The New MCSA: Windows Server 2003 Security Specialization Skills Update

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.


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