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    Congrats styder144! Nice to see you made it under the deadline. I'm hoping they extend the deadline for at least another month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmbarton View Post
    I had planned to get the Windows 7 MCSA and have already passed 680 but was not aware of the retirement and I am not currently prepared to take the 685. What would be my best course of action at this point?
    I'm curious about this as well.
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    Thank you, gncsmith, I appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmbarton View Post
    I had planned to get the Windows 7 MCSA and have already passed 680 but was not aware of the retirement and I am not currently prepared to take the 685. What would be my best course of action at this point?
    You can still do the 685, since the exam itself does not appear yet to be retiring, but you might end up with two "Specialist" instead of one MCSA. Possibly (depending on what MS decide), you might still be able to get MCITP:EDA with the 686 exam. The 686 exam is similar to 685, but a little more high level. My guess is that if MCITP:EDA isn't on the retired certifications list on 1st December, then it will be active for a while longer.

    If you get MCITP:EDA before the end of January, you can upgrade to Windows 8 (possibly getting either MCSA Windows 8 or two 'specialist' certs but this is not clear) with the 689 exam (which is being withdrawn at the end of January 2016). That would then allow you to pursue MCSE Enterprise Devices and Apps, by completing 695 and 696 (possibly you will need to do this before the end of July 2016, when the Windows 8 exams will be withdrawn).

    If you hold the Windows XP MCDST, then there is also an upgrade path to Windows 8, which will also be withdrawn at the end of January.

    Alternatively, just go and do the Windows 10 exam when it ends beta since that is meant to be equivalent to 687+688 or 680+685. You can then pursue the MCSE ED&A with 695 and 696 sometime before that path is retired (no date announced).

    Whether any of that will work for you depends on if your timeline will fit MS's timeline.
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    So I went ahead and rolled the dice and took (and passed) the 70-685 this morning. Unfortunately I am not seeing the MCSA certification in my Microsoft account. I am seeing MCITP for the test I took today, and MCP and MCTS for the 70-680 that I passed back in June. Anyone know if there is any chance the MCSA is going to appear or if I have any chance of Microsoft granting me an exception and giving me the MCSA?
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    According to MS Born to Learn
    • Windows Client exams, 687 and 688, retirement dates have been extended to July 31, 2016. The associated MCSA will retire on January 31, 2016 as will the upgrade exams, 689 and 692. As previously announced, the MCSA: Windows 7 certification retires on November 30, 2015, but the associated exams will remain in market and earn a Specialist credential. To earn a Specialist credential on Windows 10, take 70-697!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmbarton View Post
    So I went ahead and rolled the dice and took (and passed) the 70-685 this morning. Unfortunately I am not seeing the MCSA certification in my Microsoft account. I am seeing MCITP for the test I took today, and MCP and MCTS for the 70-680 that I passed back in June. Anyone know if there is any chance the MCSA is going to appear or if I have any chance of Microsoft granting me an exception and giving me the MCSA?

    Same here. I took the exam today and only got the MCITP. No MCSA in my transcript. I called support on the phone and they gave me the September retirement date and that being the reason for no MCSA. Doesn't make sense seeing others got it this month.
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    Wow, that is odd. Seems rather arbitrary. I wish MS would get their act together and provide clear, hard dates for removal and not the general "fall" or "autumn" verbiage.
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    Same here. I took the exam today and only got the MCITP. No MCSA in my transcript. I called support on the phone and they gave me the September retirement date and that being the reason for no MCSA. Doesn't make sense seeing others got it this month.
    I agree, it doesn't make any sense. It makes even less sense that they are keeping the MCITP but not the MCSA. When I passed earlier in November they both showed on the transcript within a couple hours of finishing the exam.

    I've just checked again and it is still showing under "Active" on my transcript - Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate.

    As of right now (about 2AM GMT, 1 Dec), the MCSA Windows 7 is still on the MS website, and is not yet on the withdrawn certifications list. In 6 more hours it will be 1 December in Seattle.

    The Fall/Autumn withdrawal date means they could maybe kill it any time from Sept 23 to Dec 21. The MCSA Windows 8 page still says Autumn/Fall 2015, too.
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    I also contacted MCP support and the lady at first told me that MCITP was what I had but after checking with her supervisor she advised I would be receiving the MCSA within the next 24-48 hours and if it did not appear on my transcript to call back and they would make sure it was applied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmbarton View Post
    I also contacted MCP support and the lady at first told me that MCITP was what I had but after checking with her supervisor she advised I would be receiving the MCSA within the next 24-48 hours and if it did not appear on my transcript to call back and they would make sure it was applied.
    Thanks for update. I'll check my transcript over the next couple days too. I'll post here if something shows up.
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    This morning 2 certifications showed up but not MCSA yet. They are labeled as Microsoft Specialist, one for each (70-680 & 70-685)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dxedave View Post
    This morning 2 certifications showed up but not MCSA yet. They are labeled as Microsoft Specialist, one for each (70-680 & 70-685)
    Well, that is interesting. I didn't get a specialist designation for 685, as far as I am aware. This might mean that they have cut over to the new certifications.

