Why: Taking and
choosing a Microsoft certification is a good choice as
most organizations use Microsoft products in their
infrastructure, especially on the clients as most users
only are familiar with Microsoft Windows.
has an extensive certification program in both technical
skills as well as application skills. Tests can be taken
in all countries at testing centers using either
Prometric or Vue testing software. The tests are mostly
50-60 questions over approximate 2 hours in a variety of
formats, e.g. multiple choice, select all that apply,
scenario based and drag and drop questions. Microsoft
tests are aiming to testing the applicants experience
with as well as knowledge about products.
The Microsoft security
certification on MCSE level is building on the core
client, network, server and active directory exams by
adding exams in Security Design (Defense in Depth,
security technologies), Host Security (vulnerabilty and
risk analysis, policy design and implementation, patch
management) and Perimeter Security (ISA firewall),
thereby taking a high level and decent technical look at
securty on the Windows platform.
Where: You can
read more about the certifications from Microsoft here:
Why: In the
process of studying for a certification test you may
need to look up information, to post questions to peers,
to measure your skills and test the quality of the
testing software beeing offered.
What: On the
internet you can find many of the resources needed as
many offers these services for free in the general
interest or as samples for testing their products hoping
for a sale.
Where: You can
find many of these tools here:
Online: Some tools
are online searchable dictionaries, definitions or