MCSA 2003 Messaging Certification

Computer certification programs are setting the standards for the information technology (IT) industry worldwide. Although most careers in the IT and communications fields are lucrative and lead to rapid advancement, you can move ahead even more rapidly if you have been certified. In fact, you often can earn a salary increase of 20% or more once you become certified. Nowadays, having a degree in computer science just isn't enough. Companies are demanding that their IT professionals be certified as a way to measure their skills as well as to guarantee that they can perform their jobs successfully. In short, certification will help a computer professional get a good job and stay competitive in what is now a highly demanding IT environment.

This training would be beneficial for individuals looking for IT job positions such as: Network Administrator, Windows Administrator, Senior Network Technician, Windows System Engineer, IT Manager, Network Security Specialist, Senior Security Technician or a Information Security Manager.

The MCSA certification verifies your knowledge in system administration of Microsoft Windows operating systems. MCSA certification can help advance your career by confirming that you have the skills necessary to successfully manage and troubleshoot system environments.

To earn your MCSA: Messaging on Windows Server 2003 certification, you must pass four exams (3 cores and 1 messaging specializations):

Core exams (three required)

Two networking system exams:

Exam 70-290: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Create and manage user, group, and computer accounts
  • Manage file and share permissions
  • Help control Web server access and manage sites with Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Manage hardware devices, disk storage, software, and print services
  • Implement backup procedures and perform system recovery

Exam 70-291: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Install and configure TCP/IP
  • Use DHCP to manage IP addressing
  • Configure and manage DNS clients, servers, and zones
  • Manage routing and remote access, including VPNs
  • Implement and administer security procedures
  • Monitor traffic, troubleshoot connectivity, and resolve service issues

One client operating system exam:

Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administrating Microsoft Windows XP Professional

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Perform an installation or upgrade, including remote deployment
  • Configure and customize the desktop environment
  • Administer disks, device drivers, printers, file systems, and other resources
  • Manage TCP/IP networking and support remote and mobile users
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and tune system performance


Exam 70-620: TS: Windows Vista, Configuring

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Installing and upgrading Windows Vista
  • Configuring and troubleshooting Post-installation system settings
  • Configuring Windows security features
  • Configuring network connectivity
  • Configuring applications included with Windows Vista
  • Maintaining and optimizing systems that run Windows Vista
  • Configuring and troubleshooting mobile computing

Messaging specialization: (one exam required)

Exam 70-284: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Plan, install, and configure an Exchange Server 2003 infrastructure
  • Migrate from Exchange Server 5.5 and other messaging systems
  • Implement encryption, virus protection, and other security services
  • Manage recipient objects and address lists
  • Monitor and troubleshoot servers, clusters, data storage, and connectivity
  • Troubleshoot Active Directory operations and other supporting technologies

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