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  • Question

  • Hello,

    I currently have the 70-680 certification.

    I have read that the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7 (70-680 + 70-685) will retire 31 januari.
    I have read that the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 (70-680 + 70-686) will retire 31 januari.

    After 31 januari you will get MCSA: Windows 7 and before 31 januari also the other title.

    What is the easies way to upgrade to MCSA: Windows Server 2012?
    I have read that if you have MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 you can upgrade it by passing the 70-417 exam. Is this also possible with the MCSA: Windows 7 after 31 januari or with the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7 before 31 januari.

    I hope someone can clear this out for me, i looked on the internet for it but i only can find an upgrade path from 70-680 + 686

    Kind regards,

    Ronald
    Monday, January 20, 2014 10:29 AM

Answers

  • Hi, Ronald.

    Yes - all remaining MCITP certification titles will be retired on February 1st, 2014. On February 1st, no one can earn these titles any more. These certification titles will remain active on transcripts for people who earned them - just no longer attainable.

    IMPORTANT: Since you have already passed 70-680, if you pass 70-685 or 70-686 before February 1st, 2014, you will earn both the MCSA: Windows 7 and the associated MCITP title! If you pass 70-685 and 70-686 before February 1st, 2014, you will earn all three (3) certification titles. Learn more about the Desktop MCITP titles here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcitp-certification.aspx#item-ID0EEAAAABCA

    Yes - you can upgrade to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 just by passing the 70-417 exam. However, you need to have already passed 70-686 before February 1st, 2014. If you look at the upgrade options on the following web page, it states that MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator can be upgraded. However, not the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician title! Think about it; a desktop administrator has more administrative responsibilities than a desktop support technician.
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsa-windows-server-certification.aspx#upgrade

    Yes - you will be able to take the 70-417 upgrade exam any time this year. This exam is not scheduled for retirement and there currently is no deadline for when you need to pass it. Remember, the whole purpose of this exam is to upgrade several different titles to MCSA: Windows 2012. If you think about it - if the upgrade didn't count after January 31, the exam would be completely worthless. You can verify which exams are being scheduled for retirement here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/retired-certification-exams.aspx

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Monday, January 20, 2014 12:57 PM
    Answerer

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  • Hi, Ronald.

    Yes - all remaining MCITP certification titles will be retired on February 1st, 2014. On February 1st, no one can earn these titles any more. These certification titles will remain active on transcripts for people who earned them - just no longer attainable.

    IMPORTANT: Since you have already passed 70-680, if you pass 70-685 or 70-686 before February 1st, 2014, you will earn both the MCSA: Windows 7 and the associated MCITP title! If you pass 70-685 and 70-686 before February 1st, 2014, you will earn all three (3) certification titles. Learn more about the Desktop MCITP titles here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcitp-certification.aspx#item-ID0EEAAAABCA

    Yes - you can upgrade to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 just by passing the 70-417 exam. However, you need to have already passed 70-686 before February 1st, 2014. If you look at the upgrade options on the following web page, it states that MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator can be upgraded. However, not the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician title! Think about it; a desktop administrator has more administrative responsibilities than a desktop support technician.
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsa-windows-server-certification.aspx#upgrade

    Yes - you will be able to take the 70-417 upgrade exam any time this year. This exam is not scheduled for retirement and there currently is no deadline for when you need to pass it. Remember, the whole purpose of this exam is to upgrade several different titles to MCSA: Windows 2012. If you think about it - if the upgrade didn't count after January 31, the exam would be completely worthless. You can verify which exams are being scheduled for retirement here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/retired-certification-exams.aspx

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Monday, January 20, 2014 12:57 PM
    Answerer
  • Yes - you can upgrade to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 just by passing the 70-417 exam. However, you need to have already passed 70-686 before February 1st, 2014.

    Wow. This one boggles my mind! Upgrading the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 cert to MCSA: Windows Server 2012, with the 70-417, where the MCITP: EDA requires no previous server certificate exams to have ever been taken.

    The 70-417 is a subset of the 410, 411, and 412 and presumes one has also passed the 640, 642, 643, and either the 646 (for MCITP:SA) or 647 (for MCITP:EA), and thus does not need to be tested on that legacy Windows Server knowledge.

    I would strongly caution somebody who has not previously taken any Windows Server cert exams from trying to sit for the 70-417 by itself. That thing ate my lunch the first time around and I passed the 640, 642, 643, 646, 647, 685, and 686 all as beta exams -- so I thought I new my stuff. I'm trying to squeeze that 680 in before Saturday to get my other two MCITP certs (as well as the MCSA:Windows 7).


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Monday, January 20, 2014 9:58 PM
  • Right, Lawrence!

    An UPGRADE exams can be a bugger to pass.

    Anyone interested in passing 70-417 will have to pay special attention to what is covered from the three (3) exams it represents.

    Specifically, 70-417 explicitly covers:

    • Four (4) of the six (6) exam topics in 70-410
    • Five (5) of the six (6) exam topics in 70-411
    • Five (5) of the six (6) exam topics in 70-412

    Here are the exam details:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-417.aspx

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Monday, January 20, 2014 10:55 PM
    Answerer