last date to take 70-662, 70-663? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    These exams 70-662 and 70-663 were due to retire at the end of January (31st) 2014, but I see that they are now showing as 14th July 2014.

    Can anyone confirm the exam expiration date?


    Monday, January 6, 2014 11:05 PM


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  • Hi.

    Here is Microsoft's list of exams slated for retirement, stating these exams will retire July 14th, 2014:

    This is usually the best list to follow for exam retirement. It often overrides leftover "forgotten" statements on unmaintained certification pages on the site.

    This page states that the associated MCTS and MCITP certification titles also retire on July 14th, 2014:

    Note that you can also ask Microsoft directly via the chat window that pops up while viewing the exam pages.

    Otherwise, you can also contact Microsoft Certification Support directly with the contact information on the following page:

    Good luck!

    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:36 AM
  • I'm shocked that ALL of the certs/exams for Exchange 2010 are being retired... Exchange 2010 will continue to be a supported product through 2020, and is in Mainstream Support for another 12 months.

    What happened to Current Version - 1 for certifications?

    The Server 2008R2 and Windows 7 certs were retained, as were the SQL Server certs.


    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
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 3:38 PM
  • Thanks for the information.
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:05 PM
  • You're right, it doesn't make any sense to retire these exams on a product that is just turning four (4) years old. However, many Windows Server 2008 (even R2) exams and SQL 2008 exams are slated for retirement in July, 2014. The list even includes a Windows 7 exam and a Office 2010 exam.

    Talk about unfair - check out the upgrade path that Microsoft is supporting until January 31st, 2014 for Win 2003 MCSEs! This is a ten (10) year old certification!

    I wonder if Microsoft's push to Office 365 has anything to do with this. I am only guessing and am probably wrong.

    Well - you have six (6) solid months to pass those two exams (70-662 and 70-663). Afterwards, you can upgrade from MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010 to MCSE: Messaging with just three (3) more exams - 70-417, 70-341, and 70-342. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcse-messaging-certification.aspx#upgradeable

    Remember, the passed exams will not appear as retired after July on our transcripts.

    At some point, our certification titles will be marked as legacy. The label "Legacy" sure sounds a lot cooler to me than "Retired" so I am okay with that. Currently, I have three legacy titles on my transcript: MCP, MCSA Windows 2000, MCP + Site Building. Strangely, my MCSD for Visual Studio 6 is still not marked as legacy -but I am very much okay with that, Microsoft!

    If you're anything like me, I like to take a break from these exams. After a while when I need to recertify, I grumble about the new exams and seemingly silly renewal requirements, but then I eventually trudge to a Prometric test site and take these @#$%^& exams to get new certs. Then we can take that break again for awhile.

    Good luck!

    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:22 PM