Select Microsoft virtualization, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, and Windows 7 exams to retire this month

January 6, 2014 at 10:09 am | Posted in Certification Paths, Microsoft, Transcender news, Vendor news | 7 Comments
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Disclaimer: Exam retirements are subject to change without notice. Please go to the official Microsoft Retired exams list to confirm or deny a specific test’s retirement date, as it may have changed since this post was originally published. Click https://transcender.wordpress.com/category/certification-paths/ to find the latest posts by date on this topic.

If you are working on any of the following certifications, then set your calendar reminders and schedule your exam dates, because several Microsoft exams are retiring January 31, 2014. While you may still be able to get a certification in that technology, such as the still-current MCSA in SQL Server 2008, you will not be able to earn older MCITP or MCTS credentials.

(Note that Microsoft has not entirely abandoned the one-test MCTS certification track. We’ll cover the non-expiring MCITP and MCTS tracks in an upcoming post.)

The following certification tracks are either expiring completely, or are losing one of their required tests to expiration:

  • MCITP: Database Administrator 2008
  • MCITP: Database Developer 2008
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization
  • MCTS: Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010, Deployment
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration

The retiring exams include:

  • 70-450: PRO: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Designing, Optimizing, and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution
  • 70-451: PRO: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Designing and Optimizing Database Solutions
  • 70-643: TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
  • 70-647: PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator
  • 70-649: Upgrading your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist
  • 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
  • 70-669: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization
  • 70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying
  • 70-682: PRO: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician
  • 70-693: PRO: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator

For a complete list of retiring certifications, see this page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcts-certification.aspx.

For a complete list of retiring exams, see this page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/retired-certification-exams.aspx.

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  1. HI,

    Can I upgrade my “MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7″
    to Windows Server 2012 MCSA after 31 January?

  2. Hi and thanks for reading.

    The answer is no, but only because there has never been a direct upgrade path between MCITP: Windows 7 and MCSA: Windows Server 2012. Did you mean upgrade your MCTIP 7 to a MCSA 7? If so, the answer is yes. According to this page (https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcitp-certification.aspx), you can still earn a MCSA: Windows 7 by passing exams 70-680 and either 70-685 or 70-686. Those are the same two exams that used to be considered the MCITP; they’ve been repurposed for a new credential, the MCSA.

    • If you’ve passed the Windows 7 exam 70-680, then you passed one of the qualifying exams for the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008. The complete qualifying sequence is 640, 642, 643**, 647**, and 680 or 681**. Exams marked with ** will retire at the end of January, which is the last chance to fulfill the requirements of the MCITP: EA on Server 2008. The MCITP: EA on 2008 is equivalent to the MCSA: Server 2008, which can be upgraded to the MCSA: Server 2012 by passing 70-417, with no deadline that I am currently aware of.

      I hope this was more helpful than confusing!

  3. hello, i am currently taking the certification class for 70-686.After I take the class will i still be able to take the certification test for that class?

  4. Can I upgrade mcitp2008r2 sa to win2012 mcsa now
    I don’t know if my mcitp has expired or not

    • If you earned a MCITP: Server Administrator in 2008 R2, your certification should have been merged with the MCSA: Windows Server 2008. The certification does not expire. You should see one or both designations on your transcript. You can upgrade your MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification to the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification by taking exam 70-417. I am thrilled to announce that Transcender will release the practice test for this exam in May 2014.


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