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Friday, 22 January 2016

Planned Microsoft exam retirements for 2016








The next generation of Microsoft technologies are fast approaching General Availability. Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016 and SharePoint 2016 are all expected to arrive throughout 2016.

As is the way with new technologies, existing versions are soon rendered legacy. Demand for the skills to manage these legacy technologies disappear as they are replaced, with the associated exams and certifications retired to the archives.

With that in mind, we take a look at the planned Microsoft exam retirements in 2016.


Windows exams

With launch of Windows 10, we'll now witness the planned retirement of exams aligned to the MCSA: Windows 8 certification track. Exams 70-687 and 70-688 have been granted an extension to July 2016, forming an integral part of the new MCSA: Windows 10.

After this date we'll see a new Windows 10 exam, creating a 'pure' route to MCSA: Windows 10.

The retirement of exams 70-689 and 70-692 end the upgrade path from old Microsoft certifications and technologies to MCSA Windows 8. These include but are not restricted to MCDST: Windows XP, MCSE: Windows Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7 and MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7. Expect this upgrade path to now align to MCSA Windows 10 with new exams later this year.

Retiring on July 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

Certifications retiring:
MCSA: Windows 8


Windows Server exams

This year sees the MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification retire, with exams 70-415 and 70-416 becoming obsolete. As the focus for professionals in this area moves towards device and app management, MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps is the recommended alternative.

We'll likely see Windows Server 2012 exams joining the planned retirement list towards the back end of the year, as MCSA: Windows Server 2016 makes an appearance sometime in June-August, 2016.

Retiring on January 31, 2016
70-415: Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure
70-416: Implementing Desktop Application Environments

Retiring on July 31, 2016
98-365: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals

Certifications retired:
MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure
MTA: Windows Server Administration

SharePoint exams

Now six years old, we see the planned retirement of the SharePoint 2010 MCTS and MCITP exams. The following exams have had a six month extension of life from a planned January 31, 2016 end date.

Retiring on July 31, 2016
70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications
70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring
70-668: PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator

Certifications affected/retiring:
MCTS / MCITP SharePoint 2010 Configuring / Administrator
MCTS / MCPD SharePoint 2010 Developer

SQL Server exams

The following retirements will mark the end of SQL server certification upgrade paths for the 2008 platform. IT pros looking to upgrade from SQL Server 2008 MCITP and MCTS certifications to the new MCSA and MCSE credentials will need to find an alternate pathway. 

Retiring on January 31, 2016
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

Retiring on July 31, 2016
70-432: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
70-448: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
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

Certifications retiring:
MCITP Database Administrator - SQL Server 2008
MCITP Business Intelligence Developer - SQL Server 2008
Upgrade to MCSA SQL Server

Microsoft Dynamics exams

With the launch of Dynamics CRM 2016 in December 2015, this is the third software upgrade since Dynamics CRM 2011. It's unsurprising therefore that we see the retirement of the final exams associated to the platform.

Exams retiring on January 31, 2016
MB2-866: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Customization and Configuration
MB2-867: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Installation and Deployment
MB2-868: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Applications
MB2-876: Extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

Certifications retiring:
Dynamics CRM 2011
Dynamics CRM 2011 Online
Dynamics CRM Developer 2011

Exchange and Exchange Server exams

Released in October 2015, the new Exchange Server 2016 puts the 2010 platform two cycles out of date. With this we see some of the last MCITP and MCTS certifications disappearing, soon to join the annals of certification history. 

Retiring on January 31, 2016
70-662: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
70-663: PRO: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange

Certifications retiring:
MCITP Enterprise Messaging Administrator
MCTS Exchange Server 2010


Lync exams

Another technology launch in October 2015, we saw the rise of Sykpe for Business Server and the demise of Lync Server. The retirement of exams 70-366 and 70-337 will see the MCSE: Communication certification upgraded, as new exams covering Skype for Business are incorporated.

The following four exams have enjoyed a stay of execution having been planned for retirement in November, 2015.

Retiring on March 30, 2016
74-335: Lync Network Readiness Assessment
74-338: Lync 2013 Depth Support Engineer
70-336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
70-337: Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Certifications affected:
MCSE: Communication (Lync Server)


Visual Studio and .NET exams

With the transition to .NET 4.5 in October 2012, 4 years on, it seems only right that the exams aligned to .NET 4 begin to retire. This marks the mass transition away from the now somewhat obselete framework.

