elective exams are required so that candidates prove technical breadth, interoperability skills, or additional technical depth. For an MCSA on Windows 2000, the current MCSA credential satisfies the elective requirement for Windows Server 2003 because it proves the ability to support another version of the platform; therefore, no further action is required.

Upgrade exam for an MCSA on Windows 2000 (one exam required)

Classroom training

Exam 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000

Course 2299: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000 (two days)

or

Workshop 2209: Expert Track: Updating Systems Administrator Skills from Microsoft Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003 (two days)

or

Course 2273: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (five days)

or

Course 2274: Managing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (five days)

and

Course 2275: Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (three days)

plus

Course 2276: Implementing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Hosts (two days)

and

Course 2277: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Services (five days)


Messaging on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Certification Requirements

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA): Messaging candidates on the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 track must pass three core exams and one messaging specialization exam.

Core exams (three exams required)

Core exams (two exams required)

Classroom training

Exam 70–2903: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment

Course 2273: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (five days)

or

Course 2274: Managing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (five days)

and

Course 2275: Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (three days)

or

Course 2208: Updating Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (three days)

Exam 70–2913: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

Course 2276: Implementing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Hosts (two days)

and

Course 2277: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Services (five days)

or

Course 2208: Updating Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (three days)



Core exams: client operating system (one exam required)

Classroom training

Exam 70–680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring

Course 6292A: Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client (three days)
or
Course 50322A: Configuring and Administering Windows 7 (five days)

Exam 70-620: TS: Configuring Windows Vista Client

Course 5117A: Installing, Configuring, Troubleshooting, and Maintaining Windows Vista (three days)
or
Course 5115AL: Installing and Configuring the Windows Vista Operating System - MODL (three days)
or
Course 5116AL: Configuring Windows Vista Mobile Computing and Applications - MODL (two days)

Exam 70–270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Course 2272: Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Windows XP Professional (five days)

or

Course 2285: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional (two days)

Exam 70-210: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

Note This exam is retired, but if you already passed it, you can apply it toward this certification.

Course 2151: Microsoft Windows 2000 Network and Operating System Essentials (three days)

or

Course 2152: Implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Server (five days)

Messaging specialization (one exam required)

Core messaging (one exam required)

Classroom training

Exam 70-284: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

Course 2400: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 (five days)

or

Course 2009: Upgrading Your Skills from Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 (three days)

or

Workshop 2011: Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 (three days)

  1. This book is also one of the four books that are contained in MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294): Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Core Requirements (ISBN: 0-7356-1953-0).
  2. Candidates who passed Windows NT 4.0 Exams 70-067, 70-068, and 70-073 had the option to take the comprehensive Exam 70-240: Microsoft Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam for MCPs Certified on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. By passing this exam, candidates met the following MCSE exam requirements: Exam 70-210, 70-215, 70-216, and 70-217. Exam 70-240 is no longer available. See the Discontinuation of Exams notice for more details.
  3. Candidates who hold MCSA or MCSE on Windows 2000 credentials may take Exam 70-292 in place of Exams 70-290 and 70-291.


Security on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Certification Requirements

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA): Security candidates on the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 track are required to pass three core exams and two security specialization exams.

Core exams (three exams required)

Core exams (two exams required)

Classroom training

Exam 70–2903: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment

Course 2273: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (five days)

or

Course 2274: Managing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (five days)

and

Course 2275: Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (three days)

or

Course 2208: Updating Your Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (three days)

Exam 70–2913: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

Course 2276: Implementing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Hosts (two days)

and

Course 2277: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure: Network Services (five days)

or

Course 2208: Updating Your Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (three days)

 

Core exams: client operating system (one exam required)

Classroom training

Exam 70–680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring

Course 6292A: Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client (three days)
or
Course 50322A: Configuring and Administering Windows 7 (five days)

Exam 70-620: TS: Configuring Windows Vista Client

Course 5117A: Installing, Configuring, Troubleshooting, and Maintaining Windows Vista (three days)
or
Course 5115AL: Installing and Configuring the Windows Vista Operating System - MODL (three days)
or
Course 5116AL: Configuring Windows Vista Mobile Computing and Applications - MODL (two days)

Exam 70–270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Course 2272: Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Windows XP Professional (five days)

or

Course 2285: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional (two days)

Exam 70-210: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

 

Note This exam is retired, but if you already passed it, you can apply it toward this certification.

Course 2151: Microsoft Windows 2000 Network and Operating System Essentials (three days)

and

Course 2152: Implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Server (five days)

or

Course 1560: Updating Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows 2000 (five days)

Security specialization (two exams required)

Core security (two exams required)

Classroom training

Exam 70-299: Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network

Course 2823: Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network

Exam 70-227: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, Enterprise Edition

 

Note This exam is retired, but if you already passed it, you can apply it toward this certification.

Course 2159: Deploying and Managing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 (three days)

Exam 70-350*: Implementing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004

Course 2824: Implementing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 (five days)

Exam 70-351: TS: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006, Configuring

Course 2824: Implementing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 (five days)

Third-party certifications

CompTIA Security+

or

SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner)

or

CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)

or

CISA (Certified Information Security Auditor)

or

CISM (Certified Information Security Manager)

Course 2810: Fundamentals of Network Security (four days)

  1. This book is also one of the four books that is contained in MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294): Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Core Requirements (ISBN: 0-7356-1953-0).
  2. Candidates, who passed Windows NT 4.0 Exams 70-067, 70-068, and 70-073 had the option to take the comprehensive Exam 70-240: Microsoft Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam for MCPs Certified on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. By passing this exam, candidates met the following MCSE exam requirements: Exam 70-210, 70-215, 70-216, and 70-217. Exam 70-240 is no longer available. See the Discontinuation of Exams notice for more details.
  3. Candidates who hold MCSA or MCSE on Windows 2000 credentials may take Exam 70-292 in place of Exams 70-290 and 70-291.

* This exam retires on October 31, 2010.