MCSA 2003 Security Certification

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

MCSA 2003 Security Certification - Learn how to prevent Internet attacks and maintain a secure computing environment while you earn the Microsoft Certified System Engineer: Security for Microsoft Windows 2003 certification title.

To achieve MCSA 2003 Security Certification, you must pass three core exams and two security specialization exams. Plus, you’ll earn the MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional).

MCSA candidates on the Windows Server 2003 Security track are must satisfy the following requirements (3 cores and 2 security specializations):

Core exams (3 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

Security specialization: core security (two exams required)

Exam 70-299: Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Implement and administer network security in a Windows Server 2003 Environment
  • Implement, manage, and troubleshoot security policies
  • Patch management infrastructure
  • Secure network communications
  • Plan, configure, and troubleshoot authentication, authorization, and PKI

Exam SYO-101: CompTIA Security+ Certification

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Identify and help mitigate security risks—essential concepts
  • Know and apply the basic principles of cryptography, keys, and certificates
  • Monitor and help secure vulnerabilities in TCP/IP and network infrastructure
  • Help protect e-mail, RAS, VPNs, wireless services, and other online communications
  • Configure user and group privileges, access control, and authentication
  • Implement security baselines, system updates, and intrusion detection
  • Create an operational security plan—from physical security to business continuity
  • Build an organizational security program—documentation, risk assessment, user education

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