Retiring on July 31, 2016
70-490: Recertification for MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML5
70-491: Recertification for MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C#
70-511: TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
70-515: TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

98-379: Software Testing Fundamentals

Certifications affected/retiring:
- MCTS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications
- MCTS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Web Applications
- MCTS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications
- MCTS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Data Access
MTA Software Testing Fundamentals

Other exams
Retiring on July 31, 2016
70-673: TS: Designing, Assessing, and Optimizing Software Asset Management (SAM)


Author Profile


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 5 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.


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Microsoft plans more exam retirements in 2015 and 2016


By Tobin Chapman


In late 2014, Microsoft announced plans to retire 31 exams over the following 6-12 months.  With the last of those exams now set to retire in the next two weeks, details have emerged of a further 28 exams facing retirement.

Why are these Microsoft exams scheduled to be withdrawn?


A large driving force behind the planned exam retirements will be the wave of next generation enterprise technologies set for launch. The next 3 months will see new versions of all major Microsoft platforms - SQL Server, Windows Server, Windows Desktop, SharePoint and Exchange Server.

Enterprises will migrate to the latest technology with demand for MOCs transitioning also. To find the exams scheduled for withdrawal in the next 12 months, listed by technology, see below:

(nb. The information that follows is subject to change.)


Microsoft Dynamics


Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 and NAV 2015 were launched early in Q1, with new courses hitting the market in March. Whilst the following exams have been retired, there are currently no plans to create exams aligned to Dynamics 2015 products.

Despite this fact, demand  for the skills to manage the range of Dynamics CRM and NAV platforms is high.

Microsoft Dynamics exams retiring on July 31, 2015:

  • MB3-700: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Installation & Configuration
  • MB3-701: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Financials
  • MB5-700: Microsoft Dynamics C5 2012 Application Consultant
  •  MB6-869: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Development Introduction
  • MB6-870: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Trade and Logistics
  • MB6-871: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Financials
  • MB7-700: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Installation & Configuration
  • MB7-701: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Core Setup and Finance
  • MB7-702: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 C/Side Development



Exchange and Exchange Server


With Exchange Server 2013 having been out for a couple of years the majority of users have migrated away from the legacy 2010 version. This migration will continue with Exchange Server 206 expected in the next few months.

As demand for the exams declines retirement is planned for early 2016, possibly coinciding with the release of new MOCs aligned to Exchange Server 2016.  

Exams retiring on January 31, 2016


  • 70-662: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
  • 70-663: PRO: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange


Lync and Lync Server


The retiring of Lync Server related exams is a similar story. Lync Server 2010 is now 5 years old and with the re-branded Skype for Business Server out now, the retirement of Lync Server 2013 focussed exams is unsuprising . 

Exams retiring on July 31, 2015


  • 74-322: Microsoft Lync Server 2010—Advanced Design and Deployment
Retiring on November 30, 2015


  • 70-336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  •  70-337: Enterprise Voice Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  • 74-335: Lync Network Readiness Assessment
  • 74-338: Lync 2013 Depth Support Engineer

SharePoint


The last of the MCTS and MCITP exams are now retiring. Following the re-invention of the MCSA and MCSE certifications in 2012, it was only a matter of time before the old acronyms removed from circulation. 

Plus, SharePoint Server 2016 is now mere weeks away meaning SharePoint Server 2010 will now be two versions out of date.

Exams retiring on January 31, 2016


  • 70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring
  • 70-668: PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator


SQL Server


Originally planned for retirement on December 31, 2014, the following exams have avoided retirement on three separate occasions. It is clear demand continues amongst SQL Server professionals to transition MCITP certifications to the modern MCSE equivalent.

Time will tell if this deadline gets extended yet again.

Exams retiring on January 31, 2016
  • 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

Windows


In mid-2012 Microsoft announced the latest Windows 8, which given it is now 5 years since its predecessor (Windows 7) was released, it’s little surprise that the exams are being retired.

