MCSE Certifications


Windows Server 2008 Certifications

Become a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Windows Server 2008 and help your organization take advantage of advanced server technology with the power to increase the flexibility of your server infrastructure, save time, and reduce costs. Transition certifications are available today for Windows Server 2003 certified professionals, while full certification paths will be available soon after the Windows Server 2008 product release.

The strength of Windows Server 2003 in the market today indicates that the demand for related IT expertise will continue for years to come. Becoming certified on both Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 is a valuable way to demonstrate your skills and to inspire confidence from your manager, hiring manager, or your team—and to provide you with confidence when your organization evaluates and deploys Windows Server 2008.

Transition your skills to the next generation of Windows Server

Whether you are Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) or a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows Server 2003, there is a transition path to becoming a MCTS on Windows Server 2008.

  • Learn how to transition from MCSA: Windows Server 2003 to MCTS: Windows Server 2008
  • Learn how to transition from MCSE: Windows Server 2003 to MCTS: Windows Server 2008

Transitioning Your MCSE 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 Engineers (MCSEs) 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 MCSE: Windows Server 2003 to MCTS: Windows Server 2008

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

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

See the following table for related training resources.

Required exam

Classroom training

Exam 70-649: TS: Upgrading your MCSE 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)

and

Course 6417A: Updating your Applications Platform 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)

and

Course 6417B: Updating your Application Platform Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (three days) (coming soon)

MCSE on Windows Server 2003 Certification Requirements

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

Core exams (six exams required)

  • Four networking system exams
  • One client operating system exam
  • One design 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 in solution design and implementation. MCSE candidates should also have at least one year of experience implementing and administering network operating systems and desktop operating systems.

Upgrade exams (two exams required)

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

Core exams (six exams required)

Core exams: Networking System (four 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: Upgrading Your Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (three days)

Exam 70-291: 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: Upgrading Your Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (three days)

Exam 70-293: Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

Course 2278: Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (five days)

Exam 70-294: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure

Course 2279: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure (five 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 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

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)

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

 

Core exams: design (one exam required)

Classroom training

Exam 70-297: Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure

Course 2282: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure (five days)

Exam 70-298: Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network

Course 2830: Designing Security for Microsoft Networks (three days)

Exam 70-285: Designing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization

Course 2008A: Designing and Planning a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization (two days)

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Exam 70-229: Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition

 

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

Course 2073: Programming a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database (five days)

Course 2071: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2000 with Transact-SQL (two days)

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

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 Exchange Server 2007 (one day)

Course 5051: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (two days)

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

There is no classroom training currently available.

Exam 70-281*: Planning, Deploying, and Managing an Enterprise Project Management Solution

Course 2732: Planning, Deploying, and Managing an Enterprise Project Management Solution (five days)

Exam 70-282: Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business

Course 2395: Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for the Small and Medium-Sized Business (three days)

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

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

and

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

Exam 70-285*: Designing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization

Course 2008: Designing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization (two days)

Exam 70-297: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure

Course 2282: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure (five days)

Exam 70-298: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network

Course 2830: Designing Security for Microsoft Networks (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 70–301: Managing, Organizing, and Delivering IT Projects by Using Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0

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

Course 1846: Microsoft Solutions Framework Essentials (three days)

and

Course 2710: Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures (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 70-351: TS: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006, Configuring

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

Exam 70–400: TS: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring

Course 50028D: Installing and Configuring System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (five days)

Exam 70–401: TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring

Course 6451B: Planning, Deploying, and Managing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (five days)
or
Course 6451A: Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (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 2780: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database (five days)

Exam 70–432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance

Course 6231A: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database (five days)
or
Course 2778A: Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL (three 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 Designing, Implementing, and Managing

There is no classroom training currently available.

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

There is no classroom training currently available.

Exam 70-557: TS: Microsoft Forefront Client and Server, Configuring

There is no classroom training currently available.

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

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

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

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

Course 5105B: 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: Configuring Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

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

Exam 70-638: TS: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Configuring

Collection 5125: Introducing Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

Exam 70-639: TS: Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Configuring

There is no classroom training currently available.

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 retires on October 31, 2010.

 Note As an alternative to the electives that are listed in the elective exams table, these third-party certifications may be substituted for an MCSE elective:

Certifications

Classroom training

CompTIA Security+5

Course 2810: Fundamentals of Network Security (four days)

Unisys UN0-101: Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Solutions in the Data Center

There is no classroom training currently available.

Upgrade exams

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

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

  • Networking: An MCSE on Windows 2000 has the option to take only Exams 70-292 and 70-296 instead of all four core network exams; however, an MCSE on Windows 2000 can elect to take all four core network exams.
  • Client: An MCSE on Windows 2000 has already passed Exam 70-210 or 70-270, which also satisfies the client requirement for MCSE on Windows Server 2003; therefore, no action is required.
  • Design: The design skills required of an MCSE on Windows Server 2003 do not differ significantly from those required of an MCSE on Windows 2000; therefore, no action is required.
  • Elective: Elective exams are required so that candidates prove technical breadth, interoperability skills, or additional technical depth. For MCSEs on Windows 2000, the current MCSE credential satisfies the elective requirement for Windows Server 2003 because it proves the ability to support another version of the platform; therefore, no additional action is required.

For the MCSE on Windows NT 4.0 credential, the candidate should keep the following in mind:

  • Networking: The core networking skills required for Windows Server 2003 are significantly different than those required for Windows NT 4.0; therefore, an MCSE on Windows NT 4.0 must prove their skills on all four core network exams.
  • Client: If the candidate has already taken either Exam 70-210 or 70-270, no additional action is required.
  • Design: An MCSE on Windows NT 4.0 was not required to prove design skills, so they must prove their skills by passing either a Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 design exam. If the candidate has already taken a Windows 2000 design exam, no additional action is required.
  • Elective: Elective exams are required so that candidates prove technical breadth, interoperability skills, or additional technical depth. For an MCSE on Windows NT 4.0, the MCSE credential itself satisfies the elective requirement for Windows Server 2003 because it proves the ability to support another version of the platform; therefore, no additional action is required.

For the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (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 Exams 70-290 and 70-291. However, Exams 70-293 and 70-294 are still required.
  • Client: An MCSA on Windows 2000 has already passed Exam 70-210 or 70-270, which also satisfies the client requirement for MCSE on Windows Server 2003; therefore, no action is required.
  • Design: The MCSA certification does not require candidates to prove design skills. To attain the MCSE on Windows Server 2003 certification, you must pass a design exam listed in the certification requirements that are described earlier.
  • Elective: Elective exams are required so that candidates prove technical breadth, interoperability skills, or additional technical depth. For an MCSA on Windows 2000, the MCSA credential itself satisfies the elective requirement for MCSE on Windows Server 2003 because it proves the ability to administer another version of the platform; therefore, no additional action is required.

Upgrade exams for an MCSE on Windows 2000 (two exams required)

Classroom training

Exam 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft 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)

and

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)

Exam 70-296: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000

Course 2297: Planning, Implementing, Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000 (five days)

or

Workshop 2207: Expert Track: Updating Systems Administrator and Engineer Skills from Microsoft Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003 (five days)

or

Course 2278: Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (five days)

and

Course 2279: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure (five days)