Getting a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer is probably one of the hardest certifications around because it requires candidates to pass 7 exams of various learnings. MCP certifications are one of the best ways to show your employers and clients that you are serious about your IT career. The MCSE is one of the most recognized MCP certifications in the world today not only because of its comprehensive coverage of Microsoft products but also because it relatively covers every aspect of Microsoft systems and technologies and prepares the individual for the proper installation, configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting of Microsoft products.
In order for an individual to be called an MCSE, he needs to pass 4 core exams and 1 design exam for a total of five exams. The core exams measure the individuals expertise in the client operating system and the networking system as well as prove the candidates design skills in various Microsoft server technologies.
The core exams include the installing, configuring, administering and implementing Microsoft Windows 2000 server, network infrastructure and directory services infrastructure. Candidates will also have to pass one of three exams that cover the configuration of Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, and Windows Vista.
He will also have to pass two elective exams that will measure the candidates proficiency and expertise in providing a solution for designing and implementation. The elective exams include various topics in the designing of MS Windows 2000 or 2003 server directory services, network, network infrastructure, server technologies.
The MCP exam for MCSE totals 7 exams altogether.