2000 MCSA to 2008. What are my options? RRS feed

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  • Hello,

    I am currently an MCSA having passed the following exams:

    Now that they have retired the upgrade exams for 2000 to 2003 what are my options to continue my exams?

    Should I skip all 2003 exams and just start over with the 2008 tests, or is there a shorter route to certification on 2008 if I take a couple of the 2003 tests?

    Wednesday, April 9, 2008 9:36 PM


  • Great question, gjohanns--first of all: if you're ready for the Windows Server 2003 upgrade exam and you want to take it, you can still find it if you act quickly... most testing centers are still quietly offering them during a short grace window period following our official retirement. (but move *really* fast)

    If you're not ready yet, then my advice to you is:

    If you're not going to be supporting Windows Server 2003 at all, go directly to Windows Server 2008. Yes, you'll need to take the scenic route, but it's only three exams to get to MCITP: Server Administrator (the rough equivalent of MCSA for Windows Server 2008)

    If, however, you're going to be in a heterogenious environment supporting Windows Server 2003 as well, then you may well want to consider getting your Windows Server 2003 certification first. Especially because you'll only need two exams to do so (70-290 and 70-291), and then you qualify for the upgrade exam for Windows Server 2008, which shortens your path by one. In other words, you'll only need four exams total to get both WS2003 and WS2008 certified.

    Hope that helps!

    Ken Rosen
    Lead Community and Evangelism Manager
    Microsoft Learning
    Tuesday, April 15, 2008 12:06 AM