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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

24 Microsoft exams retiring in 2017

It's been a busy 2016 for Microsoft, a major certification restructure was announced in September, which will see the retirement of all 13 existing MCSD and MCSE certifications on March 31st 2017.

These were replaced with a streamlined set of 5 certifications aligned to the latest job roles and the removal of recertification. Despite this huge shake up, built on by a new technology launch across every core Microsoft platform, the number of exam retirements is surprisingly light.

The reason, exams and curriculum aligned to the retiring MCSE and MCSD certifications are simply being reshuffled under the new certifications as electives. With that in mind, let's take a look at the changes.


Dynamics

With the launch of Dynamics 365, combining the existing CRM and ERP platforms, it is unsurprising that we see a range of retirements affecting CRM 2013 and AX 2012.

Retired on December 31, 2016
MB2-700: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Applications
MB2-701: Extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013
MB2-702: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Deployment
MB2-703: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration
MB5-705: Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations
MB6-700: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Project
MB6-702: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Financials
MB6-703: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Trade and Logistics
MB6-704: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Development Introduction
MB6-884: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Lean Manufacturing
MB6-885: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Public Sector
MB6-886: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Process Manufacturing Production and Logistics
MB6-889: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Service Management

Retiring on March 31, 2017         
MB6-701: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Retail
MB6-705: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Installation and Configuration


SharePoint

Despite the launch of SharePoint Server 2016, there are currently no plans to retire exams aligned to SharePoint 2013. The only retirements associated with platform are in the form of recertification exams for the MCSE and MCSD certifications, which are no longer a requirement.

Retiring on March 31, 2017
70-383: Recertification for MCSE: SharePoint
70-384: Recertification for MCSE: Communication
70-385: Recertification for MCSE: Messaging
70-517: Recertification for MCSD: SharePoint Applications


SQL Server

As with SharePoint, we see only the planned retirement of recertification exams. Despite the existence of SQL Server 2014 and the arrival of SQL Server 2016, there are still no plans to retire exams aligned to SQL Server 2012 and the associated MCSA.

Retiring on March 31, 2017
70-469: Recertification for MCSE: Data Platform
70-470: Recertification for MCSE: Business Intelligence


Visual Studio and .NET

The most interesting exam retirements planned for Visual Studio are 70-354 and 70-355, which align to the Universal Windows Platform. These will coincide with the retirement of the MCSD: Universal Windows Platform.

In place of these exams comes 70-357: Developing Mobile Apps, which forms the second requirement for the new MCSA: Universal Windows Platform.

Retiring on March 31, 2017
70-354: Universal Windows Platform – App Architecture and UX/UI
70-355: Universal Windows Platform – App Data, Services, and Coding Patterns
70-490: Recertification for MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML5
70-491: Recertification for MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C#
70-494: Recertification for MCSD: Web Applications
70-499: Recertification for MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management

Retiring on July 31, 2017
70-488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
70-489: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions


Windows

With a rather quiet exit, the MCSA: Windows 8.1 retired on December 31, with the removal of exams 70-687 and 70-688.

Retired on December 31, 2016
70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1
70-688: Supporting Windows 8.1
70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8
70-692: Upgrading Your Windows XP Skills to MCSA Windows 8


Windows Server

Despite being almost 8 years old, numerous planned and failed retirements, MCSA: Windows Server 2008 is finally set for legacy status. The retirement of aligned exams 70-640, 70-642 and 70-646 is scheduled for July 31, 2017.

Retiring on March 31, 2017
70-980: Recertification for MCSE: Server Infrastructure
70-981: Recertification for MCSE: Private Cloud

Retiring on July 31, 2017
70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
70-642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
70-646: Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator


Other

Retiring on January 31, 2017
74-697: OEM Preinstallation

Retiring on March 31, 2017
70-673: TS: Designing, Assessing, and Optimizing Software Asset Management (SAM)

Retiring on July 31, 2017
70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Thursday, 14 July 2016

10 tips to pass Microsoft's MCSA 70-412 exam




If you’re considering achieving the MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification, you’ll need to pass 3 exams 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412. Having launched our “10 tips to pass Microsoft’s MCSA 70-411 exam” we now focus on the final exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows 2012 Services. This exam measures your skills in configuring network services, configuring file and storage solutions, implementing business continuity and disaster recovery, and managing high availability.

The 70-412 exam builds upon the fundamental skills demonstrated in the 70-410 and 70-411 exams and confirms that you can configure and manage the Windows Server 2012’s functions. Remember, you are required to pass all three exams before you are MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certified.


We’ve researched and gathered 10 top tips that will help you obtain the skills and knowledge to pass the third and final Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification exam, 70-412.

1. Use the Microsoft Virtual Academy


Microsoft’s Virtual Academy is one of the most useful resources Microsoft provides. Watch videos from Microsoft experts, giving you in-depth training and guidance on core Microsoft technologies. There are also online courses aligned to Microsoft exams. 

You can watch the video for the MCSA: 70-412 exam here. This takes you through a review of the topics covered in this exam in a fast-paced format, as well as receiving some valuable test taking techniques. The session is led by a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), experienced in delivering sessions on the exam's aims and contents.

I’d highly recommend using the Microsoft Virtual Academy to prepare you for your studies. Once you fully understand what you’ll be facing, you’ll be in a better position to begin your exam preparation and studying.  

2. Use a revision guide


A revision guide is a must-have essential for any exam. It’ll guide you through your studies, highlighting which topics require more focus than others. Study guides often define terms you may not understand and explain theory with a high level of detail.

