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Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) refers to both an individual Microsoft certification and a broader professional certification program. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Microsoft. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... A professional certification, trade certification, or professional designation often called simply certification or qualification is a designation earned by a person to certify that he is qualified to perform a job. ...


To be an MCP, candidates must complete any one exam within the program.


The MCP program offers multiple certifications, based on different areas of technical expertise. To attain these certifications, a candidate must pass a series of exams within the program. Popular certifications are MCP, Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA).[1]


Some employers require or prefer certain MCP certifications for specific jobs. MCP curriculum revolves around Microsoft's operating systems. Other vendors have their own certification programs such as the Sun Certified Professional program, the Red Hat Certification Program, the Oracle Certification Program,the Cisco Career Certifications program and the Apple Certification Program. An operating system (OS) is a set of computer programs that manage the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... Sun Certified Professional (SCP) is a professional certification program by Sun Microsystems. ... The Red Hat Certification Program is Red Hats professional certification program for Red Hat and general Linux related skills such as system administration on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. ... The Oracle Certification Program is a professional certification program offered by the Oracle Corporation. ... Cisco Career Certifications are IT professional certifications for Cisco products. ... Apple Certification refers to the certification programs designed to create a high level of technical proficiency among Macintosh service technicians, helpdesk support, technical support, system administrators and professional users. ...


Each exam costs approximately US$125. Exams usually take between 2 and 3 hours to complete and consist of between 45 and 90 multiple choice, drag and drop and solution building questions. Microsoft has recently announced a return to simulated content within exams and students are also required to perform certain common administrative tasks appropriate for the topic at hand. The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...


In October 2005, Microsoft announced the restructuring of its certification by launching a three-tiered certification program.[2]

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Certification Programs

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (or MCSE) is the best-known and premiere Microsoft certification. It qualifies an individual of being able to analyze the business requirements for information systems solutions, and design and implement the infrastructure required. As of 2007, the MCSE is available for two different product lines; Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003, each of which requires a different set of exams. The term information system has the following meanings: 1. ... 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is a preemptible, interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system that was designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor 32-bit Intel x86 computers. ... Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. ...


For the MCSE 2003, candidates must pass six core design exams (Four networking exams, one client operating system and one design exam) and one elective exam, for a total of seven exams. For the MCSE 2000, a candidate needs to pass five Core Exams (Four operating system exams, one design exam) and two electives. For the MCSE NT 4.0 (which is no longer available to earn, though it is still recognized as a valid certification), a candidate needed to pass four Core Exams (Networking Essentials, Windows NT Workstation, Windows NT Server and Windows NT Server in the Enterprise) and two electives.


The topic of these exams include network security, computer networking infrastructure, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and other topics of both general networking interest as well as specific Microsoft products. Network security consists of the provisions made in an underlying computer network infrastructure, policies adopted by the network administrator to protect the network and the network-accessible resources from unauthorized access and the effectiveness (or lack) of these measures combined together. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Typically Active Directory is managed using the graphical Microsoft Management Console. ... Microsoft Exchange can mean: Microsoft Exchange Server Microsoft Exchange Client: the native and bundled client of Exchange server up to version 5. ... Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) produced by Microsoft. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


Microsoft Certified Solution Developer

The Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certification is the highest level programming certification offered by Microsoft. To fulfill the requirements of the certification, a total of five exams (four core exams, one elective exam) must be passed. Some of the core exams are also requirements for the MCAD. Microsoft has declared that this certification will be focused towards the needs of developers using .NET Framework 1.0 and 1.1 versions. Developers using .NET Framework 2.0 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 are expected to consider undergoing Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification.


Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator

The Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification certifies a user's knowledge in system administration of Microsoft Windows operating systems and is generally simpler than, but not a subset of, the MCSE. The Windows Server 2003 MCSA is achieved upon passing 2 networking system exams, a client operating system exam (generally Microsoft Windows XP), and an elective exam. The Windows Server 2000 MCSA title is granted after taking 3 core exams and one elective. Although the MCSA isn't a subset of the MCSE, it is possible to gain an MCSA on the way to an MCSE without doing any exams that are extraneous to the MCSE on Windows 2000. A system administrator is a person responsible for running, or running some aspect of, a computer system. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ... In computing, an operating system (OS) is the system software responsible for the direct control and management of hardware and basic system operations. ... A typical Windows XP desktop. ...


