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Should I complete the 2003 MCSA? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I currently have the following exams completed:

    70-270, 70-290, A+, Net+

    If I complete the 70-291, I can get the MCSA on 2003 and then I was thinking of taking an upgrade test to bump this up to 2008. I know that the MCSA-2003 cert and the upgrade tests will be retired next summer. I was then considering upgrading that to Server 2012.

    This was my plan, but is there any reason I would not want to pursue this? I want to become server certified, but not necessarily with a specialization.

    Thanks

    Monday, July 30, 2012 8:30 PM

Answers

  • Given that you've only got one more exam to complete to get you MCSA 2003, you should do it and then upgrade to 2008.

    BTW, certifications don't get retired, only exams get retired.  Your MCSA 2003 certification will still be valid after July 2013.


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    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
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    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    • Proposed as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:09 AM
    • Marked as answer by mcb01 Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:50 AM
    Monday, July 30, 2012 10:06 PM
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  • I agree with Mr.Wharty that if you are only missing one exam it may be worth finishing your MCSA certification, since it will still be valid after the exams are retired.

    However, if your objective is getting a certification on Server 2012, you should count the number of upgrade exams that you need:

    First, you will take the exam that upgrades the MCSA 2003 into MCTS 2008. Then you need to complete the exams for the MCITP 2008. And then, the upgrade exams from 2008 to 2012. I have not counted them, but I suspect that the total number of exams involved will be larger than just doing the 2012 certification from scratch.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-windowsserver-all.aspx#

    • Proposed as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:09 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by mcb01 Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:50 AM
    • Marked as answer by mcb01 Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:50 AM
    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 6:41 AM

All replies

  • Given that you've only got one more exam to complete to get you MCSA 2003, you should do it and then upgrade to 2008.

    BTW, certifications don't get retired, only exams get retired.  Your MCSA 2003 certification will still be valid after July 2013.


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    • Proposed as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:09 AM
    • Marked as answer by mcb01 Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:50 AM
    Monday, July 30, 2012 10:06 PM
    Moderator
  • I agree with Mr.Wharty that if you are only missing one exam it may be worth finishing your MCSA certification, since it will still be valid after the exams are retired.

    However, if your objective is getting a certification on Server 2012, you should count the number of upgrade exams that you need:

    First, you will take the exam that upgrades the MCSA 2003 into MCTS 2008. Then you need to complete the exams for the MCITP 2008. And then, the upgrade exams from 2008 to 2012. I have not counted them, but I suspect that the total number of exams involved will be larger than just doing the 2012 certification from scratch.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-windowsserver-all.aspx#

    • Proposed as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:09 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by mcb01 Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:50 AM
    • Marked as answer by mcb01 Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:50 AM
    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 6:41 AM
  • Thank you all.

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:50 AM