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  • Hi guys!  I just received my 70-680 MCTS cert, and now I'm deciding on what direction to head in regards to the present time when Server 2012 is going to be making its way out onto the market soon.  Originally, I was planning on getting the MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008 certification, but now that the next generation of Windows platforms are coming out, I'm think it may be worthwhile going directly for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 to get ahead of the game.  But if I get the MCITP, I can build a solid foundation in Server 2008 that I can build off of.  I currently work in the IT industry and am familiar with basic Server 2008 concepts, but that's it.  I'm just torn in-between both certs.

    What are your guy's recommendations on which direction I should head?  Any advice is greatly appreciated! :)


    • Edited by AlphaLink4 Wednesday, August 1, 2012 8:39 PM
    Wednesday, August 1, 2012 8:38 PM

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  • Just to add to what Wharty said, if you are wanting to compete these certifications ASAP i would suggest going the 2008 path. Two reasons for this

    1. Everyone is currently on a 2008 platform (or earlier) and no one has implemented 2012 because it's only in beta. So having a 2008 certification at this moment in time will hold more weight in the working-world than a 2012 certification. That probably won't be the case by Q4 of 2013 or early 2014 but right now it makes more sense to have 2008 certs. Also it's my experience that companies are slow adopters of server platforms and usually wait until the first service pack before adopting. So you'd have to even wait longer for your certification to be helpful in the real world

    2. 2012 certs aren't even out yet. I know a few are in beta but that's it. So to even get a 2012 MCSA or MCSE certification you will have to wait until early next year to even get material on these certifications much less take the exams. So if you are looking long-term and don't plan on studying for the next 6 months or so then sure - wait.

    • Proposed as answer by Mr. Wharty Friday, August 3, 2012 1:23 AM
    • Marked as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Thursday, August 9, 2012 2:20 PM
    Thursday, August 2, 2012 4:05 PM
  • If you wanted to go down the MCITP 2008 path, you’d need to complete the rest of the exams (Exam 70-640, Exam 70-642, Exam 70-646) by 31st July 2013 as this is when 2008 exams are due to retire.  Doing these exams would also get you the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification which means you could then take exam 70-417 to upgrade to the MCSA: Windows Server 2012.  Once you've got MCSA 2012, you could do 70-413 and 70-414 to get MCSE: Server Infrastructure.

    If you want to go down the 2012 path, you should look into MCSA: Windows Server 2012MCSE: Server Infrastructure or Microsoft Private Cloud


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    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Thursday, August 2, 2012 12:20 AM

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  • If you wanted to go down the MCITP 2008 path, you’d need to complete the rest of the exams (Exam 70-640, Exam 70-642, Exam 70-646) by 31st July 2013 as this is when 2008 exams are due to retire.  Doing these exams would also get you the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification which means you could then take exam 70-417 to upgrade to the MCSA: Windows Server 2012.  Once you've got MCSA 2012, you could do 70-413 and 70-414 to get MCSE: Server Infrastructure.

    If you want to go down the 2012 path, you should look into MCSA: Windows Server 2012MCSE: Server Infrastructure or Microsoft Private Cloud


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

    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Thursday, August 2, 2012 12:20 AM
  • Just to add to what Wharty said, if you are wanting to compete these certifications ASAP i would suggest going the 2008 path. Two reasons for this

    1. Everyone is currently on a 2008 platform (or earlier) and no one has implemented 2012 because it's only in beta. So having a 2008 certification at this moment in time will hold more weight in the working-world than a 2012 certification. That probably won't be the case by Q4 of 2013 or early 2014 but right now it makes more sense to have 2008 certs. Also it's my experience that companies are slow adopters of server platforms and usually wait until the first service pack before adopting. So you'd have to even wait longer for your certification to be helpful in the real world

    2. 2012 certs aren't even out yet. I know a few are in beta but that's it. So to even get a 2012 MCSA or MCSE certification you will have to wait until early next year to even get material on these certifications much less take the exams. So if you are looking long-term and don't plan on studying for the next 6 months or so then sure - wait.

    • Proposed as answer by Mr. Wharty Friday, August 3, 2012 1:23 AM
    • Marked as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Thursday, August 9, 2012 2:20 PM
    Thursday, August 2, 2012 4:05 PM
  • Does anyone know by when will we have to do the upgade exam from MASA 2008  to 2012 ? is there a time limit that you have to finish it by ?
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:05 AM
  • I am not aware of an expiry date for the 70-417 upgrade exam. 

    Generally speaking, upgrade exams usually stay available until 1yr after the release of a new product version i.e. if the next version of Windows Server was released in 2015, the upgrade exam from 2008 to 2012 would expire in 2016.


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    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:13 AM
  • Hello Mr. I searched the site Retired exams and have not found the exams windows server 2008

    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/CertGeneral/thread/cfc3dbc3-b4b3-44a6-a4b7-1c7cdd2cff42

    Are you sure that the exams 640,642,646 will also be retired on July 31?

    Tks all

    Monday, May 6, 2013 6:40 PM