+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 17 of 17
  1. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    921

    Certifications
    A+, SEC +, CCNA, 642-533, CCNP, C|EH
    #1

    Default Best shortest path to MCSA/E security?

    Thinking about knocking this one out...

    I have the sec+ already and I am pretty sure that can be used as an elective.

    So,

    I don't really care if I get the MCSA or E, but I would like to have one or the other on my resume.

    So what is the best quickest path. Provided I am doing my homework and putting in the required time.

    MIND YOU I AM NOT LOOKING FOR AN EASY WAY OUT. I will take the amount of time needed to get this done.

    But I would think with dilligence I could have the lesser of the two on my resume by late this year or early next year.

    I know the newer Microsoft tests are a lot harder than the old ones, but I did 6 MCPs (NT) in less than a year. Granted that was 7 years ago. But now I have MUCH more knowledge and experience under my belt.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  2. SS -->
  3. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    12,308
    #2
    Have you looked at the MCSA:S requirements? It's pretty straight-forward: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mc...erver2003.mspx

    You need two core exams, a client, and two security electives, which you Security+ will count towards.

    290, 291, 210/270/620, and a security elective (299 is probably the most common).

    You would need to add 293, 294, and 298 to get the MCSE:S.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  4. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    921

    Certifications
    A+, SEC +, CCNA, 642-533, CCNP, C|EH
    #3
    I guess I am not sure which elective to take....

    I will have to do some research.

    thanks
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  5. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    12,308
    #4
    It's either Windows Server 2003 or ISA 2000, 2004, or 2006. Unless you have a need to go for the older software, your two options are basically Windows Server (299) or ISA 2006 (351).
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  6. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    1,941

    Certifications
    MCITP: EA, EMA; MCSE 2000/2003: M; MCSE 2000: S; MCSA 2000/2003: S; MCTS: ISA 2006; VCP3/4
    #5
    I'd do the ISA 2006 Exam, since I think that would benefit your career to say you're an MCSA/E: Security + you know ISA 2006 than just having the security specialization.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  7. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    921

    Certifications
    A+, SEC +, CCNA, 642-533, CCNP, C|EH
    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by HeroPsycho
    I'd do the ISA 2006 Exam, since I think that would benefit your career to say you're an MCSA/E: Security + you know ISA 2006 than just having the security specialization.

    Your talking about this exam:
    Exam 70-350

    ?????
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  8. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    1,941

    Certifications
    MCITP: EA, EMA; MCSE 2000/2003: M; MCSE 2000: S; MCSA 2000/2003: S; MCTS: ISA 2006; VCP3/4
    #7
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  9. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    921

    Certifications
    A+, SEC +, CCNA, 642-533, CCNP, C|EH
    #8
    Do these tests have to be taken in order?

    I ask because I like to try to get the hardest ones out of the way first.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  10. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    12,308
    #9
    No, and 291 will likely be the most difficult for you.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  11. Questionably Benevolent Moderator Slowhand's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Bay Area, CA
    Posts
    5,073
    Blog Entries
    1

    Certifications
    A+, Linux+, Server+, Security+, MCSA 2003, MCSA 2008, MCSA 2012, CCNA(expired), ITIL Foundation v3 (2011), VCP5-DCV, VCA-Cloud, VCA-DCV, VCA-WM
    #10
    If you've got Security+ already, then you don't need another elective for MCSA or MCSE. I'd recommend taking 70-298 instead of 70-297, once you're at the point of taking a design exam, as 70-298 serves as a design exam for the regular MCSE, the MCSE: Security, and MCSE: Messaging certifications. Not that 70-297 is bad, but since you were looking for the shortest path, that's what I recommend.

    -------------------------------------------------------
    ITHumidor.net - "Futuaris nisi irrisus ridebis"
    -------------------------------------------------------

    Free Microsoft Training: Microsoft Virtual Academy
    Free PowerShell Resources: Top 50 PowerShell Blogs
    Free DevOps/Azure Resources: Visual Studio Dev Essentials

