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MCSE 2003 TO MCSE 2008 .. what else should i do.. am confused RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I have done my MCSA / MCSE :SECURITY for Windows Server 2003 4 yrs back. i ended in 2009.. 

    since then i haven't sat for any exams.. i applied for an IT job in that field n i finally got it n am starting on the 1st Aug 2013. As i told them, i will definitely update my exams certification.. so for the mmt, i am starting to read on 70-640 : Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring  [ but suddenly i came across the retired exams page.. n it said that the 70-640 exam is going to retire on the 31 july 2013 and on another webpage it says that this exam will not retire..  am, confused 

    1. Should i still prepare for the 2008 exams or i move to the server 2012 exams.. 

    2. Is my MCSA / MCSE 2003 exam still valid.. 

    3. Can we update the exams form MCSA/MCSE 2003 TO MCSA/MCSE 2012 straightaway or i have to go through 2008.. 

    i can say recently most companies are running on Windows Server 2008. 

    i really want to earn those exams and continue to follow this track.. 

    4. Is there any microsoft support email that i can contact in case of any questions please..

    5. I had a hotmail email on which i linked to the MCP login webpage to view my transcript details etc. but since i lost the ID and PASSWORD, i don't know how to retrieve it. although i create a new hotmail linking to the Microsoft webpage.. i don't know if i can see any.. 

    Nadjmal 

    Monday, July 29, 2013 8:43 PM

Answers

  • The actual expiration date for exams can be found on the Microsoft Learning web site.

    1. The best thing is to go for the 2012 exams.

    2. yes

    3. Answer can be found here. In short: you can do an upgrade path from 2003 to 2008 and then upgrade from 2008 to 2012. Directly upgrading from 2003 to 2012 is not possible. (and you need to hurry for the upgrade from 2003 to 2008, many exams will expire by the beginning of 2014. For this reason it might be more interesting to just do the exams for the 2012 certification)

    4. You can find a lot of info on the Microsoft Learning web site. When preparing for exams, people here on the forum can help you too. If you need to contact Microsoft directly, you can contact a regional service center.

    5. This is an issue you can take up with a Microsoft regional service center (see 4.)


    Dimitri C. - Please mark the replies as answers if they help! Thanks.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:23 AM
  • Hi Nadjmal,

    I'm replying specifically to your question about retirement dates for the 70-640 exam and other Windows Server 2008 exams.

    I spoke with a Microsoft Learning consultant on July 19, 2013, and he told me that the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 exams, specifically 70-640, 70-642, and 70-646 are not currently scheduled for retirement. Therefore, you have time to take these exams if you so desire.

    Following is a link to the Microsoft exam retirement schedule I was referred to by Microsoft Learning: 

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/retired-certification-exams.aspx

    I wish you every success with your certifications.

    James


    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:46 AM
  • Hi,

    I wrote a wiki on the upgrade path:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/16483.upgrade-from-mcsamcse-2003-to-mcsa-server-2012.aspx


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

    MCSE:Server Infrastructure, MCSE:Desktop Infrastructure, MCSA Server 2012, Citrix CCIA & CCEE, Cisco CCNA, VMware VCP 3/4/5 Twitter: @dnyvandam http://www.dannyvandam.net


    Tuesday, August 13, 2013 7:27 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • The actual expiration date for exams can be found on the Microsoft Learning web site.

    1. The best thing is to go for the 2012 exams.

    2. yes

    3. Answer can be found here. In short: you can do an upgrade path from 2003 to 2008 and then upgrade from 2008 to 2012. Directly upgrading from 2003 to 2012 is not possible. (and you need to hurry for the upgrade from 2003 to 2008, many exams will expire by the beginning of 2014. For this reason it might be more interesting to just do the exams for the 2012 certification)

    4. You can find a lot of info on the Microsoft Learning web site. When preparing for exams, people here on the forum can help you too. If you need to contact Microsoft directly, you can contact a regional service center.

    5. This is an issue you can take up with a Microsoft regional service center (see 4.)


    Dimitri C. - Please mark the replies as answers if they help! Thanks.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:23 AM
  • Hi Nadjmal,

    I'm replying specifically to your question about retirement dates for the 70-640 exam and other Windows Server 2008 exams.

    I spoke with a Microsoft Learning consultant on July 19, 2013, and he told me that the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 exams, specifically 70-640, 70-642, and 70-646 are not currently scheduled for retirement. Therefore, you have time to take these exams if you so desire.

    Following is a link to the Microsoft exam retirement schedule I was referred to by Microsoft Learning: 

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/retired-certification-exams.aspx

    I wish you every success with your certifications.

    James


    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:46 AM
  • Hi,

    I wrote a wiki on the upgrade path:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/16483.upgrade-from-mcsamcse-2003-to-mcsa-server-2012.aspx


    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

    MCSE:Server Infrastructure, MCSE:Desktop Infrastructure, MCSA Server 2012, Citrix CCIA & CCEE, Cisco CCNA, VMware VCP 3/4/5 Twitter: @dnyvandam http://www.dannyvandam.net


    Tuesday, August 13, 2013 7:27 PM
    Moderator