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Exam Profile: MCSE: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure (70-294)

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This article walks the user through the Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure (70-294) exam. It discusses trouble spots, preparation hints, and detailed exam objectives. By reading this, you will get a better idea of what to expect from the exam and the exam process.
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The 70-294 exam is meant to be taken by those who have at least one year of administrator experience in a network that includes more than 350 users, at least three physical locations, and at least three domain controllers. Experience with Windows 2003 specifically is recommended but not absolutely necessary. After you pass the Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure exam, in addition to being on your way to the MSCE certification, you achieve Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) status. You also earn credit toward the following certifications:

In order to get your Microsoft MCSE certification, you will be required to pass seven exams (in any order):

  • Four exams on networking systems
  • One exam on client operating systems
  • One exam on design
  • One elective exam

The 70-294 is a core exam that counts toward one of the four networking system exams that must be taken.

Exam Details

  • Number of Questions: Approximately 45 questions with 3-5 simulations (Since Microsoft does not publish this information, the number of exam questions may change without notice.)
  • Types of Questions: This test consists mainly of multiple choice questions, but can also contain drag and drop, build list and reorder questions. You will definitely see multiple simulation questions.
  • Passing Score: 700 out of 1000
  • Time Limit: 4 hours
  • How to Register: Prometric.com or Certiport.com
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