Whereas the MCSE is supposed to certify a person's ability to "plan, design, and implement Microsoft Windows server solutions and architectures in medium- to large-sized companies", the MCSA certifies a holder's ability to "implement, manage, and maintain the typically complex computing environment of medium- to large-sized companies".


Like the MCSE, the MCSA is available as "MCSA on Windows 2000" and "MCSA on Windows 2003" as of 2005. There exist two specializations for both tracks: Messaging and Security.


As an alternative to the electives on the MCSA electives table, certifications or certification combinations may substitute for an MCSA elective. For example, CompTIA A+ and Net+ together or CompTIA A+ and Server+ together can be credited and substituted for an elective through a Microsoft and CompTIA partnership agreement. One may also substitute Security+ alone which counts for the elective and one of two exams for the "Security Specialization." Security+ counts for MCSA 2003 and MCSE 2003. This is just one cost effective way to earning an MCSA if candidates are already certified in other areas.


Microsoft Certified Database Administrator

The Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) credential is for database administrators, who implement and administer Microsoft SQL Server databases. The certification is appropriate for individuals who derive physical database designs, develop logical data models, create physical databases, create data services by using Transact-SQL, manage and maintain databases, configure and manage security, monitor and optimize databases, and install and configure SQL Server. This certification requires passing three core exams, and one elective exam. According to Microsoft, people who operate MSSQL 2005 should apply for other certifications such as the MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) or MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist), rather than the MCDBA. Complete course lasts 250 hours. A database administrator (DBA) is a person who is responsible for the environmental aspects of a database. ... Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) produced by Microsoft. ...


Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician

The Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) is a lower-level credential that demonstrates a technician can competently support end users and troubleshoot desktop environments running on Microsoft Windows. MCDST candidates are required to pass two core exams. Elective exams are not required. Complete course lasts 50 hours.


Microsoft Office Specialist

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), previously named Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) is a certification for using the Microsoft Office suite of business applications. While listed under the MCP Certification Programs, it is not officially an MCP Certification. The MOS exams are managed by a third party company, Certiport. Microsoft Office is a suite of productivity programs created or purchased by Microsoft and developed for Microsoft Windows, and Apples Mac OS and Mac OS X operating systems. ...


It appears (January 2007) that a new set of qualifications will replace the MOS/MOUS certifications for Office 2007. The direct application specific skills are the “Microsoft Certified Application Specialist” (“MCAS”) for each Office 2007 Application. And, a new “Microsoft Certified Application Professional” (“MCAP”) based on how to complete more common business tasks. While these qualification exams will be managed by Certiport it appears other exam providers may also become involved.


Microsoft Certified Trainer

The Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) certification is for individuals who intend to train users wanting to obtain any of the other certifications.


Microsoft Certified Professional

In the Windows NT 4.0 era, anyone passes just one exam (except Networking Essentials) can be certified as Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).


Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet

Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet (MCP+I) requires passing three exams: Windows NT 4.0 Server, TCP/IP for Windows NT 4.0 Server and Internet Information Server 4.0 (or IIS 3.0 + Index Server)


Microsoft Certified Professional + Site Builder

Microsoft Certified Professional + Site Builder (MCP+SB) requires passing three exams: Windows NT 4.0 Server, Microsoft Site Server 3.0 and Microsoft FrontPage 98


Microsoft Certification Resources

There are several courses, Boot camps, and practice tests from different vendors offering preparation material for Microsoft certification exams. Bootcamps normally provide residential program that includes food and lodging. These courses are meant for busy professionals who do not have enough time for self preparation or wish to get trained by professional trainers. Microsoft Press provides several books towards Microsoft certification exams preparation. Books are normally the first place to explore Microsoft certification options, and preparation. Apart from Microsoft Press books, there are other reputed publishers like Sybex, and others. In addition to books, Microsoft Learning also offers courses for each of the exams. Boot Camp is a software assistant made available by Apple Inc. ... Microsoft Press is the publishing arm of Microsoft, usually releasing books dealing with various current Microsoft technologies. ... Microsoft Press is the publishing arm of Microsoft, usually releasing books dealing with various current Microsoft technologies. ...


Apart from books, there are several practice tests vendors that offer pre-certification exams. These mock exams almost mimic actual exams, and normally priced much less than the actual exam. Several user forums are available for certification preparation where most questions are answered by other forum users.


Experts and past candidates recommend not only reading more than one book, but spending a good amount of time practicing the concepts on computers on a test environment. After practicing and reading, it's also recommended to take sample exams before taking the Microsoft exam.


