MCSE 2000 - Available For How Much Longer?

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by Clint Kennedy, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. I haven't personally read anything on MS's website regarding the 2000 exams
    being retired, but I'm still curious. I currently have only passed 70-210
    and plan to pass 70-215 soon. I can study fully and pass about 1 exam every
    month. I plan to complete 70-215 then pick up my A+ (for the heck of it),
    then 70-216, then Net+ (since so many topics are on both exams, it will be
    fresh), then 70-218 to achieve MCSA, then a design course and a DB elective
    course to get MCSE, then one more DB course for MSDBA. It's going to be
    quite aggravating if I'm 2 tests shy of MCSE 2000 and they pull the tests as
    they did with NT 4.0. I'm sure since more customers are using 2000 and will
    be for some time this won't happen within the next year, giving me time to
    complete it.

    It really makes me wish I would've tackled all of this years ago. I've
    worked as a network tech for a solutions provider for several years, and now
    have a job as a sysadmin/developer. I've really never needed certification,
    it's purely a personal goal.
    Clint Kennedy, Jul 30, 2003
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  2. We have no plans to retire them at this time. Keep plugging away!

    Andy Ruth
    Microsoft Training and Certification

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    Andy Ruth [MS], Jul 30, 2003
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  3. Or better yet, if they are chosen to be retired at some future point in
    time, what will be the notice time period before the exam expires? 6
    months? a year? What is policy?

    Clint Kennedy, Jul 30, 2003
  4. Clint Kennedy

    booby orr Guest

    hi clint, some say you should just skip w2k and go stright to w2k3 cert's.

    if you do it your way, after you get your w2k MCSE, you will have to
    take 2 more exams to become w2k3 certified. i.e. it's going to cost you
    9 exams to become w2k3 certified as opposed to doing the w2k3 cert path
    and costing you 7 exams.

    below are some links that might help.
    booby orr, Jul 30, 2003
  5. Tom Helms [MSFT], Jul 30, 2003
  6. That is true, but along the way you are proving that you have the skills
    needed to work in a Windows 2000 environment as well as a Windows Server
    2003 environment. What environment you are working in (or want to work in)
    should be the driver there. If you get MCSA or MCSE on Windows 2000 now and
    work in that environment, then when they plan to go to Windows Server 2003
    or you want to join a company that is using Windows Server 2003, you can
    bone up on the delta between the two and have a simple upgrade path to the
    certification. If you are currently working in a Windows Server 2003
    environment or want to work in that environment, then start with Windows
    Server 2003 certification is the way to go.

    Andy Ruth
    Microsoft Training and Certification

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    Andy Ruth [MS], Jul 30, 2003
  7. Clint Kennedy

    Maestro Guest

    Microsoft generally gives more than ample notice when they
    plan to retire an "exam". With NT4 they gave at least a
    years heads up, and by the way anyone certified on 4.0 is
    still an MCSE. Microsoft is just not making any new MCSEs
    on NT4. Now it's either W2k or W2K3. With that said W2k
    has several years left on it's life cycle. Even if you're
    only certifying for personal gain it still makes sense to
    certify in an area that will be most useful to "you". If
    it's W2k you're still safe for now and worst case scenario
    will only require two upgrade exams to be certified on

    There are quite a few posters here that are only concerned
    with how fast they can certify, what's the easiest path to
    certification, or what combination of test will give them
    the max number of certs. My opinion is to go with what
    you think you can get the most return out of i.e. is your
    company working with a specific product now or does it
    plans to upgrade in the near future, etc...?
    Maestro, Jul 30, 2003
  8. Clint Kennedy

    booby orr Guest

    andy, i don't agree with your statement. lets be "honest" on this ng.

    w2k3 is not a brand new product platform compared to w2k. it's an
    improvement on the w2k server os. most of the companies that have
    already taken the plunge into the w2k environment and active directory
    will definatly be upgrading to w2k3 - without a doubt. all the admin's i
    have talked to are drooling over the updated AD management tools in
    w2k3. and any new companies that are about to switch to a AD aren't
    going to go with w2k. they are going to go straight to w2k3.

