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Windows Server 2008

Get certified on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008

The Windows Server 2008 certifications are part of the new generation of Microsoft certifications, which emphasize primary skill sets and job roles, providing a more relevant, flexible, and cost-effective way to validate core technical, professional, and architectural skills.

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrators (MCSAs) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSEs) in Windows Server 2003 can quickly and easily transfer their skills to achieve Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) accreditation on Windows Server 2008. The MCTS credential enables professionals to target specific technologies and distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise in those technologies.

By becoming a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Windows Server 2008 you can help your organization take advantage of advanced server technology with the power to increase the flexibility of your server infrastructure, save time, and reduce costs. Transition certifications are available today for Windows Server 2003 certified professionals, while full certification paths will be available soon after the Windows Server 2008 product release.

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Upgrading Your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist – Exam 70-648

Professionals with an MCSA on Windows Server 2003 must pass one exam to become an MCTS on Windows Server 2008. If you are an MCSA and pass Exam 70-648, you will earn two distinct MCTS certifications:

  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 – Active Directory Configuration
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 – Network Infrastructure Configuration

The MCTS certifications earned with Exam 70-648 are credit toward the following Professional Series certifications:

  • MCITP: Server Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator

Link to the exam info page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-648.mspx

Exam 70-648 Classroom training

In order to achieve the skills and knowledge required to pass the 70-648 exam, the student should complete the following instructor-led courses:

  1. Course 6415A: Updating your Network Infrastructure Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (three days)
  2. Course 6416A: Updating your Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (three days)

During the second half of 2008, Microsoft will release a one, 5-day course, that will replace the above courses:

  1. Course 6416B: Updating your Network Infrastructure and Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (five days)

Exam 70-648 topics covered

Exam 70-648 is an upgrade exam that is a composite of two stand-alone exams: 70-640 and 70-642. Exam 70-648 will validate skills related to the core technology features and functionality of Windows Server 2008, from the existing knowledge base of an MCSA on Windows Server 2003.

70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

  • Configuring Server Roles (30 percent)
  • Maintaining the Active Directory Environment (32 percent)
  • Configuring the Active Directory Infrastructure (38 percent)

70-642: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

  • Configuring Network Access (49 percent)
  • Deploying Servers (51 percent)

Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist – Exam 70-649

Professionals with an MCSE on Windows Server 2003 must pass one exam to become an MCTS on Windows Server 2008. If you are an MCSE and pass Exam 70-649, you will earn three distinct MCTS certifications:

  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 – Active Directory Configuration
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 – Network Infrastructure Configuration
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 – Application Platform Configuration

The MCTS certifications earned with Exam 70-649 are credit toward the following Professional Series certifications:

  • MCITP: Server Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator

Link to the exam info page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-649.mspx

In order to achieve the skills and knowledge required to pass the 70-649 exam, the student should complete the following instructor-led courses:

  1. Course 6415A: Updating your Network Infrastructure Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (three days)
  2. Course 6416A: Updating your Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (three days)
  3. Course 6417A: Updating Your Application Platform Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (three days)

During the second half of 2008, Microsoft will release 2 new courses that will replace the above courses:

  1. Course 6416B: Updating your Network Infrastructure and Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (five days)
  2. Course 6417B: Updating Your Application Platform Technology Skills to Windows Server 2008 (three days)

Exam 70-649 topics covered

Exam 70-649 is an upgrade exam that is a composite of three stand-alone exams: 70-640, 70-642, and 70-643. Exam 70-649 will validate skills related to the core technology features and functionality of Windows Server 2008, from the existing knowledge base of an MCSE on Windows Server 2003.

70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

  • Configuring Server Roles (30 percent)
  • Maintaining the Active Directory Environment (32 percent)
  • Configuring the Active Directory Infrastructure (38 percent)

70-642: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

  • Configuring Network Access (49 percent)
  • Deploying Servers (51 percent)

70-643: Windows Server 2008 Applications, Configuring

  • Configuring Terminal Services (32 percent)
  • Configuring a Web Services Infrastructure (30 percent)
  • Configuring Security for Web Services (38 percent)

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