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MICROSOFT CERTIFICATIONS YOUR BLUEPRINT TO SUCCESSVisar RamajliMS Department ManagerCompany: CACTTUS

agenda
Agenda
  • Customers value certification
  • Why certify?
  • Certification leads to higher productivity
  • Microsoft certification paths
    • IT Professional certifications
    • Developer certifications
  • Microsoft Skills Assessment and Practice Tests
  • Learning cycle for success
  • Steps to certification
customers value certification
CUSTOMERS VALUE CERTIFICATION
  • “Preparation for certifications requires that you cover all aspects of the product or technology you're studying, and this often means that you cover things that you didn't know existed in the product or technology. For new technologies, it is also often difficult to determine what you should be looking at. This is where the exam guidelines are crucial, because they ensure that you concentrate on the right things.”
    • Jonathan Blair, MCSD for .NET
  • Edinburgh, Scotland

“Becoming certified on Windows 2000 really helped turn things around for me. It meant I was being taken more seriously by employers and colleagues alike. It’s a true measure of your skill, of what you know—it’s not just a ‘paper’ certification. And from a financial standpoint, Microsoft certification is gold; it helps you to get great financial rewards.”

Jamie Barry, MCP

Manchester, England

“Microsoft certification has helped my career; it has given me credibility and opened doors. I am using my certification to teach classes, to do IT consulting for companies, and to publish articles.”

Leticia Banffy, MCSA, MCSE, MCT

Sao Paulo, Brazil

why certify
WHY CERTIFY?

Improved project delivery

Less unscheduled downtime

Less external support

Higher end user satisfaction

microsoft certification provides value to individuals

Helps you assess, acquire, and maintain job-relevant skills

Structure

Recognition

Enable and advance your career with proven job-role expertise with the most industry-recognized, job-relevant certifications

Community

Be a part of a worldwide community of experts where you can participate and learn in newsgroups, Web chats, and other events

Benefits

Special access to reference and learning tools, and other special offers

MICROSOFT CERTIFICATIONPROVIDES VALUE TO INDIVIDUALS

The most effective, efficient way to prove the skills you have gained.

microsoft certification helps you provide value to organizations

Higher Productivity

Improves project delivery, reduces downtime, and improves satisfaction

Provides a reliable benchmark for hiring, developing, and retaining talented staff

Skills Validation

Reduces external support costs through greater self-sufficiency

Reduced Support

MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION HELPS YOU PROVIDE VALUE TO ORGANIZATIONS

The most reliable way to know that your IT staff is qualified.

bring higher productivity to your organization
BRING HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY TO YOUR ORGANIZATION

70% of partners consider certified staff more productive

IDC Study, December 2002

bring higher productivity to your organization8
BRING HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY TO YOUR ORGANIZATION

As the percentage of Microsoft Certified staff within the IT organization increases:

More projects are deployed on time and within budget

Unscheduled downtime decreases

End user satisfaction increases

Source: Value of Microsoft Training and Certification, Burlington, April 2003

you can support your organization
YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR ORGANIZATION

As the percentage of Microsoft Certified staff within an IT organization increases, a smaller percentage of the annual IT budget is spent on ad-hoc external IT support

Source: Value of Microsoft Training and Certification, Burlington, April 2003

technology lifecycle where do certifications fit in
TECHNOLOGY LIFECYCLE:WHERE DO CERTIFICATIONS FIT IN?

PLAN

DESIGN

IMPLEMENT

MANAGE

MAINTAIN

SERVER / NETWORK

CLIENT / DESKTOP

focus on messaging with specializations
FOCUS ON MESSAGING WITH SPECIALIZATIONS
  • MCSA: Messaging
    • Identifies systems administrators who implement, manage, and maintain a messaging infrastructure using Microsoft Exchange Server.
  • MCSE: Messaging
    • Identifies systems engineers who design, plan, implement, manage, and maintain a messaging infrastructure using Microsoft Exchange Server.
  • Candidates typically have at least one year of experience deploying a Microsoft Exchange Server environment on the Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 operating system.
focus on security with specializations
FOCUS ON SECURITY WITH SPECIALIZATIONS
  • MCSA: Security
    • Identifies systems administrators who specialize in managing, maintaining, and implementing security on the Windows platform and as part of a secure computing environment.
  • MCSE: Security
    • Identifies systems engineers who specialize in designing, planning, and implementing security on the Windows platform and as part of a secure computing environment.
  • Certification candidates are systems administrators and systems engineers who typically have at least one year of experience in a security-focused job role.
product development cycle timeline
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CYCLE TIMELINE

DESIGN

ANALYZE

DEVELOP

TEST

DEPLOY

MAINTAIN

assess your skills

www.microsoft.com/assessment

ASSESS YOUR SKILLS

What is Microsoft Skills Assessment?

