Two Windows Servers certifications are in the works

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  • Microsoft had retired MCSA, MCSD and MCSE certifications.
  • Windows Server experts had no way of documenting their server knowledge since then.
  • Two new exams will be availed for those wishing to obtain the certifications from December.

If you may recall, Microsoft made plans in 2020 to retire some of its certifications. The decision was meant to shift focus on cloud services such as Microsoft 365 and Azure. This decision seemed to not be well received by enthusiasts who had put their hopes up in learning server technologies

Good news

If for some reason the decision by Microsoft affected you, the good news is that they are undoing the wrong and bringing back the certifications. Hopefully, it is not too late.

The plans were made public during the Windows Server Summit where the Windows Server 2022 product was introduced. Plans are underway and officials are currently soliciting candidates to become part of the Windows Server Hybrid Administrator Associates once they take the two beta exams.

Two exams

The two exams available for the certifications include:

  • AZ-800: Administering Windows Server Hybrid Core Infrastructure
  • AZ-801: Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Advanced Services

The certifications key focus areas include:

  • Security
  • Identity
  • Networking
  • Storage
  • Management 
  • Computing
  • Migration
  • Disaster recovery 
  • Monitoring and evaluation

The exams will be available in December but candidates can start preparation as early as now. The exam details and topics covered will be available on the exam page to aid in preparation. The certification will validate those who work in hybrid environments which has become the reality for most organizations.

Both exams need to be a pass to be awarded certification. 

What do you think of this move to recall the previously retired certifications? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.