Microsoft New Generation of Certifications

Microsoft has released a new three-tiered certification hierarchy. It consist of three series and four credentials that introduce an entry-level Technology Series, a Professional Series comprised of an IT Professional and Professional Developer credentials and a new top-level Microsoft Certified Architect.


There exist three series:

Technology Series

The seven * Microsoft Certified Professional Developer Technology Specialist * (MCTS) certifications are:


Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications

This certification requires that one pass the following examinations:

  • Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation
  • Exam 70-528: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-Based Client Development

Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 2.0 Windows Applications

This certification requires that one pass the following examinations:

  • Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation
  • Exam 70-526: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Windows-Based Client Development

Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 2.0 Distributed Applications

This certification requires that one pass the following examinations:

  • Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation
  • Exam 70-529: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Distributed Application Development

Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2005

This certification requires that one pass the following examination:

  • Exam 70-431: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - Implementation and Maintenance

Microsoft Exam 70-235


Title: Microsoft 70-235 exam preparation tool Description: Microsoft Exam 70-235 preparation kit, composed by highly certified professional by testking.com.


Microsoft Exam 70-235 Microsoft TS: Developing Business Process & Integration Solutions is a core requirement of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: BizTalk Server 2006 certification. This exam needs at least one year work experience, developing business process and integration applications using Biz Talk Server.


The typical environment has the following characteristics: • The need to integrate multiple disparate systems, applications, and data • The need to automate business processes The candidate is not necessarily responsible for ongoing management and operations of the BizTalk Server environment.

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Credit Toward Certification When you pass the 70-235 TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server exam, you complete the requirements for the following certification: • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: BizTalk Server 2006


This exam measures your ability to plan, implement, configure, and manage, a Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 environment. A candidate should be proficient in the job skills listed in the following matrix. KEY: = The course provides a general introductory overview of this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work. = The course includes some material to prepare you for this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work. = The course includes material to prepare you for this task. Skills measured by exam 70-235 Clinic 2954 Planning a BizTalk Application Identify the application requirements


Plan the BizTalk Server environment for reliability and scalability


Design schemas


Identify the security requirements


Install BizTalk Server 2006 for a development environment


Developing and Debugging an Integration Application Create a schema


Create a map


Create a pipeline


Configure connectivity


Configure message subscriptions


Track a message


Developing and Debugging a Business Process Application Create and debug an orchestration


Configure correlation


Identify persistence points


Configure exception handling


Create business transactions


Consume and publish Web service


Create and configure role links


Implementing Business Rules Compose business rules


Publish and deploy business rules


Enabling Business Activity Monitoring Identify the steps required to enable business activity monitoring


Link the event source to the activity definition


Deploying a BizTalk Application Choose a deployment method for distributing an application


Create a deployment package


Start an application


Test the deployment


Note: This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at Microsoft's sole discretion. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use the exam objectives listed in this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format. Learn more, and download samples, on the


Technology Specialist: Live Communications Server 2005

This certification requires that one pass the following examination:

  • Exam 70-262 TS: Office Live Communications Server 2005-Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting (available early 2006)

Technology Specialist: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Applications

This certification requires that one pass the following examination:

  • Exam Exam 70-540: TS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 - Application Development

Professional Series

These certifications are based around .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005.


Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)

Professional Developer: Web Developer

This certification requires that one pass the following examinations:

Professional Developer: Windows Developer

This certification requires that one pass the following examinations:

Professional Developer: Enterprise Applications Developer

This certification requires that one pass the following examinations:

References

  1. ^ MCP BY THE NUMBERS. Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine.
  2. ^ Microsoft Learning Launches a New Generation of Certifications.

See also

  • Vendor-independent solutions provider

// Solutions Provider A Solutions Provider is any company or people that provides solutions associated with a product or a final service to the client. ...

External links

  • MCP official website
  • About the MCSE Certification

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Microsoft has recently announced a return to simulated content within exams and students are also required to perform certain common administrative tasks appropriate for the topic at hand.
Whereas the MCSE is supposed to certify a person's ability to "plan, design, and implement Microsoft Windows server solutions and architectures in medium- to large-sized companies", the MCSA certifies a holder's ability to "implement, manage, and maintain the typically complex computing environment of medium- to large-sized companies".
Use of the term has led to some consternation amongst associations of professional engineers, and allegations that the use of the MCSE name may even be illegal in some jurisdictions where the term "engineer" is regulated by law.
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