    so where's the logic to start "now" on a w2k mcse track?
    booby orr, Jul 30, 2003
  9. Clint Kennedy

    Maestro Guest

    Of all the companies out there running one or more of the
    various versions of windows, how many do you have first
    hand knowledge of to support your statements? What
    stastistical data do you have to support your statements?
    Because you know a few people that work for companies that
    are going that route in know way makes it universally true
    as you present it. Except for the few companies at the
    top of the food chain with endless budgets, I'm inclined
    to believe that most will resist change. Yes there are
    some companies migrting to W2K3, but "I believe" the
    number doing so is statistically insignificant (at least
    for now).
    Maestro, Jul 30, 2003
  10. I have to agree. When I worked as a Network Consultant I still had SEVERAL
    clients running (to this day) Netware 3.1 simply because it "does everything
    we need" and they don't want to shell out money for an unneeded upgrade. I
    think the only people that will rush to upgrade to 2003 are those still
    stuck on NT 4.0 server.

    Clint Kennedy, Jul 30, 2003
  11. Clint Kennedy

    billyw Guest

    there are companies that are just starting to migrate to 2k.
    As with most things that are biz critical companies like to make sure it is
    rock solid, so sometimes it pays to be a generation behind the curve.
    Nothing worse than being an unpaid beta site
    So basically i dont agree with the idea that all these companies are going
    to fire out and buy 2k3. also given the economy..
    billyw, Jul 31, 2003
  12. Clint Kennedy

    majeters Guest

    I am training for mcse for 2000 and how I wish I had NT4
    training as well.NT4 is still big in the field from my
    limited exp. and would love to learn it
    majeters, Jul 31, 2003
  13. Clint Kennedy

    billyw Guest

    get a copy of the software and play with it

    billyw, Jul 31, 2003
  14. Clint Kennedy

    booby orr Guest

    i am not talking about companies running netware, nt4 or any unix
    flavored networked environments. i am talking about the companies that
    have already made the plunge into windows 2000 and ARE using Active
    Directory an their network environment.

    if you are planning on getting your w2k mcse - you must be wanting to
    get a job or "better job" working in a place that is using a w2k
    environment. places that have made (or are about to) switch over to w2k
    are probably using active directory (AD). w2k3 is being touted by ms as
    the upgrade to get if you are managing AD because there are a lot of
    frusturations with the management tools for managing AD objects that are
    offered with w2k. ms have answered to those needs with the w2k3 release.
    that's why i think going straight to w2k3 msce is going to be a better
    cert. for making you more marketable on the workplace. w2k3 is not a
    "brand new" os product. it's a continuation and improvement upon the w2k os.

    don't forget, it's going to take you at least 6 months to a year to get
    your mcse. think where companies are going to be in 2004/2005 - not
    where they are now.

    booby orr, Jul 31, 2003
  15. Clint Kennedy

    booby orr Guest

    also, just so no one thinks i am a ms "addict". my network is 80%
    netware and 20% w2k.

    booby orr, Jul 31, 2003
  16. Clint Kennedy

    KLXrider Guest

    We still have have DOS systems on our network, so speak for yourself.

    But then again we still have PDP's in the corner.
    KLXrider, Jul 31, 2003
  17. Clint Kennedy

    KLXrider Guest

    That is not a very large percentage of the companies out there. Don't
    believe all the MS marketing hype.

    Newer isn't always better.......
    KLXrider, Jul 31, 2003
  18. Clint Kennedy

    booby orr Guest

    oh boy. i can see this turning into a netware vs w2k battle. but lets
    not go there.

    but, i am still trying to make my argument within the context of
    companies that have already or will be switching to w2k environments.
    how many they are, what % of the marketplace that is,
    blah..blah..blah... irrelevant

    people reading the ng posts are here 'cause they are or want to be
    mcse's and they are planning to work in a ms network environment.
    booby orr, Jul 31, 2003
  19. Clint Kennedy

    Maestro Guest

    It's not too late, you just can't get certified.
    Maestro, Jul 31, 2003
  20. Clint Kennedy

    KLXrider Guest

    Or like the entertainment.....
    KLXrider, Jul 31, 2003
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