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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Are you affected by the 31 Microsoft exams retiring in 2015?


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Don't get caught out by the numerous Microsoft exam retirements planned for 2015. There are a colossal 31 exams planned for retirement over the next 12 months.

This inflated list is the knock on from 2014 when 7 exams were given a 12 month stay of execution despite Microsoft planning the retirement of 14 exams on July 31st 2014. These 7 exams will now join 26 additional Microsoft exams which will be phased out in 2015.

Largely affected are the legacy MCTS and MCITP certifications which have been gradually replaced by new MCSA, MCSE and MCSD certifications associated to latest technologies.

So lets take a look at the planned list of withdrawn exams. (The information that follows is subject to change.)


Microsoft Dynamics


With the release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 announced on the 1st December 2014, it is unsurprising that a series of exams are planned for retirement. The legacy technologies to be affected include 2009, 2010 and 2011 versions of Dynamics.

Microsoft Dynamics exams retiring on December 31, 2014
  • MB3-859: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Financials
  • MB3-860: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Project Series
  • MB3-861: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Installation and Configuration
  • MB3-862: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Inventory and Order Processing
  • MB4-873: Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 Financials
  • MB4-874: Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 Installation and Configuration
  • MB5-537: Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 Store Operations
  • MB5-538: Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 Headquarters
  • MB5-845: Microsoft Dynamics POS 200

Windows


With the replacement MCSA: Windows 8.1 on offer and a new Windows 10 Operating System set for release in 2015, the following Windows 7 exam retirements are to be expected.

Windows 7 exams retiring on January 31, 2015

Windows 7 exams retiring on July 31, 2015
  • 70-681: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying
  • 98-349: Windows Operating System Fundamentals

Windows Server


The MCTS Windows Server 2008 R2 certification has long since been replaced by the latest MCSA: Windows Server 2012 and follow on MCSE: Server Infrastructure certs. It was only a matter of time before the virtualiztion exams for Windows Server 2008 took their place in the hall of fame.

Windows Server 2008 R2 exams retiring on July 31, 2015
  • 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
  • 70-669: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization

SQL Server


It's about time these SQL Server 2008 exams were kicked to the curb. Exams 70-450 and 70-451 were two of the lucky certifications to be spared in 2014, looks like their days are now numbered. Alternative certifications include the MCSA: SQL Server which leads into MCSE: Data Platform and MCSE: Business Intelligence which are aligned to SQL Server 2012 and 2014.

SQL Server exams retiring on July 31, 2015
  • 70-450: PRO: Designing, Optimizing, and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • 70-451: PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • 70-459: Transition Your MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 or MCITP: Database Developer 2008 to MCSE: Data Platform
  • 70-460: Transition Your MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer 2008 to MCSE: Business Intelligence

Office 365


As Microsoft's cloud powered Office 365 continues to proliferate businesses across the globe, we see the first spate of exam retirements for Office 365. You can already work towards the replacement exams which are included as part of the MCSA: Office 365 credential.

Office 365 exams retiring on December 31, 2014

Office 365 exams retiring on January 31, 2015
  • 74-325: Administering Office 365 for Small Business

Project and Project Server


Back in 2013 we saw the launch of Microsoft Project and Project Server 2013. So as Project Managers adopt the new software or transition from the 2010 version, we wave goodbye to the associated MCTS exams.

Project and Project Server exams retiring on July 31, 2015
  • 70-177: TS: Microsoft Project Server 2010, Configuring
  • 70-178: TS: Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2010

Visual Studio


With the introduction of HTML5, Microsoft appear to be diversifying their offering away from .NET as they react to the evolution of the Developer world. Microsoft's entry level developer focused MTA certifications will also see a new lease of life in 2015 as the certs gain increased credibility.

Visual Studio exams retiring on July 31, 2015
  • 70-518: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • 70-519: PRO: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • 98-363: Web Development Fundamentals
  • 98-372: Microsoft .NET Fundamentals
  • 98-374: MTA: Gaming Development Fundamentals

Volume Licensing


Volume Licensing exams retiring on January 31, 2015
  • 70-671: TS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium Organizations
  • 70-672: TS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations


Other technologies


Forefront and BizTalk Server 2010 exams retiring on July 31, 2015
  • 70-158: TS: Forefront Identity and Access Management, Configuring
  • 70-595: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010



Author Bio


As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the Industry for almost 3 years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint, Windows Server and Exchange Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor.


Friday, 26 September 2014

E is for Expert – which MCSE is made for you?


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The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification was the crown jewel of Microsoft’s certification portfolio for two decades, most notably during the Windows Server 2003 and XP era. Then came the rise of Microsoft Certified ITProfessional (MCITP). Although the replacement series of certs was popular, the MCITP struggled to gain the traction of MCSE. The old MCSE was a known quantity, it had an industry recognised credibility that the MCITP could never quite match.


