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Microsoft has recently made some changed in certifications and also has introduced new paths, like the new MCSE: Private Cloud certification. The path has the following requirements:

  • become a MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • pass the Exam 247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 (Until January 31, 2013, Exam 70-659 may be taken in place of 70-247)
  • pass the Exam 246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

Note The Private Cloud certification requires candidates to show continued ability to perform in this technology area by completing a recertification exam every three years.

As you can notice Microsoft has reintroduce some old certification names, now new meaning, but still with similar skill as in the past: MCSA and MCSE. For more information see the certification page on Microsoft site.

Microsoft Certification Tracks

Microsoft Certifications Microsoft Cloud-built Certifications
The pinnacle of distinction for experienced IT professionals
The globally recognized standard for IT excellence
The foundation for your career in IT

For example the new MCSA: Windows 2008 is basically the same as a MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008, but now both in the name and in the content is really comparable to the old MCSA on Windows 2003 (or on Windows 2000).

As I’ve written in the past the MCITP certifications were not good and simple enough compared the old MCSA and MCSE… you can reach MCITP with only two exams or with several exams depending of the type of MCITP… also too much names does not mean more detailed certifications but also much confusion. So I can only appreciate this move to “simplify” certifications and define the level of them not by the specialization but by the short name of the certification.

For more information and options about the renaming of Microsoft certifications see also:


Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.