I try to keep my certifications fresh. I am MCSA on Windows Server 2000. I failed to upgrade to Windows Server 2003. (There was a test for that, but it is no longer given.) So I have to start all over.
The replacements for MCSA/MCSE are the “Microsoft Certified IT Professional” AKA MCITP. The replacement for MCSA is MCITP: Server Administrator and the replacement for MCSE is MCITP: Enterprise Administrator.
The best thing one can do in my humble opinion is to actually use the product you’re taking the test on, and actually go to classroom training. Unlike some vendors, Microsoft only offers training through third party vendors. Most places have suitable training nearby.
Unfortunately, the classroom training is very expensive. Most of these classes are 5 days (one week.) The prices vary, but they run something like $500 per day, something like $2500 a week. Plus travel, lodging, meals, etc.
I can’t afford that.
So I did the next best thing.