MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

Solutions Expert

The globally recognized standard for IT professionals

Show that you can deploy and manage desktops and devices that provide access from anywhere, while maintaining security and compliance. Also validate your skills in virtual desktop infrastructure, remote desktop services, and application virtualization.

Earning an MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification will qualify you for such job roles as desktop and device support, and data and applications manager.

Note The MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification is retiring in early 2016. If you are in the process of earning an MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification, you must pass all exams before they retire. If you already hold an MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification, it will remain valid. See the lists of retired exams and retired certifications.

If you haven’t yet started working on an MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification, you might consider the MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps certification certification as an alternative.

StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012Take course 410Take exam 410MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure
2Administering Windows Server 2012Take course 411Take exam 411
3

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

After successfully completing steps 1-3, you'll earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification.

Take course 412Take exam 412
4Implementing a Desktop InfrastructureTake course 415Take exam 415
5Implementing Desktop Application EnvironmentsTake course 416Take exam 416

This MCSE certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a recertification exam every three years.

Additional options

You can substitute Exam 346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements, Exam 409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center, or Exam 462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases, for Exam 412.

How to upgrade to the MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification

You can upgrade these certifications to the MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification.

  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7
  • 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
StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012Take course 417Take exam 417MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure
2Implementing a Desktop InfrastructureTake course 415Take exam 415
3Implementing Desktop Application EnvironmentsTake course 416Take exam 416

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

How to recertify the MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification

If you currently hold the MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification, and are approaching your three-year recertification date, you can recertify by taking this exam.

TitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
Recertification for MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure Not available Take exam 982MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

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