I'm trying to decide how to finish my MCSE. One option is with the Win2k security test, and the other is with the new MCSA networking test option. Is the MCSE's security rating worth chasing, or should I take the easy way out on the MCSE and pursue security certification elsewhere?
The 70-220 exam is a design exam, not an operations exam. Thus, it concentrates more on the analysis, policy and initial configuration-side of the security equation, rather than on day-to-day, nuts-and-bolts security topics. That's not to say the exam is worthless, but it won't arm you sufficiently on Windows security topics to permit you to position yourself as a Windows "security guy" all by itself. That said, the 70-218 MCSA exam is probably a better choice in terms of the good it will do in sharpening your skills as a Windows network administrator.
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