The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) is going the way of the cassette player. With updated technology and new courses for the new stuff, the MCSE has become, for the most part, obsolete. Instead, Microsoft offers Microsoft Certified IT Professional – Server Administration (MCITP – Server Admin).
Much of the material covered in MCSE courses no longer applies to business and private networks, as most of the technology has been updated. For instance, some of the MCSE course exams cover installation and configuration of Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft SQL 2000 Server and Windows NT 4.0. These are pretty much useless to learn, since virtually all workplaces have a more updated version of Windows operating system, as well as a database server.
In its place is MCITP – Server Administration certification. MCITP – Server Administration covers more up-to-date software such as Windows Server 2008. More and more businesses around the country are updating to Windows Server 2008, so it is imperative that IT professionals are fully trained in the installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of the server.