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More Windows Server 2016 Certs Are Coming

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

What we know about MCSA: Windows Server 2016 slate of exams could give clues to the related MCSE exams. Here's what we think we know.

At the upcoming Ignite conference in Atlanta, which runs from Sept. 23-26, 2016, Microsoft will be announcing and releasing Windows Server 2016. I recently spoke with Larry Kaye, Senior Business Strategy Manager at Microsoft Learning about Microsoft certifications that will follow in the wake of that release.

The MCSA: Windows Server 2016 exams have been announced, and are now in development – if not yet in beta test, which gives me a pretty good idea about what’s coming for related MCSE exams. I may be right, or I may be wrong, but advance warning is always to the good.

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Here's what the MCSA: Windows Server 2016 slate of exams looks like as compared to the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 slate

MCSA: WS 2016
MCSA: WS 2012
70-740 Installing Storage and Compute with Windows Server 201670-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
70-741 Networking with Windows Server 201670-411 Administering Windows Server 2012
70-742 Identity with Windows Server 201670-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Seems like there are two things visibly evident here. First, exam numbers are incrementing by 330 (so that, for example, 70-410 becomes 70-740). Second, is a profound pivot to a cloud orientation. Thus, my best guesses as to what will happen with the remaining exams for the MCSE: Server Infrastructure are that we may see some inclusion of Azure in the core certification coverage, that Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure (70-413) will renumber as 70-443 and gain more cloud coverage, and that Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure (70-414) will renumber as 70-444 and do likewise.

In fact, I wonder if the MSCE: Private Cloud will survive as a separate credential, though the content of its 70-246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud and 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud could profoundly drive the shape and content of the other two follow-on exams just mentioned for the Server Infrastructure MCSE (which could be numbered 70-443 and 70-444).

I also believe we might see an MCSE that focuses on Azure make its debut sometime in the next 12 to 18 months, given the increased uptake of that platform around the globe, and the concomitant requirement for savvy knowledgeable IT pros able to design, implement, and maintain solutions built around that cloud platform. Whatever the actual outcome might be, it’s going to be interesting to see what the already known changes to the MCSA portent for the MCSE. Of course, I have a more personal stake in this now, too: I want to find out how educated my guesses really are.