A Microsoft (MS) certification highlights the proficiency of systems engineers and administrators in the use of MS products and technologies.  Specifically, MCSE MS certified professionals are those possessing a certain level of expertise in deploying information systems architecture using the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating platform and Windows Server System technologies.  IT professionals working as network administrators, systems analysts, and technical consultants should strive to get an MCSE certification especially if their companies are using Microsoft technology environments.

In order to get MCSE certification, IT professionals must first pass the qualification exams provided by Microsoft.  MCSE exams will cover four core competency topics, a single elective and 2 systems design topics.  Successfully passing the MCSE exam means a guaranteed certification from Microsoft.  It will show that the systems engineer has enough technical abilities and know-how in designing, modeling, implementing, and managing information technology architectures and business solutions.

In the past, the MCSE MS sanctioned exams use the multi-choice methods of testing.  This led to the influx of MS certified professionals having limited abilities in hands-on systems engineering and administration.  There are reports however that Microsoft will integrate systems simulation to really test the technical abilities of exam takers.  This could refine the results of exams and minimize the existence of on-paper MCSE professionals.  Through simulated systems administrations and construction, the examinees will be required to solve real-life scenarios of systems engineering as well as provide solutions to actual IT design and network problems.  The changes could further enhance the credibility of MCSE and ensure that only competent IT professionals can hold MCSE certifications.

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