  • Objective, test-based diagnostic learning tool.
  • Free, online, unproctored delivery
  • Tells you if you’re ready to implement or manage a given Microsoft solution
  • Determines skills gaps, recommends learning plans with Official Microsoft Learning Products, along with other content suggestions
assessments available today
Evaluate

Secure

Migrate

Deploy

Evaluate

Analyze

Communicate

Evaluate

Develop for Windows

Develop for Web

Evaluate

Deploy

Manage

Implement

ASSESSMENTS AVAILABLE TODAY

See more information at www.microsoft.com/assessment

practice tests
PRACTICE TESTS
  • Practice tests help you determine if you are ready to take a certification exam.
  • Microsoft Certified Practice Test Providers (PTPs) help MCP candidates select the highest quality products and services.
  • Microsoft performs quality reviews on all PTP practice tests, and only approved PTPs bear the Microsoft Certified Practice Test Provider logo.
  • In addition to practice tests, PTP services include:
    • Exam results reported by objective.
    • Feedback for each question, with study suggestions.
    • Large question pools with random presentation of question and answer choices.
  • For more information, visit:http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/prepare/practicetests.asp
steps to certification and your success
STEPS TO CERTIFICATION……AND YOUR SUCCESS!
  • Decide which certification is right for you
  • Gain hands-on experience with Microsoft products and solutions
  • Supplement your experience with training
  • Review exam preparation guide
  • Take a practice test
  • Register for an exam

www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/prepare

gain new skills with official microsoft learning products
GAIN NEW SKILLS WITH OFFICIAL MICROSOFT LEARNING PRODUCTS
  • Microsoft Official Course
  • Microsoft Official Workshop
  • Microsoft Official Clinic
  • Microsoft Official Seminar
learn at your own pace with microsoft press books
LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE WITH MICROSOFT PRESS BOOKS
  • Microsoft Press books provide an additional way to learn technology skills.
  • Self-paced training is a good take-home solution for reference and supplements classroom learning.
  • For information on certification book titles, visit www.microsoft.com/mspress/certification
it professional audience taxonomy

Tier 4

Tier 3

Tier 2

Tier 1

IT PROFESSIONAL AUDIENCE TAXONOMY

Windows Core Audience Focus

Tier 4, Architect - Strategic: Analyzes, designs enterprise as a whole. Budget and purchase decisions. Collaborates with business departments.

Tier 4

Tier 3, Engineer - Tactical: Analyzes and designs within single technology. Implements technology. Handles complex troubleshooting, escalations from Admins.

Tier 3

Tier 2, Administrator - Operational: Day to day Server and software troubleshooting. Performs operating system management and support.

Tier 2

Tier 1, Help Desk- Support: Day to day client OS, application, hardware troubleshooting. Follows prescriptive guidelines. End user phone support

Tier 1

job task analysis job task matrix

Duties

Technologies

JOB TASK ANALYSIS:JOB TASK MATRIX

NOTE: The above matrix directly defined exam and course assignment

windows server 2003 delivers

Productive

Dependable

Connected

Best Economics

WINDOWS SERVER 2003 DELIVERS

Easier to deploy, configure and manage

End-to-end securitygreater reliability andincreased performance

Quickly build and deploy connected solutions

Leverage extensivepartner solution resources to maximizing business opportunity

mcdst at a glance
Target audience:

Job role represents an entry point into a career as an IT professional.

Candidates work in small- to medium-sized computing environments

Support end-users that use Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional as a desktop operating system.

Typical job titles for MCDST:

Help Desk Technician

Customer Support Representative

PC Support Specialist

Technical Support Representative

Experience:

MCDST is an entry-level certification

Have completed technical training on supporting Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 Professional ORHave a minimum of six months of experience supporting and trouble-shooting any desktop operating system in a workgroup or domain network environment.

Exam requirements:

2 core exams

MCDST AT A GLANCE
mcsa at a glance
Target audience:

IT professionals who manage and maintain networks and systems based on the Microsoft Windows Server operating system.

Typical job titles for MCSA:

Network Administrator

Systems Administrator

Information Technology Engineer

Information Systems Administrator

Network Technician

Experience:

An MCSA candidate should have sufficient, hands-on experience with:

Implementing, managing, and maintaining a desktop operating system

Implementing, managing, and maintaining a network operating system

Managing and maintaining a network infrastructure

Exam requirements:

3 core exams

1 elective exam

MCSA AT A GLANCE
mcsa security at a glance
Target audience:

Experienced systems administrators who are responsible for managing, maintaining, and implementing security on Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 and as part of a secure computing environment.

