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Windows 2000 Exams to Retire on March 31, 2008

Are you certified as an MCSA or MCSE on Windows 2000? If so, then you had better accelerate your credential upgrade plans for Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft has announced the retirement of 22 Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams. According to Microsoft, "The Microsoft policy for exam retirement is modeled on the mainstream support timeline for technology releases."

The upshot of this announcement is that the Windows 2000 exams are disappearing, as are the Exchange 2000 Server core technology exams.

Note that this announcement pertains to the Windows 2000 exams, not the credentials themselves. The Windows 2000 MCSA and MCSE titles remain valid (as of this writing, anyway).

If you are currently certified in Windows 2000 and plan to upgrade your credential to Windows Server 2003 before March 31, then register with Prometric and pass the following two upgrade exams:

  • Exam 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000
  • Exam 70-296: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSE Certified on Windows 2000

You can read details concerning this upgrade path by visiting the Microsoft Learning Web site.

Finally, some of you Windows 2000 MCSEs might be wondering if there exists a shortcut upgrade path to the next generation of the MCSE: the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification in Windows Server 2008.

Sadly, the answer to this question is no. That is to say, you will need to upgrade your MCSE to Windows Server 2003, then undertake your MCSE-to-MCITP transition.

Read more about the Windows Server 2008 MCITP upgrade paths at Microsoft.com.

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