Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Private cloud

Last Wednesday I took the 70-246 (monitoring and operating a Private cloud with System Center 2012) and passed. Today I saw on the MCP website that I could download my certificate and an updated version of my transcript.

So as off now I am officially a charter member of the admins which hold the MCSE Private Cloud certification. I didn’t think that I would be a charter member for this certifcation as so many other admins went before me with the beta exams and passing it (congrats to everyone who passed the exam and earned this status). But here I am. I’m also a charter member for the MCITP Enterprise Administrator so I’m honored to join this group of early adaptors.

Here’s the new logo they created for this.

Because I already passed the following exams I only needed to pass the 70-246 to become MCSE Private cloud.

MCSA: Windows Server 2008 (=Exam 70-640 + Exam 70-642 + Exam 70-643 + Exam 70-647 + Exam 70-680) and as a special bonus everyone who has passed the 70-659 (MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization) exam doesn’t have to take  70-247 (Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012)

MCSA/MCSE in a new version

Today (April 11th 2012) Microsoft has released a new and improved version of the old MCSA/MCSE certification.

I hear you thinking. Oh no, not again….

Well, MCSA and MCSE are NEW acronyms for Microsoft Certified (so far the same) Solutions Associate !!!! and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

In stead of being associated with the OS certification this is now a sign of cloud skills.

MCSA is an entry level certification program for professionals who are looking for their first job in IT. So if you are a guru in the Microsoft field and have loads of certs, skip this status and go straight through to the MCSE version.

MCSE is the Expert level of the cloud certification. If you have years of experience and done lots of troubleshooting and maintaining servers with System Center and other MS products then you’d go for this.

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