Certification Update: SQL Server 2008 Exam Retirements

Larry Kaye


To continue to support database administrators and developers working with SQL Server 2008 systems, the Microsoft Learning Experiences team has extended the retirement date for the following exams from January 31, 2014 to July 31, 2014:

As a result of this adjustment, the associated MCITP certifications can still be earned until July 31, 2014:

  • MCITP: Database Administrator 2008
  • MCITP: Database Developer 2008


To prepare for future tasking on SQL Server 2012, individuals holding any SQL Server 2008 certification can take a streamlined two-exam upgrade path to MCSA: SQL Server 2012:

70-457: Transition Your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 1

70-458: Transition Your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 2

From now through May 31, 2014, there is a special promotion of 25% off the cost of these upgrade exams, plus free retakes if needed.

  • Hazem Elsaiegh
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    i hope this also will be with MCITP  for windows server 2008 , here , in arabic world , still using 2003 !!! , so we do really need MCITP , so please extend it , at least one year

  • david.smooth1.co.uk
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    Oh, Cool!

  • Erika Cravens
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    Hi All!

    Windows Server 2008 exams continue to remain in market.  Ideally, you should be working to earn your MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification (exams 640, 642 and 646).  These won't retire for a long time and currently the MCTS and MCITP certifications on Window Server 2008 are still in market and won't be retiring for at least another 12 months.

    I hope this helps!  


  • Israel Gino
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    But why the exam page still says that 70-450 will be retired on next 31st January ? It was not updated with the change ?


  • Larry Kaye
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    My apologies - the web page updates were delayed due to the holidays.  The MSFT Learning website will reflect the new dates by the end of the week.