Right . . .
I have decided after some thinking that I wanna do my MCSA before I think about doing my CCNA. Reason being is that for the CCNA, I will have to buy another machine with a few routers/switches etc. I don't have alot of cash at the moment.

Can someone tell me the best training material for self study for the MCSA (for each exam - the recommended reading plz) and like the CCNA, will i need any equipment?

I do have a copy of VMware running with Server 2003, that should be enough yeah?

I'm right in thinking that you need to pass 3 core exams and 1 elective? So is the following ok?

Exam 70–290: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
Exam 70–291: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
Exam 70–270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Is there a huge differnce between XP and 2000?)

Elective Exam: Exam 70-2842: Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003