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  • Hey guys... does anyone know when the exams for MCSE 2003 retire? reason I'm asking is because i studied MCSE 2003 awhile back but haven't written any exams as yet and i want to write them during the course of next year(2010)
    70-290
    70-291
    70-293
    70-294

    70-620
    70-270

    S+

    Manly those exams, not sure if i missed out any or added any wrong, any guidance will be greatly appreciated

    Thanks in advance
    Monday, June 22, 2009 6:57 PM

Answers

  • The support lifecycle for Windows XP goes through August 2014, so you have some time.  Keep in mind that once you earn the MCSE, you don't have to "re-up" to keep the designation.  However, you'll still want to think about keeping up with Microsoft's latest and greatest through certifications.

    Note that you'll also need to take either 70-297 or 70-298 (a "design" elective) and one additional elective beyond that.
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcse.aspx#tab2
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 8:06 PM
    Monday, June 22, 2009 7:17 PM
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  • Mainstream support for most XP versions have already ended and extended support will continue till 2014 as Charles mentioned but I don’t think XP exams will be valid till 2014. In many cases, Microsoft retired exams right after mainstream support. There is no set date for this to end but I wouldn’t be relaxed by thinking these exams will be valid till 2014.

     

    XP Support Life Cycle: http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-gb&C2=1173

     

    Take a close look at the exams which Microsotf retited March 31st this year. Extended Support of many of these products still avialble.

     

    http://rubelkhan.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/list-of-microsoft-exams-retired-on-march-31-2009/

     

    Hope this answers your question.


    Rubel Khan
    • Proposed as answer by Rubel Khan Monday, June 22, 2009 7:59 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 8:07 PM
    Monday, June 22, 2009 7:59 PM

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  • The support lifecycle for Windows XP goes through August 2014, so you have some time.  Keep in mind that once you earn the MCSE, you don't have to "re-up" to keep the designation.  However, you'll still want to think about keeping up with Microsoft's latest and greatest through certifications.

    Note that you'll also need to take either 70-297 or 70-298 (a "design" elective) and one additional elective beyond that.
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcse.aspx#tab2
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 8:06 PM
    Monday, June 22, 2009 7:17 PM
    Answerer
  • Thanks a million bud...
    so does that mean that i got until 2014 to complete MCSE 2003? note i haven't done any cores or any international exams as yet.
    I plan on completing my MCSE 2003 reason being i studied that there after write an upgrade exam to be an MCITP. Can this be done and is it advisable?
    My main concern is that i don't want the exams for MCSE 2003 to retire so i need to know for sure if i can still do that in the next year or 2 because i know server 2003 is getting out dated.
    Monday, June 22, 2009 7:25 PM
  • Mainstream support for most XP versions have already ended and extended support will continue till 2014 as Charles mentioned but I don’t think XP exams will be valid till 2014. In many cases, Microsoft retired exams right after mainstream support. There is no set date for this to end but I wouldn’t be relaxed by thinking these exams will be valid till 2014.

     

    XP Support Life Cycle: http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-gb&C2=1173

     

    Take a close look at the exams which Microsotf retited March 31st this year. Extended Support of many of these products still avialble.

     

    http://rubelkhan.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/list-of-microsoft-exams-retired-on-march-31-2009/

     

    Hope this answers your question.


    Rubel Khan
    • Proposed as answer by Rubel Khan Monday, June 22, 2009 7:59 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 8:07 PM
    Monday, June 22, 2009 7:59 PM
  • 2014 is a long time 4rom now...but will i still be able to right all those exams in the next year atleast without any of them retiring???

    Monday, June 22, 2009 8:13 PM
  • Let's hope for the best and I believe this exam will still remain valid till end of next year, but If I were you, I would be checking every other month for any types of heads up. Microsoft will give us enough notice. :-)
    Rubel Khan
    Monday, June 22, 2009 8:20 PM
  • Thanks a million for the help...
    It's greatly appreciated
    Monday, June 22, 2009 8:22 PM
  • Just got off the phone with Microsoft today. Guy i spoke to told me the Server 2003 exams
    70-290
    70-291
    70-293
    70-294
    Might be discounted in March 2010
    It's not published yet though, so should i still study towards MCSE 2003???
    I'm really lost:-(

    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 8:08 PM
  • Just got off the phone with Microsoft today. Guy i spoke to told me the Server 2003 exams
    70-290
    70-291
    70-293
    70-294
    Might be discounted in March 2010
    It's not published yet though, so should i still study towards MCSE 2003???
    I'm really lost:-(


    Told you. Study hard and take those test asap.
    Rubel Khan
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 8:33 PM
  • Thanks for the inspiration Rubel...
    Think 7 papers would be easy to to in 7 months?
    lol
    i know it's a dumb question, just don't wanna be left on the 6th exam and then it get's discountinued.
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 8:55 PM
  • Its hard to say if it would be easy or not because we do not know everything about your situation.

    If you have been working with 2003 for years and Active Directory environments and other aspects of 2003 it would be easier than if you have just started working with it.

    That being said, the exams are not meant to be easy and it would be a challenge even for a more veteran 2003 user. However, depending on the amount of knowledge and experience you have it could be done. There is no way to say for sure.

    Regardless, it will be a task no matter what.
    Eric
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 9:03 PM
  • hi Jake1988 ,

    Microsoft  recommends that if you are currently using Windows 2003 and will be using 2003 for quite a while then you should pursue and complete your 2003 certification. The MCSE 2003 exams will probably be available for years and none are scheduled for retirement yet.



    http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/archive/2007/06/14/windows-server-2008-certification-paths.aspx
    Thank You
    Sunday, June 28, 2009 3:35 PM
  • Thanks for the inspiration Rubel...
    Think 7 papers would be easy to to in 7 months?
    lol
    i know it's a dumb question, just don't wanna be left on the 6th exam and then it get's discountinued.

    Yesterday i earned my MCSA, 4 examns in 1 month. i`m going to start studying for upgrade from 2003 to 2008 or maybe i`ll do MCSE don't know yet. Just go and take one exam, after that you wiil be more confortable with the process, this was the process [ 70-290, 70-291, 70-270 and 70-284 ].
    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 3:37 PM
  • yoh...4 exams in ONE MONTH that's crazy...how did u do it? do u work in an environment where use the stuff or was it just endless nights of studying???

    Thursday, July 2, 2009 8:50 AM