Unlike Don, I did the update exams, some missed out on his pain
I prefered the ISA exam to the Security+ as it's Ms premier security tool and is widly deployed these days (now part of ForeFront)
I'm a bit biased as I work with quite a few ISA boxes though.
It's solid firewall skills, rather than the generalised knowledge of Security+
The one thing I found is to keep in the Microsoft mindset for the duration of the exams.
I forced myself to do the two MCSE upgrades, the two security and the two Exchange exams in a three month block just to stay in the exam groove. I work with these technologies every day, but real life means that you do other stuff and it can dilute the Ms exam mindset.
It's a long haul, so this stopped me from having to re-study the more obscure pieces of the course work, and helped put forward and exam study plan with targets for exam taking days.
For the MCSA/MCSE exams, make sure you have plenty of ram in the computer then I’d suggest the following Labs set up
For the MCSE:
Two servers and two XP workstation
This lets you practice domain promotions, moving FSMO roles, assigning different server roles deploying GPO policies
Fore the MCSE:Security
Three servers and two XP workstation
You need to build multiple domains and forests plus trusts between the forests. PKI plays a solid part of the MCSE:Security understanding planning, deploying and configuring. How it hands out certificates to the different roles, revoking them and so on
If you are using vmware, take snap shots of the basic build of the server and workstation at different build stages. It’s nice to jump back to a clean stage after tweaking something you shouldn’t have that breaks everything
Pull down a 120 day trial copy of Windows 2003 here:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/deta ... laylang=en
My other suggestion is that you print out the Preparation Guide for each exam, as some of the study books miss a topic. CertCities have good guides to what the exams are like http://certcities.com/editorial/exams/d ... asp?page=3
Good luck and book yourself a long holiday after the final exam