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Updates Coming to Windows 8, Server 2012, and System Center 2012 Exams

By  Jun 26, 2013

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A recent Born to Learn blog posting confirms that changes are on the way for exams that touch on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Systems Center 2012. With update releases in the works for those products/platforms, this comes as no surprise. But it is nice that MS is sharing some details in advance.

The disclosures appeared in a post dated 6/25/2013, entitled “Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Certification Updates,” by Erika Cravens. Here are the key elements included in that post:

1. Exams on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R1, and System Center 2012 R1 still count toward existing MCSA and MCSE certifications, even after new exam content is included later this year.
2. The Born to Learn blog is the information outlet to watch for more news on exam changes, including the cutover dates when new content will be added, and more information about what exactly will be changed or added.
3. MS exam numbers will not change when new content is added. Thus, cert candidates are responsible for tracking changes themselves (print current exam objectives now, and check Born to Learn once a week for breaking news).
4. MS Learning will post new training content to help cert candidates prepare for changing exam content.
5. JumpStart courses What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Jump Start and What’s New in System Center 2012 R2 Jump Start are already open for registration (check links for dates, times, and sign-up). A Windows 8.1 JumpStart should be announced soon (the Windows 8.1 Preview is scheduled for release today, 6/26/13).

Certs/Exams affected by these planned updates include:

1. MCSA: Windows 8
   70-687 Configuring Windows 8
   70-688 Managing and Maintaining Windows 8

2. MCSA: Windows Server 2012
   70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
   70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
   70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
   70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

3. MCSE Server Infrastructure
   Includes all MCSA Windows Server 2012 exams
   70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
   70-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastucture

4. MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure
   Includes all MCSA Windows Server 2012 exams
   70-415: Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure
   70-416: Implementing Desktop Application Environments

5. MCSA: Private Cloud
   Includes all MCSA Windows Server 2012 exams
   70-246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
   70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

This is bound to make life interesting for those who develop course materials for these exams, and those who (like me) write cert exam preparation books. With the full crop of Windows 8 study guides and Exam Crams still not yet out, I suspect publishers will have to extend publication schedules and corral their authors into updating books that haven't even been printed yet! So it goes, in the cert prep game...