Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) 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 Engineer, Windows System Engineer, Linux Administrator, IT Manager, Unix Administrator, Network Security Specialist, Senior Security Engineer, Information Security Manager or a Chief Security Officer.

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

To achieve MCSE 2003 Certification, you must pass seven exams. Plus, you’ll earn the MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) and MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator) titles as you advance your way to MCSE 2003 Certification.

To earn your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 certification, you must pass seven exams:

  • Four core exams on networking systems
  • One core exam on client operating systems
  • One core design exam
  • One elective exam

Core exams (5 required)

Four 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

Exam 70-293: Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Plan TCP/IP network infrastructure, topology, and Internet connectivity
  • Configure server roles and baseline security settings
  • Plan name resolution, routing, and remote access strategies
  • Maintain server availability with clusters and network load balancing
  • Deploy IPSec, harden servers, and manage certificates
  • Design and administer a security infrastructure

Exam 70-294: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Plan, install, and configure an Active Directory infrastructure
  • Manage forest and domain structure and site replication
  • Create and manage OU structure and user and group accounts
  • Plan Group Policy strategy using Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP)
  • Configure user and computer security settings
  • Manage and troubleshoot Group Policy and Active Directory performance

One client operating system exam:

Exam 70-620: Windows Vista, Configuring

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Installing Windows Vista
  • Configure Windows Vista Environments
  • Windows Vista Users and Groups
  • Security in Windows Vista
  • Windows Vista Network Connectivity
  • Configuring Windows Vista Applications
  • Windows Vista Maintenance and Optimization
  • Windows Vista |w Mobile Computing and Troubleshooting


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

Core design (one exam required)

Exam 70-298: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network

This course provides students with the knowledge to:

  • Document the impact of business and technical constraints on the security design process
  • Create a security design for:
    • Logical infrastructure
    • Network infrastructure for physical security
    • Network management and maintenance
    • Basic network functions
    • Wireless networks and Web servers

Elective (one exam 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

There are other electives that you can choose, see list below:

  • Exam 70-086: Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0
  • Exam 70-089: Designing, Implementing, and Managing a Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Infrastructure
  • Exam 70-227: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, Enterprise Edition
  • Exam 70-228: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition
  • Exam 70-235: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server
  • Exam 70-236: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Configuring
  • Exam 70-262: TS: Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 – Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting
  • Exam 70-284: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
  • Exam 70-350: Implementing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004
  • Exam 70-351: TS: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006, Configuring
  • Exam 70-400: TS: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring
  • Exam 70-401: TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring
  • Exam 70-431: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance
  • Exam 70-445: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Implementation and Maintenance
  • Exam 70-500: TS: Microsoft Windows Mobile Designing, Implementing, and Managing
  • Exam 70-557: TS: Microsoft Forefront Client and Server, Configuration
  • Exam 70-620: TS: Windows Vista, Configuring
  • Exam 70-624: TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops
  • Exam 70-630: TS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring
  • Exam 70-631: TS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring
  • Exam 70-638: TS: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Configuring

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