MCSE 2003 Exams, Work Experience Prerequisites , a challenge for s

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by MAWUKO, Feb 18, 2008.


    MAWUKO Guest


    I have some 4 years working experience in Computing, starting from static
    web designing and now systems Admin. I am getting ready to study for the MCSE
    exams on server 2003. One thing that marvels me is the work experience

    Quote: "The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows Server
    2003 credential is intended for IT professionals who work in the typically
    complex computing environment of medium to large companies. An MCSE candidate
    should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering a
    network operating system in environments that have the following

    • 250 to 5,000 or more users
    • Three or more physical locations
    • Three or more domain controllers
    • Network services and resources such as messaging, database, file and
    print, proxy server, firewall, Internet, intranet, remote access, and client
    computer management
    • Connectivity requirements such as connecting branch offices and
    individual users in remote locations to the corporate network and connecting
    corporate networks to the Internet
    In addition, an MCSE candidate should have at least one year of experience
    in the following areas:
    • Designing a network infrastructure
    • Implementing and administering a desktop operating system"

    I am from Ghana in West Africa and I currently work in Liberia in the same
    region. It is very difficult to even find companies with 150 computers. Does
    it mean that some of use who have not even worked for such companies have no
    chance of getting certified? I just want to know..
    Comments Please
    MAWUKO, Feb 18, 2008
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    John R Guest

    Certifications are about experience, not necessarily training. Working for
    such companies will provide experience with things like RIS, WSUS, Active
    Directory Sites and Services, Active Directory replication, WINS replication
    strategies, DNS deployments, Software deployment using GPOs, etc, which are
    tested heavily in the exams, thereby making certification much easier. An
    MCSE on Server 2003 is expected to know these tools, how to use them, and
    when to use them.

    That being said, nobody ever asked me for a profile of the company I worked
    for before I took any of the exams. I did happen to work for a company with
    10 locations and about 600 desktops, as well as an ASP environment, so I had
    experience with all of the items prior to taking the exams, but I was never
    queried about it as a prerequisite. Many of the troubleshooting questions I
    had in the exams were scenarios I had actually worked through in real life.

    It is possible for you to learn and understand all of the items without
    having the experience, but for your best chance of success, there is no
    teacher like experience in working through problems on the scales listed.

    Should you earn the certification, and you present yourself to a potential
    employer as an MCSE, and they look at your resume and see that you have only
    worked for single location companies, they will question you on what you
    know about WAN technologies, replication strategies, etc. Your lack of
    experience on such scales may put you at a disadvantage to someone who has
    the cert and also has the experience, and possibly behind someone who does
    not have the cert but does have the experience.

    Good luck to you.

    John R
    John R, Feb 18, 2008
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