certification

I am wanting to get certified in windows server. (admin, infrastructure config and active directory)  So I am taking the appropriate MS exams in the fall for this.  My question is this:  I am in an environment with 2008 R2 so I am familiar with it.  But I was wondering if it would be better for me to study for and take the win 2012 server exams so I am updated a little more.  What should I do?  I also have many study tools that are related to 2008. Can I use these to study for the 2012 exams or is there so much that has changed it would be a waste.  When do you think that they will retire the 2008 certifications?
mkramer777Asked:
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Jerry MillerCommented:
Which one are you doing? The MCSA for 2008 allows you to upgrade to 2012 with one exam.

https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/windows-server-certification.aspx

I don't see a retirement date for the 2008 exams. Normally they give a lot of notice (1 year or so) when a certification is retiring.
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Jerry MillerCommented:
I would do the 2008 if that is the environment that you are currently working in. Then you can upgrade to the 2012 version and stay current with the one exam.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
Do you get some sort of certification after each of the tests?  Or do you need all 3 for win 2008 to get certified?
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Jerry MillerCommented:
If you are doing the MCSA, it takes all 3.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
What if you take just the win 2008 exam for active directory?  Do you get any designated certification for that or are you only recognized when all 3 are completed?
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Jerry MillerCommented:
After you have passed any of the certification exams, you are a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).

https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/microsoft-certified-professional.aspx
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