Design exam question

sterlingbluesterlingblue Member Posts: 19 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hey folks,

I'm trying to pick my design exam, it's the last one I need to take before I get my MCSE :)


Any thoughts on which one I should go for?

285 - Exchange 2003 Design
297 - AD design
298 - Security Design

Thanks in advance!

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  • DevilsbaneDevilsbane Member Posts: 4,212 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I'm choosing 298 with the intent to do the 299 and security+ and have MCSE:S
    Decide what to be and go be it.
  • skylineskyline Member Posts: 135
    I would suggest 297 as your final MCSE exam.

    285 Exchange / 298 Security are more part of there selective specializations.
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  • sterlingbluesterlingblue Member Posts: 19 ■□□□□□□□□□
    skyline wrote: »
    I would suggest 297 as your final MCSE exam.

    285 Exchange / 298 Security are more part of there selective specializations.

    I've heard some bad things about 297. that it's a death trap :)

    It it really as hard as folks make it out to be?
  • Mojo_666Mojo_666 Member Posts: 438
    The 285 was a killer Exam, the worst ever, I hated every second of it, do not do that exam unless you really want MCSE Messaging, but maybe all the design exams are like that ? icon_neutral.gif
  • PsoasmanPsoasman Senior Member Member Posts: 2,687 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I would look at it this way: which will benefit you more? I did the 298, it was tough, not so much as the questions, but the timed part. I felt a bit rushed and the format is set up with several testlets, each of which is timed and you can't go back later.
  • gatewaygateway Member Posts: 232
    I take it you have done the 294... it's not in your cert list :)

    I'd go for the 298 next!
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  • motogpmanmotogpman Member Posts: 412
    If you plan on going to WGU, make sure to look at the requirements. I think that they require 297 instead of 298 if you are going to use the MCSE 2k3 instead of the MCITP certs for credits. I'll double check this when I get a moment. Otherwise, I think the 298 would overlap a lot of topics from 290/291/293.

    I am thinking about taking both though.
    -WIP- (70-294 and 297)

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  • sterlingbluesterlingblue Member Posts: 19 ■□□□□□□□□□
    motogpman wrote: »
    If you plan on going to WGU, make sure to look at the requirements. I think that they require 297 instead of 298 if you are going to use the MCSE 2k3 instead of the MCITP certs for credits. I'll double check this when I get a moment. Otherwise, I think the 298 would overlap a lot of topics from 290/291/293.

    I am thinking about taking both though.


    I'm not familiar with the WGU acronym :) Could you elaborate?
  • earweedearweed Member Posts: 5,192 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I'm not familiar with the WGU acronym :) Could you elaborate?
    Western Governors University... A lot of people from here are going there (online) largely based on the fact that certs transfer as credits allowing people to complete their degree more quickly.
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  • fly2dwfly2dw Member Posts: 122 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Personally I don't see any point in doing 285 now. You might as well go with 297 and 298 depending on your requirements (I am going for 298 as I have completed 299) and then start looking towards Exchange 2007 or 2010.

    You can argue that if your company uses Exchange 2003 then go for 285, however I think sometime very soon you will have to move to 2007 or 2010 so you might as well start or pick up from there. You will be in a better position to upgrade your Exchange infrastructure.
  • sterlingbluesterlingblue Member Posts: 19 ■□□□□□□□□□
    fly2dw wrote: »
    Personally I don't see any point in doing 285 now. You might as well go with 297 and 298 depending on your requirements (I am going for 298 as I have completed 299) and then start looking towards Exchange 2007 or 2010.

    You can argue that if your company uses Exchange 2003 then go for 285, however I think sometime very soon you will have to move to 2007 or 2010 so you might as well start or pick up from there. You will be in a better position to upgrade your Exchange infrastructure.

    I'm an Exchange engineer who works for Microsoft :) We are using 2010

    I need to upgrade my exchange 2k7 certs to 2010 as soon as I finish the MCSE track (don't like studying for different things at the same time. I'm thinking that 297 is going to be more useful for me to be honest.

    I thought the 285 might be an interesting path since I have migration/ co-existance experience including Domino, Groupwise, Ex5.5,2000,2k3 and now E12-E14.

    But the more I think about it I hardly touch 2k3 anymore so it's not really that useful whereas I'm in the directory all the time.

    Thanks for the advice!
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