Private Cloud certification

Private Cloud certification

Solutions Expert

The globally recognised standard for IT professionals

Prove your expertise in managing and implementing Microsoft private cloud computing technologies. With Windows Server and System Center, you will build your Microsoft private cloud solution to optimise IT service delivery and gain the automation and flexibility you need for your IT infrastructure, now and in the future.

Earning an MCSE: Private Cloud certification will qualify you for jobs such as server administrator, systems programmer and network manager.

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Step

Title

Optional training

Required exam

Certification earned

1

Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

MCSE: Private Cloud Certification

2

Administering Windows Server 2012

3

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

MSCA

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

4

Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

5

Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

If you didn’t earn your MCSE: Private Cloud certification prior to 1 February 2013, Exam 659 won’t count as credit toward this certification.

If you’re already certified as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Administrator or MCITP: Server Administrator, you only need to complete steps 4 and 5 above to earn your Private Cloud certification.

Recertify

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

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.

Step

Exam title

Optional training

Required exam

Certification earned

1

Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

MCSE: Private Cloud Certification

2

Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

3

Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

MSCA

After successfully completing steps 1-3, you'll earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2008 certification.

4

Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

5

Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

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

You can upgrade these certifications to the MCSE: Private Cloud certification.

  • 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

Step

Title

Optional training

Required exam

Certification earned

1

Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

2

Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

3

Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

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

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

Title

Optional training

Required exam

Certification earned

Recertification for MCSE: Private Cloud

Not available

MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

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