Windows Server certifications

If you’re designing, implementing, configuring, or managing a Windows Server infrastructure or desktops and devices in your organization, 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.

Heard about the coming Windows Server 2012 R2 updates? Read the FAQs to find out how we are updating our certifications.

Choose a certification below:

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Entry level

The fundamentals of IT

Microsoft  Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Associate level

The skills for your professional career

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Expert level

The globally recognized standard for IT professionals

Other certifications

The lifespan of a certification varies, based on certification track and certification technology. See lists of retired exams and retired certifications.

Validate your troubleshooting and deployment skills on the Windows Server 2008 platform.

Certification title

Required exam

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration

You can upgrade these certifications to a Windows Server 2012 certification by taking the exams listed in the tables that follow.

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008

  • MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008

  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008

  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2

  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010

  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010

  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010

  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7

Upgrade path for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification

Step

Title

Optional training

Required exam

Certification earned

1

Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

MCSA: Windows Server 2012

Upgrade path for the MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification

Step

Title

Optional training

Required exam

Certification earned

1

Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

MCSE: Server Infrastructure

2

Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

3

Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

 

Upgrade path for the MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification

Step

Title

Optional training

Required exam

Certification earned

1

Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

2

Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure

3

Implementing Desktop Application Environments

Consult the tables that follow for upgrade path information.

Upgrade your Windows Server 2003 certification

Current certification

Certification goal

Required exam

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator on Windows Server 2003

MCSA: Windows Server 2008

648

and

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator on Windows Server 2003

MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008

648

and

and

and either

or

or

620

or

624

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on Windows Server 2003

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration

and

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration

and

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator on Windows Server 2003

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration

and

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration

648

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on Windows Server 2003

MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008

and

and either

or

or

620

Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address the Windows Server certifications. Visit the certification overview or exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.

A.

Our certification exams and Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) offerings will be updated as follows:

  • Beginning in January 2014 (for exact dates, please check the specific exam detail page):

  • Beginning in April 2014:

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Exams you took previously will continue to count toward credit for the associated certification, and the courses that are currently in market are a great way to help you prepare.

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Find all the details, as they become available, on the appropriate exam details pages, as follows:

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As new technology updates become available, you will have access to a variety of training resources through Microsoft Learning Partner offerings. These include First Look clinics, hands-on labs, and course offerings using Microsoft Official Course content. In addition, many training resources will be available to you directly through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The following MVA courses are available:

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Visit the MCSE certification overview page, and click the certification you are interested in upgrading to. To view the upgrade path, scroll down to the “How to upgrade" section.

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The MCSA and MCSE certifications on Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 have been retired and can no longer be earned. The MCSA and MCSE Windows 2000 Server certifications were retired on December 31, 2011. The MCSA and MCSE Windows Server 2003 exams and corresponding certifications were retired on July 31, 2013.

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Yes. The MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certification and the MCITP: Server Administrator certification will continue to be awarded.