Overview retirement of MS Exams

First and foremost a reminder that exams 271 and 272 will be retiring at the end of the month and these exams award the Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification. If you are in progress to achieve this certification, you must take and pass both exams before June 30, 2011.

The following is a list of exams that will be retired over the next year:

Date of Change Exam Number Exam Name Type of Change
Early June 2011 Exam MB6-827 AX 2009 Payroll Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-403 TS: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-555 TS: Microsoft Office Groove 2007, Configuring Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-556 TS: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, Applications Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-557 TS: Microsoft Forefront Client and Server, Configuring Superseded by exam 162
End of June 2011 Exam 70-654 TS: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-655 TS: Windows Vista and Server operating systems, Pre-Installing for OEMs Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 74-675 Microsoft Response Point, Configuring Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-235 TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-241 TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-271 Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Microsoft Windows XP Operating System Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-272 Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on a Microsoft Windows XP Operating System Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-431 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 ‒ Implementation and Maintenance Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-441 PRO: Designing Database Solutions by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-442 PRO: Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-443 PRO: Designing a Database Server Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-444 PRO: Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administration Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-445 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Business Intelligence ‒ Development and Maintenance Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-446 PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-447 UPGRADE: MCDBA Skills to MCITP Database Administrator by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-526 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Windows-Based Client Development Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-528 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Web-Based Client Development Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-529 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Distributed Application Development Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-541 TS: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Application Development Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-547 PRO: Designing and Developing Web-Based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-548 PRO: Designing and Developing Windows-Based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-549 PRO: Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-551 UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Web Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-552 UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Windows Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-553 UPGRADE: MCSD Microsoft .NET Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework: Part 1 Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-554 UPGRADE: MCSD Microsoft .NET Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework: Part 2 Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-558 UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCTS Windows Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-559 UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCTS Web Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework Being Retired
End of June 2011 Exam 70-626 Consumer Sales Specialist Being Retired
       
End of Sept. 2011 Exam 70-282 Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small and Medium-Sized Business Being Retired
       
End of Oct. 2011 Exam 74-924 Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 – U.C. Voice Specialization Being Retired
       
End of Dec. 2011 Exam 74-544 TS: Bing Maps Platform, Application Development Being Retired
End of Dec. 2011 Exam 70-652 TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring Superseded by exam 659
       
May 2012 Exam 74-404 Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 – U.C. Voice Specialization Being Retired
       
June 2012 Exam 70-579 TS: Windows Mobile 6.5, Configuring Being Retired
June 2012 Exam 70-580 TS: Windows Mobile 6.5, Application Development Being Retired

 

Additionally, you will begin to notice that certifications will begin to retire as well. What this means is that you will not be able to earn the certification. If you have already earned the certification, it will remain in the appropriate section on your transcript.

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