Before taking the Microsoft 70-298 : Designing Security for a MS Windows Server 2003 Network exam, IT professionals should have worked for no less than a year designing network infrastructures and implementing desktop operating systems. Their work experience should be with medium to large size companies, who have at least 250 users. The best candidates for the 70-298 exam will have expert level knowledge about network services, connectivity requirements between branch offices and users, and general resources relating to the server, such as messaging, print, firewall, and proxies.
The 70-298 exam can be taken in any of the following languages: English, French, German, and Japanese. The exam is proctored and counts as a core credit towards both Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows Server 2003 certification and the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE): Security on Windows Server 2003 certification.
Key concepts on the 70-298 exam will focus on the logical, conceptual, and physical designs for client and network infrastructure security. Candidates also need to be able to understand how to gather and analyze business and technical requirements, and how those relate to designing network infrastructure security. Additionally, takers of the exam must be able to design access control strategies for data.