Will there be an upgrade exam in the next version of SQL Server? RRS feed

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  • Greetings.

    I'm currently a certified MCITP in SS 2005, and have been studying for the big upgrade exam to 2008 (70-453). The problem I'm having is time to devote to training (who doesnt have that problem). After months of attempting this, Im really wondering why Im bothering with all this effort.

    The one reason I can think to continue is the ability of having to take only one upgrade cert from 2008 to the next version, as opposed to having to do everything all over again. Does anyone know if there will be an upgrade exam for this? Does MS always have upgrade exams, or was 70-453 just because 2005 and 2008 arent really all that different?


    TIA, ChrisRDBA
    • Edited by ChrisRDBA Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3:45 PM
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3:45 PM


  • Hi

    The upgrade exams are just a shortcut for people with Pro level certs to get up to the next version without having to pay for the constituent exams. In your case this is 2 exams in 1.

    The upgrade from 2005 to 2008 was offered because it was a  Major number version change (V9.0 to V10) whereas SQL 2008 to 2008 R2 was a minor revision.  From TechNet

    The standard product version format for SQL Server is MM.nn.bbbb.rr where each segment is defined as:

    MM - Major version

    nn - Minor version

    bbbb - Build number

    rr - Build revision number

    "Denali" will be a Major version as well V11. So you can expect an upgrade from 2008 to "Denali" (or whatever it will be released as). Current build number is 11.0.1440.19 for CTP3.

    Now there is only upgrades from the previous to the next, so in your case there will be none from 2005 to "Denali"

    There was an upgrade from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005 but it was in 2 parts. So as stated before they offer from version to version.



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    • Edited by Niall MerriganMVP Tuesday, September 20, 2011 5:04 PM
    • Marked as answer by ChrisRDBA Tuesday, September 20, 2011 5:56 PM
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 5:02 PM

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