Latest MCSAs and MCSEs, Your Questions Answered...

Hi Everyone!

As hopefully you all have seen, about two and a half weeks ago we announced our new cloud-enabled certifications – Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)! We have had lots of great questions come through about all the changes we have made and we wanted to make sure you all have the answers to these questions in one place.

I have the MCITP: EA and/or MCITP: SA. What do the changes mean to me?
It seems there is confusion and concern regarding the existing MCITP: Enterprise Administrator and MCITP: Server Administrator certifications and what they mean moving forward in this new program. The MCITP: EA and MCITP: SA are still the certifications to strive for on Windows Server 2008 technology. The MCSA: Windows Server 2008 was created solely as a pre-requisite for the new MCSE: Private Cloud certification.

Those of you that already earned the MCITP: EA were granted the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification as a way for us to acknowledge the expertise you already have. They are not considered equivalent certifications.

I have the MCITP: VA. What do the changes mean to me?
For those of you that have achieved the MCITP: Virtualization Administrator certification, this still remains a very valuable certification. For those of you on the path to achieving the MCITP: VA, keep on moving. Many organizations are looking for individuals with virtualization skills.

As for moving into our new program, if you passed exam 659, you have passed one of the 5 exams required for the MCSE: Private Cloud certification. If you haven't already passed your Windows Server exams, we recommend you pursue the MCSA: Windows Server 2008. We have a promotion running now through June to help, if you are interested - buy your MCSA.

You announced MCSA: WS 2008, but why isn’t there an MCSE for Windows Server?
I think there is some confusion about that we announced the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification, but yet there are no MCSE certifications announced for Windows Server. The MCSA and MCSE certifications based on Windows Server 2012 technology will be announced in the near future. When we announce the MCSA and MCSE certifications based on Windows Server 2012, we will be providing upgrade paths for all of you that have earned the MCITP: SA and/or MCITP: EA certifications, making it easier to transition in to the new program. 

Eventually (within about a year or so), you will see that the pre-requisite for the MCSE: Private Cloud certification will then require the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 technology. Additionally, for those of you that have passed exam 659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization and now have the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification, you only have one exam left to earn the new MCSE: Private Cloud certification (exam 246).

What is MCSA: SQL Server 2008 about, and how does it lead to the new MCSE: DP or MCSE: BI?
Similar to the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification, we have awarded the new MCSA: SQL Server 2008 certification. Those individuals who have passed exam 432: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance and exam 448: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance have now been granted the MCSA: SQL Server 2008 certification. You are now one step closer to achieve the MCSE: Data Platform and/or the MCSE: Business Intelligence certification.

I’m excited about the new certifications and titles! But what was going on with the new logos?
For those of you that already saw your new certification and tried to access your new logos, you may have seen the logos were incorrect. Thank you to all of you who let us know this issue was happening. The issue is now fixed and we apologize for any inconvenience.

We hope this information is helpful and if you have questions let us know.

Have a great day!

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