Pursuing MCP Windows 2000 Accreditation

Of special interest to many IT workers would be getting accreditation in Windows 2000 Security, so that they may step into the position of Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (or MCSA.) However, there are actually five total exams such IT candidates have to hurdle before getting to the MCSA status they desire.

At the core exam level, the IT candidate would have to take Exam 70-215 and Exam 70-218. Exam 70-215 is concerned with Installation, Configuration, and Administration of a Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. Exam 70-218 is devoted to Management of a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Environment.

The next stage requires the IT candidate to simply take any one of these three exams: Exam 70-210, Exam 70-270, and Exam 70-260. Exam 70-210 is about Installation, Configuration, and Administration of Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional. Exam 70-270 is concerned with Installation, Configuration, and Administration of Microsoft Windows XP Professional. Exam 70-260 deals with TS: Microsoft Windows 2000 (configuration).

For the last stage, you may opt to take either two of these four exams: Exam 70-214 (which is about Implementation and Administration of Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Security); Exam 70-227 (which is concerned with Installation, Configuration, and Administration of the Enterprise Edition of Microsoft ISA (Internet Security and Installation) Server 2000; Exam 70-350 (which talks about Microsoft [ISA] Internet Security and Acceleration 2004 Server; and the CompTIA Security + exam.

There are Microsoft Press publications and Official Microsoft Learning Products that you can buy and read to prepare for this type of MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) accreditation.