MCSE/ MCSE:Security question

Ok, folks I need some help understanding a few things and I am hoping the gurus here can enlighten me.

As far as MCSE for 2003 goes:

Right now I have passed thesed tests:
270, 290, 291, and Sec +

So as I understand it, if I pass
293, 294, 297 and 298
I will be entiteld to call myself MCSE certified.

But if I take
293, 294, 298 and 299
I will be entiteld to call myself MCSE:Security certified.

And IF I am right so far,

and I take 293, 294, 297, 298 and 299

What will I then entitled to call myself ( and you can make jokes if you want, but I really am curious)? Both, or just the one with the "security?" The MS site doesn't really mention any of this (that I could find).

Thanks in advance,

Mr. Ye
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  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaMod Posts: 5,163 Mod
    You're right, except for one thing. You don't need to take 70-297 if you're taking 70-298 as your design exam. If you're using Security+ as your elective for the plain MCSE, then doing 70-299 as your security speciality, you don't need 70-297 at all. It's a good test to take, but it's not needed for MCSE: Security if you've taken the four core exams, the desktop exam, using Security+ along with 70-299 as your electives, and doing 70-298 as your design exam.

    As for what you call yourself, I'd say go with MCSE: Security, by itself. The specializations, (Security and Messaging) are extentions to the core MCSE, to you've got both MCSE and MCSE: Security included with the MCSE: Security title. If you had both Messaging and Security, then I'd say list it twice: once for MCSE: Security and once for MCSE: Messaging.

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