MCSE: The Electives in a Nutshell
By Michael Moncur
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 1998
Pages: 369

Microsoft's MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) program is a rigorous testing and certification program for Windows NT system and network administrators. To achieve certification, one must pass four required exams and two elective exams. Close to twenty potential elective exams exist, although only nine of them are current electives covering the most recent version of a given product. Microsoft has also just introduced the MCSE+Internet certification, which requires passing seven required exams and two elective exams. There are four current elective exams to choose from to attain this certification.

MCSE: The Electives in a Nutshell is a comprehensive study guide that covers the most popular and important elective exams for the MCSE, as well as the Internet requirements and electives for the MCSE+Internet. This book is the companion volume to the bestselling MCSE: The Core Exams in a Nutshell.

This book covers the following exams:

  • Internetworking with TCP/IP
  • Internet Information Server 4.0
  • Internet Explorer 4.0 Administration
  • Proxy Server 2.0

Each chapter covers one exam. It includes:

  • A summary of the key areas covered by the exam
  • A description of the format, difficulty of each exam and tips for passing it
  • Definitions of key terms
  • Sample test questions and answers

MCSE: The Electives in a Nutshell is a detailed quick reference designed for the administrator who already has some experience with Windows NT or is currently administering a different platform such as UNIX, and wants to learn what is necessary to pass the elective exam portion of the MCSE and the MCSE+Internet elective and required exams. While no book is a substitute for real-world experience, this book will help you codify your knowledge and prepare for the exams.

Any administrator who is serious about passing the required exams needed to acquire MCSE and MCSE+Internet certification will find this book an invaluable tool.

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