Question on MCITP vs MCSA:2008 RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    I am certified on MCSE 2003 and was planning to prepare for the MCITP 2008 but seems like the MCITP certification and exam will be withdrawn by July 2014. So, Am I better off preparing for MCSA:2008 and later on upgrade to MCSE:2012.

    MCSA:2008 exams are 70-640,70-642 and 70:646. Is that correct?



    Monday, March 31, 2014 8:19 AM


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  • Hi, Ochen.

    Yes, due to the limited time remaining, I recommend that you go for the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 instead of a older MCITP title.

    You will need to pass three (3) exams - 70-640, 70-642, and 70-646 (as you stated above) to earn your MCSA: Windows Server 2008.

    As well, with just one (1) more exam (70-417), you can also earn the MCSA: Window Server 2012 certification title.

    Here is a web page that describes how you can earn both MCSA titles:

    After earning your MCSA: Window Server 2012, you can take the last two (2) exams (70-413 and 70-414) to earn your MCSE: Server Infrastructure, described here:

    Please note that the Windows Server 2012 exams have been upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2. Here:

    Good luck!

    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Monday, March 31, 2014 3:34 PM
  • Hi Davin,

    Sorry for re-opening this old closed thread but i was just on the verge of sitting for the exams and i was informed by Pearson/Prometric that the 649 exams retirement date has been extended till January 31, 2015 and will will the 640, 642 and the 646 exams. Essentially, does this mean that:

    1. I can still sit for the 649 exams and the certifications remains valid even after Jan 31, 2015.

    2. 640, 642 and 646 exams retires on Jan 31, 2015?

    3. If i were to take the 649 MCITP exam, what is the upgrade path to Server 2012.




    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 4:15 AM
  • 1. Yes, your certification will still be valid after the exam retires

    2. These exams aren't listed at https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/retired-certification-exams.aspx therefore I can't ascertain when they will be retired.

    3. You can do 70-417

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    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 5:29 AM