Don’t waste your study time searching for guides, here’s our top recommendations. Like the 70-411 exam and 70-410 exam before it, Microsoft have a really useful official 70-412 exam revision guide called, “Exam Ref 70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services”. If you used Microsoft’s guide for the 70-411, this will continue nicely where you last left off, using a similar style and layout. It is well structured to help you focus on each exam objective and also presents real-world scenarios to put your knowledge into context. Furthermore, published from Microsoft itself, you can trust that it contains all the information you need for the exam.

You can find it on Amazon here. The ISBN is 978-0735673618.

Another great book to use for revision is William Panek’s MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2 Complete Study Guide: Exams 70-410, 70-411, 70-412. It comes with weight as it’s written by one of Microsoft’s MVPs and covers all the topics in all three of the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification exams. This goes into extensive detail to improve your knowledge and prepare you for the 70-412 exam. Other features include hands-on exercises, practice exam questions, electronic flashcards and over two hours of video content. All of this creates a revision guide package that is perfect at improving your Windows Server 2012 knowledge in all the areas in the three exams.

You can find it on Amazon here. The ISBN is 978-1118859919.

3. Join a forum


Joining a community and sharing your Microsoft 70-412 exam queries and experiences can help you gain and share knowledge. It allows you to bounce ideas off others in the same position as yourself or with those who've already passed the exam. Doing this in an online forum can be a well-earned break from revision and may surprise you in the amount of questions it answers. Take each answer with a pinch of salt – not everyone is an expert.

One of the best for Microsoft exams is TechNet’s forums. You can search for specific exam related questions, or look up general technology related queries. You could pose a direct question yourself, or use an existing thread with many responses and answers already available. There are many ways in which an online forum could be helpful to your 70-412 exam studies.

To point you in the right direction, here is a link to the Windows Server 2012 section and a link to the MCSA exams section.


4. Take a practice test


Practice tests are the closest you can get to a real exam. They’re designed to replicate the same question style and cover the same topics as the actual exam, therefore augmenting your chances of passing. Practice tests allow you to identify areas that may need a tighter focus or more revision.

The best place to go for Microsoft practice exams is MeasureUp. They’re Microsoft official and have copious resources for all Microsoft exams. You can find the 70-412 practice exam package here, which contains 156 questions in total. Its features include a timed certification mode that mimics an exam scenario, a study mode that walks you through all topics and an instant score and break-down of how you’ve done to see where you need to improve.

You can buy the package for £79 or download 60 and 30 day editions costing £72 and £66 respectively.

5. Take a course


There is no substitute to immersing yourself with like-minded students - who are in fact a resource themselves as they are focused on passing the same exam. You will learn from experts in the field, dedicated to building your Windows Server 2012 skills and knowledge putting you in the best position to pass your 70-412 exam. They get you hands-on with Windows Server 2012, whilst taking you step by step through the courseware.

Firebrand offer a 9 day accelerated Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 course which covers all three exams, of course including the 70-412. 

There’s no better way to help you get certified than taking time out to study and giving it 100% of your time and attention, especially when you combine a course with some of our other tips and resources.

6. Avoid brain dumps


You should avoid brain dumps at all cost! It is important to remember that these are illegal and you will be immediately disqualified from exams. They are a false economy, teaching you to cheat in order to pass, rather than focusing on building the necessary skills and knowledge required to pass. 

Make sure you steer clear of 70-412 brain dumps.  Even if you pass, you’ll not have learned the skills the certification aims to teach you, meaning you won’t be able to put these into practice in real-world situations and your job. 

7. Download a trial version of the software


You can get hands-on with a trial version of Windows Server 2012. Put your knowledge into practice, reinforcing your learning of configuring advanced services in Windows Server 2012. Using all the Windows Server 2012 features, you’ll discover things you didn’t in your studies, that’ll be handy in your exam.

To make it more relevant, I’d recommend combining your exploration of the trial version with a study guide and the exam objectives. This’ll on critical knowledge areas aligned to the exam including the configuration of Network Services and the implementation of Disaster Recovery features.



8. Join a study group


Study groups are useful for connecting with other students who are focusing on the same goal as you, sitting the 70-412 exam. Sharing study tips and experiences could be useful to your study method. Collaboration is always helpful when it comes to studying, joining a study group is also a great way to stay motivated.

One of the biggest study groups for Microsoft certifications can be found on the Born to Learn blog. Here is the link to the MCSA: 70-412 exam study group. This is where you can find forums and discussions in which you can interact with others.


9. Do some practice labs


If you’re looking to try out Windows Server 2012, but don’t yet feel confident enough to attempt the practices in the 70-412 exam, a practice lab is for you. It is based around guided learning so you can tackle the challenges in a safe environment, removing the danger of anything going badly wrong.

You may already be aware of TechNet’s 31 Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual labs. Although there isn’t one specifically for the 70-412 exam, they are all free and many of these cover topics that overlap with 70-412 exam content – such as an introduction to failover clustering or identity services with Active Directory.


10. Download a study app


Revision for your 70-412 exam has not escaped the modern world of the smartphone. Study apps have 70-412 exam resources to help you revise at your convenience. Whilst these should not be solely relied upon when revising, they can be useful tools to suit a specific need and are helpful for studying on the go, or when you’re away from home or the office. The three below are some of the best currently available and all have specific 70-412 sections:

  • Transcender
    • A highly customisable app allowing you to tailor your studying and has a setting to replicate the exam environment and style of questions.
  • uCertify
    • Includes one of the most extensive libraries of practice questions plus a well-structured study guide to assist you through your exam practice.
  • Pass-Guaranteed
    • Another app with a collection of outstanding practice questions. This is because you can customise the type of questions you face, to vary your exam practice.