Certification Watch: Network Storage Certifications

In this month's news from GoCertify.com, Sun Microsystems just launched its new Network Storage Professional program. Also, news from Microsoft, a new Linux+ certification, and Oracle 8 exams will be retired in 2002.
Certification Watch is provided by GoCertify.com, a gathering place and resource center for people interested in computer professional certification.

1. Microsoft Cancels Plans to Decertify Windows NT 4 MCSEs
In a dramatic reversal of their earlier plans, Microsoft has cancelled plans to decertify all MCSEs who don't upgrade to the Windows 2000 track by the end of this year. Instead, the MCSE title will become track specific - for example, "MCSE on Windows 2000" or MCSE on Windows NT 4.0. The accelerated exam option for Win2k candidates is unchanged. Read Microsoft's official FAQ on this change at: http://gocertify.com/redirect/msftMCSENT.html

2. Microsoft Launches New Administrator Designation
A few days ago Microsoft announced the launch of its new Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) on Microsoft Windows 2000 credential. Individuals must pass three core exams and one elective to earn the new title. The core exams can be chosen from Windows 2000, .NET, or XP Professional operating system exams. The elective options include the usual Microsoft selection, covering such topics as Proxy Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server and others. Microsoft will also accept a combination of COMPTIA certifications in place of the elective - either A+ and Network+ OR A+ and Server+.

Past Issues of Certification Watch
Experience Now Required

Microsoft Adds XP, .NET Exams

Microsoft Builds Bridge To MCSE, MCSD

Novell Changes Tack

3. Sun Rolls Out Network Storage Certifications
Sun Microsystems has just launched the first of three certifications that will make up its new Network Storage Professional program. The Sun Certified Data Management Engineer covers the skills required to implement, configure, operate and administer a disk array storage system. Two additional certifications are in the works. Individuals who are responsible for design and implementation of backup systems in a data center will be interested in the Sun Certified Backup and Recovery Engineer designation. Storage area network (SAN) designers and administrators will want to check out the Sun Certified Storage Architect. The first two certifications provide a choice of paths: either Solstice DiskSuite or VERITAS Volume Manager Software. Exams are at the usual Sun price - $150.

4. Linux+ Live
CompTIA officially launched its Linux+ certification earlier this month. This one exam certification is intended to demonstrate foundation level Linux operating system proficiency. According to CompTIA, Linux+ is a stepping stone toward higher level Linux certifications from LPI and Sair. The exam contains 95 questions and lasts up to two hours. The U.S. exam price is $190 (CompTIA members get a discount). Testing is available via Prometric and VUE.

5. CIW Simplifies Scoring
ProsoftTraining, vendor of the Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) program, has changed the scoring method for the 1D0-410 Foundations examination. Candidates must earn at least a 75% their total exam score. There is no minimum score for each of the three exam sections, as there was in the past. The foundations exam is the first step toward all advanced CIW titles.

6. Microsoft Certified Trainer Program Now Requires Annual Renewal
As planned, the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) enacted new requirements as of October 1st. Existing and new trainers must renew annually, which includes paying an annual fee. MCTs must deliver at least 10 days of Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) and earn continuing education credits, as well as maintain a premier Microsoft certification (MCSE, MCSD, or MCDBA). Joining the MCT program costs $400 ($300 if you work for a Microsoft CTEC).

7. Oracle 8 exams to retire March 31, 2002
All Oracle 8 DBA and DBO exams will be retired on March 31st, 2002, with the exception of the SQL and New Features exams. Individuals who already hold the certification will continue to be certified. Most exams required for Oracle8 certification can also be applied to the Oracle 8i track. However, since Oracle is likely to retire the 8i track by the end of 2002 or shortly thereafter, candidates might be better served to jump straight to the 9i track.

The complete current issue of Certification Watch can be found at GoCertify.com.

Anne Martinez is the author of Cheap Web Tricks: Build and Promote a Successful Web Site Without Spending A Dime and Get Certified and Get Ahead: Millennium Edition she is also the founder of GoCertify.com.

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