In order to get that golden MCSE certification, you have to select three elective certifications to accompany the four core certification exams.

According to Microsoft, one of the more popular electives for IT pros at midsize to large enterprises is Exam 70-222, Migrating from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows 2000.

To help you prepare for this exam, we will take a look at two Web sites that offer free help in Win2K migration testing:

The Microsoft site
The Microsoft site should be the first place you think of when looking for Win2K migration testing information.

While the exam has been available since January 2001, the Microsoft Preparation Guide for Exam 70-222 has only been available for the past five months. The guide itself describes how those passing the exam achieve MCP status and earn credit toward their MCSE, and it includes a brief discussion of preparation tools and an audience profile before getting to the all-important description of the skills the exam will evaluate.

How much knowledge will you need to pass the test? According to the Microsoft preparation guide, a Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 migration can include an upgrade only, a restructure only, or a combination of the two.

Microsoft breaks the required job skills into the following categories:

  • Developing the Migration Strategy
  • Preparing the Environment for Migration
  • Planning and Deploying a Domain Upgrade
  • Planning and Deploying an Intra-Forest Domain Restructure and an Inter-Forest Domain Restructure
  • Troubleshooting

Take a look at the Microsoft page to see how it breaks each of these categories into subcategories. From there, you may find it more helpful to explore and ExamCram’s guides to this exam, since both are more thorough.
Beyond the traditional and top-notch study guide that it offers for Exam 70-222, offers a number of specifics about the exam that will help you get a better feel for the test. For example, explains that the exam uses both case study and standard formats; the exam has a 180-minute time limit, but the average time for participants is 98 minutes; a passing score is 687; and there will be 47 questions. members rate the difficulty of the test as a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being difficult.

You can view the study guide in PDF or HTML formats, but either way it is a large document, so be prepared to wait awhile if you decide to print out the contents.

The study guide page also lists some additional exam resources, including a point summary, links to other resources, a Feedback Forum, and tips and tricks.

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