Electives for Windows Server 2012 & SQL Server 2012 MCSA Certifications Now Available

HollyD

Effective September 15, 2014, Microsoft is introducing electives to the Windows Server 2012 and the SQL Server 2012 MCSA certifications. This new electives process gives flexibility in choosing the path that’s right for you and your organization. 

Two exams in each path will be required, and you can choose from one of four exams to satisfy the requirement for the third exam.

For MCSA: Windows Server 2012 > Exams 410 and 411 are required. You can choose one of the following exams to fulfill the requirements for the third exam in the path:

  • Exam 346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements
  • Exam 409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center
  • Exam 412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • Exam 462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

For MCSA: SQL Server 2012 > Exams 461 and 462 are required. You can choose one of the following exams to fulfill the requirements for the third exam in the path:

  • Exam 411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • Exam 463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 483: Programming in C#

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Comments
  • John Deardurff (Regional Lead - USA)

    The picture does not match what the post says. In the post it says the 461 SQL Query is an elective for the Server 2012 but in the picture it says the 462 SQL Admin.

    I like the idea. Some suggestions.

    Exam 70-464 Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases as an elective for the MCSA SQL certification.

    Exam 70-341 Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 as an elective for the MCSA Windows cert.

  • HollyD
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    @John, you are so right! That's what happens when I look at something for too long. The graphic is correct. I will have the post corrected to reflect 462 as an elective to Win Server. Thank you for your additional feedback. We're very excited about this change!

  • ALAMI Saad
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    hello

    I understand the choice of elective exams for SQL. But for Windows 2012 I don't know why 462 and 346 ?

  • b50e961c-37d5-4095-be2d-c216407a3348

    Is this something that will affect those who have already passed previous exams? i.e. I have passed the 70-410 and the 74-409 exam so if I pass the 70-411 it will show MCSA status on the MCP site? Also if that is the case and I do obtain the MCSA after passing the 70-411 do I still need to take the 70-412 to continue on to the MCSE or, can I just jump straight to the 70-413 exam and then the 414 to achieve the MCSE? In other words is the 412 required for MCSE if you use one of the other routes for the MCSA?

    Thanks.

  • Volia Bonilla
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    It applies to those who have already passed exams 409, 410 and 411?

    Thanks.

  • Sergei
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    For MCSA: SQL Server 2012, 70-417 can't be alternative to 70-411 or 70-412?

  • HollyD
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    @Alami, we felt 462 was an appropriate elective to distinguish server administrators who manage SQL as a workload. For 346, many on-premises administrators have to deal with hybrid configurations and managing identities in the cloud. Exam 346 covers the knowledge that administrators need to establish to implement Office 365 cloud solutions. Thanks for asking the question!!

  • HollyD
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    @kris, if you already took some of the exams that now make up the requirements for the certification, you will earn the certification. For example, if you have already taken exam 409 and 410, you just need to take exam 411 to earn MCSA: Windows Server 2012. Once you earn MCSA: WIndows Server 2012, you're on your way to earning your MCSE -- even if you earned your MCSA with electives. Thank you!!

  • HollyD
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    @Sergei, at this time 417 will not be an alternative to 411 or 412 in the SQL path, but thank you for this feedback. Thanks for asking about this!

  • b50e961c-37d5-4095-be2d-c216407a3348

    One more question. I purchased the MCSA 3 exam pack back in April-May time frame before the deal expired to get the 15% off on the exams. Now that I technically won't need the 70-412 exam anymore for the MCSA and want to continue on to the MCSE can I use that voucher number for the 70-413 exam since I won't be taking the 70-412?

  • Mark Grogan
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    Hi Holly, This all looks pretty good to give people options (particularly like that the 346 is in there due to the emphasis on AD FS etc)

    409 though... Not sure that this exam should be in the MCSA category, or if it is, then the difficulty of this needs to be increased.

    It is an entry level exam with questions sitting around the level 200 at most 300 content.

    If this approach is to be taken for Hyper-V experience, then you should perhaps be using either 246 or 247 as the elective and not 409. Just a thought, though no doubt the wheels are already well in motion.

    Otherwise all looks good, just concerned that 409 makes the MCSA 2012 just a bit to easy to achieve...

    Mark G.

  • Wojtek
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    Does an electives exam to MCSA SQL could be MCSA WS 2012 not only 70-411/412?

  • Sergei
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    i also think that MCSA WS 2012 + 70-461 + 70-462 must be ok for MCSA SQL

  • KevinM
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    Interesting point about the 70-417 and/or the MCSA Server 2012 counting towards the elective for the SQL Server certification.  When I took the 70-417, my score report showed separate scores for the 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412 exams.  After having passed the 70-417 I am no longer eligible to take the 70-411 and 70-412 exams, either, so it certainly appears that Microsoft has considered me having passed those exams.

    More to the point, we would be faced with a scenario where you could have two people with MCSA Server 2012 certifications, one who took the 410, 411, and 412 exams and the other who took the 417 exam.  They both hold the same certification, neither of them can take the 410, 411, 412, or 417 exams again, but only one of them can use his prior experience to qualify as an elective for the MCSA SQL certification?  Does that make any sense to you?  For all intents and purposes their certifications are equal, but apparently one is "more equal" than the other?

    This smells like yet another half-baked idea from Microsoft Learning.  I get that there is a great deal of complexity to deal with in the certification program, but if it takes less than a day for outsiders to poke holes in your new announcements then it is clear that people at MSL aren't thinking things through before announcing them.

  • 27de2fcf-4382-4165-9d00-1973565a0cd8

    HI

    I passed the 70-417 exam

    If I pass the exams 70-461 and 70-462. I get MCSA SQL 2012?

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