I'm trying to decide how to finish my MCSE. One option is with the Win2k security test, and the other is with the...
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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.
You can get excellent security skills and even turn your focus to Windows environments by following this path:
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