We also witness the retirement of the first MTA entry level certifications. With the retirement of 90-349, we wave good bye to the MTA: Windows Operating System Fundamentals certification.


  • 70-681: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying
  • 98-349: Windows Operating System Fundamentals



Windows Server


A continued story of reduced demand for technologies. Windows Server 2016 is now only weeks away, pushing Windows Server 2008 two versions out of date. This retirement has been coming for a while as Microsoft announced retirement of several other Windows Server 2008 exams in their last batch.

This is also a continued example of the MCTS and MCITP  retirements.

Exams retiring on July 31, 2015


  • 70-643: TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
  • 70-647: Pro: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator
  • 70-649: TS: Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology 
  • Specialist
  • 70-693: PRO: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator
  • Exams retiring on January 31, 2016
  • 70-415: Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure
  • 70-416: Implementing Desktop Application Environments


Other technologies


Exams retiring on July 31, 2015


  • 74-674: TS: Delivering Value Planning Services

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Careers Advice for you from Microsoft

Changing roles can be challenging, as there are always so many questions and so few answers. Microsoft knows this too, so if you’ve been thinking about trying yourself in a new role or technology, you are in luck, because the TechNet team has planned out some great events for you.


In order to you get into a role that you’d really enjoy, Microsoft will run three career evenings at its London offices. Each of those evenings will be themed around a particular group of technologies:
At these events you’ll have the chance to meet Microsoft’s HR expert Emma Broadway who will provide an employers’ perspective to help you market yourself. You’ll also meet Microsoft learning partners, MVP’s and Microsoft apprentices to learn about the technological side of things.

These evenings are open to all, and whatever your IT career aspirations are, you’ll pick up some good tips and advice whether or not you are in the transfer market.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Windows 8.1 is near, is everyone happy?


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A couple of weeks ago Microsoft announced the release date of Windows 8.1, the highly anticipated update to its latest operating system, Windows 8. The new version, previously known as Windows Blue will be available at no cost for existing W8 users from 17th October, while new customers can purchase it from 18th October.

Two days ago, the company issued another statement, namely that it was readying Windows 8.1 for release. According to Microsoft’s official blog the 8.1 version is a significant update thanks to customer feedback and of course the product teams. 
  


As of Tuesday 27th August, Microsoft has “started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to their hardware partners.” However, there is one major difference. Microsoft changed the pattern of the release. Unlike in case of the previous updates, this time only original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are given early access, but developers and IT professionals, as well as MSDN and TechNet subscribers are all forced to wait until the general release in October.

Ed Bott in his report for ZDNet.com recently wrote that although, he has sympathy for subscribers of MSDN and TechNet, releasing Windows 8.1 to them would almost be the equivalent of releasing it to the public. However, he couldn’t see why developers and IT pros were not granted access. Thus, he asked a Microsoft spokesperson, who replied as follows:

“Only sharing RTM code with OEMs is really about optimizing the overall experience for our customers—putting our hardware partners in a position to prepare the variety of new and innovative devices consumers and businesses can expect later this Fall just in time for holiday. While our partners prepare their exciting new devices, we’ll stay close to them and continue to refine Windows 8.1 to ensure a quality experience at general availability for customers on October 18th. This includes commercial customers with or without volume licensing agreements, our broad partner ecosystem, subscribers to MSDN and TechNet as well as consumers.”

With the reasons remaining unclear and developers bitter, all we can do is wait and see how Windows 8.1 will do once it’s released to the public. 

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. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A guide to Microsoft's Enterprise Technology - Infographic


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Microsoft have been creating and launching leading business and enterprise technology for more than 30 years. 

In response to Microsoft's release of new flagship products SQL Server 2014, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, we decided to create a comprehensive guide to Microsoft's full range of technology. After pondering several formats and seeking out some crack designers we settled on an infographic as the best way to display the information.

Check out the graphic below and let us know your thoughts. If you want to see a super-size version you can also find it on our website


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Hopefully once reading you will know about the full range of enterprise and business technology available from Microsoft. Whether it be email communication, project management, website development, customer relations management, security, live chat or data storage, management and insight (the list goes on) .....Microsoft have a product for you.

Special thanks goes to Ashley Petrons and Bill Farmer from Hutt River, who were integral in the design and launch of this graphic.

