News/Changes in Microsoft Certifications

Alot has happend in the Microsoft world of certification lately.
Microsoft has returned with the old certification track know as MCSE (And a new one called MCSA)

Changes?
The old track was known as (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) which existed for NT/2000/2003 server and such.
After they retired that track, Microsoft released the a new track (which is the current one) called MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional ) & the MCTS. Now they are going back with the old track and doing some changes in the process.

The previous track will still exist until the products that have an exam attached to it exists. So if you have a certification on Server 2008 (MCITP or MCTS) you will have it as long as you live. Microsoft has released 2 different tracks of MSCA.

MSCA Windows Server 2008.
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-windows-server-MCSA.aspx
If you have an Server Administrator or Enterprise Administrator you will automaticlly revice this title.

MCSA SQL Server 2012.
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-sql-server-MCSA.aspx
This is the real first new products using the new certification track.

And note that MCSA is the entry level title, much like MCTS was. And MCSE is the expert level like MCITP was.

Another change is that if you take en exam using the new system you have to recertify every 3 years.

Regarding the MSCE exams ,there are also 2 tracks avaliable.

MSCE: Private Cloud:
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-private-cloud.aspx
Where you need the MSCA Server 2008 done, and the new exams 246 & 247.

MSCE: SQL server 2012 (Which is split up in 2 parts )
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-sql-server.aspx

New exams (Well not all of them are new but I thought I’d share them anyway)

70-321:  Deploying Office 365
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-321&Locale=en-us

70-323:  Administering Office 365
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-323&Locale=en-us 

(The two next exams are going to be released Q2/Q3 this year)

70-246:  Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-246

70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-247#tab2

70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-243&Locale=en-us

Looke like I have alot to do in the near future🙂

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