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  • I've been certified as MCSE & MCSA in windows 2000. Now i'm looking to upgrade my certification in Windows 2003. What is the shortest right path for me?
    Sunday, June 7, 2009 3:07 AM

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  • Hello Masood,

    Since the upgrade exams have been retired there is no single exam to take that will allow you to upgrade to 2003. However you still don't have to start from scratch. The shortest path to get your MCSA in 2003 is by taking 2 exams (assuming you took either the 70-210 or 70-270 in order to get your MCSA/E in 2000)

    70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment
    70-291 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

    After you complete those 2 exams you will have your MCSA in 2003. The reason why you need 2 exams for your MCSA is because your MCSA in 2000 will count as your elective exam, and your client OS exam would be covered if you too either 70-210 or 70-270

    If you want your MCSE after that would take
    70-293 Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
    70-294 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
    And than I believe you have to take one of the design electives, I am not 100% sure on this though, because on http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcse/windows2003/default.mspx#TRANSITION
    It says the skills do not differ that much between 2000 and 2003 so it isn't needed. However that would be if you are taking the two upgrade exams which are retired. Since that upgrade path is not open anymore I am not sure if you have to take them. Regardless here are the 2 exams to choose from
    70-297 Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure
    70-298 Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network

    Now some people might say just skip 2003 and go straight to 2008, this is up to you. If you are very familar with 2003 and have never used 2008 I would say go for 2003. Server 2003 will still by used for some time now so it wouldn't be a waste just because server 2008 is out.

    Hope this helps and if you have any other questions let us know.
    Eric
    • Proposed as answer by Eric Stauss Sunday, June 7, 2009 3:34 AM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Tuesday, January 5, 2010 8:38 PM
    Sunday, June 7, 2009 3:33 AM

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  • Hello Masood,

    Since the upgrade exams have been retired there is no single exam to take that will allow you to upgrade to 2003. However you still don't have to start from scratch. The shortest path to get your MCSA in 2003 is by taking 2 exams (assuming you took either the 70-210 or 70-270 in order to get your MCSA/E in 2000)

    70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment
    70-291 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

    After you complete those 2 exams you will have your MCSA in 2003. The reason why you need 2 exams for your MCSA is because your MCSA in 2000 will count as your elective exam, and your client OS exam would be covered if you too either 70-210 or 70-270

    If you want your MCSE after that would take
    70-293 Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
    70-294 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
    And than I believe you have to take one of the design electives, I am not 100% sure on this though, because on http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcse/windows2003/default.mspx#TRANSITION
    It says the skills do not differ that much between 2000 and 2003 so it isn't needed. However that would be if you are taking the two upgrade exams which are retired. Since that upgrade path is not open anymore I am not sure if you have to take them. Regardless here are the 2 exams to choose from
    70-297 Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure
    70-298 Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network

    Now some people might say just skip 2003 and go straight to 2008, this is up to you. If you are very familar with 2003 and have never used 2008 I would say go for 2003. Server 2003 will still by used for some time now so it wouldn't be a waste just because server 2008 is out.

    Hope this helps and if you have any other questions let us know.
    Eric
    • Proposed as answer by Eric Stauss Sunday, June 7, 2009 3:34 AM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Tuesday, January 5, 2010 8:38 PM
    Sunday, June 7, 2009 3:33 AM
  • Hi Masood,

    Have a look at these forum message:

    http://www.cramsession.com/articles/files/planning-implementing-and-12172003-1023.asp

    http://www.mcseworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10463

    I hope tose will help you and solve your problem.


    Saturday, September 19, 2009 6:51 AM
  • The upgrade exams (70-292 & 70-296) have been retired, so you can't do the shortest path any more.

    So you're are going to need the following:

    From the networking and server part:

    Exam 70-290 (Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment)
    Exam 70-291 (Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure)
    Exam 70-293 (Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure)
    Exam 70-294 (Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure)
     
    From the client part:

    N/A as I assume that you've got the 70-210

    From the design part, either:
    Exam 70-297 (Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure) or
    Exam 70-298 (Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network)

    From the elective:

    N/A as you already have the MCSE 2k3

    See here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcse.aspx#tab2

    You'll need 5 exams.


    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 1:18 PM
  • Hi,

    Sorry if I am being redundant but I just want to make sure I understand everything, although it is laid out quite clearly.

    I am in the process of upgrading my mcse/mcsa from 2000 to 2003.  Since I work with 2003 all the time I've been doing pretty well with self study. 

    My plan is as follows:
    Take:
    70-290
    70-291
    70-293
    70-294
    As CORE exams.

    Take
    70-270
    As a Client OS exam, but I believe that since I already passed 70-210 that this requirement is waived.  Is this correct?

    Take
    Exam 70-297 as either an elective or design.

    And that's it.  Right? Or am I missing something?

    I have already passed 70-290, 70-291 and 70-297.  Does the fact that I passed 70-290 and 70-291 make me a 2003 MCSA?  And am I correct in assuming that I only need to take 70-293 and 70-294 to obtain a 2003 MCSE? 

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Jeff

    Saturday, December 12, 2009 8:53 PM
  • Dear Eric,

    I am an MCSE in windows 2000.  I am trying to upgrade to windows 2003, as that is the platform with wich I am most experienced.

    I have passed the following exams:

    70-290
    70-291
    70-293
    70-294
    70-297

    I did not take a client exam because I have already passed 70-210.  From reading the MCP website, I was of the understanding that a client exam was waived if you had already passed 70-210.

    So, I was under the impression that I have fulfilled the requirements for a 2003 MCSE, yet Microsoft has not granted me the certificate.  Have I overlooked something?

    Just for the record, these are the exams I passed when certifying for 2000:
    210
    215
    216
    217
    218
    291
    221


    Any advice appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Jeffrey Goodman MCP ID 2844090
    • Proposed as answer by MGhobril Monday, April 26, 2010 5:38 PM
    Monday, March 15, 2010 5:00 PM
  • Although I believe you are correct by 70-210 should count.

     

     

     

    Mark

    Monday, April 26, 2010 5:42 PM
  • I confirmed with Micrsoft that I will need 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294 and 1 design exam.

    I have the client exam 70-210 and my MCSA counts as my elective, MCSE 2000 could also counts as your elective.

     

     

    • Proposed as answer by MGhobril Monday, April 26, 2010 5:56 PM
    Monday, April 26, 2010 5:54 PM
  • Hello Eric,

     

    Thanks for all the information you have provided. I am now better feed with all my plan.

     

    Best Regards,

     

    Masood Mahmood

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 4:55 PM
  • Which exams should be taken if you want to skip windows server 2003 and upgrade from win. server 2000 to windows server 2008? Thanks in advance for the feedback
    Saturday, August 13, 2011 3:17 PM