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1 MICROSOFT CERTIFICATIONS YOUR BLUEPRINT TO SUCCESS Visar Ramajli MS Department Manager Company: CACTTUS

2 2 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

3 3 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 “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 “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 “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

4 4 WHY CERTIFY? Improved project delivery Less external support Less unschedule d downtime Higher end user satisfaction

5 5 MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION PROVIDES VALUE TO INDIVIDUALS Helps you assess, acquire, and maintain job-relevant skills Structure The most effective, efficient way to prove the skills you have gained. Enable and advance your career with proven job-role expertise with the most industry- recognized, job-relevant certifications Recognition Be a part of a worldwide community of experts where you can participate and learn in newsgroups, Web chats, and other events Community Special access to reference and learning tools, and other special offers Benefits

6 6 MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION HELPS YOU PROVIDE VALUE TO ORGANIZATIONS The most reliable way to know that your IT staff is qualified. Provides a reliable benchmark for hiring, developing, and retaining talented staff Skills Validation Reduces external support costs through greater self-sufficiency Reduced Support Improves project delivery, reduces downtime, and improves satisfaction Higher Productivity

7 7 BRING HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY TO YOUR ORGANIZATION PERCEIVED VALUE OF CERTIFICATION % OF RESPON- DENTS MEAN SCORE Will increase effective implementation of new products, technologies, and/or solutions 78%4.0 Will improve the level of support offered to end users 75%3.9 Will increase system uptime68%3.9 Is worth the time/cost71%3.8 Is something I would recommend to other companies like mine 63%3.7 Will ensure quality IT staff64%3.6 Will reduce operating costs49%3.5 Will increase IT employee retention 46%3.2 70% of partners consider certified staff more productive IDC Study, December 2002

8 8 End user satisfaction increases Unscheduled downtime decreases BRING HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY TO YOUR ORGANIZATION As the percentage of Microsoft Certified staff within the IT organization increases: Source: Value of Microsoft Training and Certification, Burlington, April 2003 More projects are deployed on time and within budget

9 9 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

10 10 MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION PATHS

11 11 IT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

12 12 MAINTAINMANAGEIMPLEMENT TECHNOLOGY LIFECYCLE: WHERE DO CERTIFICATIONS FIT IN? PLAN SERVER / NETWORK DESIGN CLIENT / DESKTOP

13 13 MCDST, MCSA, OR MCSE: WHICH CERTIFICATION IS RIGHT FOR YOU? Choose MCDST if you:Choose MCSA if you:Choose MCSE if you: Want to pursue an IT career and need to enhance baseline support skills on the Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System. OR Work in a service desk position and want to validate your skills and further your career growth potential. Implement, manage, and maintain the typically complex computing environment of medium- sized to large companies. OR Have sufficient hands-on experience with implementing, managing, and maintaining desktop and network operating systems and managing and maintaining a network infrastructure. Design, plan, and implement Microsoft Windows Server solutions and architectures in medium-sized to large companies. OR Have at least one year of experience designing, planning, implementing, and analyzing business solutions with Microsoft products and technologies.

14 14 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.

15 15 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 who specialize in designing, planning, and implementing security on the Windows platform and as part of a secure computing environment. 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.

16 16 DEVELOPER CERTIFICATIONS

17 17 MAINTAINDEPLOYTESTDEVELOP PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CYCLE TIMELINE DESIGN ANALYZE

18 18 MCAD OR MCSD: WHICH CERTIFICATION IS RIGHT FOR YOU? Choose MCAD if you:Choose MCSD if you: Develop, test, deploy, and maintain department-level applications, components, Web or desktop clients, or database and network services using Microsoft tools and technologies. Have one to two years of experience building, deploying, and maintaining applications. Analyze and design leading- edge enterprise solutions with Microsoft development tools, technologies, and platforms. Have at least two years of experience in a lead developer role analyzing business and technical requirements, and defining solution architecture.

19 19 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

20 20 ASSESSMENTS AVAILABLE TODAY EvaluateSecureMigrateDeployEvaluateAnalyzeCommunicate Evaluate Develop for Windows Develop for Web Evaluate Deploy Manage Implement See more information at

21 21 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:

22 22 LEARNING CYCLE FOR SUCCESS

23 23 STEPS TO CERTIFICATION… …AND YOUR SUCCESS! 1.Decide which certification is right for you 2.Gain hands-on experience with Microsoft products and solutions 3.Supplement your experience with training 4.Review exam preparation guide 5.Take a practice test 6.Register for an exam

24 24 Certifications in depth.

25 25 GAIN NEW SKILLS WITH OFFICIAL MICROSOFT LEARNING PRODUCTS Microsoft Official Course Microsoft Official Workshop Microsoft Official Clinic Microsoft Official Seminar

26 26 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

27 27 IT PROFESSIONAL AUDIENCE TAXONOMY Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 4, Architect - Strategic: Analyzes, designs enterprise as a whole. Budget and purchase decisions. Collaborates with business departments. Tier 3, Engineer - Tactical: Analyzes and designs within single technology. Implements technology. Handles complex troubleshooting, escalations from Admins. Tier 2, Administrator - Operational: Day to day Server and software troubleshooting. Performs operating system management and support. Tier 1, Help Desk - Support: Day to day client OS, application, hardware troubleshooting. Follows prescriptive guidelines. End user phone support Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Windows Core Audience Focus

28 28 AnalyzeDesign Deploy, Install, Configure Manage Monitor & Optimize Trouble- shoot, Repair, Restore System Arch SESESESE/SASESE SecuritySESESE/SASASE/SASE/SA Net Infra SESESE/SASASE/SASE/SA ResourcesSESESE/SASASE/SASA OSSESESASASASE/SA HWSESESASASASA Reliability & Availability SESESE/SASASASE/SA JOB TASK ANALYSIS: JOB TASK MATRIX NOTE: The above matrix directly defined exam and course assignmentDuties Technologies

29 29 End-to-end security greater reliability and increased performance Easier to deploy, configure and manage Quickly build and deploy connected solutions Leverage extensive partner solution resources to maximizing business opportunity Dependable Productive Connected Best Economics WINDOWS SERVER 2003 DELIVERS

30 30 CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AND LEARNING RESOURCES

31 31 MCDST

32 32 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 OR Have 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

33 33 MCSA

34 34 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

35 35 MCSA: SECURITY

36 36 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

37 37 MCSA: MESSAGING

38 38 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 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

39 39 MCSE

40 40 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

41 41 EXAM UPGRADE PATHS TO MCSE ON WINDOWS SERVER 2003 UPGRADE FROM MCSE ON WINDOWS 2000 Two exams required Exam : Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000 Exam : 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 Exam AND Exam Exam OR Exam

42 42 MCSE: SECURITY

43 43 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

44 44 MCSE: MESSAGING

45 45 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 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

46 46 MCAD

47 47 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: ProgrammerProgrammer/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

48 48 MCSD

49 49 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

50 50 DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION

51 51 MCDBA

52 52 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

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