    Let it never be said that I didn't do the very least I could do.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  12. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    12,308
    #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Slowhand
    If you've got Security+ already, then you don't need another elective for MCSA or MCSE. I'd recommend taking 70-298 instead of 70-297, once you're at the point of taking a design exam, as 70-298 serves as a design exam for the regular MCSE, the MCSE: Security, and MCSE: Messaging certifications. Not that 70-297 is bad, but since you were looking for the shortest path, that's what I recommend.
    He's asking specifically for the security specialization. He does need another elective if he wants to go for that. Also, 70-298 cannot be used for the MCSA: Security, and it is a requirement for the MCSE: Security. It's the "regular" MCSE can use either 70-297 or 70-298.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  13. Questionably Benevolent Moderator Slowhand's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Bay Area, CA
    Posts
    5,073
    Blog Entries
    1

    Certifications
    A+, Linux+, Server+, Security+, MCSA 2003, MCSA 2008, MCSA 2012, CCNA(expired), ITIL Foundation v3 (2011), VCP5-DCV, VCA-Cloud, VCA-DCV, VCA-WM
    #12
    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik
    Quote Originally Posted by Slowhand
    If you've got Security+ already, then you don't need another elective for MCSA or MCSE. I'd recommend taking 70-298 instead of 70-297, once you're at the point of taking a design exam, as 70-298 serves as a design exam for the regular MCSE, the MCSE: Security, and MCSE: Messaging certifications. Not that 70-297 is bad, but since you were looking for the shortest path, that's what I recommend.
    He's asking specifically for the security specialization. He does need another elective if he wants to go for that. Also, 70-298 cannot be used for the MCSA: Security, and it is a requirement for the MCSE: Security. It's the "regular" MCSE can use either 70-297 or 70-298.
    Ah, I didn't read the topic closely enough.

    Still, my advice stands: stay away from 70-297, you've already got your elective for MCSA/MCSE: Security in Security+. You need to do one more elective exam - in addition to 70-290, 70-291, and your client OS exam - to get your MCSA: Security. The suggestions up to this point have been good, and I'd recommend checking out 70-299 as well. If you use a security-related exam as your general elective for MCSA: Security, (in this case, using Security+ as your security elective and something like 70-299 or 70-351 as your general elective,) then you'll only need to take 70-293, 70-294, and 70-298 to move up from MCSA: Security to MCSE: Security. And if you haven't already taken 70-270 or 70-210, I'd recommend going for the Vista exam (70-620) instead, because it tracks to both MCSA/MCSE as well as MCITP: Server/Enterprise Administrator.

    -------------------------------------------------------
    ITHumidor.net - "Futuaris nisi irrisus ridebis"
    -------------------------------------------------------

    Free Microsoft Training: Microsoft Virtual Academy
    Free PowerShell Resources: Top 50 PowerShell Blogs
    Free DevOps/Azure Resources: Visual Studio Dev Essentials

    Let it never be said that I didn't do the very least I could do.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  14. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Montgomery, AL
    Posts
    168

    Certifications
    MCSA: 2012, MCSA: 2008, MCITP:EA/SA, MCSE/A 2003:Security, MCTS: Vista, CCNA, Security+, Net+, A+, DCSE
    #13
    Agreed.
    Studying for MCSE: Server Infrastructure (70-414 left)
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  15. You Don't See Me
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    637

    Certifications
    A+, Net+, Sec+, MCP, MCSA:M:S 2003, MCSE:S 2003, C|EH, C|HFI, CCENT, CISSP
    #14
    Agreed as well. I would take 70-299 as the security elective. You will find some overlap of concepts from other exams you have studied for during your MCSA/E journey.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  16. Senior Member jetfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    108

    Certifications
    MCP, MCDST, MCTS, MCITP, MCSA 2K3, A+, Win 7, LPIC-1, Linux+, Novell CLA, Novell DCTS, Lenovo Certified
    #15
    i am glad i stumbled on this thread because i have the same question. I currently have passed the 270/271/272/261. I still have to take 290/291, my question is do i have to take 1 or 2 security electives for the MCSA:S track? If this has been answered can someone point me in the right direction. Thanks all
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  17. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    12,308
    #16
    Yea, you'll need two security electives: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mc...erver2003.mspx
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  18. Senior Member jetfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    108

    Certifications
    MCP, MCDST, MCTS, MCITP, MCSA 2K3, A+, Win 7, LPIC-1, Linux+, Novell CLA, Novell DCTS, Lenovo Certified
    #17
    Ok Dynamik, thanks for the info, wasn't too sure on what was required.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

+ Reply to Thread

Social Networking & Bookmarks