The Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification takes the place of the MCSA Windows Server 2003 certification that is scheduled for retirement in July of 2013. The MCSA allows systems administrators to achieve certification appropriate for validating their skills and abilities to administer the Windows 2003 Server. It is an appropriate certification for not only systems administrators, but also network technicians and analysts as well as technical support specialists.
To achieve the MCSA certification, candidates must successfully complete a total of four Microsoft certification exams, including the Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment (70-290) and the Implementing, Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (70-291).
In addition to the 70-290 and 70-291 exams, candidates must also complete one exam on the subject of client operating systems. Candidates can choose from the 70-680, 70-620, 70-270 and the 70-210 exams to satisfy this certification requirement.
The final step in achieving the MCSA certification is the completion of an elective Microsoft certification exam. There are more than 30 exams approved as appropriate for satisfying the elective requirement for the MCSA certification. To view elective exam choices, candidates should visit the MCSA certification page on the Microsoft Learning website.