MCSA 2003 requirements and availability RRS feed

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  • Hello All,

    Slight panic here. Have been slowly working towards MCSA 2003 as my first 'real certification' and i thought i had my path laid out pretty neat, but now i doubt.

    I have passed 70-290, 70-291 and MCDST. Previously on MS website requirements for the MCSA were listed (if my memory servers me right..) that you need the two core, one OS exam and one elective. So core exams are done, MCDST would count as elective and i was planning to take 70-680 as OS exam (scheduled for this friday)

    Now: MS website does not list requirements at all anymore for this, MCP cert planner is confusing, showing that i would need two elective - wtf? Where should i look for definitive information on this?

    And, yes i know,  MCSA 2003 is ancient, but it's the environment i am familiar with so took this path to go up. Upgrading to 2008 is well on planning also 

    Thank you in advance! :)

    • Edited by k_kat Tuesday, May 1, 2012 1:29 PM
    Tuesday, May 1, 2012 1:28 PM


  • Microsoft has advised that MCSA 2003 is still available as per the following link:

    Note: Many of the exams in this certification track are retired. If a required exam is retired and you have not yet passed that exam, you cannot complete the certification track. You must fulfill all listed requirements to earn the certification. If you passed a required exam before it retired, it can be applied toward certification.

    Microsoft has also advised that the following Q&A found in the FAQ at is incorrect and will be removed:

    Q.  What is the difference between the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certifications and the previous Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certifications?

    A.  The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) credential focuses on the ability to design and build technology solutions. The previous Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification focused on a specific job role and can no longer be earned.

    I hope this clarifies some of the confusion surrounding the old MCSA 2003 certification

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    Jeff Wharton
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    Friday, May 11, 2012 11:04 PM

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