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Hi Guys just want to ask if what is the best path to take Security or


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Garth H
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Start with regular old MCSA2003

You'll need these no matter which specialty you opt for

70-270 Installing, Configuring, and Administering WinXp Pro
Good base. Just studying for this will highlight just how
interconnected all the certs are. Even if you're currently an
admin, you will be asked things you never knew existed in XP.
70-290 Managing and Maintaining Win2k3 Server
More difficult. Know AD, Know GPOs, Know Trusts, in other words, look
at the objectives.
70-291 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining Win2k3 network
This is where just about everyone gets tripped up. Why? Because
real world networks don't use a pure MS only network enviroment.
DNS, DHCP, NAT, blah blah blah... almost never ALL windows driven.

Then just use one of your CompTIA certs as your elective. I'd encourage
Security + if you don't have a CompTIA cert yet.

At this point you'd be an MCSA:2003.

If you JUST want Messaging then do
70-284 Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
It's a hard one. No, I'm serious about that. There really isn't
anyway to pass this one without at least 6 months of hands on
time with Exchange.

If you want Security and you did CompTIA Security + as your elective
then you just need one of these two.

70-299 Implementing and Administering Security in a Win2k3 Network
Don't even think about cracking a book for this one until you've
passed 70-291 because it won't make any sense to you.
70-350 Implementing Microsoft ISA Server 2004
Just like the Exchange test, hands on is a must.

There is no easy path. MS Cert paths are hard for two reasons. The first
is that they test you on stuff you've never heard of or never used. The
second is because they want the Certs to have value.

If you have the experience on all the systems, you might be able to get
your cert in a year. If not, it will take a lot longer.
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