Hi, I'm new to the forum.
Just as a quick introduction:
I'm Chris. I'm currently CompTIA Network+ Certified. I am currently working on my A+, Server 2003 (70-290), and XP (70-270) certifications as well.
Now, onto my questions:
I'm taking a technical course at a technical school with the goal of learning the skills needed to certify as an MCSA. I fully intend to complete my course and certify. However, I've decided to also self-study and become not just an MCSA, but an MCSE. With that, I have a couple of questions:
Firstly, I don't fully understand the difference between becoming an MCSE "straight out" or "upgrading" to it. I don't understand this, because all of the required exams I would be taking for MCSA are also part of MCSE's core. If I finish the others first, I would automatically become an MCSA first, so, what is the difference?
Secondly, a larger, and more important question.
From my knowledge I have gathered, MCSE already requires the core MCSA exams, XP (70-270), Server 2003 (70-290), Server 2003 Infrastructure (70-291), and two electives (in my case, CompTIA A+ and Network+).
On top of that, it requires 70-293, and 70-294, two Planning Certifications, and then a Design Certification (70-297, and/or 70-298 if I remember correction.)
What I am unsure of, do you have to take another elective as well? Or do the MCSA Electives cover that?