MCSA - Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
The MCSA is a certification that demonstrates that the owner has the skills to support and troubleshoot system environments that are running Microsoft Windows.
This certification is maintained by the Microsoft Corporation
MCDST is designed to identify individuals that are skilled at supporting medium to large size infrastructures. It demonstrates that the owner has the ability to solve hardware and software operational issues as well as application problems on Microsoft Windows operating systems in a networked environment.
It is recommended that the individual have 6-12 months of experience supporting networked environments.
The benefits of being an MCDST are:
- The recognition of the MCSA certification by the industry;
- Access to specialized technical information through Microsoft;
- Access to exclusive discounts from selected companies;
- MCSA certificate, wallet card, lapel pin and other items to identify you as a member of the Microsoft Certification Program;
- Invitations to Microsoft conferences, training sessions and other events;
- Free access to the Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online;
- A discount on the Windows & .NET magazine.
To become certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, the individual must pass three core exams (two networking system exams as well as one operating system exam). Additionally, one elective exam is required.
An upgrade path is also available to move to the Microsoft Vista operating system.