Clarification on MCSE 2008 Private Cloud RRS feed

  • Question

  • I took 70-659 in November 2012. I took 70-246 on Saturday (October 2013).

    70-246 is reflected on my transcript but the Private Cloud certification is not.

    I had my MCSA 2008 already when my MCITP EA converted over. I had emailed the regional center with this query in mid/late January of 2013 (I used my voucher to take 659 and didn't want to have wasted it):

    Do I have to have both tests done by 31JAN2013 to use 659 in place of 247 or am I still able to use it since I took 659 before 31JAN2013?

    This was the response I got from the Regional Center:

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft about obtaining the certification for MCSE: Private Cloud.
    I appreciate your continued interest in Microsoft certification and will be glad to assist you.
    You can take the exam 70-246 after January 31, 2013 also as the expiration date is not announced yet.
    The information that you can take Exam 659 in place of 247 to count towards the Private Cloud certification until January 31, 2013 is only for the exam 70-247.
    In case you require any further clarification regarding the Microsoft certification, please let us know. Thank you for using Microsoft.

    That is about clear as mud. So when I called this morning I was told that the MCSE Private Cloud requires MCSA 2012 (the 2008 option is still listed on the learning site as well). Is there a way I can escalate this to get clarification if the 659 I took counts towards Private Cloud? I have my case ID from my call this morning and my emails from January of this year.

    Thank you,

    Les Bowman

    • Edited by Les Bowman Tuesday, October 8, 2013 2:33 PM
    Tuesday, October 8, 2013 2:32 PM


  • Near the bottom of the link there is a section labeled "How to earn your Windows Server 2008: MCSE Private Cloud Certification" and when that is expanded i see 70-246 and 70-247 have to be completed, not 70-659.  Now since it was a "take 659 or 247" at some point makes me think that their automated systems either aren't caught up or you had to do the entire path before January 2013 which is why its no longer qualified.  You'll definitely need to talk to someone on the phone and explain your situation to see if they can change your transcript if it is in fact still valid.

    Be kind and Mark as Answer if I helped.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013 5:14 PM