Times change, Certifications change and skill sets change – seems everything has or is changing in IT. This holds true for Windows Server 2003 certifications – some of which have been around for six years. CompTIA has been encouraging those who hold their certifications to “update” them with newer releases (A+ Certification from 1999 is little different from the A+ Series offered in 2009). Microsoft is also encouraging people to update or “validate” their certifications.
Microsoft just released a new certification exam – the 70-699. This exam is intended for those who currently possess the MCSA Security certification to validate that their MCSA 2003 Security Specialization skills are up to date. This does make a lot of sense – but only if you assume that those who hold this and other older certifications have done nothing to keep their skill sets up to date.
Below is a current breakdown of the areas covered by the exam. Nothing really groundbreaking here – coverage of still commonly used technologies, but also covering new technologies since the first MCSA Security exam was released. Good luck, happy studying, err – “reviewing”.
Security for Users, Computers, and Groups
- Manage local, roaming, and mandatory user profiles.
- Create and manage computer accounts in an Active Directory environment.
- Create, manage, and troubleshoot user and group accounts.
- Troubleshoot user authentication issues.
- Configure access to files and folders.
- Monitor and analyze security events.
Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining Network Security
- Implement secure network administration procedures.
- Manage security for system recovery.
- Configure security based on server roles.
- Plan and deploy security settings.
Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting Security for Network Communications
- Configure Routing and Remote Access user authentication.
- Plan IPsec deployment.
- Deploy and manage IPsec policies.
- Implement security for wireless networks.
- Install, manage, and configure Certificate Services.
Configuring Client Security Features
- Configure Windows Firewall.
- Configure Windows Internet Explorer.
- Configure file and folder access.
- Configure user account control (UAC).
- Configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go.
- Configure application restrictions.
- Configure authentication and authorization.