Author Bio: Edward is a member of the Marketing team focussing on Technical writing and Community Engagement for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for over 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint and Windows Server and Exchnage Server. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology


Friday, 1 February 2013

Microsoft Technology Posters - Mighty Morphin PowerPoint Rangers


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Welcome to the fourth and penultimate edition of Microsoft Technology Posters. It's Friday, the sun is shining.....no wait...it's England, it's raining and it's miserable....still, it's Friday. I'd planned to pack this post with Power Ranger and PowerPoint puns the likes of which have never been seen, then I remembered one important fact, I have neither watched nor do I know anything about Power Rangers, FAIL.

Our Middle East Director; seeing my plight, attempted to school me on the multiple versions of Power Rangers, unfortunately I had neither the patience nor the interest to truly absorb the vital information he instilled upon me. What have I learnt? The Blue Power Ranger's machine is a Dog, the Red Power Ranger's Machine is a Tyrannosaurus Rex. It must suck being the Blue Power Ranger.

What doesn't suck? The release of PowerPoint 2013 for one (tenuous link time), the latest rendition within the eagerly anticipated Office 2013 is packed full of new and improved features. Default storage of your presentations via SkyDrive or SharePoint allow for seamless sharing and collaboration amongst your peers, an impressive addition. The application boasts an improved "Presenter View" allowing you to wow your audience with fluid zoom and slide switching features.  You can also utilise new wide-screen themes, add videos and pictures or create customized icons with powerful tools.

You too can be a Mighty Morphin PowerPoint Ranger with PowerPoint 2013.

Enjoy the poster. Last instalment Monday....don't miss it.



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About the Author:
Edward is a member of the Marketing team overseeing the Content Strategy and SEO for Firebrand Training's portfolio of websites. 

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Microsoft Technology Posters - The Xboxercist


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Welcome to the third instalment of Microsoft Technology Posters, today's Movie Poster Parody has a slightly more sinister feel.  As the eerie green light chases away the oppressive dark of the night we are greeted with the silhouette of "the Xboxercist".

These days it's perhaps not hard to imagine requiring the services of a Priest, some Holy Water and the power of God to separate children from Demon incarnate Xbox Games console. Yusuf Mehdi,  Head of Marketing Strategy for Xbox was quoted by the LA Times  in march 2012, stating that the average Xbox user is online for 84 hours a month! With half of that time spent gaming.

But before you race to the phone to call your local minister, take the time to read this interesting post by Daniel Burrus; a  Technology Futurist and Innovation Expert, titled "An Education Revolution: Automate and Humanize!". Burrus argues that today's complex games teach kids to memorize elaborate scenarios and develop sophisticated strategies and tactics to complete goals. It helps them to focus, prioritise and make complex decisions in a high pressure, time sensitive situation. All the while they communicate via head set to instruct/communicate with friends and gaming allies, when's the last time you did that at work?

Anyway....let us not forget our Microsoft Technology Poster....check back tomorrow for the fourth instalment.

The Xboxercist


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About the Author:
Edward is a member of the Marketing team overseeing the Content Strategy and SEO for Firebrand Training's portfolio of websites. 

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Microsoft Technology Posters - Bill and Ted's Excel Adventure


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Today we bring you the second instalment of Microsoft Technology Movie Posters, made possible thanks to the fantastic submissions from Firebrand readers during the Microsoft Movie Mash-up Competition back in August.

Perhaps one of my favourites, this image was made possible thanks to a spark of genius from the @TheTerinator. We hope you all love it as much as we do.

Bill and Ted's Excel Adventure



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One can only imagine the mischief Bill and Ted would have gotten up to as the analysed spreadsheets to discover and reveal hidden insights in their data. They would have no doubt described Microsoft Excel as "totally boadcious", of course back in good old 1989 they'd be using Excel 2.2. Having not had the pleasure of experiencing 2.2, I imagine the functions available in that version of Excel were somewhat lacking compared to the eagerly anticipated Office 2013, sporting a  Metro Design and cloud integration.

Tomorrow we will be taking a look at the third instalment of Microsoft Technology Posters....


About the Author:
Edward is a member of the Marketing team overseeing the Content Strategy and SEO for Firebrand Training's portfolio of websites.