In 2012, Microsoft decided it was time to revive the MCSE. The flagship certification was reinvented with a different name - Microsoft Certified SolutionsExpert, which came with some fundamental changes:
  • Microsoft introduced the need for recertification every two or three years 
  • The legacy was MCSE focused purely on individual job roles, whereas the new Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE) certification focuses on the holders ability to design and build technology solutions. 
As it stands there are currently eight MCSE credentials available:
  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure 
  • MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure 
  • MCSE: Private Cloud 
  • MCSE: Data Platform 
  • MCSE: Business Intelligence 
  • MCSE: Messaging 
  • MCSE: Communication 
  • MCSE: SharePoint 
Do you want to know which one is made for your skills and needs? Read on to find out.


MCSE: Server Infrastructure


What you’ll learn: With the MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification you’ll be skilled to run an efficient and modern data centre. You’ll also be an expert in identity management, systems management, and storage planning, as well as designing and deploying a virtualised environment.

It’s also worth mentioning that this certification is currently the highest level credential you can achieve on Windows Server 2012.

Who’s it for: If you’re looking to work as a computer support specialist and information security analyst, the MCSE: Server Infrastructure is highly recommended for you, as it will significantly improve your employability prospects.

Prerequisites and upgrades: To earn an MCSE a relevant MCSA is required, in this case it is the MCSA: Windows Server 2012. However, you shouldn’t worry if you have an earlier certification like the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 or a relevant MCITP, because there are upgrades available for these certifications:
  • MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008 
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008 
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2 
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010 
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010 
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010 
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 
In order to upgrade, you’ll need to sit the following exams:
  • Exam 70-417 - Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012  
  • Exam 70-413 - Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure  
  • Exam 70-414  - Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure 


MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure


What you’ll learn: The MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure credential proves that you know how to design, deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 desktop infrastructure in a virtualised environment.

Who’s it for: Are you interested or already working as a desktop support manager or a data and applications manager? Then this is the cert you need.

Prerequisites and upgrades: If you already have the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 you are looking at a much faster process. You’ll ‘only’ need to pass two exams:

  • Exam 70-415 - Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure 
  • Exam 70-416 - Implementing Desktop Application Environments 

Of course there are upgrades available for this certification as well. Upgradeable certs include:

  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010

In order to upgrade from any of the above, you’ll need to pass the following three exams:

  • Exam 70-417 - Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 
  • Exam 70-415 - Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure 
  • Exam 70-416 - Implementing Desktop Application Environments 



MCSE: Private Cloud


What you’ll learn: The MCSE: Private Cloud certification proves your skills in managing and implementing Microsoft private cloud computing technologies. Combined with Windows Server and System Center, you’ll be able to build your Microsoft private cloud to provide flexibility for your IT infrastructure.

Who’s it for: As a MCSE: Private Cloud certified professional you’ll be qualified for jobs such as server administrator, systems programmer and network manager.

Prerequisites and upgrades: To earn your MCSE: Private Cloud, you’ll need to get the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 first. Or you can upgrade from these and take a shorter route:

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7

Exams needed to upgrade:

  • Exam 70-417 - Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 
  • Exam 70-246 - Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 
  • Exam 70-247 - Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012


MCSE: Data Platform


What you’ll learn: This cert demonstrates your skills in building and administrating large scale data solutions both on-premises and in cloud environments.

Who’s it for: Database analysts and designers.

Prerequisites and upgrades: This certification requires the MCSA: SQL Server credential prior to attaining the full MCSE: Data Platform. Upgrades are available from MCITP: Database Developer 2008 and MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 via the following path:

  • Exam 70-457 - Transition MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 1 
  • Exam 70-458 - Transition MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 2 
  • Exam 70-459 - Transition MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 or MCITP: Database Developer 2008 to MCSE: Data Platform 


MCSE: Business Intelligence


What you’ll learn: The MCSE: Business Intelligence cert will equip you with the skills and techniques needed to design, build and implement a Business Intelligence platform for SQL Server.

Who’s it for: This cert is ideal for professionals pursuing a reporting engineer career.

Prerequisites and upgrades: To earn your MCSE: Business Intelligence credential you’ll first need to get the MCSA: SQL Server certification. Or if you already have the MCITP: Business Intelligence 2008 you can upgrade by passing the following three exams:

  • Exam 70-457 - Transition MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 1 
  • Exam 70-458 - Transition MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 2 
  • Exam 70-460 - Transition MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer 2008 to MCSE: Business Intelligence 



MCSE: Messaging


What you’ll learn: With this certification you’ll be able to help your peers to stay connected, access files anytime from anywhere and maintain general messaging security. Learn how to migrate your company to the cloud without trouble, increase productivity and flexibility and improve data security. You’ll also learn to reduce data loss, and improve data security for your organisation.

Who’s it for: The MCSE: Messaging certification is a must have if you’re looking for a position in network and computer systems administration.

Prerequisites and upgrades: To get the MCSE: Messaging cert, first you’ll need to have the MCSA: Windows Server 2012. Plus you can upgrade as well, if you have any of these:

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator on Exchange 2010
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7



MCSE: Communication


What you’ll learn: With the MCSE: Communication cert under your belt you’ll be an expert in creating a consistent, smooth communications experience within your organisation. You’ll know how to configure, manage and maintain Lync, and monitor the state and quality of communications in your network.

