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Microsoft Security Specializations for MCSA/MCSE Candidates

New specializations from Microsoft allow individuals to demonstrate expertise in securing the Microsoft Windows 2000 platform.

As of June 3, 2003, MCSA/MCSE candidates can tag the word "security" on to their MCSA or MCSE certification if they follow one of the new security specialization tracks when earning their certification. The new titles, MCSA: Security and MCSE: Security, are earned by passing two specific exams in place of electives while earning MCSA or MCSE certification. CompTIA's Security+ certification can be used as one of the qualifying security exams. The core exams are largely the same as those required for certification without the security specialty. Full details of the paths for each title appear later in this article.

So far, the new security specialties are only available for the Microsoft Windows 2000 track; Security specializations for the Windows Server 2003 track are planned for release later this year. An upgrade path to facilitate the move from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2003 is also planned. No security specialties will be available for the Windows NT track.

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA): Security on Microsoft Windows 2000

This title is designed for systems administrators who specialize in implementing, managing, and maintaining security on the Microsoft platform and who focus on creating a secure computing environment. Earning this title requires passing three core exams and two security specialization exams. The core exams are the same as for the MCSA title without specialization: one client operating system examExam 70-210 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional OR Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional two networking system exams Exam 70-215: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Exam 70-218: Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Environment Security Specialization (2 additional exams) Exam 70-214: Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network AND EITHER Exam 70-227: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, Enterprise Edition OR Exam SY0-101: CompTIA Security+

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE): Security on Microsoft Windows 2000

This certification is designed for systems engineers who specialize in designing, planning, and implementing security on the Microsoft platform and who focus on creating a secure computing environment. It requires passing four core exams and three security specialization exams. The core exams are a subset (1 less) of those for the MCSE title without specialization: one client operating system examExam 70-210 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional OR Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional three networking system exams Exam 70-215: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Exam 70-216: Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure Exam 70-217: Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure Security Specialization (3 additional exams) Exam 70-220: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Exam 70-214: Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network AND EITHER Exam 70-227: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, Enterprise Edition OR Exam SY0-101: CompTIA Security+

Individuals who have already passed the specified exams, will be certified automatically. If CompTIA's Security+ is to be counted, then you must go to the CompTIA Web site and complete the form there. Before you can do that, you must have passed at least one Microsoft exam so that you have an MCP ID number.