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Step 4: MCSA - Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator

The MCSA, or Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, is a fairly recent certification. It fills a big hole that used to exist between MCP and MCSE. It takes one exam to get MCP, but it takes seven exams to get MCSE. MCSA is earned after only four exams, which puts it right in the middle of the pack. Even better, the only exam unique to the MCSA, Network Management, works as an elective for MCSE, so no study is wasted.

But wait, there's more! If you have taken, and passed, the CompTIA A+ and Network+ exams, they can count as an elective for MCSA certification. Just go to the CompTIA site and follow the directions for applying your A+ and Network+ certificaitons towards the MCSA program. On the presumption that you have been following the steps here, and have taken the CompTIA exams followed by the Windows 2000 Professional exam, you only need two more for your MCSA. In addition to those already taken, you need to take the Windows 2000 Server Administration exam followed by the Windows 2000 Network Management exam.

If you are following the steps, the only additional study material needed is the "MCSA/MCSE: Windows 2000 Network Management study guide". If you need some hands on experience, and don't have access to the needed equipment, you may wish to also invest in the "MCSA: Windows 2000 Virtual Lab"

If you did not buy the core four set from the previous step, then you will need to buy the "MCSA/MCSE: Windows 2000 Server Study Guide (2nd edition)" and optionally the exam notes which go along with it. Also, if you did not take the CompTIA A+ and Network+ exams, then you will need one elective to earn an MCSA. Microsoft recommends the Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure Administration exam. For this exam, if you don't have the core four set, you will need to purchase the "MCSE: Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure Administration Study Guide (2nd edition)" and optionally the exam notes which go along with it.

For more information and self study materials, take a look at the Self Study Certs MCSA certification page.

Study Material Costs
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MCSA/MCSE: Windows 2000 Network Management Study Guide
Item Amount
MCSA/MCSE: Windows 2000 Network Management Study Guide35
Windows 2000 Server Exam125
Windows 2000 Network Management Exam125
 
Total:$285
Step 1-3 Cost791
 
Step 1-4 Total:$1076
Supplements Tests
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MCSA: Windows 2000 Virtual Lab
Windows 2000 Server - Installing, Configuring, and Administering (70-215)
Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Environment (70-218)
Alternatives Resources
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MCSA/MCSE: Windows 2000 Server Study Guide (2nd edition)
MCSE: Windows 2000 Server Exam Notes
MCSE: Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure Administration Study Guide (2nd ed)
MCSE: Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure Administration Exam Notes
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MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit: Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Environment (2nd ed)
Mike Meyers' MCSA Managing a Windows(r) 2000 Network Environment Certification Passport
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