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    Default Is this exam path still valid?

    So the MCSA for Windows 7 is retiring Nov 31st, but is it still worth doing the exams? Apparently you can still get the specialist certs from each exam, and I already have my 70-680 and would like to get my MCSE for Server 2012. Is the exam path below still valid after Nov 31st?
    (70-680 + 70-686 = MCSA Windows 7) + (70-417 = MCSA Server 2012) + (70-413 + 70-414 = MCSE Server 2012)
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    They changed their mind and removed the retirement dates for MCSA Windows 7 and Windows 8. MCSA is still valid until at least Jan 2016 on the latest reports. The 70-680 + 70-686 will also get you MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator.

    The actual exams will still be running for the foreseeable future (no retirement date for the exams has been announced), so you can still go down that path. By most reports the 70-417 is a difficult exam, so that path might not be the easiest way. But of course it depends on your experience and motivation.

    I'm in the middle of studying 70-642 and 70-685, and there's a lot of overlap between the two. Stuff like VPNs that has a client and server end. 686 is even more enterprisey, so might not be a huge leap.

    Certainly it is a quicker way than what I am attempting - MCSA Server 2008 (3 exams) -> 2012 (1 delta exam) with MCSA Windows 7 (two exams) and maybe 8 (one delta exam).
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    According to Microsoft, this path is valid.
    (70-680 + 70-686 = MCSA Windows 7) + (70-417 = MCSA Server 2012) + (70-413 + 70-414 = MCSE Server 2012)

    You are eligible to take 70-417 MCSA Server 2012 since you will have already earned 70-686 MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7.

    I would expect 70-417 to be quite a challenge as it rolls three exams in one.
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    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-417.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift6 View Post
    I would expect 70-417 to be quite a challenge as it rolls three exams in one.
    It is a challenge. You can find ppl on the Internet arguing that it is more beneficial to pass separate exams instead of taking 3-in-1. I took 3-in-1 twice and barely passed on the second attempt, scoring exactly 700 on one of the three. It doesn't matter how high your score on the remaining two is, if at least one is below 700 you've failed.
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