A Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator is technically skilled in the systems administration on the windows server operating system. The main job is to manage and troubleshoot several networks on the windows OS. A desktop operating system or a network operating system is the required base to work on for a MCSA certified professional. The main difference between MCSE and MCSA is that an MCSE professional needs to plan, implement and troubleshoot whereas a MCSA professional implements and manages the operating system.


A certification in MCSA assures your employer about your technical expertise on the systems administration. Your ability to work on it will receive a universally accepted Microsoft accreditation. Job roles include information systems administrator, network technician, network operations analyst, etc,.

MCSA Certification Requirements:

To earn a MCSA certification a total of four papers have to be cleared, out of which two are on networking systems, one is one client operating systems and another is an optional.

  • Networking systems
  • Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment
  • Implementing, Managing and Maintaining a windows server 2003 Network Infrastructure
  • Client operating Systems
  • Configuring windows 7
  • Configuring Windows Vista Client
  • Installing, configuring and Administering Windows XP Professional
  • Elective

The candidate stands a chance to choose from a lot of options while selecting the paper from each topic.

How to take the test:

The test taker can log on to any Microsoft certified centre and register for the paper. There are options for the test taker to take the test at a date and time of his convenience. Options of reschedule and cancellation are also available. The exam fee is around 125 USD. It is an online test with multiple choice questions and lab simulations.

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