Microsoft Certification Scramble!

Microsoft has reworked its professional certification offerings.  The MCSE makes a return to the certification jargon, however with a new meaning.  I currently hold a Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) credential for Windows 2003.  The MCSE of course went away with the arrival of certifications for Windows 2008, being replaced with the MCITP, or the Microsoft Certified IT Professional.  There were MCITPs for various and sundry disciplines such as SharePoint, SQL Server, Windows 2008 Server Administrator and so forth and so on.

Under the new structure, MCSE becomes the mainstream marquee certification once again, but as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

The MCITP track still exists, and will run in parallel to the new MCSE tracks.  So what that means in the short run is more exams!  In the long run, this means I will need to achieve a number of certifications.

First up, is the new MCSA Windows Server 2008, or what roughly used to be the MCITP Windows Server 2008 Server/Enterprise Administrator.  From there an upgrade can be made to the new Windows Server 2012 MCSA certification.  The MCSA for Windows Server 2012 is the prerequisite for all the new MCSE certifications.

With the MCSA, the new MCSE for Server Infrastructure and MCSE for Cloud Solutions will be achievable.

Whoa!  That’s a lot!  Time to get to work!

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