    Did you get the MCITP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OctalDump View Post
    Well, that is interesting. I didn't get a specialist designation for 685, as far as I am aware. This might mean that they have cut over to the new certifications.

    Did you get the MCITP?

    Yes. So I got 3 new ones. The MCITP, and the 2 specialist.
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    Yes. So I got 3 new ones. The MCITP, and the 2 specialist.
    Well, that's cool. Just means that you call it MCITP instead of MCSA. You are two exams from MCSA 2012, also. 70-686 and 70-417. Or 3 from MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps, 689, 695 + 696.
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    Just saw on Microsoft Learning that MCSA Windows 7 has officially retired. Listed under Windows Client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raxephion View Post
    Just saw on Microsoft Learning that MCSA Windows 7 has officially retired. Listed under Windows Client.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-za/lear...fications.aspx
    MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator isn't on that list yet. I guess that means that the 680+686 path is still an option.

    If the MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician is still available, then you can do the upgrade to MCSA Windows 8.

    They've announced that MCSA Windows 8 will be available until 31 July, but the 689 and 692 upgrade exams will only be available until end of January. There is a one exam path upgrade to MCSA Windows 10, as well.

    I am guessing that they didn't really want to retire MCSA.

    There are options.
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    Indeed there are, and I am still on track, MCITP is good enough for now. So yeah, this should be interesting!
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    I just passed the 685 exam today. When I got home from the test center and logged into my MS account, it showed that I had gained the MCSA designation.
    Well done. You just made it in time !
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    Could someone explain the logic behind retiring the MCSA for what is by all rights the standard enterprise platform currently (and very probably for the next few years)?

    I'm just starting my cert path with MS after gaining my A+ and ITIL, but I see zero value in getting a Win10 MCSA when not a single company runs it.
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    Could someone explain the logic behind retiring the MCSA for what is by all rights the standard enterprise platform currently (and very probably for the next few years)?

    ... I see zero value in getting a Win10 MCSA when not a single company runs it.
    I see things quite differently here in the UK - I have just finished contracts in the private and public sector where I was developing a project to roll out Windows 10, so I see a lot of the user base upgrading over the next few months.

    A lot of companies replace their computers on a 3 year rolling basis so know that anything new will have Win 10 support for hardware drivers and it is the nature of hardware suppliers to replace components regularly, so the same model of PC you use now, bought in 6 months will need even more work to find windows 7 drivers if they even exist.

    Microsoft have a vested interest in getting you to buy a new version of the OS and the hardware manufacturers are also keen to make you buy new, so the overwhelming force of these players makes it ever more difficult to justify keeping old kit with an old operating system.

    I think the vast majority of people who adopted Windows 10 early on have had positive experiences with it, certainly less than the win 7 to Win 8 upgrade fiasco, and it fits well with the likes of server 2012 and SCCM 2012 for management.

    It is better in my opinion to get the latest version of the certs on the basis that if (probably when) your company moves out of the dark ages to the current OS then you have a chance to be in on the project and put these skills to good use and furthering your career at the same time. If you are happy doing the same as everyone else then stay on the soon-to-be obsolete track and play catch up in a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewLazz View Post
    Could someone explain the logic behind retiring the MCSA for what is by all rights the standard enterprise platform currently (and very probably for the next few years)?

    I'm just starting my cert path with MS after gaining my A+ and ITIL, but I see zero value in getting a Win10 MCSA when not a single company runs it.
    The exams are still active, you just end up with a different cert. I think the MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7, and Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 are both active, along with the Specialist certifications for each exam, and the MCTS for 70-680 Windows 7, Configuring. So, if you do the three exams you'll end up with maybe 6 certifications. It's just that none is MCSA.

    The upgrade to MCSA Windows 8 is still available if you have 70-680 and 70-685 or 686. If you have 70-686, you can also upgrade to MCSA Server 2012.
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    I have just started work on a major rollout at a large NHS hospital in Yorkshire.

    We are rolling out Windows 7 to 1600 PCs.

    Windows 7 is still respected 7 years after it's release.

    With regards the MCSA certification it should not have been retired.

    Ridiculous decision.
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