Windows Server certifications

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 for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008.

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

Choose a Windows Server certification below:

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Entry level

Learn the fundamentals of IT as you begin your career.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Associate level

Build your skills for the career you want.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Expert level

This Windows Server certification is the globally recognised standard for IT professionals.

Other certifications

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 See lists of withdrawn exams and withdrawn certifications.

MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008

Validates your ability to design, implement and administer infrastructures on the Windows Server 2008 platform.

This certification also earns you the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification.

Required examOptional training

647

and

Course 6437A: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure (three days)

Course 6435A: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure (five days)

Course 6436B: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Infrastructure and Services (five days)

640

and

Course 6425C: Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Domain Services (five days)

Course 6426C: Configuring and Troubleshooting Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 Active Directory (three days)

Course 6421B: Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure (five days)

642

and

Course 6421B: Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure (five days)

643

and either

Course 6418C: Deploying Windows Server 2008 (three days)

Course 6427A: Configuring and Troubleshooting Internet Information Services in Windows Server 2008 (three days)

680

or

620

or

624

or

681

Course 6292A: Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client (three days)

See a list of withdrawn exams and legacy certifications.

MCTS certifications

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

Certification titleRequired exam
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration640
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration642
MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration643
Upgrade paths for Windows Server 2008 certifications

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

  • 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

StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012Take course 417Take exam 417Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Windows Server 2012

Upgrade path for the MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification

StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012Take course 417Take exam 417MCSE: Server Infrastructure
2Designing and Implementing a Server InfrastructureTake course 413Take exam 413
3Implementing an Advanced Server InfrastructureTake course 414Take exam 414
Upgrade paths for Windows Server 2003 certifications (and earlier versions)

You can upgrade these certifications to the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.

  • MCDST: Windows XP
  • MCSE: Windows 2000
  • MCSA: Windows 2000
  • MCSA: Security on Windows 2000
  • MCSA: Security on Windows 2003
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2003
  • MCSE: Security on Windows 2000
  • MCSE: Security on Windows 2003
  • MCSE: Windows Server 2003
  • MCSA: Messaging on Windows Server 2000
  • MCSA: Messaging on Windows Server 2003
  • MCSE: Messaging on Windows Server 2000
  • MCSE: Messaging on Windows Server 2003
StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012Take course 417Take exam 417Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Windows Server 2012

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.

Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012 have been updated to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. How will these updates impact official Microsoft training and certifications?

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:
I have already started down the path to earn a certification on one of the technologies that will be updated. What should I do?

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

Where can I find the dates when exams and certifications will be updated with new content?

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

I want to start learning more about the updates to the technology. Where can I find training?

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 are available directly through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, including the following courses:

How can I upgrade from a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification to an MCSE certification?

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.

Can I still earn the MCSA and MCSE certifications on Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003?

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

Are there any MCITP certifications I can still earn if I pass all the necessary exams?

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