Microsoft is pleased to announce the release of the new MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification.
The new MCSA can be earned by taking and passing the following three exams:
- 70-740 – Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016
- 70-741 – Networking with Windows Server 2016
- 70-742 – Identity with Windows Server 2016
Exam 740 is scheduled for beta release in early October 2016, with the other exams following soon after.
Individuals who currently hold either an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 or MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification will be able to upgrade to the new 2016 certification through a single, upgrade exam:
- 70-743 – Upgrade Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016
Exam 743 is scheduled for beta release in late July 2016.
MOC courses corresponding to all four Windows Server 2016 exams are scheduled for release in September 2016, while practice tests will be available shortly after each exam beta period ends.
New options for specialization and continuing education through the MCSE program will be announced later this summer.
Are you an expert in designing and managing Exchange Server? Are you responsible for the Exchange Server 2016 messaging environment in an enterprise environment? If so, here’s your chance to start down the path to the MCSE certification for free AND help us improve the quality of this exam!
We are opening up 350 beta seats for this beta exam (exam number: 70-345)… This means you can take the exam for free!! BUT… the seats are limited to first come, first served basis–so, register today (these codes will only work through February 12, 2016, meaning you have to register AND take the exam on or before that date)–and we need you take the exam as soon as possible so we can leverage your comments, feedback, and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions. The sooner you take the exam, the more likely it is that we will be able to use your feedback to make improvements to the exam. This is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live.
To prepare for the exam, review our prep guide and practice the skills listed: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-345.aspx. To prepare for this beta exam, check out my recent blog for ideas: https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/archive/2015/12/31/just-how-does-one-prepare-for-beta-exams-without-preparation-materials.
***Register for the exam at the same site and use code EXCH2016010B to take it for free, but these codes are only valid for exam dates on or before Feb. 12, 2016. Remember: There are a limited amount of spots, so when they’re gone, they’re gone. You should also be aware that there are some country limitations where the beta code will not work (e.g., Turkey, Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam); you will not be able to take the beta exam for free in those countries.
Also, keep in mind that this exam is in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status once the exam is live.
Well…what are you waiting for? Register before all the seats are gone!
The MCSE: Communication certification is being updated to support Skype for Business skills.
Starting 28-December, 2015, the following two new Skype for Business exams (currently in beta) will fulfill the MCSE: Communication requirements, provided that the candidate has already earned a qualifying MCSA credential:
The following Microsoft Lync Server 2013 exams retire on 31-March, 2016, but will remain an accepted path towards earning MCSE: Communication until 31-July, 2016:
Please see the MCSE: Communication web page for more details after 28-December.
You’ve proven yourself. As a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), you passed a rigorous series of exams to earn your certification. But, as the pace of changing technology accelerates, so does the challenge of keeping your skills up to date.
Now, you have a convenient way to get recertified. Through Microsoft Virtual Academy, you can recertify your MCSE certification by reviewing a prescribed set of skills and passing all related assessments—on your own schedule.
Note Not all MCSE certifications can be recertified through Microsoft Virtual Academy at this time.
To renew your MCSE certification through Microsoft Virtual Academy:
Find the skills path for your expiring certification, listed in the sections that follow.
Pass all of the module-level assessments for each of the Microsoft Virtual Academy courses in the path.
When you have completed Step 2, submit your Microsoft Virtual Academy user name and Microsoft Certification ID (MC ID) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your MCP transcript will reflect the new skills and expiration date for your MCSE after Microsoft has verified that you have passed all assessments.
Please note that recertification skills paths might evolve over time. If you have already recertified, you are not responsible for taking the assessments on the new content until your next recertification cycle. However, for your own development, you may want to review those new skills at an earlier point in time.
Recertification paths for additional MCSE and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications will be made available through Microsoft Virtual Academy in the coming months.
Recertify an MCSE: Messaging certification
- Recertify with Microsoft Virtual Academy
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