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t's true. I am a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. When the option came up, I had a choice between a Novell CNE or an MCSE. No contest really, since I like to think that I look to the future.

www.microsoft.com After a number of weeks spent in the city of Leeds, I eventually gained the widely recognised qualification. It also gives the lucky individual a number of certificates hand signed by one of Bill Gates' laser copiers, a wad of license information on where and how to display the logos and three really cool badges. Quality gear or what? It also allows me to officially place the graphic to the right on my web site, although I am probably breaking some End User License agreement since it really ought to be larger.

For information, listed below is the official schedule shamelessly nicked from Microsoft's MCP web site. Should you wish to go there, then click on the logo.

Certified Professional ID: 1599789

Microsoft Certification Status

Title Date Achieved
Microsoft Certified Professional Oct 04, 1999
Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet Feb 07, 2000
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Mar 08, 2000

Microsoft Certification Exams Completed Successfully

Exam ID Description Date Completed
058 Networking Essentials Sep 02, 1999
073 Implementing and Supporting NT 4.0 Workstation Oct 04, 1999
067 Implementing and Supporting NT Server 4.0 Oct 07, 1999
059 Internetworking with Microsoft TCP/IP on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Nov 17, 1999
087 Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0 Feb 07, 2000
068 Implementing and Supporting NT Server 4.0 in the Enterprise Mar 08, 2000

I'm quite proud of the fact that I passed all the examinations the first time and only really had any problems with the final Server in the Enterprise exam, which coincidentally was the only adaptive exam. As fas as the training that I had goes, I would heartily recommend the IIS 4.0 training, it was by far the most interesting.

In addition to the official training, I made rather good use of the various Cramsession sites on the Net and the book MCSE Electives complete by Sybex. This is a bargain at around £15.00 and covers most of the electives (SMS and Proxy server are missing.) Other than these, the only other thing is study and, in the case of the IIS exam, loads of hands-on practice.

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