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Microsoft Server Certification Path

If you’re designing, implementing, configuring or managing a Windows Server infrastructure or desktops and devices in your organisation, consider making the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) for Windows Server 2012 your certification goal. This page also lists other certifications available for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008.

Choose from the certification paths below:

 > Windows Server training
 > Microsoft Exchange Server training
 > Microsoft Lync training
 > Microsoft SharePoint training
 > Microsoft Virtualization training
 > System Center training
 > Private Cloud training


Windows Server training

Gain the skills needed to use Windows Server technology to power the next generation of cloud-optimized networks, applications and web services. These courses also prepare you for certification on Windows Server.

Entry level: IT Infrastructure

 > Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
 > Networking Fundamentals
 > Security Fundamentals


Associate level: Windows Server 2012

 > Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
 > Administering Windows Server 2012
 > Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Expert level: Server infrastructure

 > Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
 > Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

Expert level: Desktop infrastructure

 > Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure
 > Implementing Desktop Application Environments

Microsoft Exchange Server training

Get trained on Exchange Server technology and gain the skills needed to simplify administration, protect communications and meet user demand for greater business mobility. These courses also prepare you for certification on Microsoft Exchange.

Expert level: Messaging

 > Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
 > Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
 > Exchange Server 2010
 > Configuring, Managing and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
 > Updating Your Skills from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or Exchange Server 2007 to Exchange Server 2010 SP1
 > Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2
 > Planning, Deploying, and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Unified Messaging

Microsoft Lync training

Get trained on Lync and gain the skills needed to create a consistent communications experience for your organization and connect your colleagues to hundreds of millions of people around the world. These courses also prepare you for certification on Microsoft Lync.

Expert level: Communication

 > Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
 > Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Microsoft SharePoint training

Get SharePoint 2013 training and SharePoint developer training then help people in over 100,000 companies around the world share and manage information. SharePoint 2013 training and SharePoint developer training also prepare you for certification on Microsoft SharePoint.

Expert level: SharePoint 2013 training

 > Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
 > Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

Expert level: SharePoint 2013 developer training

 > Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
 > Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications
 > Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
 > Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions

SharePoint 2010

 > Configuring and Administering Microsoft SharePoint 2010
 > Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
 > Designing a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Infrastructure
 > Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Applications
 > Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Search for Application Developers
 > Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint for Application Developers
 > SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence
 > Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Site Collection and Site Administration
 > Visualizing SharePoint Business Intelligence with No Code

Microsoft Virtualization training

Get trained on the core skills in virtualization that will help you implement your private cloud. These courses also prepare you for certification on virtualization technologies.

Associate level: Virtualization administrator

 > Implementing and Managing Microsoft Server Virtualization
 > Implementing and Managing Microsoft Desktop Virtualization
 > Planning and Designing Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

System Center training

Get trained on System Center 2012 and gain the skills needed to manage the physical and virtual IT environments across data centres, client computers and devices. Take the courses suggested here and you’ll be prepared for the exams needed to earn the certification that will validate your expertise.

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

 > Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
 > Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

System Center Configuration Manager 2007

 > Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007
 > Microsoft Jump Start: 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

Private Cloud training

Get trained on cloud technologies and gain the skills to grow your business with cloud hosting, application development, productivity and collaboration tools. These courses also prepare you for certification on cloud technologies.

Associate level: Windows Server 2008

 > Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services
 > Configuring and Troubleshooting Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
 > Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
 > Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

Expert level: Private Cloud

 > Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
 > Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012


Frequently asked questions about Microsoft IT certifications:

What is the re-certification requirement?

In order to ensure that our certifications are meaningful and valuable indicators of candidates’ skills, Microsoft has implemented a recertification requirement for the MCSE and MCSD certifications. MCSE candidates will be required to recertify every three years, while MCSD candidates will recertify every two years. Initially, recertification requires passing one or two exams. Microsoft is exploring other recertification options and will announce those options as appropriate.

How long is a Microsoft Certification valid?

Microsoft Certifications are valuable in the market and will remain valuable as long as companies are using the technologies covered in the certification. Over time, certifications will be withdrawn and eventually will transition to a “legacy” status. Legacy Microsoft Certifications will appear on your transcript designated as such. Refer to the certification page for the most current information regarding status.

Are there upgrade paths available for Microsoft Certifications?

Depending on the certification you have achieved, most certifications have an upgrade path available.

Which certification should I start with?

For those new to technology, Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is the recommended starting point for our certifications. Although not required, MTA certifications provide a solid foundation for those preparing for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and MCSD certifications. Those who have been working with the technology should start with the MCSA or MCSD certification. These are prerequisites for any further certifications. The MCSA certification validates that job seekers have a minimum set of skills to hit the ground running.

What do I gain from passing a Microsoft Certification exam?

When you pass your first Microsoft Certification exam, you become a member of the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) community with access to all of the benefits provided through the Microsoft Certification Program. You can share your transcript with others to prove that you passed that exam and show your progress towards a specific certification. In some cases, such as when you pass an MTA or Specialist exam, that single exam will also earn you the associated certification.

Why don’t all of the certification titles include version numbers?

Certifications that require recertification are not “versioned” because they may cover multiple technologies.

Will I be able to earn a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification for passing exams that count towards the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification?

MCITP: Server Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certifications are withdrawn.