New MCSE Certifications for Windows Server 2012

New MCSE Certifications for Windows Server 2012

Don Field

Greetings from TechEd North America in Orlando, Florida.  I’m very excited to announce two new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications based on Windows Server 2012.  These certifications, and the training associated with them, provide IT professionals with new opportunities to grow and validate skills for modern IT and datacenter environments.  The new certifications are the latest offerings in our reinvented Microsoft Certification Program.

As with all of our certifications, the MCSE can be the differentiator in hiring decisions and career momentum. Across the IT industry, it is becoming more important for IT professionals to have the necessary technology skills to address the increasingly blurred lines between work and life in their organizations and create dynamic, secure, available, and cost-effective infrastructure solutions.  The MCSE certifications on Windows Server 2012 can help technology professionals to enable a modern workstyle and a cloud-optimized datacenter.

Here are the two new certifications:

  • The MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification focuses on how to deploy and manage desktops and devices, allowing flexible, consistent, and reliable access to corporate services. Essentially, it allows IT professionals to be the hero in their organization by enabling a flexible work style providing access from anywhere, on any device, while maintaining security and compliance. This certification validates skills in desktop virtualization, remote desktop services, and application virtualization.

  • The MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification focuses on how to design, build, manage, and run a highly efficient data center. With the know-how of essential services ranging from identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking, you have the tools needed to run a highly efficient and modern datacenter. This certification empowers you to go beyond virtualization and deliver the essential services for a highly efficient and modern datacenter.

Please keep checking back for more news about the Microsoft Certification Program. And as always, please let us know what you think.

 

 

 

 

Comments
  • rellufgerg
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    Do you plan  to publish invites for beta exams outside of TechEd ?

  • rellufgerg
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    Are there plans for MCM Certification for Windows Server 2012 ?

  • rellufgerg
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    So we have the original MCSE, MCSE: Server 2008 core, MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure and MCSE: Server infrastructure.

    That's pretty simple and consistent (not).

  • rellufgerg
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    Thanks for the 2 MCSE exams that match a little better of what the original MCSE was. So now the rest of us have something to target for :D

  • rellufgerg
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    So what happens to MCITP?

  • rellufgerg
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    MCITP stays MCITP.  If you've earned it, you keep it.  The new MCSE and MCSA exams are for different technology.

    BTW, what's this "MCSE: Server 2008 core" you speak of?  This is the first I've heard of it.

  • rellufgerg
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    I am disappointed that an MCITP:EA is required to take 3 exams to upgrade.  Essentially, by holding an MCITP:EA, you get to skip two exams from the standard MCSE: Server Infrastructure path.  That is not very motivating for me to upgrade my certificate to the new MCSE.  I have upgraded my Windows 2000 MCSE two times (2003, 2008), but I don't think I will do it for 2012 if it requires three exams.  That is a terrible upgrade path.

  • rellufgerg
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    The MCSE on Server 2003 upgrade to MCITP: EA was also three exams.  There was the "upgrade" exam that covered the AD, Applications Infrastructure, and Network exams, then there was a client exam (Vista or Win7), then there was the Pro exam for MCITP: EA.

    I suppose if you only wanted a single exam they could do a single 300 question exam, but most people would probably prefer to break that up a bit.

  • rellufgerg
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    "MCITP stays MCITP.  If you've earned it, you keep it."  Does this mean if we obtain an MCITP:EA is will just say retired on our transcript?

  • rellufgerg
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    I would assume that when it is retired it would say retired, but I can't imagine that it would say retired before it was retired.

  • rellufgerg
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    On Prometric site both my 71-246 and 71-247 (betas) apper as "Passed". But I am still MCSA in transcript :(

  • rellufgerg
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    Yeah 246 not showing on mcp site yet, but is on prometric....  hopefully show up tonight

  • rellufgerg
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    "14 Jun 2012 8:40 PM

    On Prometric site both my 71-246 and 71-247 (betas) apper as "Passed". But I am still MCSA in transcript :("

    You got those certs already done? With honest studying? I doubt. Yesterday when i searched general information i bumped to the forum where ppl. were discussing about (and swapping) braindumps for this new MCSA  certs... :(

  • wookie_uk
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    Well I can't vouch for everyone, but yes I passed 246 with "honest studying" (well, that and ten years experience going back through SMS/MOM/SCCM//SCOM/etc...).  Alongside all the other prereq's over the past few years (including the MCITP:EA years ago, exempting from the MCSA:2008 requirement)

    MS virtual academy and the partner site both have some good resources, and the product betas etc have been available for a good while too.  There's no reason to suspect foul play purely based on 'how quickly gained after exam launch', and no reason for anyone to wait for exam launch to begin preparing.

    If I'm honest I can't imagine any 'braindumpers' would get any content so quickly after launch?

  • wookie_uk
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    And to drag us back on topic - are the server 2012/win8 exams going to only be beta'd at TechEd? No way I can get to it this year due to client commitments :(