MCSE: Private Cloud

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Globally recognized, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Private Cloud cert targets IT professionals engaged in careers such as network management, server administration and system programming. Those attaining the credential possess skills and expertise necessary to implement and manage private cloud solutions using Microsoft technology.

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Candidates may certify on either Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008, but we've chosen to concentrate on the requirements for Windows Server 2012 here. Those interested in certifying on Windows Server 2008 can find a complete list of requirements on the MCSE: Private Cloud web page.

For MCSE: Private Cloud on Windows Server 2012, five exams are required to obtain the credential. However, those who already possess the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Administrator or MCITP: Server Administrator credentials are only required to complete two exams. Upgrade paths are available from Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and MCITP credentials for those who want to update their certifications.

The credential is valid for a period of three years, and one exam is required to maintain the credential. IT pros taking the exams before May 31, 2015 are eligible for a free Second Shot at the exam if they don't pass the first time. 

Table 6: MCSE: Private Cloud Facts & Figures

Certification Name
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Private Cloud (MCSE: Private Cloud)
Prerequisite/Required Courses
Recommended Training:
  - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012, Course 410
  - Administering Windows Server 2012, Course 411
  - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services, Course 412
  - Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012, Course 246
  - Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012, Course 247
Number of Exams
Five Exams:
  - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (Exam 70-410)
  - Administering Windows Server 2012 (Exam 70-411)
  - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 (Exam 70-412)
  - Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 (Exam 70-246)
  - Configuring and Deploying a Private Clouse with System Center 2012 (Exam 70-247)
Cost per Exam
$150 USD per exam
URL
www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/private-cloud-certification.aspx
Self-Study Materials
Many options are available through Microsoft Learning, including: Self-paced training through Microsoft Virtual Academy, instructor-led training, practice exams (distributed through MeasureUp.com and Selftestsoftware.com), Microsoft Press books, certification study groups and other online Microsoft resources.

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