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70-680, 70-686 upgrade to Server 2012 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I have my MCITP Win 7 Desktop Technician, but I wanted to also gain the 70-686 so that I can go for the upgrade path to Server 2012 via the 70-417 exam.

    I can't seem to get a clear answer to the following question:

    Does the combination of 70-680 and 70-686, if gained after Feb 1st 2014, allow me to still use 70-417?

    I know that the definition MCITP will be removed, but is it the combination of both exams that qualify one to take the 70-417 rather than the title MCITP?

    It seems strange that if 70-417 will still be active for some time to come, that the combination of 680 and 686 are invalid if gained after Feb 1st.

    Thanks

     HG

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 7:09 PM

Answers

  • Hi, Hoodoo.

    To answer your question: No.

     You cannot earn either desktop MCITP titles after January 31, 2014. Since you have already passed 70-680 and 70-685, you can still take 70-686 after the deadline, but you will not earn another title. You should already have the MCSA:Windows 7 title. You cannot upgrade from the MCSA:Windows 7 title to MCSA:Windows 2012 with 70-417.

    The folks who already have the MCITP:Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 can upgrade to MCSA 2012 anytime after the deadline because they have already earned this required title.

    It is not the completion of the two exams that you need; it is the specific MCITP title itself you must have. If you do not pass 70-686 by Friday, January 31st, 2014, you will not be able to earn the MCITP:Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 title. The 70-685 and 70-686 exams will remain available for people who want to earn the MCSA:Windows 7 title by passing one of these two exams and 70-680.

    Have you considered earning one of the other certifications and then upgrading with 70-417? BTW - the MCITP:Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008 title will be attainable until July 31, 2014.

    Here are the titles that are allowed to upgrade with 70-417:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsa-windows-server-certification.aspx#upgrade

    Sorry about that.

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 7:32 PM
    Answerer
  • By the way - you are just one exam away from earning another MCSA title, MCSA:Windows 8.

    You only need to pass 70-689 to earn this new desktop title:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-689.aspx

    Admittedly, you cannot upgrade from this title right now. Who knows - maybe in the future you can upgrade to MCSA:Windows 9 with one exam. I am only guessing.

    However, it is a separate MCSA certification title - all brand new and cutting edge with no recertification necessary.

    It's something to consider - maybe in the future.

    Good luck Hoodoo.


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:47 PM
    Answerer

All replies

  • Hi, Hoodoo.

    To answer your question: No.

     You cannot earn either desktop MCITP titles after January 31, 2014. Since you have already passed 70-680 and 70-685, you can still take 70-686 after the deadline, but you will not earn another title. You should already have the MCSA:Windows 7 title. You cannot upgrade from the MCSA:Windows 7 title to MCSA:Windows 2012 with 70-417.

    The folks who already have the MCITP:Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 can upgrade to MCSA 2012 anytime after the deadline because they have already earned this required title.

    It is not the completion of the two exams that you need; it is the specific MCITP title itself you must have. If you do not pass 70-686 by Friday, January 31st, 2014, you will not be able to earn the MCITP:Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 title. The 70-685 and 70-686 exams will remain available for people who want to earn the MCSA:Windows 7 title by passing one of these two exams and 70-680.

    Have you considered earning one of the other certifications and then upgrading with 70-417? BTW - the MCITP:Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008 title will be attainable until July 31, 2014.

    Here are the titles that are allowed to upgrade with 70-417:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsa-windows-server-certification.aspx#upgrade

    Sorry about that.

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 7:32 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi Davin,

    Thanks for the explanation.

    Looks like I'll do the Server 2012 exams one by one, instead of the upgrade then. I guess it's only one more exam than the 686 and 417.

    Cheers

    Hoodoo

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:53 PM
  • By the way - you are just one exam away from earning another MCSA title, MCSA:Windows 8.

    You only need to pass 70-689 to earn this new desktop title:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-689.aspx

    Admittedly, you cannot upgrade from this title right now. Who knows - maybe in the future you can upgrade to MCSA:Windows 9 with one exam. I am only guessing.

    However, it is a separate MCSA certification title - all brand new and cutting edge with no recertification necessary.

    It's something to consider - maybe in the future.

    Good luck Hoodoo.


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:47 PM
    Answerer