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Oct 15 2012   2:44PM GMT

MS Cert Exams: Out with the old, In with the new!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In visiting the Born to Learn blog this morning, Krista Wall’s October 11 post “Upcoming Exam Retirements” reminded me that as new versions of software enter the stage — along with certifications to support them — older versions of that same software (and their attendant certs) invariably also fall by the wayside. In looking at the full list of exams Microsoft has now scheduled for retirement, I’m struck by how clean their broom is sweeping the decks in the next 9 months or so. Let me explain, by providing some illustrations:


  • SQL Server: Likewise on 7/31/2013, look for these SQL Server 2008 exams to go bye-bye (70-433, 70-450, 70-451, 70-452).
  • Virtualization: Same date (7/31/2013), the previous Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V related exams go up in smoke (70-659, 70-669, 70-693).
  • XP: the old 70-270 exam will also finally begone on July 31, 2013 as well.
  • Older (2007) Lync Server, Office Communications Server, Project Server, and SharePoint Server based exams are most retiring on January 31, 2013 (if they haven’t been retired already; see the retirement list for details).

This represents a pretty thorough cleaning out of older certifications, and tells me that MS is very serious about moving its customer base up to the latest Windows Server iteration, along with the major platforms — SQL Server, Lync Server, SharePoint, and so forth. Given the normally slow adoption of new server versions this strikes me as a fairly aggressive policy, but is perhaps Microsoft’s best bet for moving customers along in the next two to three years. We’ll see if this works, at any rate!

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  • Harisheldon
    Your reading of the article is correct in that Microsoft has finally caught up in cleaning house when it comes to closing out its certifications to catch up with the newer certifications of the newer technology.  What is disturbing is that it is going back to the old naming convention for that certification.  What was MCSE for server 2000, then became MCITP for 2003, is now going back to MCSE.  It is very confusing and this is one area that Microsoft needs to get a handle on and stick to its guns with the naming of its certification.  I have noting about the certifications, maybe, that there are too many too fast, just the changing of the names.
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