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70-640 and what to do next?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by WinterBase, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. WinterBase

    WinterBase New Member

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    My name is Mark, I'm from the Netherlands. I have a question relating to the achievement of Windows licenses.

    Earlier this year, I passed the 70-680 exam. Then I started studying the 70-640 exam. In three weeks I will try to get the exam. Because the material was new to me it cost some time to work through the Microsoft book. If I achieve the 70-640 exam, I will continue on with 70-642 and then 70-646.

    A few weeks back I've read that Windows Server 2012 was released and the current 70-640/70-642 & 70-646 only can be achieved until July 2013.

    Because I'm already been busy with the 70-640 material I want to do the exam, but what is useful to do if I've met that test? Go on with 70-642 & 70-646 and try to achieve them both for July 2013? Or start with the Server 2012 material? I'm in despair what I should do next :(

    Currently I work in a fairly large company as a support employee. I do remote work but also fixing problems at the user's desk.

    I hope someone can help me out :)

    Regards,

    Mark
     
    Certifications: 70-680, 70-640, 70-642
    WIP: 70-646
  2. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Hi,

    AFAIK none of these exams are being retired anytime soon (and certainly not next year). What is retiring is the MCITP Certification program. When passed, you will instead earn an MCSA instead of the MCITP.

    I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you are safe to continue down this route.

    MCSA: Windows Server 2008 Certification

    HTH.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
    Certifications: B.Sc.(Hons), MBCS. MCP (271,272), MCDST, MCTS (680), MCITP:EDST7, MCSA:WIN7, MCPS, MCNPS
    WIP: 70-686, then onto MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure via MCSA: Server 2012...
  3. livingwater

    livingwater Bit Poster

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    That is interesting RV as I am in a similar postion to WB. If anyone could confirm/expand on what RV has said - I would be grateful
     
    Certifications: A+, N+
  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Yes, like RV mentioned, the exams themselves are not expiring, meaning that next year we're still going to have the 70-640, 70-642, 70, 646, etc... What is expiring is the ability to earn a certification called MCITP:SA/EA. What's is already taking place is that anyone who has earned an MCITP:SA/EA will automatically earn the MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate). When the MCITP:SA/EA expires, the new MCSA will continue to live until Microsoft decides to change this again.

    So if you're doing the 70-640, 70-642, or 70-646, you can continue to study and don't worry about the retirement, you will end up earning the new MCSA instead of the MCITP.

    Good luck!

    Edit: I made a typo, only if you've earned the MCITP:EA will you automatically obtain the new MCSA, the MCITP:SA won't earn you the new MCSA.
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2012
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  5. livingwater

    livingwater Bit Poster

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    Sorry, I am confused: I am about to take the 70-680 and my plan was to then do the 70-685 which earns me "Windows Client MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7". But this retires in July 2013. Are you saying that the 70-685 will still be available to take after July 2013 but you wont get the MCITP but a MCSA instead?
     
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  6. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Yes, that's correct. No more MCITP; MCSA instead!

    This thread concerns the Server version of the exams but it's still the same position for you.

    HTH.
     
    Certifications: B.Sc.(Hons), MBCS. MCP (271,272), MCDST, MCTS (680), MCITP:EDST7, MCSA:WIN7, MCPS, MCNPS
    WIP: 70-686, then onto MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure via MCSA: Server 2012...
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