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Michael Jo posted a topic in IT Certification NewsIn response to public backlash against the changes it had made in its certification landscape, Microsoft recently announced that it’s doing a 180. The company is phasing out the new MCITP and MTCS certification programs and returning to its legacy MCSE, MCSA, and MCSD titles. By billing the new certification program as cloud-centric, the tech giant hopes to modernize its certification program and capitalize on its highly popular and profitable legacy titles. In 2008, Microsoft shelved its longstanding and popular MCSE and MCSA certifications in favor of a complicated program with entirely new titles and certification tracks. The new program received a lukewarm reception from the tech community for a number of reasons. Initially, the new certifications were set to expire, instead of providing the certified-for-life status of legacy Microsoft certifications. Although certifications from other major vendors, including Cisco, also expire and require periodic recertification, the old Microsoft certifications did not have any recertification requirements or expiration windows, and this factor played a role in the certifications’ popularity. When people earned the MSCE title, they were granted that title for life. The exams required for earning titles changed over time, but the original titles did not. IT professionals could therefore earn the MCSE title on technology as old as Windows NT 4.0 yet still possess a relevant-sounding Microsoft title. Adding expiration dates seemed like a fair and practical solution to this problem, but Microsoft received significant backlash for it. In response, Microsoft dumped the expiration idea and announced that the MCITP and MCTS certifications would be perpetual, like the legacy certifications. However, this move was not enough to inspire widespread acceptance of the new program. Microsoft claimed that the new titles and certification tracks would help IT professionals showcase their unique skills and open new doors of opportunity. Instead, the new titles created confusion among technical and non-technical hiring managers alike. The program was criticized for being overly complex and difficult to understand. Even those seeking certification were often confused by the different titles and complex certification paths. The MCITP and MCTS specialties and exam paths were difficult to decipher, and many IT professionals found it difficult to explain to hiring managers exactly what their new Microsoft titles meant. These complaints seemed to fall upon deaf ears at Microsoft until the recent announcement. This past April, the company announced its return to the legacy MCSE / MCSA title format. As of summer 2012, new exams will no longer be released for the MCITP / MCTS program. Instead, certifications based on Microsoft’s newest round of technology products will be part of the new MCSE / MCSA certification path.
Michael Jo posted a topic in IT Certification NewsIn response to public backlash against the changes it had made in its certification landscape, Microsoft recently announced that it’s doing a 180. The company is phasing out the new MCITP and MTCS certification programs and returning to its legacy MCSE, MCSA, and MCSD titles. By billing the new certification program as cloud-centric, the tech giant hopes to modernize its certification program and capitalize on its highly popular and profitable legacy titles. While the names have reverted to legacy abbreviations, the certification paths have changed yet again, leaving some IT professionals hesitant to pursue the new certifications. As a result, Microsoft is actively trying to sweeten the deal for certified professionals. First, existing MCITP title holders will be granted the new MCSA title. The new certification title will show up automatically on the MCP transcript and require no input from the certification holder. It’s interesting to note that with the previous certification track, MCITP was held to be equal to the legacy MCSE certification. Yet with the new certification track, Microsoft is transferring current MCITP holders to a lower-level certification instead of to the new MCSE certification. Microsoft has not yet released information about how current MCITP holders can upgrade to the new MCSE title. Second, in an effort to entice people to get certified before the entire new MCSE program is available, Microsoft is offering a two-for-one exam promotion for a variety of MCITP and MCTS exams. With this promotion, test takers who pass certain certification exams will receive a voucher to take a new Microsoft exam for free after the new round of exams is released. For example, a candidate who passes the current 70-647 exam will receive a voucher to take a Windows Server 2012 exam for free.
Hi to all, I will begining to study for the 70-640 and I would like to know any suggested books for it. I was looking at, - Exam 70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration with Lab Manual Set by Microsoft Official Academic Course, - MCTS: Sybex Windows Server 2008 R2 Complete Study Guide (Exams 70-640, 70-642 and 70-643) - MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-640): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory 2nd Edition Does anyone have any experience with this books? What are your feedbacks? Thanks and rgs, Ricardo
70-659 Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization Requirements: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-659 70-669 Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization Requirements: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-669 70-693 Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Virtualization Administrator Requirements: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-693