MCSA: 2000 or 2003? Which should I pursue?

Discussion in 'MCSA' started by Dan Adams, Feb 17, 2004.

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    Dan Adams Guest

    Which MCSA track should I pursue: 2000 or 2003? I've got
    about five years (solid) experience running small (less
    than 200 users) Windows NT 4.0 and 2000 Server networks,
    plus an outdated MCP in Windows NT 4.0 Server. I
    currently run a 150 node Windows 2000 domain with no
    plans to upgrade to 2003 until early next year (blame it
    on the enterprise / exchange folks!)

    Since my day-to-day taks are with Windows 2000, should I
    take the easy route and stick with Windows 2000
    certification exams, or setup a Windows 2003 lab just for

    Dan Adams
    Dan Adams, Feb 17, 2004
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    Paul Guest

    If I were you, I would get the MCSE 2000 first and then
    upgrade to W2k3 with the 2 upgrade tests. That way, you
    will have 2 MCSE's with only 9 tests.
    Paul, Feb 17, 2004
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  3. I wonder if a hiring manager would really say "Sorry, we run 2000 here.
    Your 2003 cert is meaningless. Goodbye!"

    I can see it with NT vs 2000 but 2000 vs 2003????
    Colin Nash [MVP], Feb 17, 2004
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    Herb Martin Guest

    Unless you are well into your Win2000 MCSE, then if you have to ask
    you should do the Win2003.

    Most people take far to long to complete these. No one should ever
    PLAN to take more than six months. If you are doing more than one
    test a month you are doing it the hard way.

    (This does not mean that it is bad to take over six months, just don't have
    a plan that is longer than that. Build an AGGRESSIVE plan to learn the
    material and take the exams. Then, just do it -- the best you can.)
    Herb Martin, Feb 17, 2004
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    Dan Adams Guest

    Thanks for the reply. The only reason I chose to consider the 2000
    track was because I dont have day-to-day access to a production
    Windows 2003 network. But I guess it's time to build a test lab:)

    BTw, what would you recommend in study guides for the MCSA/MCSE 2003
    Dan Adams, Feb 17, 2004
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    Herb Martin Guest

    Actually it's better if you do NOT use a production machine for most of your
    study. It's much better to be able to "tear it up". If you don't destroy
    it a couple
    of times you aren't experimenting enough.

    You really should free yourself to try everything; re-install; repeat.

    I train a lot of Microsoft Consultants (MCS), and I always tell them they
    need a
    machine with Win2003 Server (they interupt, "Of course") and they I
    finish "that you can tear up". Of course they have the OS, but they need
    freedom to experiment.
    The MS outlines; built-in HELP; TechNet <--- REALLY ALL YOUR NEED

    Maybe: "Win2003 Server Delta Guide" (cheap and small, not that accurate
    what is "new" versus Win2000, but excellent quick yet USEFUL coverage of
    important areas, especially the new stuff.)

    Maybe: MS Press titles for various specific subjects (but these have been
    going down
    in quality while the Help and Technet always get better.)
    Herb Martin, Feb 17, 2004
  7. Grab the free eval version of Windows 2003 server (and other products) from
    Microsoft's site. See if you can get your hands on VMWare or VirtualPC if
    you don't want to invest time and floorspace with a 'real network'

    Or get an MSDN subscription :)
    Colin Nash [MVP], Feb 18, 2004
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