Who’s it for: Similarly to the MCSE: Messaging, the MCSE: Communication certification will also qualify you for a position in network and computer systems administration.

Prerequisites and upgrades: It probably won’t strike you as a surprise but the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 is the first certification you’ll have to obtain on the track to your MCSE: Communication cert. Upgrades are available from:

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7

You’ll just have to pass these exams:

  • Exam 70-417 - Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 
  • Exam 70-336 - Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 
  • Exam 70-337 - Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 



MCSE: SharePoint


What you’ll learn: The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: SharePoint (MCSE) is a globally recognised standard for IT professionals. With it you’ll boost your expertise in helping your company organise, sync, collaborate and share information across the entire organisation.

Who’s it for: Professionals pursuing a career as a systems or network analyst.

Prerequisites and upgrades: Needless to say MCSA: Windows Server 2012 is a prerequisite and upgrades are available from:

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7

You’ll just need to pass:

  • Exam 70-417 - Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 
  • Exam 70-331 - Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 
  • Exam 70-332 - Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

Eight certifications, eight paths do go down. Some of them are similar; some of them are fundamentally different. Which one will you pursue?


About the Author:

Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Do Microsoft’s exam extensions affect you?


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Microsoft has extended the availability of a large number of exams for soon to be legacy certifications: MCITP, MCTS and MCPD.

Originally due to expire on July 31st this year, the following exams will now be available until 31st July 2015:


MCTS - Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

Exam 70-177: Microsoft Project Server 2010, Configuration

Exam 70-433: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

Exam 70-511: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications Development

Exam 70-513: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications

Exam 70-515: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Web Applications Development

Exam 70-515: MCTS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Data Access

Exam 70-663: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring

Exam 70-662: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring

Exam 70-667: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring


MCITP - Microsoft Certified IT professional

Exam 70-450: Designing, optimizing, and maintaining a database administrative solution using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Exam 70-451: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Exam 70-699: Windows Server 2003, MCSA Security Specialization Skills Update

Exam 70-668: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator


MCPD - Microsoft Certified Professional Developer

Exam 70-518: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 70-519: Designing and Developing web applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4


What next?

The extension of these exams means you now have more time to achieve your MCPD, MCITP or MCTS certification. Visit us to see what other Microsoft certs are available.

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 23 April 2012

How the Microsoft changes affect you


  • MCTS – opt for new MCSA certification paths. No new MCTS certs will be released as of April 2012. After the product version of your MCTS retires, your certification will hold a legacy status.
  • MCITP (in general) – MCITP certifications will not be updated for future versions of Microsoft Products. Unless you’re looking at MCITP EA or SA, opt for new MCSE certification tracks.
  • MCITP System Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise AdministratorYou will get the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) automatically.
  • MCITP Database Administrator 2008 and MCITP: Database Developer 2008Upgrade to MCSE: Data Platform. You can upgrade with 3 exams. You will also get the MCSA: SQL Server 2012.
  • MCITP Business Intelligence 2008 Upgrade to MCSE: Business Intelligence. You can upgrade with 3 exams. You will also get the MCSA: SQL Server 2012.
  • MCSA on Windows Server 2003 – You can opt for MCITP certifications and then proceed to the new MCSE, but it’s quicker to opt straight for the MCSE certification.



Monday, 26 March 2012

What is MCSE?


A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer is a certified professional who has the knowledge and skills to work with concepts and systems of networking.
The MCSE cert demonstrates that the professional is skilled in designing, implementing, and administering infrastructures, based on Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server.
The Microsoft MCITP Enterprise & Server Administrator certification is the latest "MCSE 2008”. It has replaced the MCSE and MCSA on Server 2003.

If you have the MCSE 2003, you can upgrade your certification by certifying in the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) on Windows Server 2008 certifications.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Upgrade your MCDST Certification to MCTS or MCITP Windows 7


If you are looking to remain competitive and to keep your skill up to date, then its time to upgrade your Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification.  You have the option to upgrade to a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) or Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification.   Only one exam is required to upgrade your MCDST on Windows XP certification to MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

  • Exam 70: 682: Pro: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (available March 2010).
Until Exam 70-682 is available you can consider earning the MCTS certification:
  • Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring
This exam also counts as credits towards the following certifications:
Call us now to discuss your Windows 7 Training needs.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

New Course Announcement : Microsoft MCITP Database Administrator 2008

Microsoft MCITP Database Administrator 2008

This 6 day accelerated SQL 2008 program will teach delegates how to install and configure SQL Server 2008, how to maintain instances, manage security, maintain a database and perform data management tasks. They will also learn how to monitor and troubleshoot SQL Server, optimise performance and implement high availability.

This program is aimed to teach and to test students on the following Microsoft accreditations:
• MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
• MCITP: Database Administrator 2008