I have till the end of this month to get my MCSE, so that's almost one exam a week...
My co-worker just did the MCSE in 2 weeks at bootcamp.
This thread reminds me of my the MCSE isn't worth squat anymore
I should have said that it is generally worth less than it used to be.
I skipped the NT4 track, so I can only speak from 2000 track and upgrade 2003 exams.
Windows 2000 - 5 months (the core tests were done every 2 weeks after taking a month to read the MS Press books -- I had already worked with the technology for 2 years at that point)
Windows 2003 - within a month of the 292/296 release
As for how much the MCSE is or is not worth, my company still requires "engineer" certification (CNE/MCSE/RHCE) for all new administrators or probation if they don't have it. It might not mean as much due to the prevalence in the market as a differentiator between two opposing candidates, but that does not lessen its importance to have in my eyes. In interviewing people, not having one immediately brings to question commitment to education and self-improvement. So while one might not get hired because they have one, they might not get hired if they don't.