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Preview for MCP's: Windows Server "Longhorn" Certification

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by wagnerk, May 7, 2007.

  1. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    From Microsoft:

    Windows Server "Longhorn" is the code name for the operating system; all certification names and information will be updated when the official Windows Server name is announced. Final exam numbers and certification names will be announced on the Microsoft Learning Web site in the coming months. Register for the MCP newsletter to receive updates as they become available.
    Direct path to Windows Server "Longhorn"

    Windows Server "Longhorn" credentials will be part of the new generation of Microsoft Certifications, with shorter, more specific paths to demonstrate and differentiate both technology and professional skills. The new generation of certifications was designed to allow you to earn a credential on the specific technology or job-role that makes sense for you and to avoid unnecessary testing on technologies or applications that are not relevant to your IT experience or career path.

    There will be three Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) credentials for Windows Server "Longhorn," each earned with one exam, to demonstrate your configuration skills in specific areas:

    •MCTS: Windows Server "Longhorn" Active Directory Configuration
    •MCTS: Windows Server "Longhorn" Networking Infrastructure Configuration
    •MCTS: Windows Server "Longhorn" Application Platform Configuration


    There will be two Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credentials, which will require two or three MCTS pre-requisites:

    •MCITP: Server Administrator (three or four exams total)
    •MCITP: Enterprise Administrator (five exams total)


    Note More information on the new structure of certification was provided in a March Live Meeting on Windows Server certifications.
    •View the March Live Meeting recording: Your Next Step in Windows Server Certification
    Upgrading credentials

    There will be an upgrade path for customers who hold an MCSA or MCSE in Windows Server 2003. There will not be a separate upgrade path for customers who hold a Messaging or Security specialization in Windows Server 2003.
    •MCSA on Windows Server 2003 can upgrade to two MCTS certifications (Active Directory and Networking) with one exam.
    •MCSE on Windows Server 2003 can upgrade to all three MCTS certifications with one exam.


    Note There will not be an upgrade path from Windows Server 2000 certifications.

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    I guess just like the MCITP for Vista there will be 2 different MCITP for Longhorn. So far there doesn't seem to be an upgrade from MCSE to the MCITP, just an upgrade exam from the MCSE to 3 MCTS's then whatever exam for the MCITP, which doesn't really matter (you had to do 2 upgrade exams to get your MCSE 2k3 from MCSE 2k).

    Oh well, something to sink my teeth into :)

    -ken

    p.s. don't forget if you have your MCSE/MCSA by June 2007, sign up for the 40% off voucher for the upgrade exam. See here.
     
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    I like the sound of that.

    So before you can take one of these exams you must have passed the appropriate MCTS exams. No more taking the exams in any order by the sounds of that.
     
  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Yeah, the new certs are more structured, more job orientated.

    I like the term Microsoft Certified System's Engineer (MCSE), but the downside to that was unless you actually listed the exams that you took, one MCSE was not equal to another MCSE in certain environments. With the MCTS/MCITP structure, you should be on level playing grounds. That's my opinion anyway.

    -ken
     
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  4. Vendetta

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    thanks for the info wagnerk.
     
  5. zimbo
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    ah right so if i take the upgrade exam i can become:

    •MCTS: Windows Server "Longhorn" Active Directory Configuration
    •MCTS: Windows Server "Longhorn" Networking Infrastructure Configuration

    :biggrin :biggrin :biggrin correct?

    Thanks wag!
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Yep, that's provided MS don't change anything :)

    -Ken
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Agreed.

    It's a shame that Microsoft is eliminating the certification acronym that most hiring managers know. Only time will tell whether the new acronyms start becoming as well known.
     
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  8. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

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    Hopfully it wont be the accronym that becomes known at all, but the full title bestowed upon someone qualifying

    last thing we want is some manager asking for a 'MCITP' and no more specifics than that

    I will be glad when i see a job ad only requiring the appropriate skills & qualifications for a job, it will be a breath of fresh air :)

    nice one Wag
     
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