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Which is more in demand, Security or AD
In reference to MCSE etc, which specialization is in more demand
currently, AD or Security. A very good argument can be made for either one, but which one
is the most marketable (at least for now).
Here are the results from
MCSE Security = 888 job postings
MCSE Active Directory = 759 job postings
Statistics can be misleading, but security or lack there of always sells.
Are you asking about which design exam to take? There is no AD specialization, only security and messaging. From what I've seen, messaging is in more demand.
MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi
Bay Area, California
Regardless of which speciality you're planning on doing, I'd recommend taking
as your design exam, as opposed to
. The security exam counts towards the stand-alone
, as well as both
. The Active Directory design exam does not count towards MCSE: Security. Also keep in mind that you'll be learning a great deal about Active Directory administration in preparation for
, so you're not left completely in the dark on AD topics.
As a side-note, you'll get a lot more out of the specialities as you work. It's going to be assumed that you know AD, that you know Exchange, and that you're up on security concepts, even if you're "just" an MCSE. My advice stands, go for the 70-298, and then decide if you want to pursue the Messaging and Security specialities seperately or if you want to move forward towards the
certifications. Regardless of which way you decide to go, I highly recommend you take the
as your desktop OS test, over the
Windows XP exam
, since the Vista test applies to both MCSE and MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, as well as being a stand-alone cert that shows up on your transcript.
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