Typical job titles for MCSA:

Network Administrator

Systems Administrator

Technical Support Engineer

Information Systems Administrator

Network Technician

Experience:

Candidates should have at least one year of experience in a security-focused job role.

Exam requirements:

3 core exams

2 security specialization exams

MCSA: SECURITY AT A GLANCE
mcsa messaging at a glance
Target audience:

Experienced systems administrators who are responsible for implementing, managing, and maintaining messaging on Exchange Server on Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003.

Typical job titles for MCSA:

Network Administrator

Systems Administrator

Technical Support Engineer

Information Systems Administrator

Network Technician

Experience:

Candidates should have at least one year of experience in administering an Exchange Server infrastructure.

Exam requirements:

3 core exams

1 messaging specialization exam

MCSA: MESSAGING AT A GLANCE
mcse at a glance
Target audience:

IT professionals who analyze the business requirements and design, plan, and implement the infrastructure for business solutions based on the Microsoft Windows Server System integrated server software.

Typical job titles for MCSE:

Systems Engineer

Technical Support Engineer

Systems Analyst

Network Analyst

Technical Consultant

Experience:

MCSE candidates should have at least one year of experience planning, implementing, and analyzing business solutions with Microsoft products and technologies.

Exam requirements:

6 core exams

1 elective exam

MCSE AT A GLANCE
exam upgrade paths to mcse on windows server 2003
UPGRADE FROM MCSE ON WINDOWS 2000

Two exams required

Exam 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000

Exam 70-296: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000

UPGRADE FROM MCSE ON WINDOWS NT 4.0

Six exams required

Elective exam requirement satisfied with MCSE on Windows NT 4.0 certification

UPGRADE FROM MCSA ON WINDOWS 2000

Four exams required

Exam 70-292

Exam 70-293 AND Exam 70-294

Exam 70-297 OR Exam 70-298

EXAM UPGRADE PATHS TO MCSE ON WINDOWS SERVER 2003
mcse security at a glance
Target audience:

Experienced systems engineers who are responsible for designing, planning, and implementing security on Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 and as part of a secure computing environment.

Typical job titles for MCSE:

Systems Engineer

Information Technology Engineer

Systems Analyst

Network Analyst

Technical Consultant

Experience:

Candidates should have at least one year of experience in a security-focused job role.

Exam requirements:

Windows 2000 track

4 core exams

3 security specialization exams

Windows Server 2003 track

5 core exams

3 security specialization exams

MCSE: SECURITY AT A GLANCE
mcse messaging at a glance
Target audience:

Experienced systems engineers who are responsible for designing, planning, and implementing an Exchange Server infrastructure on Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003.

Typical job titles for MCSE:

Systems Engineer

Information Technology Engineer

Systems Analyst

Network Analyst

Technical Consultant

Experience:

Candidates should have at least one year of experience administering an Exchange Server infrastructure.

Exam requirements:

Windows 2000 track:

5 core exams

2 messaging specialization exams

Windows Server 2003 track:

6 core exams

2 messaging specialization exams

MCSE: MESSAGING AT A GLANCE
mcad at a glance
Target audience:

Developers who create and maintain department-level applications, components, Web or desktop clients, or back-end data services.

Typical job titles for MCAD:

Programmer

Programmer/Analyst

Software Developer

Experience:

MCAD candidates typically have at least one to two years of work experience in software development.

Exam requirements:

2 core exams

1 elective exam

MCAD AT A GLANCE
mcsd at a glance
Target audience:

Advanced developers who design and develop leading-edge enterprise solutions with Microsoft development tools, technologies, and the Microsoft .NET Framework

Typical job titles for MCSD:

Software Engineer

Application Analyst

Software Architect

Consultant

Experience:

MCSD candidates typically have at least two years of experience.

Exam requirements:

Visual Studio 6.0 track:

3 core exams

1 elective exam

Microsoft .NET track:

4 core exams

1 elective exam

MCSD AT A GLANCE
mcdba at a glance
Target audience:

IT professionals who implement and administer Microsoft SQL Server databases.

Typical job titles for MCSD:

Database Administrator

Database Analyst

Database Developer

Experience:

MCDBA candidates should have at least one year of experience working with SQL Server.

Exam requirements:

3 core exams

1 elective exam

MCDBA AT A GLANCE